Monday, June 1, 2009

Baktus school



The Noro silk garden lite became a baktus scarf.

Because I just loved Lynne's beautiful one (it looks like an antique turkish kilim) and Margeurite's too. Lee felt the same way. Not to mention all the other great project pics of it on ravelry.


BACKSTORY:

I talked a few posts ago about how I was knitting the feather and fan comfort shawl, being done in Noro silk garden lite. I was most heartened by Pamela Lee's comment that it wouldn't be too bad once that aqua and lime got going in there.

Because I didn't want the stripes in the shawl to be too narrow, I split the knitting in half, knitting one half with one ball and one half with the other, twisting the yarns over each other in the centre. I had carefully started at the same place in the colour scheme on each ball, but there had already been a strange splice on one side that I had to cut out of the other side. When the aqua and the lime were coming up, I noticed it was only in one of the balls. So I inspected the rest of the yarn.

Ah Noro - you evil mongrel of a yarn company. Two balls; broken in SIX places, fixed with three knots and three dodgy splices. An end of lime green knotted with an end of dark navy. Pink spliced with dark maroon, completely omitting the entire colour in between. No lime green nor aqua AT ALL in one of the balls.

I've said it before, I'll say it again. Noro, but for an expensive yarn this kind of thing is just too shabby for words.

Damn shame you look so good.

11 comments:

missfee said...

looks fantastic - great use of the noro yum yum

LynS said...

Thank you for the compliment - yours is beautiful in such a different and vibrant way. I love the outcome of Noro projects, but usually knit them in a state of fury - at the way the yarn disintegrates in my fingers as I'm knitting as well as the sudden knots and reverses of colour sequences. I've decided it is best (at least for my mental health) in the 2 row stripe kinds of projects where the irregularity of the colour sequences doesn't matter.

Rose Red said...

Oh it's gorgeous as a Baktus. I'll be jumping on the Baktus bandwagon soon. I'm such a joiner!!

knitabulous said...

Jane,

me too.

artificiallymythic said...

Gorgeous backtus. Wonderful use of the Noro.

I completely agree with you about sneaky sneaky Noro and the joins. I had the same problem with my clappy. Very unhappy with their deception.

jae said...

It looks great! But I totally agree about the poor quality of Noro. Any time someone buys it in our store, I take the time to examine each skein to make sure that they are all the same - as much as that is possible given the way Noro does things.

Leeanne said...

Well I think it looks lovely. Beautiful colours and it looks snuggly and warm.

wenswoolgathering said...

Gorgeous. Baktus is in my queue and I think I'm going to have some tapestry to make it with. Thanks for the inspiration

Once was enough for me with the Noro I had a similar experience with knots and matching colours.

Ruby Girl said...

It turned out really nice. I have started one too. I am doing mine in Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed.

Ann said...

Looks great & Gorgeous colors!

2paw said...

Really Ailsa you ahve to stop right now knitting such gorgeous things that tempt me away from things I have to knit. It is beautiful, I love the colours but feel your frustration with the Noro quality control section: obviously not doing their jobs!!!