I've been thinking quite a bit about Noro and why people have such strong opinions about it. Noro detractors often point to that random "ugly" color that they'd like to just cut out of the skein. When you take that color out, though, the yarn loses much of its beauty and interest. Noro yarns are inspired by nature - their colors are drawn from the palette of the environment which has brilliant and dull in equal measure. The dull makes us appreciate the bright even more. The rich brown earth sets off your beautiful garden. A black sandy beach makes the the Caribbean Sea so much more dazzling. That contrast is what Noro colors are about, and why I love them so much. I could think of hundreds of examples, and I'm sure you could too. Try it - it's fun! Here are the photos from the newsletter to get you started. If you find something fun, please share it with me!