Showing posts with label knitting in japan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knitting in japan. Show all posts

Monday, September 3, 2012

Episode 39: It's Here!

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On the Needles

Hit a bit of a snag with the Botanical Garden shawl, and cast on the Bristol Hat as a test-knit for Amy Christoffers. It's a gorgeous hat and you should definitely check out her accessories in addition to her sweaters.

Spin Right Round

My spinning wheel came! See here. And here. And here!

Knitting Finds

This article from the NY Times in 1908 shows that issues of knitting on a train aren't just recent ones.

There is a new online knitting magazine - from Japan! Amirisu is bilingual and features patterns by both Japanese and non-Japanese articles and other articles and interviews.

Knitting Travels

I worked on the Bristol hat everywhere I could: the American Museum of Natural history and in between courses at dim-sum.

My friend Colleen brought be back Japanese knitting books that I ordered while she was in Kyoto this summer, and I am thinking about starting up a pilot online Japanese knitting class. Let me know what you think here.


Knitting the Perfect Fit by Melissa Leapman.


Vogue 30th Anniversary Party and Malabrigo Tasting at Knitty City last week. I finally was able to find a photo of my friend and I in several of the sample sweaters.
Come along and watch the next Google+ Podcaster hangout! I am joining Martine of iMake, Laura of the Apocalyptic Diner and Amanda of Craftlife on September 8 at 11AM EST.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noise Trade

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Episode 6: Harajuku Knitters

Short episode this week - instead of stash diving, I'm ungraded paper diving. Not fun.

On the Needles:

Pickadilly! Finally! Getting over my fear of sweater knitting by having a Skype Knitting date with my friend Sarah who is also trying to finish "The Damn Pickadilly." Currently working on the sleeve - started the decreases after 1" of knitting as opposed to kniting for 8" and then doing the decreases. Worried about the fit of the sleeve, and many said the sleeve was really big. Using Boye Locking Ring Stitch Markers to mark the point where I did begin my decreases so that if I have to frog back, I know where to stop.

Off the Needles:

First pair of socks for 2011 - the Knitmore Girls Vanilla Socks. Cast on 58 stitches, not 60 like I said by accident and I found that 56 stitches do suit me better (although the jury is still out on it). I take it back what I said about the jogless join - such a savior and I did a funky version of it (where I took half of the last stitch and half of the first stitch of the previous row as opposed to the whole of the first stitch of the previous row and knitted it on the new row to create the jogless join).

Knitting Travels:

Two parter - first I was finally able to get some subway knitting in. Worked on my Vanilla Socks while on the subway platform and learned that outdoor subway platforms in the winter are not very conducive to knitting. But did learn the best place to knit besides a seat - leaning against the rails on the seats next to the doors opposite the ones that open (on my part of the subway line, the doors always open on one side at every stop till I get to my transfer station, so it's easy for me to just stay on one side and not move even if I have to stand).

Also knitted on the train to Ridgewood (in Queens along the north border of Brooklyn) going to and from a Superbowl party; tried to knit at said Superbowl Party but the game was actually interesting and while the IKEA Poang chair is comfy, it leans to far back for me to knit comfortably. This time, I did get a seat on the subway.

And to continue our discussion of Japanese knitting - there is ALOT to say about this so here are some links that I talked about in the podcast to help you get started:

Places to get  Japanese Knitting Books/Magazines:

Online Resources:
Jenny and Nicole from the Stash and Burn Podcast discuss Japanese knitting in Episode 70.
Interpreting Japanese Patterns (an amazing PDF overview)
Japanese Syllabary (Kana)
Japanese-English Knitting Dictionary
Japanese Knitting Basics
Helpful Japanese Knitting (and Crochet) Books (especially the "Clear and Simple Knitting Symbols)
Basic Knitting Symbols
How to Read Japanese Graphical Charts
Charting Lessons (as Japanese patterns do not come in more than one size)

Knitting Japanese Style in English Books:
Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner
Ori Ami Knits by Olga Buraya-Kefelian and Vanessa Yap-Einbund
Japanese Inspired Knits by Marianne Isager
Haiku Knits by Tanya Alpert
Knit Kimono and Knit Kimono Too by Vicki Square

and don't forget Amigurumi! But that will be a topic for when I figure out how to crochet (which I will have to for the Pickadilly).


Closing Song: "Harajuku Girls" by Gwen Stefani from Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Episode 5: From the West to the East

Off the Needles:

Vintage Baby Cardigan: all that's missing is the finishing - sewing on the bow to close the front and seaming the underarms. Love the 3-Needle bind-off, I may be closing the toes on my socks with this more often. The Patons Grace is a bit drapey; might not knit this pattern again with cotton, but it would work great with wool or wool-blend. Still have some leftover - might make a baby hat and another pair of booties.

On the Needles:

Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock: while switching back and forth from the purple to the red Koigu KPM on the first sock, I ended up with gaps on both sides of the heel - how to fix this? I did the trick that Cosmic Pluto suggested to wrap the final stitch on her tutorial, but it didn't work. Have half of the second sock completed - I cast on 60 stitches to see how a 60 stitch sock fits on my foot; 56 stitches is ok, but stretched out a bit. 

Knitting Trainwrecks:

Saartje's Booties - the lesson learned here is to NEVER, EVER delete a project page. I remembered I knit these on size 2s, but forgot if I made the larger or the smaller size of the bootie. I cast on for the large and realized it was way too big. Frogging commenced, bootie reknit...and it's still too big. Have to frog it again and knit on size 1s perhaps. Second lesson learned: yes, your gauge can definitely change over the course of 3 years.

Knitting Finds:

Vintage Modern Knits and corresponding KAL by Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens/The Fibre Company - what caught my eye was the Adelaide Yoke Pullover which is featured on the cover. Reminded me alot of one of my favorite sweaters, which is a 100% lambswool JCrew raglan sweater in brown with a cream, orange and pink fair-isle motif along the yoke. Also loved the Ajiro Scarf, Abigail Mitts, Maple Bay Cardigan and the Whitby Stockings.

Definitely one of those books that I want to knit about 90% of the patterns in, so it's a great buy if you like the "vintage modern" aesthetic. They will be doing a classes, signings and trunkshows to go along with the release of the book, the schedule of which is here - planning to go to the 3/13 one at Purl SoHo.

EZ Read Along with the Knitmore Girls - one of my favorite EZ quotes so far has been "Perhaps, then, pass by the [acrylic] department, with your nose in the air." Definitely chuckling along to the Knitter's Almanac, if freaking out about how the patterns are written because it's not a format that I am used to; however she does include the "pithy" instructions.

Knitting Travels:

Off to Japan! Part one of a two part series wherein I talk about Japanese yarn and yarn shops and ways to get it both in Japan and in the United States. Some of my local LYS' back in Japan include Masuzakiya (located also in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe), another craft shop located in the basement of Kyoto Tower, which is across the street from Kyoto Station, Avril (known as Habu in the United States with a NYC location and also locations in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe), Nomura Tailor (with awesome fabric and sewing notions that made me want to learn how to sew).

If you are there in the summer, check out the noryo-yuka at the Sanjo Starbucks. You can get a Red Bean Frappucino (yum!):
If you need help with translating the Japanese, let me know and I'll do my best - I can also point out on Google maps where most of these places are (which except for Masuzakiya and Yoshikawa in Kyoto Tower, are all in the downtown area between Shijo and Sanjo Dori).

There are also the Japanese Knitting and Crochet and Knitters in Japan group which are great resources (especially the latter for yarn shops since the majority of the group's members live in Japan).

One place that you can buy Japanese yarn from is from Pierrot. You can also order yarn via Rakuten, which is a massive Japanese site that sells almost everything under the sun. Here are some of my favorites:

Puppy Silk Blend
Puppy British Eroika
Puppy Maurice (pretty similar to Lion Brand's Amazing yarn)
Make Make (6 balls will make a pair of socks). Can also find this on kpixie.
Puppy Alpaca Rimisto
Hamanaka Fugue

I have not tried ordering yet but here is the Rakuten Shipping Information. Definitely plan to restock on my favs in the future. In the next episode, I'll be talking about Japanese patterns.

Here is a map of the 4 yarn shops I mentioned that are located in Kyoto.


Thanks to Kristin of the Yarngasm podcast and Abby of the KnitKnit Cafe podcast for mentioning me in their latest episodes!

Closing Song: "Love Letter to Japan" by The Bird and the Bee from their album Ray Guns are Not the Future
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