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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2007 06:54:54 PM »

Those pics/diagrams made my mouth water.  They look more sophisticated than the the Crochet Stitch Bible.  Must get one now!
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2007 01:14:31 PM »

I made my first swatch! 


It looks like polka dots, but it is regular scallops (sorry.. maybe they are shells..) and then inverted scallops (shells). 
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2007 03:45:55 PM »

Oh, now I REALLY can't wait for mine to arrive! Thanks for the preview!
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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2007 12:19:57 AM »

I went to Kinokuniya in SF J-town and got this book (300 patterns) and a large knit/crochet pattern magazine.  (Found them through this Japanese bookstore directory.)  They're also having another booklet shipped from another branch (first saw it  here and search/scroll to ISBN 4277171818; other cool craftbooks galore).  Had tons of fun browsing through the many crochet/knit/amigurumi books.  A lot of books gave equal time to crochet and knitting, which is totally cool by me as I knit too.  Also saw books full of gorgeous motifs that I've never seen in an American book.

I'm so thrilled!  Japanese crochet/knit pattern books are amazing!  First, the stitch patterns and garment designs are really cool.  And, they don't just have charts for the special stitch pattern, they have charts and schematics for everything--often the whole hat, sweater, whatever.  (I'll put pics on my blog tomorrow).  Like Trifarina said, why can't all crochet books do the same??  Thanks, IamSusie, for sharing this with us.  It's really opened up a whole new (crochet/knit) world for me. 

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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2007 06:24:53 AM »

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That is exactly the place that I got mine... well the one in Illinois anyway.  I was a bit disappointed because I expected them to have more books to choose from.  I also hoped to see Cotton Time and Cotton Paint magazines in person, but they didn't have them that day.  It's probably just that our bookstore is smaller.

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« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2007 09:40:08 AM »

Geeze!  Now I have to drive up to the city!
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« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2007 12:45:49 PM »

The SF store is pretty big.  The crochet selection seemed pretty decent to me, but then I don't know what all is out there in Japanese crochet books.  Like IamSusie said, a lot of lace, potholders, etc.  But really cute hats/scarves/bags/sweaters too.

I put a few (low-res )pics of the mag up on my blog.

Trifarina--if you ever do go and the clerk doesn't understand "crochet"-- the clerk initially took me to cross-stitch, lol--mention that crochet/knitting/beading are all in one place.  Their English is okay/not great, but they try to be very helpful. 
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« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2007 01:09:25 PM »

Rina- have you ever been to the Kinokuniya in San Jose?  I'm sure it's not as good as the SF location, but would be a little closer to me.
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2007 04:00:34 PM »

Nope.  But if you know what you want, they can get a copy shipped from another branch or special order from Japan.  I think they will also ship directly to you for a fee, though at that point YesAsia might be cheaper.  I walked in with printouts of what I wanted--including ISBN #'s--and that helped a lot.  If you do go, let me know what it's like. My mom lives down there so I could work in a visit. 

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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2007 02:32:49 AM »

Hrmm.. Maybe I should find out where exactly the Portland store is located... *plots for book shopping*
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