So I try to play with yarns that catch my eye, not necessarily what seemingly everyone in the knitting universe is working with. I am a little gun shy after a few experiences with Lorna's laces. Everyone else seems to love it, but I think it's pretty in a skein but I've never seen a colorway that knits up pretty (in my opinion, of course!). Anyhow, I've been curious about Noro. I found a skein on eBay for $4 so I got it and finally had inspiration to knit this hat for my friend Karen (yes, I just got on a hat kick. . .love the immediacy of getting a FO after having so much Christmas knitting that was no so quick!) I have to say. . . I may be a convert. In the ball, the colors look very odd all together, but it knits together so amazingly beautifully! Check it out (this is Silk Garden color #3). Gorgeous, right? I definitely see more Noro in my future!!
The only problem is that I didn't do a swatch (of course) and I got 4 inches of the hat and I definitely don't have enough yarn to finish, so I checked gauge and I am too tight. So, now I'll need to rip out and hopefully Size 8s will give me gauge since I don't have 7 DPNs or a circ either small or big enough to use :( I hate magic loop though, so I'm kind of glad I don't have a long circ :) Worst case with 8s I think I can take a few stitches out and still make it the right size.
And, please don't ask, I have NOT finished mom's bag. . . just enjoying a diversion from it :)