Friday, June 16, 2006

Japanese Knitting Books

Oh no! I'm may have found another knitting related obsession. First, there was the yarn, and then there was the patterns, and then there was the alpaca, and now I've discovered Japanese Knitting Books.

I had bought some Japanese bead books about 10 or so years ago. They are just wonderful. And late last year I was reading about Japanese craft books but I didn't see anything about knitting ones.

But today while I was reading some blogs and I saw an entry about Japanese knitting books and before you know it I was down a rabbit hole where I ended up on the Amazon Japan website ordering two books/magazines of knitting designs/patterns. It is crazy because I can't even read Japanese. But if the knitting books are anything like the bead books, then there will be some high quality eye candy for sure!

Here are the two books I ordered:

I think the second one is a crochet book. There is no English descriptions on the Amazon Japan site. It is pretty much a crap shoot. But several people had great things to say about the first.

I used a online tutorial on how to order on the Japan Amazon site. It made the whole ordering thing a snap.

There were a lot more that I would have liked to get but they are kinda pricey. And the shipping cost me more then the two books. All told it is about $30.

My mom lives in Seattle and I read on a couple of blogs of a book store there that sells Japanese Knitting Books, so I just might be asking for that for my birthday (hint, hint mom!)

It will be 6 to 8 weeks before I get the books. I'll post more when I get them. If you have Japanese knitting books leave a comment and let me know which ones you like best. Thanks!

Japanese Knitting Patterns and Japanese Knitting Books


Beak-Knits said...

I have been down that same path...such different stuff.

My brother just got married and moved to Tokyo, so I am trying to save up to go visit him next summer. If we happen to come accross a few yarn sotres while there...well, I couldn't be blamed, could I?

Rhonda said...

Ah, Japan. I went there about 15 years ago to visit a friend. It is a wonderful place to visit.

I'd be in trouble if I got over there now!