This is the chorus of the song that the knitting prince sung to us - yes, you heard me right - he sung to us. It basically means that I am really happy when I knit! The tv crew brought a little boombox with the prince's cd - a song he recorded to sing along with kids (and us!). HA! I have a feeling I'll cringe when I see that scene on tv.
So here are some things I learnt after last night's Special Tokyo SNB with Japan's Prince of Knitting, Mitsuharu Hirose:
1. TV cameras make you sweat like crazy, and some people are not born to be in front of the camera (uh, me).
2. The knitting prince likes drinking beer.
3. The knitting prince crochets mostly and really fast. He likes lace knitting and fine guage yarn.
4. The knitting prince knit/crocheted his sister's wedding dress and it took him two years to do so (luckily she wasn't in a rush to get married!).
5. The knitting prince is a tv professional, utterly charming, sweet and talented.
What a night! You know - out of all the members of royalty around the world, I am super glad that I got to meet knitting royalty. I was sweating most of the time, and was stuck with the uneviable task of being the on-the-spot interpreter. Not that I minded - it was all about knitting after all. I think everyone had a great time. Hirose-san asked us about how the group started, why we like about knitting in a group and what we like about knitting in general, etc. To see our unprepared and most likely seriously edited answers, tune into:
NHK Channel 1 on June 1 (Wednesday) at 10am - the program is called 'Seikatsu Hot Morning'.
I will be in the US - in New York actually on that day, so I won't be able to watch it live, but the producer said that he would send me a copy of the tape. If it is not too embarassing, then maybe I'll stream it on the web.
So I know what you are thinking - Stop writing and show us the pics!!!! OK, here they are:
It's a little over exposed but here's my most prized possession (now). Very kindly retouched by Claudia - thanks!
Claire and her special prince
Special Tokyo SNB announcement: PINN is getting married!!! Congrats to Pinn and Ken! And guess what - Ken is making Pinn's wedding dress!! A super talented and crafty couple. Watch out for Pinn's design in the upcoming summer issue of Knitty. We just realized that when we started the SNB a year and a half ago, we were all single. Since then every single one of us has gotten married or engaged, AND Jen had a baby! Hmm, so if you want to stay single, don't come to the Tokyo SNB!
Here's the prince making his way around the room - here he is holding the back of Claire's cardigan - he described it is 'beautiful'.
Those princely hands in action
And to finish up, the perfect prince pose
To see the rest of the photos, visit the Princely Gallery!