Monday, October 25, 2010

You can't go Home (but you can knit socks out of it)

Fall is coming to Kansai. Today it was chilly enough for a sweater, for the first time since I've been here. A few days ago it flooded in northern Japan, and we got enough rain that the river outside my house started rising. Appropriate, since last week I was flooded with midterms! So far I think I did pretty well. Some friends and I went out to an izakaya on Friday for beer and munchies to celebrate, and even though we were going to go to karaoke afterward, we ended up getting some cake from Starbucks and calling it a night.

In the last week, I've knit an entire Swallowtail shawl out of Handmaiden Sea Silk, which was a quick and gratifying project. I had less than 5 grams left over after going up a needle size and freaking out and knitting like crazy for 2 days to see if I had enough yarn to finish. I also started a second sock on Saturday, but found out after knitting 4 inches of it that I am an idiot and I had knitted it on US size 1s instead of 1.5s. Argh. So, that got ripped. Then another sock got cast on, only to be abandoned because the yarn and pattern (super cute Vilai, super cute but super splitty Panda Wool, which has since been discontinued) did not play nicely together. In fact, I think I saw Panda Wool gnawing on Vilai's ankle. Poor thing.

I haven't cast on with this gorgeous Madelinetosh Sock yet, but it's calling to me. It's ok, right, since the other socks didn't work?

The colorway is called Home, which is also weirdly fitting. I've hit the halfway point in my Japan adventures, and although I still love it here, I also miss a lot of things. My stash is one of them - I chose pretty well when selecting what yarn to bring with me, but sometimes I lust for things that are packed away in boxes in Ohio. Ah well. I've probably already waxed poetic about missing my friends enough, but I think it bears repeating. I will thoroughly enjoy the rest of my time here, but I will also be very happy to arrive in the glorious Northwest on a jet plane. Preferably with shiny new socks.

There's this bank of juniper trees on my way to school. When it rains, the water clings to their branches and makes the whole street smell like Seattle. Every morning I drink coffee and watch tv with my host mother and I hope that for just a second, my morning walk will smell just a little like home.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cory,
Ondrea and I are playing with my new computer. She just helped me set up a ravelry act.

At the moment I think I understand all the ins and outs.

Such fun to see pictures of the juniper with the rain drops. How did your host Mother like the shawl?

We miss you when do you return to Oberlin?

My ravelry name is NanBG Be well.
Nancy G.

Cory Ellen said...

Hi Nancy!
Good to hear from you, I just added you back on Ravelry!

I haven't given the shawl to my host mother yet, but I think that she'll like it. I've been working on some other projects from Knitted Lace of Estonia, and she and my host sister oohed and ahhed over the pictures, so I'm hoping that's a good sign. I didn't know anything about my siblings until I got here, but now that I know I'm going to knit some striped fingerless mitts for my host sister Minami. I figured I would wait until I leave to give my family their gifts, since it will be winter and prime season for wearing knits!

I'll be coming back to Oberlin by train in early January. I can't wait to catch up with you guys!

Hope all is well with you and at the shop!