No no noro

I had been waiting excitedly for my order of Noro Fuji yarn to arrive, and today Pete the UPS guy brought it. Unfortunately, the color scheme I got does not, in my estimation, resemble the color (#104) on the site:
The colors are rather muted and not the crazy clown colors I wanted. What I thought would be orange is a faded peach, the pink is actually more of a toned down raspberry color, the hot red is more of a subtle orange red, and the vivid grass green is a soft teal. The store does not take returns or do exchanges, but that’s okay. I will learn to like it! It will be my first experience with Noro. The Fuji is a blend of 60% cotton, 20% wool, 18% acrylic, and 2% nylon. Interesting, huh?
On a completely different note, has anyone out there ever taken Stugeron for motion sickness? How did you do on it? Peter launched his sailboat this weekend, and I told him I would make another attempt to join him. I’ve tried dramamine and bonine and those little pressure point wristbands, but nothing works. I tried the patch once, but it was old, and I didn’t put it on far enough in advance. Anyway, any suggestions or anecdotes would be appreciated.

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20 Responses to No no noro

  1. claudia says:

    That looks more like color 105 to me. Mail order color is very hard.

  2. bronwyn says:

    ahh! sorry to hear about the color. it does look dull. have you talked to the mail order site? maybe they can help. i love noro so much and hate to see the first experience as a bad one. try noro blossom #2, it is great! i’m making purse with it, check out my blog (its new and i just started it)

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m a marine biologist, so I have some experience with seasickness :). One remedy I’ve heard of that works wonders is the “Coast Guard cocktail” – you take 2 drugs at the same time; neither one is specifically for seasickness, but somehow together they work. You’d probably have to get a prescription for one of them, though. Here’s a link with more info:
    (and other handy info about seasickness!) Good luck with the sailboat – I’m sure it would be fun if you weren’t turning green…

  4. Eileen says:

    I’m a new knitter but I have lots of experience with motion sickness. Try ginger caplets from the health food store. Take these ahead of time. Then take along ginger ale and ginger candy ( I have found this works better than all the other things you mentioned for me.

  5. kbsalazar says:

    Sympathies on your color disappointment. I think this has happened at least once to everyone who has ever bought yarn sight-unseen via mail order.
    To be fair to the website, it’s not unusual for different dyelots of the Noro yarns to differ markedly from the color cards they provide when the yarn is first released. I know a shop owner who has had considerable problems with the entire Noro line over the years, when follow-on orders of the same color numbers were so different from the original order that people no longer recognized sample garments as being made from the same yarn.
    Then on top of that by buying mail order via the Web you add the color fidelity problems posed by imperfect photography and lighting (common to print catalogs) and heap on the additional variables introduced different monitors and display settings. (Stand in front of a wall of TVs or monitors in a big electronics stores and you’ll see what I mean).
    Finally, the vendor you chose is an off-price seller dealing in end runs, discontinued yarns and other special lots., They’ve got a long-standing you-pays-you-keeps policy. I’ve gotten some great buys there, but I know that buying from a close-out house carries more risks than an outfit that accepts returns. Disappointment on color is one of them.
    At this point, I might buy a yarn that I know well from a no-return discount house, but I’d think twice about buying a hand-dyed or fancy variegated yarn from one, for exactly the reason you encountered.

  6. Petula says:

    It kind of looks like they might have sent you #106 instead. If that is the case, it seems like they would have to take it back.

  7. Theresa says:

    If you are willing to talk to your doctor, you can also try meclizine — it’s a prescription strength anti-motion sickness drug. I don’t normally have problems on boats, but I did have a little inner ear virus that messed up my balance so badly I could hardly walk. This stuff helped out a lot.

  8. kelly says:

    I accidently posted my Stugeron comments in yesterday’s “swiffer slippers” comments (Don’t ask me how). Sorry!
    hope the info is helpful.

  9. Mindy says:

    Hmmm, it does look like 106, doesn’t it? Sorry it’s not the color you were expecting, but maybe striping it with something pale will make the Fuji colors pop a little more. I just got some 105 from, & I’m really digging the texture.
    I misread ‘Stugeron’ at first, and was trying to figure out how eating sturgeon could combat seasickness.

  10. Nathania says:

    I dated a guy for a while who lives on a boat in the Santa Cruz harbor. Nice enough guy, but the boat thing was definitely not working for me. After the first overnight visit to the boat it took 2 days to get back my land legs. Ever since a bout of true vertigo a few years back I’m even more sensitive to motion sickness and take Dramamine even when I fly to prevent the dizziness and migraine headaches that plague my travels. I’ll be very interested to hear what works for you, Mariko. Pity about the Noro.

  11. Lisa says:

    I’m a seasick person also. Last September my husband and I celebrated our 20 yr wedding anniversary by taking a cruise. It was his idea. He had never been on one, and really wanted to go, so I went along so that he could experience what everyone else raved about. The first 36 hours was great, and then we had choppy seas during the night. I woke up and immediately got sick and stayed sick for the next 24 hours. It was no fun! My suggestion for avoiding seasickness is simply to stay on land and knit all day while he goes sailing! You’ll both enjoy your day a whole lot more that way.

  12. Silvia says:

    Props to you for attempting to conquer that motion sickness thing, Peter’s one lucky guy!
    If you really don’t like the Noro, sell it on ebay and cut your losses. Have you swatched it yet? Sometimes variegated looks soooo different knitted up in a stitch pattern.

  13. Carol says:

    Have you tried just doing nothing? Yes the first 24 hours will be hell – but then after that your body (or mine does anyway) just gets used to the motion and I have no problems what so ever. Accept the sickness – as awful as it is, don’t fight it and should almost go away if you sail regularly. (ie weekly).

  14. jessica~ says:

    Hi – too bad about the colors, they look nothing like whats on the site. I have been knitting with noro iro in colorway #18, rainbow. Which are clown colors. Bright oranges, magentas and greens. It’s not Fuji, but the right color scheme. Maybe they’ll take the yarn back? If not, try a yarn-swap on line… good luck with the boat 🙁

  15. April says:

    If you go to the Doc and go with the phenergan/antihistamine combo, you can have the doc write a script to have the phenergan compounded into a transdermal gel rather than a pill. The gel gave me greater control so that I could get that “just right” amount and not get too drowsey.

  16. Sarah says:

    My in-laws live on a sailboat so when we visit, we do too. The only thing that has worked for me is the battery operated pressure point stimulator – I believe that sharper image sells them. You wear it like a watch and you determine how strong you want the pulse to be. Might be worth a try!

  17. James says:

    Have you ever heard of ginger root being used for nausea. I’m not sure if that’s what you want it for but when I’ve been nautious before a friend told me how to make ginger tea. You can drink it hot or cold. Just peal the ginger root and slice it in somewhat thin slices. Then I just boil it in some water and then let it cool in the pan. Then just put it in the fridge. I usually dilute it because its pretty concentrated and can be hot tasting. So I put some in a glass and then add some spring water. It’s great for the digestion too.

  18. anne says:

    From their return policy: If we make an mistake with your order, we will certainly correct it prompty! Your satisfaction is important.
    I would talk with them about returning.
    They clearly gave you the wrong color.

  19. pink lotus says:

    The only time I went on a sailboat, I felt pretty ill and nearly vomitted. I took non-drowsy Dramamine before we went, which was a good thing because 2 other people were throwing up. The captain said that 40% of people get seasick. My husband is one of the lucky 60% who doesn’t get seasick. He ate his sandwich next to a friend who was throwing up over the railing. He’d take a bite in between watching the friend hurl. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen–if only I wasn’t miserable at the time.
    Anyway, I seemed to do a lot better when it was just choppy and there wasn’t so much of a swell. You should take something for your motion sickness and try going out on a bay where it’s more protected. Don’t think I’ll go out in the Monterey Bay again (because it’s not very protected), but I’d try Mission Bay or the Sound in Washington.
    Ginger tea is yummy. I make my own, but I don’t dilute it. Instead, I add a teaspoon of honey. I also make my own candied ginger by boiling julienned slices with sugar and water, then letting them dry. Mmm…

  20. Anonymous says:

    Try Bonine and ginger together – You can get Ginger capsules at the General Nutrition Store.
    1st day out I take both the Bonine & Ginger. 2nd Day out just the Ginger. Then, I only take the Bonine if the “seas get too choppy”.

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