We’re stuck

Today is a “staying at home” day, however, Bella and I have a company. Dave the Plumber is beavering away in our boiler room, replacing a 15 years old diaphragm. Bella is very curious what is going on, and I have to keep on recalling her so she won’t be a nuisance to Dave.

The sun is shining outside and it looks so inviting. What a shame that we are stuck at home!

Let’s do something useful…

Mmmm… I’m not feeling it. It is not working! Oh well, I’m gonna undo it later.

Bella seems to be lost also…

She can’t decide which toy she wants to play with.

I hope Dave will finish the job soon so Bella and I can go for a stroll before the sun is gone…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Blooming bloomers

It is so blooming typical! After just two days of sunshine, the weather has turned. A moment of balmy summer is cruelly snatched away from our grasp yet again. I don’t know which is better though – a fleeting summer to leave us with full of yearning, or a long scorching one to fry us utterly all charred. 

Technically, it is still in May and some of you may find it odd that I call last weekend’s weather as summer. But you see, British weather is like the line in Forrest Gump. It is truly like a box of chocolates. You never know what you gonna get next day or next week. A typical joke we crack on the day after a hot spell goes like ‘Oh well, the summer is over now’. It is supposed to be a joke but at the same time, we are always a little apprehensive if the summer will come back for this year again. 

Anyway, I am taking advantage of this cooler (& wet) weather to knit a pair of woolly bloomers. Yes, you’ve heard me right. I am knitting bloomer!

The sun may bugger off and the clouds may sit on our heads until they find anything better to do. Still, life goes on so let’s keep buggering on…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Rowan The Cheapskate…

During a Mr.B’s wee patrol this morning, I encountered an odd sight.
A pair of blue jeans in a children’s size was resting on one of the windowsills of our apartment building as someone tossed it up casually but also purposefully.
In about 30 yards away, there was a street bin by the bus shelter, and therefore, there was an option for a more civilised way to dispose the unwanted article. However, whoever it was decided to act otherwise for God knows whatever the reason. Is this a new obscure sign between urban gangs /cults in communicating with one another? Or the result of a frustrated parent’s moment of madness as she or he (or both) “lost” it and flung the pair out of the car and it ended up landing on the windowsill? In either way, a poor child somewhere went pants-less for a while and now the sight of an abandoned garment in this peculiar style perplexes passers-by and our cleaning staffs…
Hubbie is in India right now, taking photos of the life in various slums of New Delhi with his client who runs the charity, Water Aid.
A heap of emergency food supplies packed in the suitcase as he is not keen on spicy foods…
He dropped me a short line this morning, saying how depressing to witness the inhabitants who have to endure challenging circumstance on a daily basis. His email makes me feel extremely fortunate to be born and raised in a society where clean running water and decent sanitation are prerequisite. I hope the images he captures will help to highlight the plight of the slum-dwelling people and improve the conditions so far they have to endure.
In Hubbie’s absence, I am mainly at home and keeping my fingers busy with working on samples for A/W 2015 & 2016.
Ever since Rowan decided to discontinue their lovely Big Wool Drift, I was looking for a similar multicolour yarn and when I saw Big Wool Colour, I thought the solution had been found…
However, my expectation evaporated as soon as I started to work with it.
Rowan, how could you name this yarn, which is just a bad imitator of the namesake, as “Big Wool Colour”? My point of contention is the way the yarn is produced. Instead of plying multiple strands of fleece, this yarn has a spine – a black thread – around which fleeces are wrapped around…
They are so loosely wound around the spine and fragile which in return makes a yarn really pain in the a** to handle. It can stuck between stitches because the yarn has weird humps. The strand also doesn’t have any give and bounce like conventionally produced yarns as the thread in the middle has no elasticity. I never encountered any yarn which was this troublesome until I used Big Wool Colour.
I was cursing all the way while I was making a gilet…
The people of Rowan, you are cheapskate. You might have thought that you invented a brilliant way to recycle left over fleece on your factory floor by gathering them and twining them to a strand and selling on the concoction as a new range. True knitters will soon find the yarn unpleasant and time-wasting to work with and swear never to touch it again. And you charge it the same price as Big Wool?
Should be ashamed, Rowan. I am very much indignant…

Dazzling Yet Functional…

The rain kept on coming down all day yesterday.
I took Mr.B out on the street to spend a penny but he wasted no time sniffing around. Just finished his business as quickly as he could and bee-lined to the warmth of our flat. Well, are you really sure that you and those hardy sheepdogs share the same DNA?
It sounds so far-fetched when I see his behaviour…



Hubbie was still in Hong Kong and I needed something to cheer me up.
Then, a DHL courier arrived at my door step with a small box from Net A Porter…


As always, the sight of their distinctive black packaging made my heart to palpitate even though I knew exactly what was in inside!



Karl Lagerfeld’s bejewelled fingerless gloves.


For me, gloves must be fingerless  because of my excessive reliance on my iPhone. You don’t know how many normal gloves were lost in the past because I had to take them off in order to touch the screen…


How does it look?
The gloves were size S/M but still slightly on the large side for me.

While I was knitting another Meringue jumper in blue velvet, Letizia texted me that my gilet in denim blue found a new owner…


Mmmm…, my stock in DiGuardo is depleting. I must keep on knitting more…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Second Bramley

My beloved Bramley – a jacket with a sumptuous collar – is finished!
To be precise, it was actually finished last Monday.


I am loving everything about this jacket.
The colour, the shape, the collar which also becomes a snood, the pockets…etc
It feels priceless when the time & effort I’ve invested in bears fruit like “Bramley”…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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