Apologies for the absence. I had the good fortune to take an extended work trip to 2 places that I have been on my wish list - China and Japan.
Shanghai was my first destination and although I spent most of my time in meeting rooms, I got to experience local food and culture and this amazing skyline:
Over the weekend I was able to visit the Yu Garden area in Shanghai, which is an interesting mix of older architecture and commerce. I enjoyed wandering around this area and seeing some craftsmen at work.
The next destination was Tokyo, and I was able to see the Meiji Jingu Shrine, the Imperial Palace, Harajuku, and one craft area in a local department store (bonus!)
I was on a high after this trip, feeling extremely lucky to have had a taste of these great cities, and I hope to return to both places in the future.
Long flights also means I have a little craft update too with lots of plane knitting time! Shortly before the trip I had received a recommended post in my facebook feed for a new-to-me designer: Janina Kallio. I really liked the airy shawl designs, and selected one of these for the trip - Rosewater shawl. I had the perfect yarn for it too - some handspun that I had found on Etsy a few years ago, in a gorgeous purple. The beginning garter stitch section was good simple knitting for a travel project.
Have you had a fun summer?
I hope that you are all well.