Thank you for the warm response

Well, the sweater is going a lot easier than I thought. I have become a man possessed. I am knitting whenever I get free second.Coffee shops, work, home, etc. In 3-4 days I finished the front and I am about 3/4 done with the back. I am by nature, not a fast knitter, but I am methodical.

 I will post some pics later. Now I must knit!

 Also, some of you showed interest in the "knitting culture" of Japan. Long story short.... Japan is even more chauvenistic than you could possibly guess. I think the woman at the yarn store almost had a heart attack when I walked in. Men do men things and women do women things here (for the most part) and I guess they think knitting is a woman's thing.

The best yarn store I have seen is Okadaya near the JR Shinjuku Station. It is great. They have just about everything you could ever need. The only problem is that it is twice the price of the yarn in America. I am not sure, but the average skein at my store in Seattle is about 125yard (114 meters) length (for chunky weight) and I can get a nice blend for $8-10. Here it is about $7-$10 (800-1200 yen) for a 50 meter skein.

Well, I will stop blabbing.... I will keep you posted. Thanks again   


Holy crap... man possessed? No doubt! But is that a bad thing? heh Looking forward to seeing the pics.

Thanks for sharing the info about Japanese culture and knitting there. I find it really intriguing how things differ between the cultures here and there. It seems to be a pretty rigid environment, but based in tradition that's so old. And I really envy you the sushi you've got available there. Yum!

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Hi Rich, welcome to MWK. A friend of mine was working in Korea earlier this year and she made similar comments about the yarn shops, although she did find a good one in Fukuoka on a trip there.  Kerry.

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Hi Injurylad! I lived in Venice, Italy back in the 80's for a year, which is where the knitting bug really hit me.  Not only would all the ladies stare at me in silence as I picked my way through the yarn store, but the construction workers that were doing some work in the house where I was living would stop work and come stare at me as I knitted in the living room!  It was a little unnerving and   I finally had to resort to closing the doors while I sat and knit!

Don't know if you've seen this website about kniting in Japan - it's very cool:

Jonathan in DC 

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