Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm Shopping Again - HELP!

I need a muzzle on my fingers.  This internet has really put a dent in my pocketbook.

Having lived in Japan I feel an affinity to all things Japanese.  I can still remember where we lived, although I was but a wee thing.

I can remember the sand piles in the middle of the road where they put the ammunition for some be picked up and moved, I think.  I lived in Post War Tachikawa. This is a photo of my younger brother who was born in Japan.  He is near one of those ominous sand piles.

  The women were gentle and loving and ever so talented. My "nanny" was Aokisan and I loved her so very much. Mom said she probably would have kidnapped me as she felt an affinity of me like I did her.  I wonder what every happened to her?

Now I like to collect Japanese crochet books.  I have a few already, but a few just doesn't seem enough.  Ms. Beverly found the site YesAsia for me.  I just purchased several more books today....these aren't cheap, BUT there are always more patterns than you can shake a stick at! (To improperly end a phrase in a preposition).

I purchased four new books.  This is one of them....full of shawls and shrugs:

Do you shop when you are happy, or like me when life throws you a curve ball?  I find that spending my money on something which makes me feel as if I am in control, and that I can make some changes in my life tends to perk me up.  At least as long as the browser if open!!  And, too, when the items arrive. Then I have to find space, and some day go back and look at it.

THEN I feel really good when I end up passing it along to someone else who will use it.  Isn't that just the way life goes!??

May your life be full of blessings!


  1. I just love re-gifting items. By BFF and I seem to regift every Christmas . . makes me so happy.

  2. That book looks beautiful!!
    Are you able to read the patterns? I would love to learn if there is a difference between western and eastern symbols.
    Please advise.
    Thanks so much.

  3. Hi Christine! Yes, I can read the patterns. Most of the symbols are very similar or the same, some are a tad different but it is the way they combine them. I think the symbols are now international and they are finding that doing pattern books with symbols opens up a whole new world of buyers! They have pages with what the symbols mean, but it is in Japanese. You just have to watch carefully, and write them down. Anyone can get the hang of it!