I think I might have a slight problem with Noro. I can't stop buying it. Noro is my favorite yarn right now. One day last week, I was driving sort of near The Yarn Barn, so I went only slightly out of my way to stop in for a quick fix. Those of you who have been to my house know that the last thing that I need is more yarn. What I do need is a nice warm hat for my impending trip to the Motherland. This is how I justified my purchase of a single skein of Noro Iro. It is a wool/silk blend and it's quite nice. I made a hat for myself to match the hat I made for Bob last week out of Big Kureyon. The Iro has less yardage than Big Kureyon, but that's okay because I have a pea head.
If I were to knit this hat again, I'd start with the other end of the yarn. If I'd paid more attention and started with the other end, I wouldn have the barfy brown colors at the part of the hat which is closest to my face. I generally like the color brown, but there is something about these browns that isn't my favorite. Also, the pretty purples are kind of lost at the top of the hat. Oh well. It fits and the number of days in the year a Big Texan such as myself needs a wool hat are few and far between.
I'm off to Minnesota tomorrow. I haven't packed a thing yet nor have I decided on my travel knitting. I still have half a sock to finish which should take care of the plane trip, and I have assorted gifts to finish when I get there. One of the great things about the Motherland is that it's the land of many many yarn stores. I plan to visit at least one that I've never been to, and then maybe revisit an old favorite . I'm sure that no matter what happens, I will come home with more yarn than I left with, so it's probably okay just to bring my gift knitting, the sock, and nothing else. We'll see. For the moment, I have one more student to teach, one more concert to play, and then I will be free of both concerts and students until after the holiday. Hooray for that.