I find Kureyon yarn very seductive. This is obvious because I own a boatload of it. I returned to knitting again after many years away when I stumbled on Julie's site at the height of the Booga Bag craze. How could one resist the magic of felting combined with Noro's gorgeous colorations? I made several bags (though I never did carry one) and then, through the wonders of linking, I came across Rachael's raglan cardigan. That did it. I was on the hunt!
Local yarn shops, eBay, internet sites...looking for the elusive colors that I saw turning up on numerous favorite blogs. (We miss you, Loose Ends Melissa!) And so it started. But I'm a rather plain dresser. I'll wear a colorful scarf now and then (Janine) and I am planning on knitting many more wild socks. But day to day, I'm most comfortable in neutrals...black, white, khaki.
My knitting interests now are more in developing pattern. Stitch pattern (as in lace knitting and cables) and design pattern (as in Latvian mittens). As a quilter, I mostly use patterned fabric in my work. The attraction must be hardwired somewhere.
When I dashed off my remarks about Kureyon several posts ago, they were meant as a reflection of what I prefer for me, personally. Not some of the lovely things I've seen other knitters make. And I'm reserving some Kureyon for that wonderful striped scarf that I've seen here and there, most recently in Jane's photo album.
I used up a bit of my Noro stash this week knitting for the Dulaan project. These hats were so much fun that I stayed with the same design, Cabin Fever's Gaugeless Hat pattern. In areas where the yarn was a slightly thin, I went back at the end and did a little strengthening with duplicate stitch. For warmth, I did go down a needle size to make a firmer knit, which caused the slight ridges at the increase rows. Not objectionable to me, but FYI in case you noticed. Don't they look cute in Kureyon?
Gee, both of my kids are currently living in Japan. How could I knock Noro?