We had a fun but quick trip to the Bay Area. Peter got his boat fix and got to test drive a Dodge Sprinter, and I got to see some old friends (including cancer-fighting Megan, who is looking very good these days) and eat some Japanese food. We made it to Kinokuniya Books in San Jose, but I felt a little frantic and rushed in there. I ended up with three books, none of them knitting books!
The one on the left has a bunch of purses and pouches and other goodies. It is the same book that Amy of Angry Chicken recently purchased. She has some great photos of the book on her blog here.
The book on the right is all about gift wrapping. If you don’t know, the Japanese are a little, shall we say, obsessed with wrapping. Oftentimes the wrapping on a package is more elaborate and sophisticated than the contents. Even if you buy some little 40 cent trinket, you will get a nice little package for it. Here is one page from the book. It displays the various ways of wrapping a box!
The book in the center is all about chirimen, a type of Japanese silk fabric that I have long adored. I would love to be able to make some of these things, but I don’t think I have the patience. They are all done by hand. Check out this cute purse!