Monday, September 14, 2009

What came home from Japan?

My husband came home from Japan, bringing gifts. I hate it when he travels (without me) for work, but there was some consolation in the presents in his bag.
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I'd asked for a Japanese knitting book or magazine. He came home with four!
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This vest is one of my favorite things in the book with the 9 on the cover, for reasons I can't quite explain. Possibly there's something to do with the lovely red color.
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This sweater with the chevrons is a great use of color striping yarn. I'd lengthen those sleeves though.
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And there were several garments that channeled the late 60's/early 70's granny square vests my grandma made us. There were also some intricate crocheted sweaters that could almost convert me from a knitter to a crocheter. This doll-like girl modeled every sweater in the book with the white sweater on the cover. She fascinates me.

I found a web site, I think associated with Nihon Vogue, that lets you get a better look into some of these books. This is the inside of the big magazine, which to my American eyes reads back to front. And this link let's you look inside what might be Let's Knit Series Vol. 9.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Still the Japanese Sweater

I mentioned that I've decided to work on "The Japanese Sweater". "What is that?" some of you might ask.

I've been working on Am Kamin, from New Style of Heirloom Knitting, for years. This is what it should look like when I finish:
Am Kamin
So far, I've knit the back.
Knitting, Am Kamin
And the fronts are done (the last few inches since I finished the Botanica cardigan).
Knitting, Am Kamin
I've begun knitting the sleeves, both at once.
Knitting, Am Kamin
If you look closely, you can see the wonderful tubular cast-on. Here's a link to the instructions that a) worked for me, and b) seem most similar to the pictures in the back of the New Style of Heirloom Knitting book.

I bought my book from Amazon.jp, which is an adventure in itself. It's also available from the Needle Arts Bookshop, if you're uncomfortable dealing in yen. The book is in Japanese, but there really is a lot of help on the web to help a knitter understand Japanese patterns.

The blog "Crossed in Translation" has lots of good resources in the sidebar, if you're interested in tackling this sweater, or one like it.

I'm very happy to be making progress on this sweater again.