Cherry Blossom Festival

Street Festival season has begun! This weekend was the kickoff of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. This annual festival celebrates the traditions and culture of the Japanese community.  img_8197One of our first stops was a Tea Ceremony demonstration held in a replica of a Japanese Tea House. This was a really nice experience. We learned a lot about how Tea Ceremonies are a elemental component of traditional Japanese culture. During the demonstration, we go to sample a sweet and some traditional green tea. Thank goodness the red bean cake was overly sweet as the tea was quite bitter. img_8199Next up was the origami exhibit. The items on display were pretty amazing. Hard to believe they are made from a couple of pieces of paper huh?

img_8202img_8200Afterward, we headed for the good stuff…the food :). The lines were super long at most of the stands therefore, we only got to try two items. The first was beef balls. These delicious treats consisted of beef fried in a rice coating with teriyaki sauce on top. So yummy!

img_8204Next, we tried Japanese Hot Dogs. These were outstanding. I forgot what exactly was on mine, but I do remember how delectable it was. The coolest part was the seaweed garnish on top.

IMG_8205[1]Lastly, we did some sake sampling. My favorite…sparking sake. It had a smooth subtle taste with just the right about of bubbles.Cheers!

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WIP Wednesday

Returning to one’s routine is always tough. This week, I have been trying really hard to focus on work tasks. It has been difficult. I would rather think about my wedding in 83 days or knitting or snacks (haha).

Here are the current projects on the needles:

This is the front of a new sweater called Mimic by Veronika Jobe. This yarn was previously a sweater I had knit 4 or 5 years ago. The sweater looked horrible as I knew nothing about gauge back then. The sweater ended up coming out too wide and too short. I unraveled it a year ago hoping to find something better to do with the yarn. Hopefully, this pattern will yield me a better garment.

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My second Nutkin sock is going well. I just turned the heel and and progressing with the foot.

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What are you working on this Wednesday?

Freebies

I love Instagram. It is such a great way to share projects and promote fiber related things. I recently stumbled upon this post: 

   What a cute hat! And the pattern is free? Awesome! I clicked the link to Knotions Magazine and discovered a nice site. There are free patterns and tutorials available. The patterns look very well written and most contain charts and written directions. So when you have a few moments head over to their site to oogle some fiber goodness. 

Finished Object Friday

Well I am back in San Francisco! It is good to be home. Our trip was a little fast paced, but a great change in scenery.Travel always makes me happy.

On the trip, I started making a pair of Nutkin Socks by Beth LaPensee. This is a free pattern on Ravelry that is well written. I really like that she included a chart and written directions. The pattern is very easy to memorize, so it makes for a quick knit. I didn’t have  US 1.5 knitting needles, therefore I am using my Knit Picks US size 1 circular needles. The change in size did make my socks a little snug, but I have teeny tiny baby feet so it works for me.

img_7585Yarn: Twisted Owl Fiber Studio 2-ply Sock Yarn (100g) in “Birds of a Feather”

One sock down and one to go! What did you finish this Friday?