Japanese Yarn Shopping

I've arrived safe and sound in Japan and already I have accumulated a large yarn stash. The day I landed, my husband immediately took me to yarn shops so I could browse the selection of yarn. Also before arriving in Japan, I had ordered some yarn from an online Japanese yarn distributor so I could determine whether or not I liked the company and its yarn for my knitting projects and commissions (answer: yes, I do). 

From the online distributor. I bought three balls of this yarn which I will use to knit an updated version of the Honey Comb Cowl.

From the online distributor. I bought three balls of this yarn which I will use to knit an updated version of the Honey Comb Cowl.

The Pure Wool is, as written, 100% wool. This came in a packet of 10 so it will provide enough yarn for me to knit a sweater that I am in the middle of designing! This one was bought while I was in town. The red yarn will be used to knit a variation of the Cherry Blossom Shawl. This one was bought online too.

I just really like this picture.

Also bought in town, this ball has the same yarn content as the yellow Pure Wool but in a heavier yarn weight. I plan on using this to knit a sweater for my husband.

Alpaca blend (wool/alpaca). I'm currently using this to knit an eyelet/cable beanie! Bought in town!

Not Japanese yarn! I bought this ball in Austin right before I left. My last US purchase. I'm going to use this to knit a shawl that I'm designing.

The transition of moving from the US to Japan has been a bit bumpy. Almost everything I've been used to has been flipped upside down (city to village, living with parents to living with husband, English to Japanese, you get the picture). But one thing that has helped my calm down and give me a sense of "home" has been knitting. I'm so glad I was able to pick this up as a hobby before I moved here or else my husband would be in for a rough time.

Shout out to my husband for helping me take these photos!