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Noro….

…Sekku how I hate thee. Your colors are amazing, the softness unequaled in any of your yarns. The cotton is fine and mixed with enough other fibers that I don’t miss the elasticity of the wool. Your thick and thin adds beautiful texture to my simple shawlette.

HOWEVER… you cost about $16 bucks for a 420 gram skein of laceweight cotton. Cobweb some places call you since you are a SINGLE strand of very thin yarn. SINGLE strand of THIN yarn. Those two points are important. That means that you need lots and lots of twist in order to not easily break. Then.. I come to a several inch long slub that has almost no twist at all. I’ve never spun cotton.. is that slub longer than the fiber staple? Can I tug on it and not have it fall appart? Earlier tugs indicate no as I tried to tug a knot out from an overtwisted section and had the fibers in the slubby part seperate into two strands of yarn. Hmm.. _that_ is a problem.

Oh yeah, and about the over twisted parts. Really, you can’t skein your yarn so I don’t spend 10 to 15 minutes every time I have to pull out yarn from the center of the skein untangling the mess of knots that I just uncovered because not only do you have no twist in some areas, but way too much in other areas. I like thick and thin, but could you have at least attempted to make a balanced yarn.. please?

If I didn’t like the project so much I’d ditch the whole thing. But it does knit up nicely. Now if I can just remember to treat it like hand blown glass it may not break into many, many threads at the slubs… one can hope at least.

*sigh* I really wanted to like you Noro.. I really did.