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Yukata Update - Class 2

I blogged about the first Yukata making class here. The second day was last weekend and very good fun. The organiser actually made a 30 second video of it which I've embedded below.
I was discussing this with Natalie and describing the stitches we used when she said she hoped I'd be blogging about them. Hum. So here they are, although the photos were taken with my old camera, hence slightly dodgy focusing. (Everything beyond this point will only make sense if you know how to sew.)
Things to remember while looking at this - the long edges of the fabric are already finished because it is only about 35cm wide (but 12m long) when bought. Therefore there is no chance of these fraying. In addition the fabric is very heavily starched when you buy it so takes a folded crease very well and this also lessens the chance of any fraying while you work on the hems. Lastly, the fabric itself is quite densely woven cotton, so yet again the chance of fraying is minimal. 
First we have the tack…

Testing My New Camera

I've been getting annoyed with the performance of my camera recently - specifically the lack of focus if the flash is turned off - so I decided it was time for a new one. Usually I am loathe to replace something until it is broken but when I thought about it the camera was given to me by my sister when she broke up with the boyfriend before the boyfriend before the man she married who she is now divorcing. So it is at least 7 years old and that is a lifetime in electronics.

I went for a Samsung with built-in wifi, good zoom abilities and a large touch-screen on the back so you can manually choose the focus point.
The picture links to Amazon although the price is about £20 higher than when I bought it a month ago (when it was about 65% off) so if you are looking for one you might want to see if the price goes down again in the next few weeks. 
I had it forwarded on from the UK since these things are uber expensive here and it arrived last week. I clearly needed to take it for a tes…

May Makes

A busy month for crafting.
The little shrink plastic charm that I blogged about here has had to be binned. I found some uv resin and globbed it on a little too enthusiastically and stuck it to the board I'd put it on to dry. In trying to detach it the thing snapped. Let's face it, it was doomed from the start. Shame really. Let us never talk of it again.

I don;t seem to have mentioned the coat hanger thingy. Inspired by pinterest, and the best way to store vest tops if you don't have any shelves. The s-hooks were sliding on the coat hanger until I wound some chunky novelty yarn around it, secured at each end with tape. Not exactly a beautiful item, but highly functional.

I didn't blog about the death star? That was Pooch's 10 year anniversary present from me and deserves to be seen in more detail...
Done all by EPP using the FREE pattern from Quirky Granola Girl. For her to give it away free makes her a nominee for blogger of the year in my book.

Lastly we have the…

Chinese Style

Yokohama is about 30 minutes from Tokyo and allegedly the largest Chinatown outside China. Pooch and I had been meaning to visit since we arrived and last weekend we finally made it.
It is a place of many gates.
Also of places selling things covered in pandas.
Or just creepy animatronics of them in their doorways.
Plus a man with a crab on his head.

We had a lovely time meandering past food stalls and trying the odd thing before settling on a restaurant for a very nice lunch.

There were some big boats in the harbour - a japanese navy boat you could look round and a huge cruise ship backing out of port.
There was also a doll museum which we didn't visit, but which reminded me of a book Natalie and I saw when we went craft shopping the other day. I was at the till and Natalie had picked it up to flick through. I saw her expression change and she showed me what she'd chanced upon. The book was A4 and very thick and was a step by step photographic how to make a realistic doll of a…

Japanese Scrubbies

A few years back there was a big Ravelry craze for "scrubbies" - scrubbing cloths crocheted from cotton which could be used in the kitchen or bathroom. I even created my own pattern for my own "Furry Mitt" although looking back I see the photos went when I closed my photobox account. They are still here on Ravelry. Good grief, 8 people made one. Well in that case I'll dig out the photo.
Epic! I've still got those pyjama bottoms. Anyway, getting distracted.

I was in Tokyo Hands in Shibuya looking for mosquito fatwa associated products and saw these ones, intended for the kitchen of course.
And for those still interested in crocheting them - why not make an outfit for your scrubbie? Or just buy one of course.
I think manufacturers in the UK are leaving kitchens needlessly unembellished by not including such products in their ranges.

Nippori - Tokyo's "Fabric Town"

If you sew and you visit Tokyo, you HAVE to visit Nippori.
It is a bit out of the way although if you are going to the park or museums of Ueno then you're practically there. Kinda. Plus it has Yanaka next door which I've written about here.

If you are visiting for fabric then you can't do better than read this blogpost for directions from the station and a run down of shops. The information is still correct and her favourite shops are coincidentally mine too (I only just noticed this even though I've referred to her directions several times).

When you come out of the station you'll find this guy waiting for you.
He looks pretty epic but it's all japanese to me on the plaque so I don't know who he is. Enough of that though. Shops!
There are basically fabric shops everywhere although a minority, like the one above, specialise in notions. You can meander in and out of these and feel the fabric, but it's always wise to wait until you've seen Tomato'…