New Cloche!

I just finished another cloche! This is probably the fifth one I made from this pattern. I love it. It is modern with a touch of a vintage look. The yarn I used is Neighborhood Fiber Co.‘s Worsted Studio Logan Circle.  Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s color names are interesting, they actually use neighborhood names in the Washington D.C. areas to reflect their multitudes. I always purchase my yarn from Windy Knitty, they have wonderful collections of yarn, and people are very helpful.

The pattern in available here.

Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin
Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin

Tanka for Utakai Hajime

木漏れ日に 本を開きも 文の君

思い想いて 心浮き立つ

I composed this tanka for the 2015’s Utakai Hajime ceremony. The information on the Utakai Hajime is found on the Imperial Household Agency’s web site. ( However, I ended up not submitted it, because I did not feel it was complete and well edited. And I simply ran out of time to make it better.

A tanka has extra 14 letters than haiku. Though these extra 14 characters add the depth and complexity to the world of tanka, it is also add another challenge to creating one. It is challenging because I must expand the story only with 14 letters whereas in haiku I can leave it to the readers’ imagination.

For this particular tanka and all other tankas on this site, I would like to grant more rights than the rest of the site and explicitly site my interests. Since this site is still under development, I haven’t entirely decided which portion of my works to be shared. As the general ritual of tanka, I will be happy  to see someone composing renka, do a honkadori, or any sort of creation based on my tanka.

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