It’s been one of those odd weeks. Work has been hectic, I’m feeling uninspired with my current knitting projects and my mind keeps floating back to my recent trip to Japan.
To fuel my desire to learn more about Japan, I picked up Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa.This quick insightful read was just what I needed to help take me back to Japan. Not only did it cover aspects of Japanese culture that I missed but also reminded me of previous home stay situations that I’ve encountered in the past.
Unfortunately I probably won’t be going back to Japan anytime soon so to satisfy my craving for things Japanese, I went to the Kinokuniya book store within Uwajimaya grocery store yesterday. I was curious to see if they carried a 2006 calendar that I saw at their Shinjuku store but didn’t purchase.
Not only did I find the calendar but I also ended up browsing through the Japanese knitting books and found one on how to make mittens, gloves, and socks. Despite the fact that I do not read a word of Japanese (and have no idea what the actual title of this book is) I purchased the book because of its wonderfully detailed diagrams and pictures. It walks the knitter step by step through the whole process, sparing no detail. Gosh, this book puts almost all of my English books to shame. The prices also wasn’t that bad; only $10.
Today, I’ve been studying the “Ladies’ socks” in this book; learning yet another method of doing short-row heels. I think it shows a way to use “Japanese short-rows” for shaping sock heels, but I’m not sure until I try it out and compare it with some of my printed resources on Japanese short-rows.