Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Jennifer and Holly Doyne dropped in yesterday and we had a swell time catching up with Holly after her last trip to this region 5 years ago. Since she's a doctor when she's not knitting socks, we bombarded her with knitting related problems: shoulder pains and ankle pains and got good advice. She also gifted us with sock yarns. The Opal is new to me and is currently knitting up nicely. Also some tiny rosewood needles for fingers and toes which I had never seen before.

I got Jennifer to take some photos of the new yarns and beads you see below. The beads are all from this trip but a lot of the yarns are from the earlier trip 6 months ago when I got as far as Tokyo. In that time, I've only knit up two of them and my daughter is complaining that she doesn't want to have to knit them.

I gave Holly a tour of my complete stash and she had to admit I win. I have more than she does! She threatened to have Jennifer take some pictures of it, but I got out of that one.

I also ordered a slew of books from Amazon after I saw the new books at Borders in Singapore so 6 packages arrived yesterday and it was like a birthday as both girls sat down to open up the packages. I'll write next time on them as there's a lot to digest first.

If anyone has questions on what is in the pictures below, just email and I'll try to figure out the mess. I prefer the Diakeito Japanese yarns so there's a lot of that in the photo. Also some Filatura di Crosa and one Grignasco. The beads come from Bangkok (the silver ones) and the rest from Singapore and Hongkong. There are Delica seed beads, some unusual hex and bugle beads, a few Swarowski or Czech crystal beads, and some special ones from Japan that I had to have.

Oriental yarns addition Posted by Hello

bead purchase Posted by Hello

Monday, May 16, 2005

Dayana, me and Danny at roofless restaurant in Bangkok Posted by Hello


I had a good trip and it's even better to be home again. I got to be with my kids a lot. My son just moved into a really gorgeous apt in Singapore near an active street of nightlife (if one can say that about Singapore) so we had a lot of fun going to furniture stores buying him stuff. He's a great purchaser and didn't waste his money. But what he bought was good and inexpensive except for his hifi. I first flew to Hongkong to my daughter's apt up on the hill with her great views in two directions. A few days later we flew off to Bangkok for the weekend and my son joined us too. WE did the night market and the weekend market and I found great silver stuff for jewelry at both places. These markets are huge so when I say I found good stuff, I have to congratulate myself for surviving as the weather is terribly hot and damp. We ate at a restaurant high up with no roof and I will get a picture up to show it.

Then my son and I flew off to Singapore (my first time there) and he put me up for about 2 weeks and was very hospitable and lots of fun. While I was there he got his sweaters I had made him over the years from the storage place in LA (USA)and it was absolutely amazing to go through them all. I told him in the hot weather there the only way to clean them is drycleaning or else they may not dry and get moldy. I made some great friends in Singapore who have blogs and their own stitch n bitch group and they kept me busy running around to the LYS in town. I liked the Golden Dragon the best as it had the most and also lots of Japanese beads. I'll have more photos of some of the new stash to put up shortly. Also in Singapore the Japanese bookstore Kinokunyia had a 20% discount sale on everything so I did well on Japanese knitting magazines. I also am excited about a book on beading and embroidery in the Straits which I bought.

Then on the last week, we flew for 24 hours to Jakarta and I have to say that was the real focal point of this trip. Danny took me to meet again some of his friends and they took me around the whole day and he went off to work. No beads or yarns here, but I did find some really cute cats and some great batik pants. Towards evening I met up with Tanti, a self-taught knitter. She works in a bank in the same bldg where my son used to work and he dropped around and met her too and we invited her to join us and his friends at a revolving restaurant in town. I have a picture of her too. I'm hoping she will manage to travel to meet the other knitters I've met in Singapore and Hongkong. Anyway, talking to her and to my son's friends, helped me to understand what I was seeing in Jakarta. I also bought two books by a friend of my son's: Daniel Ziv. One on Jakarta and one on Bangkok. Both are definitely not your normal travel book.

Then back to Singapore for a few more days and then on to Hongkong where I met up with Eva and Marjorie who had returned recently from the states. We had a wonderful day together. I told everyone I plan on returning in November and renewing friendships with everyone I've met.