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Yumiko Alexander's Free DanDoh Scarf Pattern for Japan, Plus a Knitted Kimono Kit Giveaway!

Apr 26, 2011

Knitting Daily TV is chock-full of well-known knitting and crochet designers, and series 600 is no exception. On episode 605 designer Yumiko Alexander shares with Shay Pendray her experience designing garments in knit and crochet for her first book with Universal Yarn: Yumiko Warm Earth. To see the full collection of patterns in the book and to see other patterns designed by Yumiko Alexander, visit www.universalyarn.com

Watch the video:


 

And here's Yumiko with more about her designing, in particular designing a beautiful scarf pattern to help those in her native Japan:  

I am Japanese.  When I moved to the US in 1997 my English was limited and everything was very new for me. But I have been always myself because of my knitting. Knitting is a way to communicate with people and my designs express myself without talking. Knitting has made my life in the US very beautiful. 

In Japan, I designed and sold my original knitted and crocheted garments.  After I moved to the US, I started to write my patterns. Support for my development as a fiber artist has come from many sources. Important among them is Tempe Yarn and Fiber,  a local yarn shop in Tempe, AZ, and Universal Yarn, for which I am a designer, and for whom I published my first book in 2010: Universal Yarn Book 1: Warm Earth Book 1.

With the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last month I became very sad and worried. I was just watching the news and thought that I could not do anything for those so far away in Japan.  But my knitting friends said: "Let's start a charity knitting project for Japan" and they started knitting hats right away. Then I thought: "I can do something for Japan as a designer," and so I created an easy scarf pattern in Wisdom Yarns Poems Silk  for the project, called the DanDoh Scarf - Knitted Hug for Japan (pictured right).  Now I feel much better and positive.  While making the scarves, the knitters will think of the Japanese people, and those who wear the scarves will think of the people who made them.

Download the free pattern for Yumiko's DanDoh Scarf - Knitted Hug for Japan  from the Universal Yarn website!


Celebrate Japan! Free Kimono Kit Giveaway:

Celebrate Yumiko's heritage and knit one of her Japan-inspired designs. Universal Yarn is giving away two kits to make the Kyoto kimono from her book Universal Yarn Book 1: Yumiko Warm Earth. Simply leave a comment on this blog to enter the giveaway. We'll randomly select two winners at noon MST, Wednesday, May 4th.

Tell us what you've done to aid Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, have you knitted anything with Japan in mind? Share with other knitters your stories of Japanese-inspired designs, what have you knitted that embodies the cultures and fashions of Japan? Let us know if you've ever traveled to Japan, and if the culture or Japanese lifestyle inspired your knitwear in any way.

If you haven't already donated to relief efforts in Japan, it's not too late. Please share your good fortune with those devastated by the earthquake and tsunami by visiting reputable donation sites. And take a moment out of your day to celebrate the wonderful people and cultures of Japan.

This blog was proudly sponsored by Universal Yarns. For more information on Yumiko Alexander's designs and publications, and Universal Yarn's products, please visit their website.

 

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Dolly D wrote
on Sep 17, 2012 10:09 AM

I love your designs.  The combination of knit and crochet has always made a more finished item.  Each adds their own design elements.  Dolly D

ris115 wrote
on Feb 24, 2012 1:16 PM

Would love to have the kimono kit.

ivymoore wrote
on May 4, 2011 12:05 PM

I love multi cultural designs and have tried incorporating Hawaiian designs (found in quilts) and Celtic squares (for my crocheted granny squares). I'm going to enjoy adding Japanese designs to my short list :)

I think quite a few of us have already contributed toward Japans relief effort - our hearts went out to the families there. I personally think crafter's have such wonderful giving spirits.

Thank you for sharing your lovely design Yumiko :) and especially for reminding us of the ongoing relief efforts that need our help across the sea.

:)

AndreaG@24 wrote
on May 4, 2011 6:21 AM

Love the pattern. Love the kimono. Would love to win. Praying for Japan regardless!

AndreaG@24 wrote
on May 4, 2011 6:21 AM

Love the pattern. Love the kimono. Would love to win. Praying for Japan regardless!

Stphnswfe08 wrote
on May 3, 2011 5:34 PM

I love Japanese culture. My husband visited Japan in November for work and he loved it. We plan on taking a trip there someday. I plan on doing some Japanese inspired knitting soon. :)

Jean Ashley wrote
on May 3, 2011 4:49 PM

I bought the Mitered Crosses Blanket pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting, and I also sent money to a few charities (Doctors without Borders, etc.). Thanks for the pattern, the giveaway, and for once again reminding all of us of the continued need for assistance.

larahew wrote
on May 3, 2011 4:47 PM

i love kimono's, have two from japan, and would love to knit one myself!!

chris@117 wrote
on May 3, 2011 4:32 PM

I am crocheting a Shawl/Jacket with NORO yarn and have been considering a pattern form the books with kimono style knits.  I think Yumiko's scarf pattern will make great gifts next winter.

chris (ckittrell00@yahoo.com)

KarenC@2 wrote
on May 3, 2011 1:56 PM

What wonderful designs! Thanks for sharing your Japanese inspired designs with others!

Kathy S@2 wrote
on May 3, 2011 11:59 AM

Please continue to donate

angelaholm wrote
on May 3, 2011 11:43 AM

I love the kimono style!

CatMyers wrote
on May 3, 2011 8:28 AM

Beautiful designs and yarn.  I really like the effects Yumiko has come up with combining knit and crochet.

itsjustme707 wrote
on May 3, 2011 8:01 AM

Thanks for the opportunity to win the kimono kit

Northof60 wrote
on May 2, 2011 9:19 PM

would love to win this package.  there are many relief efforts going on here in the Yukon, Canada

Kathy S@2 wrote
on May 2, 2011 8:24 PM

Our sympathies to all the families in Japan.  Donations and assistance will be needed for a long, long time.

Hannahmac wrote
on May 2, 2011 6:44 PM

Thank you, Yumiko, for your knitted hug for Japan scarf. It is a very thoughtful gesture.

halle7471 wrote
on May 2, 2011 4:35 PM

I am currently at work on a kimono for my mother.  It is very simple in style, but I am using two strands of yarn, one a solid green wool and the other a verigate green sock yarn.  It works up BEAUTIFULLY!  I hope it is done and ready for Christmas wrapping by mid summer!  It was supposed to be done LAST Christmas.

on May 2, 2011 3:57 PM

hello,

lovely kimono sweater...my favorite book is Vicki Square's Knit Kimono.  knitting up the Dogi right now as a matter of fact.

My contribution to Japan's recent tragedy is monetary.  i donated cash through my employers website so that the contribution was matched 100%.  i was discussing with a friend, shortly after the donation, that even though my donation was not a small amount in my life, it felt like i was giving a pebble to dam a river...

JoyceM@5 wrote
on May 2, 2011 3:41 PM

i gave to my  church's worldwide relief fund when the earthquake and tsunami happened in Japan. I have followed the tragic story for many weeks and feel so very sorry for the  many,many people who lost lives and their lives as they knew them due to these events.

jemorrow@kc.rr.com

LynnM@12 wrote
on May 2, 2011 3:03 PM

Many years ago I had a number of Japanese exchange students and my husband and I LOVED hosting these delightful young people.  They are unfailingly polite and thoughtful and so I have found myself worrying about my students from years ago.  I have donated through a number of web sites and a friend of mine told me of a knitting project for Japan of blankets and afghans.  So, we are working on a blanket.  I wish that I had a way to make sure that my young friend are all o.k.  By now they are all undoubtably moved (probably married with children of their own).  

acaruolo wrote
on May 2, 2011 2:58 PM

Love the kimono and the scarf, my parents had some lovely times in Japan!

acaruolo wrote
on May 2, 2011 2:58 PM

Love the kimono and the scarf, my parents had some lovely times in Japan!

babler wrote
on May 2, 2011 2:50 PM

Ilove Yumiko's DanDoh scarf pattern.

I would like to be entered in the giveaway for a kimonon kit.  Thanks.

Barara Abler babler@wideopenwest.com

acriso21 wrote
on May 2, 2011 2:25 PM

Lovely Kimono. I hope I win.

jsevensen wrote
on May 2, 2011 2:00 PM

I love this pattern; thank you Yumiko.

Sumik wrote
on May 2, 2011 1:45 PM

Wow, what a great kit.

auntbot wrote
on May 2, 2011 1:12 PM

So interesting and love the Kimono!

TrailerTrash wrote
on May 2, 2011 12:26 PM

My good friend at work has her daughter's family stationed in Japan.  The husband was sent to Guam and the family was sent home in a horrible experience to evacuate with 3 kids and a cat.  We followed their trials for over a week.  They are back in Japan now, living as normally as possible.  My friend was one week away from taking a long anticipated trip to Japan to visit them.  I felt so bad for them all!  This pattern would go to my friend here to help make up for her disappointment and bring a little piece of Japan to her!

Suknits2 wrote
on May 2, 2011 12:15 PM

I have 2 antique kimonos; the one is a short work coat (howdah is what I remember it was called).  The shape is similar to this red jacket and I don't wear  it much any more because it is 60 + years old.  I would love to wear this jacket!  It is a classic!

Suknits2 wrote
on May 2, 2011 12:15 PM

I have 2 antique kimonos; the one is a short work coat (howdah is what I remember it was called).  The shape is similar to this red jacket and I don't wear  it much any more because it is 60 + years old.  I would love to wear this jacket!  It is a classic!

JoAnnM@2 wrote
on May 2, 2011 11:49 AM

I would love to knit this kimono.  It is very regal.

LaelW wrote
on May 2, 2011 11:48 AM

I love kimono style sweaters and have been trying to decide on a pattern for my next project - this would make the decision so much easier!  Thanks.

ElaineW@19 wrote
on May 2, 2011 9:40 AM

The kimono is lovely. Would love to win!

bauerle wrote
on May 2, 2011 9:20 AM

My son is REALLY into origami right now.  Then I found this in my school email (I'm a teacher).  Feel free to help out!

1. Make a paper crane ‐ view a how‐to video: (youtube.com/watch?v=Ux1ECrNDZl4)

2. Snap a photo and upload it, along with a message of support, to the Facebook page “Paper Cranes for Japan” (facebook.com/papercranesforjapan)

3. Turn your crane into dollars for reconstruction—and eventually an art installation—by mailing it to Students Rebuild.

4. Or, team up with friends and fold as many as you can! Email info@studentsrebuild.org to receive a pre‐paid shipping label for large boxes (50 cranes or more, please).

Students Rebuild

1700 7th Avenue

STE 116 # 145

Seattle, WA 98101

Join Students Rebuild to stay connected to progress updates—in Japan and in Haiti!  More information: www.studentsrebuild.org/japan OR www.facebook.com/studentsrebuild

on May 2, 2011 8:49 AM

Love the kimono!  Looks beautiful.  Janice

yarnlady@6 wrote
on May 2, 2011 8:24 AM

I'm going to download the scarf pattern today, and try to make a few... The photo of the scarf looks gorgeous -- reminds me of the Helix scarf.

MaryH@52 wrote
on May 2, 2011 8:05 AM

From Yumiko's comments we can clearly see that knitting is part of the universal language that brings us all closer.

vintagedolz wrote
on May 2, 2011 7:49 AM

I love all things Japanese!  Would love to visit this beautiful place someday.  I am currently knitting a kimono sweater for my newborn granddaughter in a fuchsia ribbon yarn.  Can't wait to put it on her!

donnadb wrote
on May 2, 2011 7:45 AM

Lovely work.  This is a time when all of us are knitting with those who are suffering in mind.  Thank you.

CarolHS wrote
on May 2, 2011 7:43 AM

The Kyoto kimono is beautiful.

GAKathleen wrote
on May 2, 2011 7:17 AM

I have only been knitting for a couple of years and it is wonderful to see designs inspired from other parts of the world. Ms. Alexander's knitting is beautiful and inspiring. I hope to visit Japan some day I have always been fascinated by the beautiful clothing. I will download the scarf pattern today! Thank you Yumiko for bringing a bit of Japan to American knitters! I will say a prayer for the souls affected by the earthquake and tsunami today.

au193 wrote
on May 2, 2011 5:52 AM

Beautiful design - thanks

EvaF@5 wrote
on May 2, 2011 5:36 AM

I'm having a small love affair with the knitted kimono  :)

I have fond memories of  touring Japan, once, in the 1980's (oh so long ago) - and always planned to go back in spring (for the cherry blossoms).

Thank you for sharing your story - and the chance!

MargoL wrote
on May 1, 2011 10:11 PM

I have not knitted for Japan, but have donated to some international organizations that are helping with medical care and rebuilding.  I have a friend very into things Japanese for whom I knit tabi a long time ago.  My nieces now wear them with flipflops as transitional footwear!

craftyl8y wrote
on May 1, 2011 9:31 PM

The kimono is so cute and I love, love, love the color!

nomi wrote
on May 1, 2011 8:54 PM

Your kimono sweater has a nice variety of textures to it.

amysmith wrote
on May 1, 2011 8:36 PM

Last week my family attended a benefit concert by the St Louis Osuwa Taiko Drummers.  There was no charge for this concert at a local elementary school, but they were accepting donations for aid the tsunami victims. So we donated some money and had a very enjoyable evening.

two of six wrote
on May 1, 2011 7:28 PM

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.

misha103 wrote
on May 1, 2011 7:22 PM

What a lovely design.

fkicastillo wrote
on May 1, 2011 6:37 PM

The kimono is elegant and the color pops out of the computer! I've donated to the Japan effort locally at a benefit concert. As I was knitting during the weeks after the concert, the music kept playing in my head and inspiring me. I am working on scarves to donate to this project.

LisaBinSD wrote
on May 1, 2011 5:30 PM

I've had the pleasure of visiting Japan several times. It is a beautiful and gracious country in many ways. Their handwork is superb and the attention to detail makes for unique design in all things. I can see this scarf pattern in a sumptuous silk yarn. Thank you for the pattern. Hope I win the book!

JayneB@9 wrote
on May 1, 2011 5:21 PM

Would love a chance to make this beautiful kimona

Sweetside wrote
on May 1, 2011 5:06 PM

Beautiful Scarf in Honor of Japan's Love. Thank-you for the chance to win. I'm excited. Good luck to all.

MargaretA wrote
on May 1, 2011 4:40 PM

Beautiful sweater. My favorite color. Thanks for the traveling tips.

Janet A. wrote
on May 1, 2011 3:41 PM

I bought a pattern because all of the proceeds went to the Japanese relief effort.

rbrr34 wrote
on May 1, 2011 3:32 PM

What a beautiful scarf and a beautiful thought.  I can't wait to start one.

sweetie41 wrote
on May 1, 2011 3:31 PM

Queued the DanDoh scarf in my ravely page!

Jennesia wrote
on May 1, 2011 2:58 PM

Love the look of the red kimono. Looks like it would accommodate a growing baby bump well.

atreidesb wrote
on May 1, 2011 1:59 PM

Lovely scarf pattern, and even lovelier kimono!  I have donated to relief efforts in

Japan as well as buying products that donated profits to other relief efforts there.

Bev Moon wrote
on May 1, 2011 1:06 PM

I love the simple designs of the Japanese patterns--especially knitting but also sewn items of which I have also made many.  I've also done quite a few quilted Japanese items.  Our oldest son works for a Japanese company and had been in Japan the week before the earthquake and tsunami--his plane taking off one hour before the quake hit.  He was most relieved to learn that none of his fellow workers and friends were killed or injured in the quake and tsunami.  I pray for the people of Japan and all of those killed and injured by this catastrophe.

luckyb4u wrote
on May 1, 2011 12:27 PM

Thank you for introducing me to Yumiko & her designs. I'd like to knit @ least one scarf & send it to Japan. How do I send it? My prayers are /w the people of Japan in their recovery efforts. They have lost so much!

Laura

the august wrote
on May 1, 2011 12:21 PM

This kimono is fabulous! Regardless of winning a kit for it, I'll aspire to knit the pattern some day.

I have always felt inspired by Japanese art and culture. Such a wonderful, strong and brave group of people.

hatfiela wrote
on May 1, 2011 11:42 AM

An absolutely beautiful Kimono, and an exciting challenge.

on May 1, 2011 11:31 AM

Arigatou gozaimasu

on May 1, 2011 11:25 AM

ありがとう

kaky wrote
on May 1, 2011 11:05 AM

cool , I would love to win that .

sck wrote
on May 1, 2011 10:56 AM

The kimono and the scarf are lovely.

doomeroo wrote
on May 1, 2011 10:55 AM

Lovely!  Thank you much for the chance to win...

zenadog wrote
on May 1, 2011 9:27 AM

I love the kimono and the scarf!

FraniM wrote
on May 1, 2011 9:15 AM

I've used crochet on knitted projects (I think many knitters have) for edgings and so forth, and for collars and cuffs.  But what I found to be wonderful and new in Yumiko's approach was her use of crochet internally in knit projects, like in that gorgeous gray sweater shown behind and on the right during the interview where there are crochet motifs--while you can do some knit motifs (and I love knitting for its smoothness and flexibility) I have to admit that crochet has about a zillion motifs and doily patterns that could be incorporated similarly.  What a brilliant idea!

on May 1, 2011 8:58 AM

The PBS station we receive unfortunately does not carry Knitting Daily so I just have to buy the DVDs and they are just great.

Thank you for making them available as well as thank you for giving us a chance

to win the Kimono Kit.   It is absolutely beautiful.

Memshw

on May 1, 2011 8:58 AM

The PBS station we receive unfortunately does not carry Knitting Daily so I just have to buy the DVDs and they are just great.

Thank you for making them available as well as thank you for giving us a chance

to win the Kimono Kit.   It is absolutely beautiful.

Memshw

KeikoH@2 wrote
on May 1, 2011 8:38 AM

素敵なパターンをありがとう。

I'm from Japan, too.  I have a group of 9 Japanese girls get togather once a week.

Since the disaster, we have done several fund raisers for Japan.  Japan has a very long way to recover.  Your project will help people not only in Japan but also

people like us who's feeliing helpless thinking of their home land.

We started as a scrapbooking group 9 years ago, but now we just get togather, chat and have lunch. This is a perfect project for us!

Thank you.

Handwork wrote
on May 1, 2011 8:38 AM

I recently had a chance to visit Narita, Japan. It was my first time in Japan and my first time experienced the "trembling". I can't express enough how much I ADMIRE the Japanese people - the respect for each other and the pride to represent oneself and the country as a whole. It's just an incredible experience. I'll never forget their kindness, warm, humbleness, and eager to help although they don't speak English. I'm looking forward to have another opportunity to visit Japan with my husband. He'll appreciate it.

God Bless Japan and its people.

Toni@51 wrote
on May 1, 2011 8:05 AM

This is a lovely kimono, thank you for the opportunity to win.

My heart goes out to the people of Japan.

on May 1, 2011 7:54 AM

it is a very interesting and  stunning garment, the way that it wraps across the body and also the kimono would a  very versitile piece to add to any wardrobe

roxane1940 wrote
on May 1, 2011 6:10 AM

I can't decide which of the two patterns to start first.  I love both of them.  Thanks for the chance to win!

echu wrote
on May 1, 2011 5:24 AM

The kimono is a lovely unique pattern! I would love to knit and wear it. I have made donations to relief efforts in Japan and bought a knitting pattern where the designer donated the proceeds to relief efforts. It was a great way to get a beautiful pattern and contribute something to Japan. I'm also very grateful for the serendipity that meant I knitted a scarf for my Japanese friend and sent it to her just before the tsunami struck. She was able to take the scarf with her when she evacuated her home and have the 'knitted hug' for comfort.

barb Ehinger wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:53 PM

I love this scarf.  I need a quick project for summer evenings.  

I have always loved the ideas and customs of Japan.  I plan to do something to help.  It is a terrible event.

DeniseM@48 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:46 PM

The scarf is beautiful as is the kimono -- thank you!

DeniseM@48 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:45 PM

The scarf is beautiful as is the kimono!

Browniemom wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:17 PM

I visited Japan in 1974 and fell in love with your amazing homeland. Japanese design has always intrigued me. I also have knit with some Japanese yarns. Thank you very much for the opportunity to possibly win the yarn to knit this beautiful kimono. While in Japan, I purchased a traditional silk kimono which I still cherish. My family has made a donation to your devastated homeland.

on Apr 30, 2011 8:02 PM

Wish I could do more, we've been hit locally with awful weather, the Earth seems off balance.  I  have long been a fan of Issey Miyake, and his sculptural art to wear.

on Apr 30, 2011 7:53 PM

Wish, I could do more, the Earth seems to have become unbalanced, even here in the SE US, with tornadoes coming too close to me for comfort.  I have been a long time fan of Issey Miyake's sculptural designs, and the modern young designers working in textiles, pushing "sensibilities."  

momzacat wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:32 PM

lovely work

mwtmdmba wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:28 PM

Great kimono & great mission!  Thanks for the opportunity!

peggyb121 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:21 PM

I just love the look of the Kyoto kimono.  So simple and comfortable yet it looks quite elegant.

on Apr 30, 2011 7:17 PM

Lovely pattern.  Thank you for the chance.

TuscapeD wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:59 PM

I also plan to knit the scarf soon!  

AllisA wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:47 PM

What a nice kimono sweater.  I want to get started knitting.

edenknits wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:43 PM

This is a lovely kimono!  I have a colleague who recently moved to our area from Japan; luckily his relatives were not harmed in the disaster but it has been a difficult time to be so far from home.  My heart goes out to those who have lost so much in the earthquakes and their aftermath.

GraceT@5 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:14 PM

Inspiring design--thanks for making it available.

termtackle wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:11 PM

I have knitted kimonos before but this one has such texture and elegance.  I would love to make Kyoto.

adrees wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:11 PM

It is an absolutely beautiful design. Thank you for the chance!

webeburnett wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:02 PM

Thanks you for sharing Yumiko's designs. I have never seen them before but I am very excited to give one a try. I love her new Kyoto kimono design from her new book. Can't wait to get my hands on her new book.  

phillykitty wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:49 PM

Lovely, feminine scarf.  Great design.

Mary@162 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:34 PM

What a gift you have and shared with us! Thank you for the lovely scarf pattern. It would be wonderful to win a kimono pattern and yarn to make it and being gifted from your talent makes it even more wonderful.

MaryannN@3 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:20 PM

.. my handwoven kimono jacket has been a favorite for years .... a Knit one would be a great addition!

WendyB@22 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:01 PM

A Lovely Kimono. Peace and Healing thoughts and wishes for Japan.

yogini wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:00 PM

Hello- I live in Alaska, and we donated through a NGO ASIA with contacts in Japan. I actually have been planning to knit a kimono with some stash I have. I love simple shapes with luxury yarn, the same when I as a dressmaker, sewing simple patterns with luxury textiles.

on Apr 30, 2011 4:44 PM

The sweaters were intriguing especially the gray one with the crochet around the collar. I have always loved Japanese culture and style and hope to one day visit.  

Diane@50 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:42 PM

Can hardly wait to make scarf for Japanese disaster survivors.

Zanzibarj wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:28 PM

I am finishing up a lovely sweater knitted in Japanese Noro yarn.  next I will probably use some leftover Noro to knit the Dandoh scarf...what a pretty pattern for spring!

barbie@9 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:19 PM

My heart goes out to the Japenese people and I have donated to help them. Thank you for the chance to win the knitting kit.

cableneedle wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 3:47 PM

The kimono is lovely.  I am glad that you post the Knitting Daily online since we don't get it on tv.  Thank you.

TWINKEN wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 3:36 PM

Lovely items for knitting.  As someone who knits for three plus hours daily, I am always appreciate of designers who show items that are versatile and fun.  I have donated to the Red Cross Relief Fund for Japan.  

LisaR@2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 2:38 PM

Love Kimono!  Pick me! :)

MARQUEII wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 2:22 PM

The kimono shown is very interesting. What would not be possible in a silk or cotton kimono is the attention drawn to the various areas where she has used stitch changes to create design and interest. It is quite lovely and would definitely be a garment to comment and compliment the wearer.  I wish I could see all the stitches more clearly!

on Apr 30, 2011 2:22 PM

I just love the style of Japanese clothing. I have sewn many kimono jacket and blouses even though I'm not Japanese. But, I do love kimonos.

gloria@59 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 2:02 PM

Thank  you for your lovely designs. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan.  My daughter has 2 friends that live close to the devastated area.  They are teachers and were asked to evacuate after the tsunami, but they chose to stay and help.  God bless all of you.

SarahG@12 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:56 PM

I donate to the international red cross.  The scarf and kimona patterns are very inspirational.

Please enter me in the drawing.

Sarahg

SarahG@12 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:56 PM

I donate to the international red cross.  The scarf and kimona patterns are very inspirational.

Please enter me in the drawing.

Sarahg

Sherry D wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:50 PM

Like everyone else, I was horrified by the the trio of disasters (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear contamination) that struck Japan but am awestruck by the grace, dignity and determination of the Japanese people to rebound from the hand they have been dealt.  The Japanese are an inspiration to us all!

jpepin wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:43 PM

What a beautiful kimono! Thanks for a chance to win. I have made a donation to aide the earthquake victims in Japan. Would love to visit one day.

argylsok wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:43 PM

I fell in love with Japan through its Heian literature -- "The Tale of Genji" and "The Pillow Book of Sei Shonogon."  Ivan Morris wrote a book on this period called "The World of the Shining Prince," and it is riveting reading.

I've donated to "Doctors without Borders" on behalf of Japan, because I wanted to contribute in some way to the reconstruction of that noble country.

My prayers go to the people of Japan, who have been so stoical in the face of catastrophe.  They have set a high standard of behaviour for the rest of the world to emulate.

arayti wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:38 PM

so pretty!

on Apr 30, 2011 1:04 PM

I love learning about kimono and am currently watching Princess Go with great enthusiasm for pattern ideas.

Presently, I am making the Keshi Murasaki featured in Knit Kimono Too to go with the Mijikui Dofuku.

I have long admired and been a student of the culture, traditions, and history of Japan and wish I could do something more to help the people recover from the devastation that has followed from the earthquakes, tsunami, and the nuclear meltdown.

PamF wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:02 PM

The kimono is lovely- I have a fondness for Japanese design.  Unfortunately we no longer get KD in the Pittsburgh area.

AKorinke wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 1:00 PM

I would really enjoy receiving this kit; it's beautiful.

scwkitty wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:57 PM

Oh, and thank you so much for this lovely giveaway, it's a beautiful offer.

ElaineL wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:55 PM

Thank you for letting me share in this effort.  Habu in NYC is accepting donations.

Elaine

eblim01@yahoo.com

scwkitty wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:55 PM

The college I attend had their Spring Festival last weekend and we collected donations for Red Cross Japan.  

My love and hope goes out to all those who were affected.

carolynjune wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:40 PM

I love all the things on this site.  Keep up the good work. I've been away from knitting for a long time and now am back doing it.  In the patterns there is different letters in there that I don't know. Is there any place I can get the entire word for what they mean. I am 78 and this new thing is very hard to understand I know of sl, st , sts tog, yo,  that is a few don't remember the rest.  but there are new ones. Thank you very much. I really enjoy all of your emails and wish I had money left over from my monthly check to send for them. Have a geat day. God Bless,  cjd33us@yahoo.com    Carolyn Trammell

missnavas wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:06 PM

I love this kimono. It would be perfect for when I'm pregnant and cant' fit into anything.

missnavas wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:06 PM

I love this kimono. It would be perfect for when I'm pregnant and cant' fit into anything.

snovakoff wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:04 PM

This scarf is wonderful -- the soft shape and the subtle and beautiful colors of the yarn! I've ordered the yarn and can't wait to see it in person!

CrochetFreak wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 11:53 AM

I remember watching this episode of Knitting Daily some weeks ago. I have not donated anything monetarily to Japan because I can't afford it, but prayers are much more powerful than money. I have prayed many times (and shed tears) for the Japanese in their troubled times. I will continue to pray for them and the Japanese churches that were and are suffering. I have an even softer spot in my heart for them because I have always had the desire to go to Japan and learn their customs and graces. I especially love their kimonos, and always hoped to wear one. I haven't knitted or crocheted anything with Japanese accents, but I would LOVE to try it! PLEASE send me the kit, and I certainly will be useful with it!!!

motezuma wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 11:43 AM

Thank you for all the information and the chance to win.  I learn something from Knitting Daily each day!

Nikiamber wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 11:29 AM

It's gorgeous! I can only hope it's easy to make as I just started learning to knit. I'm a crocheted.

sddavis wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 11:02 AM

I love how art transcends countries and cultures to bring us together. I haven't been able to knit much lately - it's the day job's busiest time of the year. But I have made a donation to Mercy Corps to help assist with the efforts in Japan.

The DanDoh scarf is beautiful as is the kimono. Many thanks for sharing.

Carlyflowr wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:55 AM

I very much enjoyed hearing Yumiko speak about her design process, especially combining knitting and crochet!

spinellm wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:39 AM

Yumiko Alexander's designs are on trend and quite lovely!

on Apr 30, 2011 10:25 AM

Would LOVE this kit - great piece.... Thanks for the giveaway chance.

gail2u wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:21 AM

Lovely designs.

teetoncey wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:17 AM

This project is very heart-warming and positive.  There are ways we can help, even when far away!  Thanks for the idea and keep those great designs coming!

canuckeh wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:08 AM

Thinking about everyone in Japan.I have a friend in Tokyo and I talk to him weekly and am helping him cope with the disaster. Knitting for the people in Japan is a great way to help them out when they may have lost everything.

Foxydog49 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:07 AM

My auntie's house in Chiba Japan is right by the ocean.  We were worried about her for days.  As it turned out her house was hit by what she called a"small" tsunami.  Luckily her family and home are ok.  To make her feel better I knitted her dog, a toy poodle named Leo, a couple of sweaters since he was really scared and confused by the entire experience.

DeboraS@5 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 10:01 AM

We have made donations to the Red Cross also -- many posted that initially monetary donations were needed because trying to distribute knitted items would be a challenge.  Like others have said, knitting helps get through difficult times and am thankful that my efforts can help others.

Jeanxo wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:55 AM

Pick Me!!!  Pick Me!!!   I would love the chance to knit this kimono!!!!   Thanks for the chance.

KarinM@2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:52 AM

A friend took us to Japan this month and we only returned Thursday, April 28.  Our trip was an arts and crafts-oriented trip and we visited an art colony near Matsumoto.  The artists were mostly potters, glass blowers, weavers and recreational knitters, but were such a creative bunch.  I am working on some ideas.

Being in Japan at this time, this was our second trip, was different.  People on the street stopped us and asked were we were from and thanked us for having come.  At hotels we were thanked for having come at this time, when tourism was down and such showing our support of Japan.

In respect to designing Japan-inspired knit-wear,  I can show nothing.  I am slow in creating my own designs and show only results after many failures.  Perhaps I can show some results after this trip.

Karin Melick-Barthelmess

marychance wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:50 AM

Since my trip to Tokyo (scheduled for a week after the quake/tsunami) this may be the closest I get to Japan for a while. [sigh]

JudeM wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:47 AM

At the coop camp we belong to in Michigan, we met a high-school girl from Japan, named Maya. She wasn't sure what she was going to do after her counselor job was over, so we invited her to stay with us. Maya lived with us in Evanston, a nearby suburb of Chicago, for several months. She was a pleasure. When she left, she invited our son Noah to visit her.

Noah was eleven years old when he became a solo transpacific traveler. He stayed with Maya and her family for a couple of weeks and had a great time. For this and many other reasons, we will always have a connection to Japan.

lily@26 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:46 AM

I had the opportunity to visit Japan many years ago and was very impressed with the culture and the people. It saddens me to see the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami. But I know the people of Japan are strong and they will rebuild, even though their lives have been forever changed. They are all in my prayers.

I love the kimono! I love the look of the sleeves.

KarenK@75 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:44 AM

I am excited to knit Yukimo's DanDoh Scarf pattern.  I've been looking for a pattern just like hers.  I have purchased  a knitting pattern  that  will be donated to the Red Cross for helping the people in Japan.  I have many friends who have gone to Japan and my husband went last year and really enjoy being there  I will think of Japan as I knit this wonderful scarf.  Thanks for the chance of winning a kit of Yukimo's design.

on Apr 30, 2011 9:43 AM

I'm amazed by the composure maintained by Japanese society throughout this whole disaster.  It certainly is admirable, to say the least.  I've donated to the relief efforts.

I think I am going to cast on the scarf today which looks so neat.  Thanks for offering up this free pattern.

Lady A wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:37 AM

After seeing the fascinating combination of knitting and crochet in the gray sweater, I take back all those not so nice comments about crocheting.

MyeT wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:33 AM

I'm retiring soon and would love to make this kimono!

MyeT wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:30 AM

I'm retiring soon and would love to make this kimono!

Kelleefbc wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:25 AM

Three baby blankets my daughter knitted were sent to Japan by the Project Linus chapter we regularly knit for. I am half-Japanese, third generation in the US, she is a quarter.

on Apr 30, 2011 9:25 AM

I love this Kimono and I love red. So I think I need to win.

Eileen Paul- Seattle

anita@77 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:21 AM

This is very interesting.  My daughter-in-law is Japanese and is a wonderful knitter.  

I would love to win the book.  

Anita Sloane

KnitsbyAnita@gmail.com

happyatlast wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:19 AM

I lived for three years, 1981- 9183, in Taro-cho, a village north of Miyako-shi nestled in a narrow valley on the northeast coast of Iwate-ken, Japan.  I participated in the all-village tsunami evacuation drills every spring, a tradition established in the aftermath of the two deluges which submerged the village in the 1930's.  Post-WWII, concrete anti-tsunami barrier walls were erected to purportedly save the village from the effects of any future tidal waves.

Taro-cho was utterly and completely washed away by the tsunami of 2011.  Nothing remains.

rblakeney wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:18 AM

I was surprised at how affected I was by the disaster in Japan. I didn't knit anything to donate because several resources advised not to send anything. I did donate money to the Red Cross — and was pleased that my emploer pledged to match employees' donations, so that'll get multiplied by two.

The disaster kick-started me to put together an emergency kit because I live on the Pacific Coast. So now I have a stockpile kit at home + a kit in my car + a grab-and-go evacuation kit close to the door at my home. I'm as ready as I'll ever be. And my kits have emergency knitting supplied in them — no joke! I'm sure you can all appreciate how important the practice would be if we had to evacuate and were under that kind of stress for a long time.

My prayers are with Japan...

on Apr 30, 2011 9:17 AM

I love Japanese designs. They are always so, so delicate and beautiful in any medium from fiber to ceramic to even flower arranging. I just love it all.

TaffyH wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:13 AM

I'm not a fast knitter so big projects aren't my cup of tea! (Instant gratification and all!!) but this kimono pattern enticed me as something I might try and eventually wear. Thanks, Yumiko and Knitting Daily!!

artknits wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:12 AM

It is so wonderful to be able to create something to warm peoples hearts and let them know we are thinking of them a half a world away.  Thank you  Yumiko.   diane huff

on Apr 30, 2011 9:10 AM

What a lovely way to share with the world how we all feel for the folks affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  I think I will knit this up and give it as a prayer shawl/scarf.  thank you for making this pattern available.  Ramona

Kathy Adams wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:06 AM

I am of Japanese ancestry.  I learned to knit & crochet in grade school. I love anything Japanese.  My grandmother's kimono is hanging in our foyer.  Would love to have the kit.  Thanks for the chance.  Beautiful garments.

cashgorad wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 9:03 AM

i've been in love with the japanese stitch patterns & sweater designs since clara parkes first reviewed the stitch tresuries a couple of yrs ago.  just finished a sweater designed using a pattern from 1 of the tresuries & am now starting a sweater from the newest "let's knit" series.  this kimono pattern is lovely.

woolcat wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:56 AM

The devastation in Japan has been just unthinkable and I have so admired the people who in this situation have been caring for each other, not making things worse by looting, or getting angry. An inspiration. I don't know that I would have reacted so bravely in their situation. I have been praying for Japan and I made a donation. Thanks for the reminder that there is still a long way to go.

on Apr 30, 2011 8:55 AM

I just adore the japanese culture and these designs.  I would love the chance to win.

MolsyJo wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:52 AM

I love the style.  Comfort at its best.  Yet very stylish.

clmurphy wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:50 AM

This is so wonderful! I hosted web interview on my blog, www.thecompassionknitter.com, with a woman who is knitting Amigurami to sell to raise money for Japanese charities.

Your kimono is gorgeous!!

janita wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:46 AM

Thanks for the free pattern and th chance to win!

Janet

dilet2e wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:45 AM

I can just barely say I've been to Japan... I changed planes in Narita once. I pray for the Japanese people and I'm sure every little bit helps.

BarbaraR@20 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:33 AM

I teach knitting for beginners at a senior center in Texas.  Even though I do not get Knitting Daily TV program in my area, I found the DonDoh pattern on Knitting Daily  and just loved it.   I choose the DanDoh scarf as a project .  The instructions are very easy & simply to follow.   Every one loved it.

Barbara

briccelli@msn.com

DebraY@5 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:32 AM

Thank you for the lovely scarf pattern. Here in Houston, Texas, the ice skating club my daughter and I belong to helped organize an ice show to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. The show raised over $2500 in donations. It was a wonderful experience and humbling to see all the support given by strangers to this wonderfully rich and diverse country. I was proud to be a part of it.

lilyredcloud wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:24 AM

The kimono sweater is lovely and so versatile!  I would encourage those who want to contribute to Japan to try etsy.  When you are buying gifts for friends or for yourself etsy has a selection of artists who donate their profits to Japan Earthquake Relief.  It's an easy way to help.

km.k33 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:19 AM

Yes, the devistation in Japan is heatbreaking. I have a son stationed on the USS Ronald Reagan, aircraft carrier, that was in the area at the time of the tsunami. The ship immediately went to Japan to join rescue operations. Everyone on ship worked tirelessly, going without sleep inorder to assist Japan. Unfortunately, the ship has experienced radioactive fallout, necessitating a cleanup on ship as well.

Beyond, praying for the people of Japan and for the safety of my son and those on the Ronal Reagan, my next thoughts turned to the horrifying destruction. Though I have never traveled to Japan, I have wanted to visit. I have studied Japanese architecture, design and art. I have meditated and walked kinhin at a zendo. As well, I have spent hours meditatively ink painting ensoh (sumei) and composing haiku. I have cooked and eaten macrobiotically.

I have a yarn stash of Habu yarns; and I am knitting a garment in Habu linen paper right now. I have purchased knitting patterns from designers who are sending the proceeds to Japanese relief efforts.

I have always been a fan of Japanese culture, which has contributed to my art and design knowledge base which I access all the time as an artist and craftsperson.  

CathleneB wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:15 AM

My children love Japan and the Japanese culture.  They have friends in Japan, and it seems that in all our interests there is a tie in some way to the Japanese people.  I am so thankful that there are so many creative people and wonderful companies who are making efforts to support the Japanese people.

on Apr 30, 2011 8:13 AM

Lovely scarf. I can't wait to knit. Thank you

Mcal4989 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 8:02 AM

Wow! This blog had great information. I failed to pick up my needles this entire week but you just reinvigorated me. I have two kimonos almost finished as well as 2 pairs of socks and a summer sweater. I might not need another project but would love to win the kit!

I had already downloaded Piecework and interweave Knits to my iPad through Zinnio and today added both copies of Knitscene offered. Everything I have learned about knitting I have learned through your books, DVD's and emailed blogs.I love the fact I can download so much from your site and know through apps bring things even more quickly to my iPad.

I am an educator who runs a public school  alternative program for teens who march to a different beat and are in danger of dropping out of school. I am also a grandmother and every chance I get try to pass on to the teenagers and my grandchildren the skill of knitting, crochet, weaving, drawing and painting.

Thank you for the many ways you enrich my life!  M Calhoun, VA

Melinda Calhoun

caruthersm wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:56 AM

What a nice thing for you to do.  with so many disasters around the world it is hard to decide who to help.

NanL@5 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:52 AM

Over 40 yrs. ago I had the good fortune of living at Chitose, Hokkaido, on Kuma

Station.  Also, had the pleasure of learning machine knitting from Yuriko Kamibayashi .  Of course, we were trying to knit current fashions at the time..  Until recent times I never thought of knitting kimono styles, now would love to

give it a try.  Most of my current knitting is lace.....shawls, doilies, scarves and

such.  But I do love doing items with textures such as the kimono pattern

shown.  My heart goes out to those affected by the tsunami.

nannee wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:47 AM

my niece is in Japan , i would love to be able to knit this kimono for her!

also, i REALLY REALLY  wish i could watch Knitting Daily TV,   i have   DirecTV and can not view the show,     is there anyway you could have DirecTV   air your show??

PLEASE!!!

amdeutsch wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:47 AM

I have travelled to Japan to visit family who were living there.  It is such a charming country.  My heart breaks to see the suffering there.

DianneB@13 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:47 AM

Yumiko Alexander's designs are lovely.   Next week,  I'll check my LYS for her book  Kyoto.  Thank you for the chance to win the Kimono kit.

mommadot wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:42 AM

I donated to the Japan Relief Fund.

Thanks for the chance to win the Kimono Kit.

D. Tyler

JudyK@18 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:42 AM

What a lovely kimono!  The red is stunning!

jcbraggins wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:41 AM

Lovely, as all from Japan.  Thank you for the opportunity.  JudiB

Susann@35 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:39 AM

Beautiful pattern!

nell@8 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:34 AM

All I can do for the Japanese people has been to grieve with tears and pray that life will improve for them. Then I send my love to them in a spiritual bouquet. Nell Dye, Tyler, Texas

AnaP wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:29 AM

Wow, what a beautiful kimono!

TriciaK@2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:16 AM

it's a wonderful pattern!

TriciaK@2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:15 AM

Love this pattern!

TriciaK@2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:15 AM

Love this pattern!

Allecat wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:11 AM

I've knitted one DanDoh scarf already and am planning to teach a mini-workshop to my Needlearts group that will produce at least 10 more.  Love it and love the kimono!

JohannaR@3 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:08 AM

I love this knit kimono.  It looks both comfortable and complimentary to virtually any figure.

mlletricot wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 7:01 AM

I love the beautiful knitted kimonos.  So graceful.

on Apr 30, 2011 6:59 AM

Lovely designs!!  Thanks for the article--

PeggyR@3 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:58 AM

My heart aches for the wonderful people of Japan.  I would love to help them, but I am recovering from my own hardship.  My Husband lost his job a couple of years ago, we lost our house, and had to pack what we could into our pick-up truck and pop-up camper, grab the dog, and head for the nearest campground.  We lost our furniture, appliances, and a lot more.  Anyway, I did manage to pack the yarn I did have on hand, and that is what I'm using now.  I love the Kimono, have always loved their culture and collected that type figurines as well as did needlework of Geishas and such, and would be thrilled to win the kit!!!

KimR@19 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:38 AM

I'd love a chance to enter for the beautiful kimono kit - lovely design!

Thanks :)

on Apr 30, 2011 6:37 AM

What a beautiful kimono! I would love a chance to knit it.

larsan wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:37 AM

What an interesting designer!  The scarf is just lovely and what a wonderful idea for designing it.

I have never made a sweater quite like this but would dearly love to try one.

Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful kit.

Sandy

Rosieindiana wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:25 AM

I'm an admirer of Japanese design in so many areas--fabric, gardens, ceramics, quilts, etc.  I love wearing kimono-style garments, which add a flattering grace to my not-so-shapely figure.  This sweater would be fun to knit and would look great on many women.  

1120magnolia wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:24 AM

Beautiful Kimono and I adore the cape Yumiko has on with the crochet circles!

on Apr 30, 2011 6:17 AM

Beautiful designs.  Thanks for introducing me to this new designer.

Patricia

KarenB@35 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:16 AM

Working on the DanDoh scarf.  Thanks for the pattern.

barb@72 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:14 AM

Thank you for the lovely DanDoh scarf pattern!  I will be sure to knit it.

We continue to pray for the Japanese people caught in the earthquake/ sunami disaster.  I did not know that the Japanese people find knitwear particulary comforting.  Will have to check on the knit group - we could dedicate an afghan to the cause.

The kimono pattern has great padded detail work.

Barb

Susie SC wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 6:13 AM

Lovely pattern!

amaywei wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:56 AM

I learned Japanese when I was in college. Many a time, I read Japanese patterns as I found the designs are often very elegant and delicate. Thank you for sharing your design.

VirginiaD@11 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:51 AM

Saddened by the devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.  Hopeful that this beautiful and fascinating country and culture will quickly rise from the devastation.  Projects like this and the generosity of people inspire hope for the future.

VirginiaD@11 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:51 AM

Saddened by the devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.  Hopeful that this beautiful and fascinating country and culture will quickly rise from the devastation.  Projects like this and the generosity of people inspire hope for the future.

specialangel wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:48 AM

I've been donating money through my church's Japanese relief efforts, will continue to do so, and will keep the Japanese in my thoughts and prayers.  Thank you for the opportunity.  If I win I will find a way to use it to further help the Japanese in some small way.

DianeH@36 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:46 AM

THanks for the pattern.

DeboraS@5 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:46 AM

Along with my husband and I donating to the Red Cross, I have purchased several patterns from designers on Ravelry who are donating their proceeds to assist Japan. The initial word from several sources was not to knit but to make monetary donations to help in this disaster. I would love to send knitted items if there is an organization now accepting them.

Judy@83 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:45 AM

What a lovely giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

Laura wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:44 AM

Thanks for the opportunity!

Barbara@197 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:40 AM

Thanks for the DanDoh Scarf pattern - along with the opportunity for focused praying while knitting :-)

on Apr 30, 2011 5:33 AM

My wonderful daughter-in-law is Japanese and, although her family was not immediately affected by the tsunami, we phoned to find out what we could do to help out.  We have sent money & continue to keep everyone there in our thoughts.  Winning this lovely kit would be great!  Thanks for the opportunity!

vehuddle wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:30 AM

What a beautiful design!  I would like to see more of her designs.

DonnaC@48 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:19 AM

I love the patterns in the Kimino.  The scalloped edge around the neck is neat.  I wish we had knitting daily tv here in Alabama.

Cathy McCabe wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:13 AM

I enjoyed watching the interview. Great pattern.

LillianM@2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:02 AM

The kimono is just lovely!  

jvaughn wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 5:01 AM

I have never seen a kimono that wasn't beautiful and this one is no exception!  Thanks for the opportunity to enter .  My heart goes out to the Japanese  people who are living this nightmare.  We never know when disaster can strike in the blink of an eye.  My donations go to the Red Cross, but feel small in the scheme of things as the need is so great at this time.  Here in North Carolina we have had our own sadness lately with the effects of tornadoes.

Thank you Yumiko for sharing your story and for your lovely designs!

SueM@22 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:43 AM

What a lovely gesture by Yumiko to aid her  native countrymen.  I have been knitting for afghans for Afghans for years, but perhaps now I will consider sending some handknit or handwoven items to Japan.

Sue Montgomery

Fox Island, WA

SandyH wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:42 AM

I have donated through church and also bought some Japan-aid patterns through Ravelry.  

The Kimono style is so flattering that win or not I will be bringing the book home with me.

Sandy in NJ

Pecsan114@optonline.net

on Apr 30, 2011 4:41 AM

I would love the opportunity to knit such a beautiful design.  And thank you for the scarf pattern; can't wait to get started.

on Apr 30, 2011 4:30 AM

I've been wanting to make a ruffle type scarf !  And what is the top behind it on the instruction page?  It too looks interesting.

Malyndia wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:22 AM

Beautiful styling coupled with comfortableness...I lived 10 years of my life in Japan: graduated high school in Tokyo area, married in Sapporo, and my son was born in Misawa. Living there had an integral part of shaping me and who I am today. While living in Misawa, I made several very good friends. They were all affected by the great earthquake recently. The tsunami also affected Hachinohe which is about 30 minutes from Misawa on the eastern coast side. Many times I bought beautiful yarns there for my projects. I donated monetarily to the Japanese Relief Project. I would love to win this kit and make the kimono to wear in honor of my Japanese friends: Kyoko, Toyoko, Kikuko, Nobuko and Kazuko.

Malyndia wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:22 AM

Beautiful styling coupled with comfortableness...I lived 10 years of my life in Japan: graduated high school in Tokyo area, married in Sapporo, and my son was born in Misawa. Living there had an integral part of shaping me and who I am today. While living in Misawa, I made several very good friends. They were all affected by the great earthquake recently. The tsunami also affected Hachinohe which is about 30 minutes from Misawa on the eastern coast side. Many times I bought beautiful yarns there for my projects. I donated monetarily to the Japanese Relief Project. I would love to win this kit and make the kimono to wear in honor of my Japanese friends: Kyoko, Toyoko, Kikuko, Nobuko and Kazuko.

InaH wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:14 AM

Love the style of kimonos-praying for everyone in Japan-Ina

StephanieY@2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:10 AM

Thank you for sharing your story.

Mlbengtson wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 4:01 AM

I live in the south of Japan on a Marine Corps air station in a small city.  We weren't directly affected but of course it devastated people here nonetheless.  I've donated to a local church who's sending supplies north.  

The kimono sweater is lovely and I'd love to have a chance to win it.  I love Japanese art, fabrics, pottery, you name it.  I have noticed that the people have a nice sense of style even in their casual clothes which I enjoy.

AlanaR wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 3:56 AM

My mother was born & raised in Japan and this lovely Kyoto Kimono looks much like a style she would have worn. She taught me to knit when I was a young child so I would love to knit it as a way of remembering her.

YettaBear wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 3:10 AM

Hmm.  I'm not sure I've got this posting bit down well.

Or at all.

Please add my name to the the hat for the kimono book drawing.

rossel@fairpoint.net

YettaBear wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 3:07 AM

Please enter me in the kit giveaway.

I'd love to knit a kimono.

rossel@fairpoint.net

laneycath wrote
on Apr 30, 2011 12:53 AM

I donated via an ebay/paypal purchase

I prayed

I felt angst for the elderly battling the cold weather the first days after the initial shock.

thanks for this opportunity

irondogknits wrote
on Apr 29, 2011 7:28 PM

After donating through a few organizations, I lovingly fondled the Noro in my stash and thought about some of the other great fiber coming from Japan.  Knitting is very meditative for me and always helps me when there's distressing news.  Love the scarf pattern, I'll have to try Universal Yarn's silk.

AngiesSong wrote
on Apr 29, 2011 12:26 PM

Yumiko does beautiful work ,and am so pleased I am able to try some of her excellent patterns! She is so gifted! I regret to say that I have not been able to help much as far as money goes after the tsunami hit Japan! I will assure you that your country has definitely been number one in my prayers and my husbands though, and if it was not for the stash I had before things went sour financially I would not be able to even keep knitting or crocheting. when the Lord pours out His financial blessings upon us we will definitly do likewise to those who need more help across our beautiful globe! Thank-you so much for this chance.May the Lord be with you all!!  Your friend,AngiesSong

stormarela wrote
on Apr 29, 2011 11:20 AM

Like many others,  I  donated through the Red Cross to help after the tsunami.     Now, I am going to knit this beautiful DanDoh Scarf and think about the Japanese people.   Thank you, and I would  LOVE to win this contest.  :)

bettern wrote
on Apr 29, 2011 2:48 AM

That pattern looks fantastic

tyrovive wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 11:57 PM

The scarf design is great for a splash of color. Would love the kimono pattern!

on Apr 28, 2011 9:18 PM

Love the Dandoh scarf and Kimono. Thanks for the giveaway.

LisaH@72 wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 7:29 PM

Yumiko's designs are beautiful and so evocative of Japan.

zewdita wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 7:20 PM

I really think Japan's culture has an international influence on the whole planet!!

And it's really great to see that it's not left out in knitting and crocheting field as well! The kimono has really taken it's well deserved place in knitted garments which are absolutely stunning!!! I would love to see more of Yumiko Alexander I think she's an inspiration!!!

LL Howard wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 4:10 PM

The patterns in this book are beautiful.  I've always been drawn to the Japanese style of dress, and this book, Warm Earth, is a book that will end up in my library. Thanks,

Linda

npimentel wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 3:33 PM

I have used Yumiko's pattern to make the Dandoh scarf.  It is beautiful and I am happy to be donating knitted scarves to the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief effort.

pamhanson88 wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 1:27 PM

I'd really enjoy knitting the Kimono.

pamhanson88 wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 1:25 PM

I knit 4 of the "Hug for Japan" scarves. I enjoyed the pattern and hope it helps a little.

kat@175 wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 11:23 AM

Thank you Yumiko for sharing your talent and lending a helping hand to whoever has questions in the knitting groups at the Tempe Yarn and Fiber.  I like your interview.   I am using the knitted scarf pattern to crochet.  thank you for your help.

FrancesT@4 wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 8:51 AM

Can't wait to start on the DanDoh scarf, and will be thinking about the folks in Japan while I knit.

jmdafern wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 8:44 AM

What a wonderful gift  giveaway...........My prayers are with the people of Japan...

skeasey wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 3:59 AM

I LOVE that Kimono pattern......fingers crossed for me  :-)

sakitty08 wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 1:54 AM

This beautiful design just exudes versatilty! However, this pattern reminds me more of a haori--on a Japanese blog, I read about the blogger's experience of finding a picture of her mother in a lovely crochet haori and then deciphering the pattern, as her mother had passed away and did not leave instructions. Sorry for a crochet story on Knitting Daily, but this invites comparison in a positive way! This is a wonderful knit version of a haori! If I am picked, I would knit it and wear it over my warm weather yukata! (Plus send a picture!) This is so funny as I was trying it on the other day and thinking of knit/crochet wear that would go with it (I was thinking about knitting an obi in a traditional print along with an I-cord obijime cord...).

In regards to the March disasters, I am just very sad about the earthquake and tsunami; it broke my heart to see and hear of so much suffering. I contacted my friends/family who reside in Japan to see if they were okay and needed anything, as also donated to the general relief effort. Every bit counts and I hope people do not forget about the recovery effort in the upcoming months as time passes.

Thank you Knitting Daily for the contest, Yumiko's Alexander's story and the chance to interchange about Japanese culture!

Tammie wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 1:48 AM

I love the different textures on the kimono sweater.

rdejam wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 1:13 AM

I fell in love with knitting kimonos with the knit komono books.  This looks really lovely.  I'd like to make it for myself for a change.

JaniceL wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:03 PM

Our prayers continue for the people of Japan that recovery will be complete and that those who lost family members will see the rebirth of their country as healing for their hearts.  The kimono is beautiful pattern is beautiful and I would love the opportunity to knit it.  Thanks  

TammyM@8 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:52 PM

Beautiful Kimono! Awesome giveaway!

EllenG@5 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 6:19 PM

My daughter is teaching English in a middle school in Kumamoto Prefecture. I would love to make the kimono for her.

Deb@49 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 5:23 PM

I have knit several Tawashi, A Japanese inspired scrubbies, for the kitchen. My favorite is the fish. I even ordered Japanese anti-bacterial yarn from Etsy for them

My son-in-law was the first to get them for his birthday which inspired my daughter to start knitting..

adamsl13 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 5:06 PM

The DanDoh scarf is just beautiful!  I can't wait to get the book!

mazibet wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 3:36 PM

I haven't had much to offer, but I've tried to spread the word about the opportunities to help Japan.  I can't imagine what the people of Japan are going through, but I hope we can continue to help them in some way.  Thank you for the pattern to help keep them in our thoughts!

Anonymous@2 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 3:19 PM

One of my faovrite fantasies had always been to find myself in a landscape straight out of one the faboulous old Japanese paintings, with misty mountains, lush forests and graceful waterfalls. I can get rid of a headache within minutes using these images to meditate on. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

TanyaM@2 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 2:37 PM

how wonderful! Very informative. Our PBS is hard to lock down some of these shows!

AndreaL wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 1:46 PM

My country of New Zealand shares the pain of Japan.

LauraHoosier wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 1:18 PM

I have looked at several kimono patterns to knit and crochet and this one is -so- pretty!

on Apr 27, 2011 1:17 PM

I'll need to watch the episode at Knitting Daily since it's not shown locally.  Japanese culture has such a wonder way w/color & style as Yuniko's kimono displays.

sfaddies wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 1:16 PM

No knitting for Japan as they say send money!!! Very little cash to give but there is always a way.

Kathyslawson wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 12:55 PM

What a beautiful kimono-style sweater!!!  Would love to make it!

Ronilyn wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 12:43 PM

Love the kimono!

AngelaE wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 12:33 PM

Kimono Bobblicious!

Ruth Geddes wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 12:10 PM

I head up a prayer shawl ministry group at St. James Anglican Church in Perth, Ontario.  Our regular monthly meeting took place right after the tsunami had occurred.  Having visited Japan on a number of occasions, I was familiar with folding 1,000 cranes for someone ill or in need.

I told the women of our group about Sadako Sasaki, and also how my daughter had (with the help of many friends and strangers in Japan) folded 1000 cranes for her ailing brother.

Then each of the women learned how to fold a small white paper sample crane, and then proceeded to fold a colourful origami crane, and prayed for those in this terrible disaster.  

The cranes were then hung on a branch, which was placed in a pot in a central area of the church where it could be seen by everyone who entered and served as reminder to offer prayers for Japan.  Also available was a handout on where folks could make a donation to assist in the recovery.

Ruth Geddes

lert wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 12:05 PM

The situation in Japan inspires constant prayer.  It is likely to be a long recovery process.  We support through our local church.  The kimono and scarf are lovely.  Thank you for the opportunity!

AngelaAlter wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 12:02 PM

We were thrilled to meet Yumiko at Grandma's Spinning Wheel in Tucson week before last. She is quite darling and very thoughtful in how she puts together her patterns. I was able to buy one of her new patterns, Mocha, that makes up a beautiful summery vest with a great draped neck. I'll be casting on the Hug for Japan scarf today to send up to Tempe. Best wishes from all of us for Japan and Yumiko's family.

CateM wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 11:43 AM

Yumiko Alexander's book inspires me to learn crochet.  I did not knit for Japan, but did donate and participate in various fund raising events, and put links up on FB to encourage others to donate as well. As my daughter has been working in Japan for two years.

JerryI wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 11:20 AM

This Kimono looks warm and lovely.

frances8 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 11:12 AM

I love knitting; I learned from my mother at a very early age and the first thing I knitted a pair of tiny booties for my doll in a red yarn.  Since then I've knitted sweaters and vests, scarves, layettes for my children.

My mother is an artist and one of the things she would love to do it paint on fabric, specially silk cushion covers. She would love to paint Japanese geisha and cherry blossom and I learned to love that too.  When I married and my husband worked out at sea, I visited Japan with two of my children and though we were only there for a short time, ship's stay we tried to see as much as we could.  

on Apr 27, 2011 10:41 AM

Oh what memories this article brings forward for me!  

When I was in college, I had the unique opportunity to befriend our two Japanese Exchange students for the year they studied with us.  I went to a small liberal arts college, so small that they actually closed the residence halls during holiday breaks such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break.  My family welcomed both of these women into our home for every holiday.  We tried to share with them the most typical of American traditions.  They helped cook Turkey for Thanksgiving, went shopping in downtown Chicago on black Friday,  and ate in the Walnut Room at Marshall Field's near the giant Christmas Tree. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, the two ladies cooked a Japanese dinner for us (after visiting the international market). During winter break, one of the ladies returned to Japan to visit her family.  They other stayed with us long enough to celebrate Christmas American style, and New Year Japanese style (complete with origami cranes) before heading off on a bus trip across several states to see the country.  

I made a lot of memories that year that I will never forget.

I was not a knitter when I knew these women, but this kimono pattern reminds me of a sweater that one of them wore frequently.

on Apr 27, 2011 10:11 AM

Firstly, thank you so much for introducing me to Yumiko's designs ... as one with Japanese heritage I am always on the lookout for Asian-inspired projects and really love everything about this Kyoto kimono sweater.  I have not knitted anything for tsunami relief (sadly have not knitted anything in quite a while, but am finishing my PhD and hope to take knitting up again soon!), but have donated through the Japanese culture club at my university and on a more personal level have tried to help my mom navigate technology to contact family she still has in Japan.

HarrietK@5 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 10:00 AM

Thank you so much for showing us a way to respond to Japan's recent tragedy.  It is not every day that we can respond to the problems of the world with our knitting needles!

EricaC@11 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:51 AM

Her work is very beautiful. I am a knitter and crocheter and what she said about these two very different crafts is correct.

Meghan@4 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:51 AM

I've always wanted to go to Japan, my college professore had lived there and made silk kimono fabric in a traditional dye shop and I was very interested in travelling there to pursue a similar dream myself. Sending warm wishes and positive thoughts along to Japan everyday!

jrmint06 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:50 AM

What a beautiful scarf--and what a beautiful giveaway.  I've not knitted for Japan, but I was blessed to be able to give a gift to the Red Cross.  And, of course, I pray for blessings for those affected by this devestating earthquake and tsunami.  

on Apr 27, 2011 9:38 AM

What a great inverview!  Love the assymetric jacket---so cute!  Thanks for entering me into the drawing!

KimberlyC wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:29 AM

I love Japanese culture and style.  I've  been wanting to knit a kimono for ages, but I never have enough balls of yarn.  Thanks for the chance to win a complete kit! :)

Anita@4 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:25 AM

Thank you for the opportunity!

Tinoose wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:20 AM

I've donated money to Japan to try to help and have also bought things from people/companies who were donating proceeds to Japan via Red Cross, but mostly I've been praying and just feeling heartbroken by what has happened and what is going on now. In a big way, I feel very helpless and at a loss as to what to do and wondering if any of this was really going to help and wishing that I could give and do a LOT more.  Part of the grief is because my mother is Japanese and I believe the areas affected was where she grew up (she never talked specifics about her life in Japan while we were growing up, and now she suffers from dementia, mental illness, and Alzheimer's and I'm not sure how much --if any-- of this she understands).  The other part is just the sheer horror of the situation, and feeling heartbroken for all the people directly affected by the disasters.

My mother taught me to knit many years ago when I was a child, but it was only recently (this year) that I started learning (and loving!) how to knit human garments.  Since I am so big and my mother is so small, I'm always thinking of things to knit in her size and I think this kimono would be a LOVELY knit for her! Even if I don't win the kit, I want to buy the book for the pattern! Thank you for highlighting this one!

Tobybowen wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 9:07 AM

I have donated through our church to World Vision, which is working to get food supplies to Japan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Angel@13 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:50 AM

I LOVE this kimono. Even if I don't win the yarn for it, I'm adding it to my list of projects! Recently learning about sushi & bento. God bless Japan!

on Apr 27, 2011 8:29 AM

Hi.  Your designs are new to me, but I love the scarf, and especially the kimono pictured above.  I have prayed for Japan during the current disaster (and will continue to do so).  I am so sorry for the heartbreaking events your countrymen are still living through.    

Debi Lewis wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:28 AM

Love the scarf pattern; plan to knit a few for family / friends. I have donated to the relief in Japan; I encourage everyone to do so. The Kimono is beautiful!! Would love to have one for myself!!

LindaNYC wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:28 AM

I'm so proud that knitters are doing what they can to contribute to the relief efforts in Japan.

Great kimono!

SuzanneG@17 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:26 AM

That's a pretty kimono. Are those bobbles on the band and cuffs?

sgeorge24 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:12 AM

I donated money to the Japanese Red Cross through an auction sponsored by Yarnmarket and Namaste Farms. I love Yumiko's patterns, they are so creative. My favorite patterns are the Japanese infuenced designs. I love the elegant simplicity.

MarianneD@9 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:11 AM

Lovely kimono!

MarianneD@9 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:11 AM

Lovely kimono!

LoriH@31 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:04 AM

My heart goes out to Japan. Know that my family keeps you in our prayers. This is a wonderful effort by Yumiko.

on Apr 27, 2011 8:03 AM

Looking forward to the chance to win the Kimono kit. I love Japanese style sweaters and would love to knit this.

TriciaH wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 8:00 AM

So many beautiful designs! Can't wait to check out that book.

clembo wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:50 AM

Beautiful kimono!

amuised wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:48 AM

the kimono is beautiful :-) I love the texture in the pattern. I've never been to Japan, but have been to a local Japanese garden that is so soothing and beautiful, I'd love to see one in Japan. Maybe someday, you never know what the future will bring :-)

Maggie@106 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:45 AM

My brother and his family live in Tokyo, and my sister-in-law is originally from Nagano. I've had the pleasure of visiting with them in Tokyo and look forward to another visit within the next year. I've knitted kimono jackets for my niece and nephew in the past. They were able to travel to Chicago two weeks ago for a quick visit and it was good to see them and give them all hugs.

Mary Seiser wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:45 AM

I just saw the show with Yumiko and Shay a few days ago and was delighted by her patterns - and I love this scarf pattern!    I haven't specifically knit for Japan yet, but this has inspired me.    As a Rotarian, I contribute to the Rotary International  Foundation and use their connections to help the people of Japan, as well people in other countries where there have been natural disasters.   Unfortunately, there are just too many natural disasters lately, but Rotary is a world wide organization and we are always ready to help.  

ASDKids2 wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:44 AM

That is quite a lovely kimono!

lbsimmons wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:39 AM

I love the Dandoh scarf and will make it soon. I have donated to the relief efforts in Japan and hope to travel there someday.

dearose wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:36 AM

How neat! I've always enjoyed Japan's culture, and even more so after learning about them in my Non-Western Art history class in college. The art is simply beautiful, and there is nothing else like it on earth! It's so sad about the earthquake, and I find myself thinking about them daily, wondering how they're all doing, and wondering how they'll ever keep their unique culture alive with such hard times. I've not knitted anything Japanese, but in High School I frequently sewed things (dresses, purses, etc) with Japanese prints and Kimono-styled dresses. It was loads of fun, and the patterns are always so flattering and gorgeous!

Hang in there, Japan. We're all doing our best to support you!

diysara wrote
on Apr 27, 2011 7:22 AM

Thank you for the chance!