Sorry for the lack of Knitterly Content, or any other sorts of content, actually. I've been sorta focused on Le Health Spa blog page, and haven't felt like knitting on anything.
I did pull out the Sari Silk Scarf I've almost finished, and I've stashed it in my purse for on-the-go knitting, like when I am on Tae Kwon Do waiting duty.
I can't get excited about socks, I can't get motivated for the shawl, and I'm not ready to dedicate myself to Ivy yet. It remains my absolute favorite thing from the fall issue of Knitty, however.
I actually seamed the shoulders of my Noro vest and wore it for an afternoon (all it lacks is a zipper, and the final round of I-cord edging around the armholes, which I was considering skipping. That was very disappointing. The vest just draaaags down, and looks very stretched out and ... odd. I can't even call it a Boho Chic feature, or anything. I was SO pleased to have found a pattern that showed off the coloring and could be knit to my dimensions.
In my heart, and my head, I know what the problem is: I knit the Noro too loosely. That's usually my problem. If you have ever seen my knitting in person, you will see that I am the most "Relaxed gauge" knitter there ever was. Makes for a mellow knitting session, but explains why I must knit socks on size 0 needles or smaller. But I can't imagine reknitting the same vest all over again in a tighter gauge. Especially since I don't love how it looks right now. It's hard to picture it looking good, KWIM?
I don't know what I want to do next with this yarn. [Whine, whine, whine.] I love it, love the colors and the feel, but I'm running out of ideas. I might try some mitred squares, but again, I have to watch the gauge. Do I have to knit this stuff on size 3 (US) needles to get a non-floppy fabric? Ai yi yi.
I have a feeling it would lend itself to felting. Anyone out there used Noro Kureyon in a felted project? That sorta limits the projects to...oh, a bag. I don't want or need a felted hat. Felted slippers out of Noro - seems awfully decadent. Maybe I need some decadent. Or maybe a multidirectional scarf. Or six. I have a LOT of this Noro.