Yarn Along

6:00 AM

It's Wednesday again and after a short hiatus, I'm joining Ginny and others for the weekly yarn along.  It's all about the books and yarn as we share what we've been working on and reading.  So...a few weeks back we went to Japan to visit my brother and his family.  I decided to go yarn shopping to bring back something to remember our trip by.  I did find some Noro, but I can buy that on my LYS so I passed on that.  Bryan bought me this cute little fingerless mitt kit.  You can't tell by the picture, but the back of mitt is an owl and it comes with the beads for the eyes.  Did I ever stop to think that the pattern was in Japanese?  Nope.  I can figure it out up to the palm of the hand and after that I'm going to need a translator!  Anyone?
 I had a very hard time buying yarn.  For one, most of the yarn was made in Italy.  Nothing wrong with that since it isn't anything I've seen in the states, but I expected to buy yarn made in Japan.  Anyhoo, I am not one to buy yarn just to have in my stash.  I buy yarn when I have a pattern in mind and know what I am making and how much yarn to buy.  I decided to buy this purple to make a hat for Corrine.  I bought some lovely rust/orange yarn, but I'm not sure what to do with it (more on that later).
Nothing new on my bookshelf that I'm reading.  I am still reading The Closer by Michael Connelly.  I finally finished The Lighthouse by P.D. James.  It started slowly but really picked up as the book progressed.  What I really liked about the book was I was not able to figure out "whodonit" before the the Detectives!  That makes it a good book in my opinion.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday.

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10 comments

  1. You're back :) My husband bought me yarn in China and I can't read it but I suspect it is acrylic based on the smell and the feel while I knitted with it. That was two + years ago. I thought it was nice that he searched the markets for yarn!! Love the mitt kit :)

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  2. good luck with the translation of the pattern, I can't wait to see how it turns out :)

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  3. I usually don't buy yarn unless I know I need it for a specific project. The times that I just buy on impulse - it sits in the stash forever! Good luck with your project!

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  4. I've heard tell that Japanese patterns are mostly charted. Guess that's not the case with this pattern, huh?

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  5. wish i could help with the translations....sorry. (I sometimes have a hard enough time with English patterns!)

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  6. good luck! Hope there's a chart...I'll bet you can figure it out! :)

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  7. Oh no! I hope someone can help you with the translation.
    It's very rare to find any yarn that is made solely in one country. Quite often the wool, spinning, dyeing, branding and distribution are all in entirely different countries. It's odd because people think of it as such a crunchy pass time but yarn has quite a carbon footprint.

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  8. Live the fingerless mitts, I love buying yarn when I visit somewhere. Deb x

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  9. Good luck! That's a very pretty yarn.

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