こんばんは！ Another small post.
Our local hundred-yen shop (called Daiso – it’s the equivalent of the dollar store) has an aisle dedicated to knitting and crocheting. Most of the yarn is very cheap, which was wonderful for me when I started knitting three years ago. Now, however, I’ve moved a bit beyond using coarse, garish-coloured acrylic yarn.
I find it difficult to find affordable nice-quality yarn in bulk here in Japan. When I went back home in May, I came back with half a luggage full of lovely soft Caron yarn. We’ve got a couple of yarn shops in Tatebayashi, but the amounts of yarn are often small with a high price.
But just recently our Daiso has started carrying big roving yarn! I’m so excited. I’ve decided to try to make another blanket. I made one last spring for my friend’s baby – here’s a picture of it about 3/4 of the way done.
I love big yarn. Usually when I knit I have several different projects going – I’ll work on one for a week or two, then get bored and move on to the next one – but by making this blanket out of squares with big yarn, I’m making progress fast enough that I haven’t changed course yet!
And of course, now that it’s cold out, I have to have a big cup of hot tea to sip while I work. My favourite Japanese tea is mugicha (roasted barley tea). It’s not sweet at all – it’s got a mild, nutty taste, and it’s a very popular drink here. One of my teachers once told me that mugicha is Japan’s summer drink, the equivalent of what lemonade is in the U.S. It’s certainly served everywhere! In the summer, when the heat’s up to 90+ degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is nearly as high, Paul and I buy two-litre bottles of water or tea from the 7-11 down the road. 7-11 sells oolong and green tea as well, but mugicha is my favourite – and it’s caffeine-free, so I can drink it at any time!