Thursday, August 16, 2007

I'm actually knitting!

I've got three different posts I'm working on. And there's lots of pics (if Blogger is being cooperative today). I just got back from a week in St. John's Newfoundland (amazing!), and a political post has caught my eye and made me respond, but I figure I'll start with the knitting post. This is supposed to be a knitting blog after all. I know, hard to believe, isn't it?

The story is that my hands have been too sore to knit. But I love the teapot I bought in England (it's Le Creuset from France, but I can get accompanying pieces like the the matching oval cast iron casserole dish Mom bought me right here at home) so much that I decided to knit the Kureyon Kozy from Knitty.com for it.

I had Noro Kureyon in mind when I thought of making a cozy because I thought the way the colours morph in the wool would be a good match for the way the colours morph in the Le Creuset, so I was glad when I found a pattern designed specifically for it. Now to me Noro Kureyon is not a cheap wool. If I didn't care I'd have just grabbed something out of the 3 ton yarn stash located around the house. One ball of Noro is enough but I bought two so that the stripes would match on either side of the cozy. I've recently redone the kitchen and I wanted to make something particularly nice, so even though I'm usually a cheap bastard I didn't mind splurging on the Noro. Until I ran across THE KNOT! Do you see it in the picture? The yarn has been broken and retied with no thought to the poor knitter trying to keep her stripes matching. The rat bastards!

So I went ahead and started the second side so that I could match the balls when I got to that point. And THIS is the pile I had to cut out to make the sides match! There's some of the orange, a full section of brown, a full section of blue and some of the green. I am not a happy camper. And of course you don't find this out until you're halfway through your project. For what I'm doing I'm able to make it work, but what if I were making something bigger like a sweater? Or even the ever popular Booga Bag (I think there's a link in my finished projects)?

So I'm not going to undo it all and take it back. But at $10 for a 50g ball it's just not good enough. Noro needs to get their act together.

3 comments:

Sauntering Soul said...

I'm not a knitter (GASP!) so I don't truly understand how much extra work your piece took because of this. Even so, Iknow I'd be ticked off.

Kare said...

Every ball of Noro I have ever used has at least one knot in it. It really pisses me off.

knitty_kat said...

There really needs to be some way to complain about this. It's happened to me too. I think the worst was with self striping socks & after the #@&^! knot they tided the new yarn on backwards. I thankfully gave up on trying to match it up.

I think I would cry if I found it in Noro. I've had knots but I've been lucky colour wise. Glad to see you posting again!