Beijing & the Yarn Bus

We’ve finally arrived in China! 

Everything is a little different here – like they had real immigration people (that looked real serious) to check our passports.  The Lotus Yarn company awaited us….with a bus FULL of yarn:

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Got cashmere???

They had all our pre-orders ready, plus lots more good stuff. I got silk, silk, and more silk, some cashmere, bamyak, bamboo, and some cotton with a touch of cashmere blended (Autumn Wind). I swatched the cotton blend right away and am in love with it. Finally I’ve found a yarn that will be good for Oklahoma weather, and with the cashmere, is soft enough to be a pleasure to knit. Uh-oh, I just spotted some merino lace-weight that I have to buy….(and all this without getting out of my seat!)

We have a long drive to Beijing so occasionally I set my knitting down and took a picture:

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When we arrived, I really didn’t pay attention to what we were going to do, I just (barely) kept up with the group and took the odd picture of my foreign surroundings along the way:

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Here I am, just inside the forbidden city – yes, the layers were necessary (so glad I took some warm knits with me). Although we were blessed with a sunny day, it was chilly to say the least.

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This place is amazingly beautiful

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…so much to look at

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Everytime you go through a gate or doorway, there’s even more ahead of you than you’ve already seen:

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I was fascintated with the ceramic roofs. They are incredibly ornate, and glistened like gold in the sunshine:

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Evidently, I’m drawn to golden things

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…but I did try to remember to look down from time to time

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(and up)

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There’s me again, still uncomfortable with being on the other side of the camera:

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“Look at those knockers!” (couldn’t help myself)

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3 Responses to “Beijing & the Yarn Bus”

  1. rmsheffler Says:

    All I can say is: WOW!

  2. Purpleworms Says:

    Just beautiful, Chris! You got some gorgeous photos (and you look pretty good on that side of the camera too!

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