Knitting has been important on this trip. First, I actually got to knit a lot on the plane ride over. I turned the heel and made progress on a fair isle sock that is my airplane trip. Then I was knitting when we got the knock on the door for Sophie's arrival. I had just started a Daisy sweater (Yarn Harlot pattern) in purple for her. When I peeled off the layers of clothes she came in, there was a darker purple handknit cardigan sweater. Our guide says her foster mother probably knit it for her. Sniff.
Then I started seeing everyone knitting everywhere--mostly shop owners passing the time. They knit their sweaters in the round on double=pointed needles that are about 18 inches long and about size 0. Finally, I got to buy some yarn--some orangey wool to make the Nora Gaughn's hexagon cardigan for me (which I have been dreaming about), some red and black wool to make a Chinese style sweater for Sophie, and a gift for my Mom. Don't worry, Mom: this time, I didn't get you a skein of each color!