Here’s something about me: I know a thing or two in Japanese.
When I was 15, I lived in Japan on exchange for six months and got pretty good at speaking Japanese. I could keep up with a casual conversation with my teenage friends and host family and get myself around with no trouble at all. When I came back home, I continued studying but with no Japanese-speaking friends I started to get rusty.
And today, I’m still rusty. When I went to Japan for a holiday I did get some of it back, but I couldn’t keep pace like I could when I was 15. I’d love to speak it again, but still with no Japanese-speaking people in my circles I’ll continue singing and reading to myself.
Which brings me to what this post is all about: Japanese Crochet patterns! A while ago I finished my Zirconia Lace Scarf, which was from a Japanese pattern book. I nutted out some of what I wanted to know but mainly relied on the visual pattern and numbers to make it. Now I’d like to try something a bit more ambitious: 「モチーフつなぎのチュニック」 or ‘Bridging Motif Tunic’. Here’s a preview from the book:
Rather than just translate patterns, I want to learn the words and structure that is used in them, so I can read them without having to go back to dictionaries and translation applications.
Word, if you’d like to join me in learning the Japanese language for this niche, I am at an Intermediate level with my Japanese and that’s where I’ll be starting from. The are some great online resources for learning Japanese like Japanese Pod 101, which has loads of free resources and extras available with a subscription and has lessons for all skill levels.
I find it’s best to learn vocabulary in small chunks, so today we’ll just go over today’s words:
|Japanese (Kanji)||Hiragana/ Katakana||English|
|かぎ||(n) hook; hook bracket|
|針||はり||needle; pin; staple; stinger|
|かぎ針||かぎばり||hook; crochet needle|
|編み||あみ||(n) stitch, stiching, knit, knitting|
|のための||for; for the sake of|
|の||(particle) belonging to|
|繋ぎ||つなぎ||to join, to bridge gaps|
Huge thanks to the WWWJDIC: Online Japanese Dictionary Service from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia – Best online Japanese dictionary ever!!
Oh Excitement! Nothing like getting my nerd on.
Stay creative! 😀