I read Penelope Trunk’s Reality Check for Bloggers post this morning over my oatmeal.* I started pondering her point about controversial opinions. I wondered if I had any controversial knitting opinions.
Then I suddenly remembered how much I hate Noro yarn. Hate, hate hate.
I hate Silk Garden because I’m allergic to mohair. And the mohair fibers are so tiny and sucky that when you knit with it, the fibers come flying out, and within ten minutes my eyes start to swell up.
I hate Kureyon because it contains 95% wool, 5% sticks, bits of string, recycled fiberglass insulation, and “crap we swept up from the floor of the warehouse.”
I hate their sock yarn because even though I hate everything else Noro makes, I still somehow got suckered into paying $19.95 for a crappy skein of yarn. Noro sock yarn, let me count the ways in which I hate you:
1. Horribly over-spun. I was constantly having to un-kink the knots that the yarn tied itself into.
2. Fiber content (70% wool, 30% nylon) inaccurate. Actual fiber content: 70% wool recycled from military blankets, 30% twine and fiberglass insulation.
3. Too tiny. Although I have knit socks at 8 st/inch in the past, I just don’t have that kind of time these days.
4. TWENTY BUCKS ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
Even after washing, my Noro/Knit Picks Essential combo socks (knit with one strand of each held together) are stiff and scratchy. I regret ever having purchased this yarn. I doubly regret actually knitting it, instead of donating or swapping it.
FIGHT THA POWA. NORO SUCKS.
* I agree with every point she makes, by the way. I make a living (such as it is) as a professional blogger… but not here.