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The Kappa In Japanese Folklore

  • Kappas are legendary creatures that inhabit the rivers and waterways of Japan. They have beaked noses, shells on their back and a depression on their heads that holds water. Kappa are mischievous troublemakers. Their pranks range from the relatively innocent, such as loudly passing gas or looking up women's kimonos, to the more troublesome such as drowning swimmers and eating children. They feed on their victims by sucking their liver though their anus. They love cucumbers and if you write your name on a cucumber and throw it in the river, the kappa may be appeased by your gift and allow you to swim in peace.

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May 20, 2008



I ended up on your old knitting blog trying to get here to reply...cute stuff! :p

Anyway, just meant to say, henna would be SO COOL for that kind of stuff!!

I buy fabric the same way you do, and then same way, spend ages trying to find the PERFECT PATTERN to showcase it. But I hate having a million yards of the same stuff, and then you just can't get rid of it, lol.

Leah Adams

Dressing your kids is tricky. I let my children pick their own fabrics within certain limitations, narrowing the options for them to patterns that meet my criteria and that I think they will like too. The brown fabric with polka dots sound sweet, but not right for your daughter. My thinking is that we want to encourage our children to be individuals, right? Sometimes their vision may not coincide with ours, but do you remember being stuffed into something by your mother? I do, and I remember how 'out of my skin' I felt. It has taken my years to develop my own personal aesthetic. My hope is that my children will be on their way a little earlier, and if you see the crazy combinations they wear, you would probably agree. Happy sewing!


When my kids were younger, I picked out everything, but now that they are teens, my son won't even touch anything I sew for him and my daughter will only if she picked out the pattern, the fabric and the thread:) but this means I can finally sew more for myself-at long last!


That linen is so gorgeous, I'd be tempted to use them for myself.

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