Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Cherry Blossom Fit For a Prince

Naturally since my niece Jasmine was born at around the same time as Prince George, and further because she is the cutest thing ever...
Jasmine 10 months
...I expect them to marry. Perhaps they will honeymoon in Tokyo in April. Then they will truly make the title of this blogpost true and not just a long winded way of saying this is the garden of the Prince Sakura Tower Hotel. If you are in Tokyo then the garden is free to visit, although to be honest there are much better ones. I was just in the vicinity and it is open on Mondays, which is when I went.
Cherry Blossom at the Prince Sakura Tower Hotel
I know I have already gushed about this in a previous post, but the masses of flowers are very beautiful and just ridiculously japanese.
Cherry Blossom at the Prince Sakura Tower Hotel
This garden also boasted the largest Koi I've ever seen.
Huge Koi Carp
Random woman's hand included for scale.
Cherry Blossom at the Prince Sakura Tower Hotel
Cherry Blossom at the Prince Sakura Tower Hotel
Cherry Blossom at the Prince Sakura Tower Hotel
As if two blossom visits were not enough, yesterday I went to the gardens at Tokyo National Museum which are only open to the public for a few weeks during the blossoming. The Museum happens to be opposite Ueno Park which is another blossomtastic venue and I took many pictures, which you can expect to see here in coming days.

Before I forget, registration for this swap closes in a few days.
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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March Makes

Considering this month included a week of parental visit I think I've achieved quite a few FOs.
March Makes
Going top to bottom and left to right we have...
1. Whale for Jasmine - see below for more
2. Washi Picture Frames - a kit my Mum chose when they were here and asked me to make for her.
3. Scrapbooked photo album - of when the parents were here. This is my first go at any kind of paper craft since my ATC phase in about 2007 and I'm rather pleased with it.
4. Owl socks - see below for more
5. Jasmine's cardigan
6. My hat - epic
7. Cat bag
8. Swatch holder from the online Colour course I did
9. Patch for one of my oldest tops made out of 1/3" hexagons.
10. Lucy Boston block for Jan
11. Mum's bling earrings - see below for more
12. Sian's bling ring - see below for more

I am not exactly an inactive blogger but it seems I've failed to blog about more than half of these which seems odd. Here are a few close ups of things. Jasmine's whale first.
Whale Patchwork in Progress
This is a kit from the washi paper shop which intrigued me as it uses the (patented) Easy Tuck! system.
Whale Patchwork in Progress
You stick printed stickers on the wrong side of the fabric, cut out your shapes, peel the sticker off the fabric and the board (which is pre-cut and also sticky) and pop the two together. You then stuff the ends into the gaps with some sort of purpose made thing I didn't buy, or a bodkin.
Whale Patchwork in Progress
My first attempt left a few loose threads tufting out but I always enjoy trying something new and this was a quick little project.

The other thing for Jasmine is a summer cardi which I knitted using some discounted red cotton from Yuzawaya.
Jasmine's Summer Cardi
The pattern is a free one from Knitty which you can find here. My other knitting feat was finally finishing the socks I'd been doing a row or two at a time on.
Owl sock close up
I used the free pattern 'Aquaphobia' which you can find here but omitted the cable. I think this is my third pair with this pattern which is a great one for hand painted yarn that you suspect is going to pool.

Finally, last month I made myself a blingy ring after seeing a sample at Kiwa in Asakasabushi. I took my Mum there and she loved it too, but wanted hers in white as earrings. She's a clip-on wearer so the availability of such things is limited. We bought the parts and...ta da!
Mum's Bling Earrings
When I made my ring I offered to make my sister one too but with more stars (she has a thing about stars). Hers is on the left, my original make is on the right.
Sian's Star Ring
I really like using the smaller elements together. Perhaps more of this bling will be appearing in the future!

Recent knitting leaves me without anything on the needles, other than a mass of UFOs of course but then we know those don't count. I will need to think of something since I have a 12.5 hour plane ride coming up when I return to the UK for a visit!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Cherry Blossom in Tokyo

The blossom is just starting to come out. Everything in the shops has been blossom themed for weeks but this is the actual event. Pooch and I went to drink it in by walking along the river at Nekameguro, about 25 minutes walk from here.
Cherry Blossom in NakaMeguro
Cherry Blossom in NakaMeguro
The blossom was about 50% out which was plenty to have attracted a lot of visitors. There were stalls and booths up both sides of the river selling food and pretty much every second one had a cherry themed drink. I had a Martini Rose with strawberries bobbing in it. The lanterns really were neon and are lit up at night. The writing essentially says "Buy the best from Cooper's Creosote Ltd" or the equivalent for the local businesses.
Cherry Blossom in NakaMeguro
There was no scent from these but the colour was lovely. A very, very pale pink whereas the buds looked properly pink. It all reminded me of the flower fairy colouring.
Cherry Blossom in NakaMeguro
Although looking at the flower fairy, she's not pink at all apart from her sash. Hmmm. Anyway. 
Cherry Blossom in NakaMeguro
It was pretty awesome. 

Sadly things here have not worked out quite as planned for Pooch (I'm having a brilliant time, not working and all) so it is possible we will be coming back to the UK much sooner than we had originally thought. I won't know how much longer we'll be here for some time yet but in the meantime it means I am appreciating the experiences I am having all the more!

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