Friday, 25 April 2008

...of blankets and socks...

Baby blanket edging around, bit by bit.

Single socks awaiting their mates.

On the left, travelling sock completed in Japan. On the right, Diamante in Lorna's Laces SS, Ravenswood.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Japan in photos

I took lots of photos...

Too many to post them all on the blog - that's way too much like hard work... See the full set here.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

The Noro haul

Like the good librarian that I am, I looked up Mr Noro's website to find their stockist listing. In Kyoto, they listed Masuzakiya which was located in the Porta shopping mall under the bus station at the main JR Kyoto station. Super super easy to get to and find. They didn't have an enormous collection of yarns, but what they had were really good ones. I came away with:

Four skeins of Lily Yarn Multi - cotton / silk blend with a braided construction.

It's says on Ravelry that this yarn is a discontinued line, which is probably why this stuff was marked down by 50%. It was soft and pretty and a bargain and who knows when I'll be in Kyoto again?

Two balls of Taiyo - cotton / silk / wool / nylon

This stuff was a little bit on the expensive side, but it feels soft against the skin - not scratchy like Kureyon or Silk Garden.

And finally, four balls of fingering weight whose name and composition are a bit of a mystery.

The ball band information on this one is only written in Japanese. I believe that I've deciphered most of it by comparing it with the bi-lingual information on the Taiyo ball band.

50% ?????
25% nylon
15% silk
10% wool
So what is the mystery 50%? And what is the name of the yarn? It definitely feels like it has more than just 10% wool. The name of 50% fibre is not written in kanji, which probably suggests that the fibre is not a traditional natural one. Perhaps rayon? What sort of socks would they turn out to be?

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Tokyo Womble

In 24 hours' time I'll be winging my home. For now, I've been doing a little catching up on my Google Reader feeds - I've still got over 500 unread posts. Accessible internet access has been a little bit sketchy over the past week. Not to mention that we've really had barely enough time to scratch ourselves as we've crammed so much into our Japanese experience.
Yesterday I shopped up a bit of a storm in Kyoto, so when I get home, I'll be showing off some of my purchases. Let's just say that Kinokuniya books, Noro yarns and antique obi are some highlights.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Mount Fuji...

DSC02197, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

... from a cable car.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Hakone Womble

DSC02173, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

There is water everywhere in Japan. I haven't got sick of the novelty yet. The sock is taking in a view of the bamboo and flowing creek from the window of our Ryokan room. Much to the bemusement of the others in the tour group, we've met another travelling sock who comes from Toronto. Two sock knitters out of a tour group of twelve. What were the odds of that? Surely longer.
I found Tokyo very stressful, although not frightening. So many people and so little personal space. Now that we're out touring in the country, I'm starting to really relax.
Today our agenda is to ride a funicular railway, a cable car and a pirate ship. If we're lucky, then we may be able to spot a glimpse of Mt Fuji along the way.