I know it's scratchy and I have pick out veggie matter. I know there's often one weird color in there that just doesn't quite go with the rest. It doesn't matter though. I still love Noro. I love watching the colors change. I love not knowing exactly how it is going to look when it's finished. I love the rustic feel and look of it. You can try to convince me otherwise, but my love for Noro remains.