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:: Monday, August 20, 2007 ::

From Waaay Back

Ken and I were in Japantown two weeks ago and witnessed something touching--two old friends who haven't seen each other in years meeting, by chance, in a bookstore. What made it more special was that one friend had moved to the US, while the other was simply visiting from Japan. Turns out they knew each other from waaay back. Some force brought them both to the magazine section of the San Francisco Kinokuniya and bang, instant nostalgia. Not only for them, but for every Japanese speaker within hearing distance. You couldn't help but be touched and smile. 「ぐうぜんだね!」

二週間前ケンと私は日本町に感動したこと見た:本屋で何年間会わなかった友達は偶然で会った。面白いところは一人アメリカでいるけど、一人は日本から旅行した。昔々の友達そうだった。なんとなく二人はきのくにやの雑誌に来て、懐かしくなった。二人だけじゃなくて、日本語が分かる客さんも。感動した。"What a coincidence!"

That was their way back. I haven't posted knitting projects in a while, so this is my "waaay back".


First, completed projects. 最初、出来た物。

Vog On - On Toes

'Vog On, Sockdown, 'Vog On
Pattern: 'Vog On by Aleta Fera
Knit Picks Memories in Yukon (discontinued)
size 1.5 US dpns (2.5 mm)

Really nice pattern--I like the way the lace worked out. Easy to memorize once I groked it. Did make a couple of modifications, though: I didn't like the floppy picot cuff so I did them a la Cara instead. Also decreased the toe to 16 instead of 12. It only took one skein so I'm going to repeat the pattern with the second, but do them toe up so the cuffs are longer. Must use every yard possible! ^_^


Vog On - Half Toe

I like the way the photos came out, too. I set my camera on self-timer on top of a thick book then shot away. I also put it in burst mode, so I got a two-for-one deal! -_^


Dishcloth - Orange-y Clash-y

Orange-y Clash-y Dishcloths
Pattern: Mason Dixon Ball Band Dishcloth
Peaches 'n' Creme, orange and pink lemonade
size 6 US circulars (4 mm)

Using my Mason-Dixon pack to venture into new worlds of color. Can't say how successful I am with it, but it was fun to make, and will surely keep dishes clean somewhere!


Washcloth - Lemon Lime Close

Lemon Lime Washcloths
Pattern: Baby Genius Burp Cloth from Mason Dixon Knitting (much smaller, obviously)
Peaches 'n' Creme, white and lemon lime
Size 6 US circulars (4 mm)

My bath poof was annoying me. I like knitting. Instant solution.


Woah, that became way longer than I was intending, so I'm going to take a break here. I'm trying to keep up with my Japanese, so I thought writing this post in both languages would be a great step. Don't know if I'll do it every entry, but I'm going to try to!


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:: Kazen @ Always Doing 9:50 PM [+] ::
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i really like how those socks came out. i have some memories in cape cod laying around, maybe i will make a pair...
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:: Sunday, August 05, 2007 ::

Yarn Crawl!

Talk about fun. Bunches of knitters from the Bay Area converging on the city to check out the yarn shops. We didn't even get to all of them (Imagiknit, you'll be next!) but we still had a blast. And of course, pictures were taken!


At our first stop, Urban Knitting Studios, Sarah shows off her Arietta Cardigan. Awesome "fair isle". The shop itself was nice--your usual stuff, decent selection of most everything. Finally saw Panda Cotton in person, but didn't pick any up.


Blurry, but it's our second stop, Artfibers! We could have spent a lot longer here--the yarns are amazing and they have a swatch area where you can test everything out. I tried to crochet a couple of the yarns, but they really seemed better suited to knitting. Gorgeous colors.


Here's Ryn playing with some of her new roving on a drop spindle. It was spinning up really nicely... man, there's a hobby I do not need to take up. -_^


Want to here "ooooooo"s go up in a yarn shop? Yank out an iphone!


And a group shot of everyone at Artfibers. The yarn I'm holding is totally something I grabbed from a drawer so I wouldn't be yarnless in the shot.

After that we took the J Church to Noe Knits (sorry, no pictures). Nice shop, nice owner and everything, but the sock yarn selection was really, really, really skimpy.

All in all a great time, and I'm looking forward to the next adventure!

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:: Kazen @ Always Doing 5:59 PM [+] ::
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looks like lots of fun! hopefully i'll be able to go next time. i <3 artfibers.
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