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My first week in Japan…

Monday, May 28, 2007

So you might have heard by now that I’m moving back east – but to the Far East.  In preps for the move, I’m in Japan for two weeks. 

I started off my stay by finishing a pair of socks for a friend’s grandaughter – Kitchner stiches performed in the “Meeting Area” at Narita.

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I’ve been lucky to have good friends also in town (and they’ll be here when I move, too).  I met Jim and Mary through church and I couldn’t ask for better friends in a new place!  They’ve been over here for a while and have the public transportation system down.

The following events are not all-inclusive of my stay…just what I can stay up to type tonight.

About 3 blocks from my hotel (and future office) is a yarn shop:

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(On a Sunday night stroll, another shop around the corner was discovered – I’m bound to visit soon.)

 

After getting acquanted with the area, we did some preliminary rental house searching.  Mary, my co-worker-Jason (who is also moving with his family to Japan) and I got to see a newly listed rental house in Zushi.  I’d like to note that it does have an oven, but for Thanksgiving dinner, it would have to be Cornish game hen, given it’s size!

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We then went to Tokyo to pick up some things at Hard Rock Cafe for our US boss:

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I want you to know, I will not be without some American “ammenities” while in Japan.  Spring, do a happy dance with me:

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Besides Lush, there’s also an Outback Steakhouse and Cold Stone Creamery in Roppongi. 

 

The long weekend was a ton of fun…a couple of things to share…

Roses in Verny Park:
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Jim and Mary among the roses in Verny Park:

 

That’s it for now…I’ll have to tell more about the flower exhibit at The National Science Museum and Yunessen later…

It’s the end of the…

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

…Local Yarn Shop as we know it…and I don’t feel fine.  In the midst of the second horrible cold I’ve had this year, I “celebrated” the end of Sweet Stitch with many local knitters (and spinners).

That Saturday (4/1/07) was spent working on the CTH Brights socks (done as of Monday morning, with a shortened toe since I was so antsy).  

 CTH Brights Socks Finished!

That Sunday, I spun 2 oz of merino/mohair/tussah silk (70/20/10) blend for the “turquoise project”. 

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I did finish spinning all 2 ounces, and plied…note the (probably) overspun single.  Hopefully it’ll all be okay when it’s set!

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I started on some merino roving I bought from Heidi at The Artful Ewe, but didn’t finish the first third.  I think I’m going to ply it with some Socka reinforcing thread so I can get a pair of socks from it…why does roving never go as far as I think it will?  I think I need to learn to spin a lace-weight thread like Spring

With the closure of Sweet Stitch, I’m going to miss a lot of things…things I probably don’t even realize right now.  Here are a few I’ve thought of, though:

  • I’m going to be out-of-the-loop for all the new yarns (especially Rowan) and am going to feel yarn identifier stupid (when you look at someone’s project and ID the yarn maker and sometimes the colorway). 
  • I’m going to have to go to Spring’s house to eat awesome cupcakes.
  • I’m going to miss being amazed by how fast Terry can finish her projects.  (I have Japanese class during the Thursday night knitting gathering at Ceasar’s).
  • I’m going to have to drive more than 3 miles to buy yarn.
  • I think most of all, I’ll miss being able to stop by the shop to chat with Julie any time the “Open” sign is lit. 

…and as for all that eyelash yarn I bought as the last ever sale at Sweet Stitch?  Lots of skein mixes…wanna help, Julie?