Hey, lookee what I found while unpacking!!
This WIP brings back such memories... I had bought the kit while in Tokyo in Nov 2006, from this impossibly elegant yarn studio called "Mother Earth". I still recall the crisp morning autumn air as I dragged my poor husband through the streets of a suburban neighbourhood, desperately scanning for signs that scream 'YARN' to me. I had even dug up my courage to enquire (in horribly rusty Japanese) of a passerby as to where the shop was.. only to have her reply (in perfect English) "oh sorry i'm not local". Hmmm.
We finally found the quiet little storefront, tucked away in a corner. The soft tinkling of the bell as I opened the wooden door, the comforting smell of lavender & rose oils in the air, and the subdued, mellow shades of cones and cones of natural-dyed yarn adorning an entire wall; awakened all my senses. This was and still is yarn heaven for me.
Needless to say, I did major damage there, and in the process, horribly shocked the soft-spoken owner when I nearly bought entire cones of yarn off the wall. She actually refused some purchases. My favourite was the scarf kit above that is made up of little crochet motifs. The center of each motif uses yarn naturally dyed from the Sakura plant, and the edges are in a whisper-light mohair. The colors go together so harmoniously and the motifs come out so delicately that I recall thinking to myself that I will never use big needles or bright colors ever again... such was the influence of that shop experience.
And in case u think I made up such a shop...