Japanese knitting and crochet resources

This cutie has me hyperventilating and ready to sign up for Japanese classes. As do many of the other Japanese knitting books out there on the interwebs.

For the curious, here are some links to get you started on buying Japanese craft books and decyphering Japanese symbols and charts:

This terrific post from the Japanese Knitting Patterns blog has wonderful round up of translation sources, blogs and knitting groups.

The Japanese Knitting and Crochet Group on Ravelry has created a similar list.

A compendium of resources for crocheters...

Habu Textiles has the most remarkable yarns and patterns. (And they were so sweet to send me another pattern electronically when mine went missing!) I'm mad for my Habu White Cardigan #115 and will be swanning around in it tomorrow!

Olga Buraya-Kefelian's designs are Japan-inspired.

As are some of Cheryl Oberle's.

Increasingly you can find Japanese knitting and crochet books in U.S. LYSes. Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder carries some and I spied a smattering of titles at Hill Country Weavers in Austin.

I, say, though...let's all go to Tokyo. Japan could certainly use the visitors and warm wishes.

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