Signs of autumn are everywhere.

Exciting season has started. Nothing can harm the exhilarating feeling knitters are experiencing right now.

Tokuko and I visited Sapporo for a workshop and a pop-up shop last weekend. We had a lot of fun meeting knitters in Sapporo – some of them are our long time customers. So grateful for the opportunity.


Back home, my head is mostly occupied with our new shop. We are moving from a tiny tiny place to a moderately spacious building, which is a little out of the way, but still has a good access from a train station.  Painting walls, buying lighting fixtures, assembling furniture… there are so many things to do. So far I am very happy about how everything is coming together.  Glad that we didn’t have to hire an architect, but was able to do everything on our own.  The grand opening is next Friday.











On a knitting front, Fringe and Friends Knitalong has started last week. I feel so honored to be part of the panelists this year! Karen has picked a Cowichan vest pattern, and because the pattern was originally Japanese, she invited me to participate and discuss about it. For details, please head over to her blog: Fringe Association.

編み物に関しては、今カウチンベストを編んでいます。amirisuにも寄稿をお願いしているKaren Templerの主宰するFringe and Friends Knitalongに、パネリストとして参加しているもの。Karenのブログでスウォッチやコメントを公開しています。




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My holiday week was mostly work (Sapporo and painting walls), but I did have some time off. On Wednesday, I went to a lantern festival in Nara with an international meetup group.  There is a temple on top of the mountain, and thousands of lanterns, handmade by local people, were placed on the climbing path.  It took us almost an hour to get up, but it was totally worth it.  After dark, the temple was turned into a magical place – so many lanterns on the mountain overlooking the city lights below, with the moon and atmospheric music.  I was surprised how a local festival can be so special.

I’ll be working non-stop until late October, but the festival was a short and wonderful respite for me.