Now I understand the Noro craze... the colors are wonderful. The way that the color changes happen make simple patterns look impressive! Everyone on my christmas list is getting a Noro sock yarn scarf, socks or sweater this year.
Honestly, when the JBW package arrived, I was surprised by how "not soft" it was. But I cast on a scarf using 2 balls of the same color way. Simple stockinette stitch with alternating rows- 2 rows from each ball. Ended up with a gorgeous striped scarf that looks far more involved than simple straight knitting. It softened while knitting. All issues listed are minor and worth dealing with for the final result.
I used 2 skeins to make a basic cow and 1 add'l skein to make a 2x2 ribbed hat. So warm, soft & yummy feeling.
Great quick Xmas gift that looks like a whole lot more time, effort and money than I put into it.