Tuesday, April 8, 2008

noro in the mail

It seems that everywhere I turn online, there's someone bragging about how fantastic Noro's Kureyon yarn is. I've been hearing it for years. But, I've been reluctant to purchase any, largely to the fact that it's so flippin' expensive. Thankfully, I was able to come across a reasonable deal via ebay, and won a lot of 10 skeins of colour 195, a predominantly black Kureyon:
It feels a bit rough, texturewise, as I would expect wool to be, but apparently it softens up with wear. The colourway in it is beautiful; I've seen many knit things with kureyon and it's fantastically rainbowed, and it's no wonder why so many like it.

I was reluctant for a long time because of the expense, because I can only find Kureyon (or any Noro product for that matter) online. See, I'm one of these kooky people who also factor shipping costs in with the cost of the yarn. Spending $5 or $8 so on a skein of yarn isn't too bad, but if the shipping is going to double that value, especially when buying large amounts, I'd reserve from buying it.

Knitting, unfortunately, has become too expensive of a hobby. I believe in everything in moderation. Is $130 reasonable for just 50 grams of yarn? Absolutely not. (And yes, I've seen yarn priced over $100 a skein, and it's really not worth it.) I've always been a bit of a stickler of being anti-label, and tried to veer as far away as possible from things that are too main streem or trendy, despite my interests.

My thinking is this: an article of clothing is going to wear itself out eventually, irrigardless if the yarn to make it cost $3/skein or $10/skein, so in some cases spending a fortune on pressumably 'luxery yarns' may be a bit of a stretch.

But I digress.

The trick is, now, to find a suitable knitting project for my Kureyon lot. Off to ravelry again for a suitable pattern search!

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