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A couple of my current projects, and preparing for Tokyo

I leave for Tokyo early Wednesday morning (Korea time), so these next two days will be busy packing, planning, taking my dog to his sitter, and coming to a comfortable pause on some of my projects. I babysat my friend’s shih tzu these last ten days. He just went home today, and I’m a little sad to see him go – but I think my dear boy Bodhi is delighted to have me all to himself again.

PHOTO: a little glimpse into my life this week. I had a charming, four-legged houseguest.

One crochet project will come to Japan with me, for something to do during airport lulls. It will be one that is somewhat “mindless” and doesn’t take too much space in my bag – probably the Mandala diagonal scarf, which I usually work on while watching Netflix.

I’ll also bring my Kindle on the plane, since I do have some great reading material waiting for me in there. I usually have several books going at once (similarly to my art projects). I recently finished Circe by Madeline Miller, and am about half-way through Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. Truth be told, I am fascinated by the Russian Revolution, and love good reading material about it.

Next week, I’ll have to leave behind the complicated projects. Two of the biggest stitching projects I’m working on now are ones that use cotton or cotton-blend yarns, incorporate a lot of color, and have eclectic, feminine designs. They’re a bit too involved to bring with me, but I thought I would give you a peek here, since they’ll be a priority when I get back from Japan.

The first is a shawl pattern from the Spring 2020 issue of Crochet! magazine. I wrote about it in a previous post. Here’s a photo of how it looks today:

PHOTO: close-up of the “Floating Pineapple” shawl. I’m about half-way done, at this writing.

Another project that is consuming much of my time is the start of a giant mandala/table cover design, called “Spice Market.” This pattern was supposed to be a crochet-along (CAL) with the designer, Mark Roseboom, but he cancelled it for a solid reason, and now we makers are on our own to finish it. No worries; his pattern is easy to read, but the article itself is a real challenge to make, since it uses lace-weight yarn, a tiny hook, eight colors, and a dizzying mix of stitches. There are ten parts to it, and I am now only just finishing Part 1.

I promise to keep you in the loop (ha) about it, and show you the progress as I finish each part.

That’s it! Next time you see me, I’ll be in Tokyo. Take care and be well!

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