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I don't know why I rarely visit Chinatown - it's not super-far away for me but for some reason I forget to go there.

Last week my mom was visiting from Connecticut and this was the first trip we made! She had apparently always wanted to visit Chinatown, so I decided to show her around a bit.

It was one of those perfect days out to run around the city. I ended up wearing a short sleeve sweater I knitted back in my Knitwear Design class in college.

This sweater in particular is about 5 years old and it's the first (and really only?) sweater I have ever knitted. I can remember knitting it while I was taking my Senior Project class (essentially sewing together your entire senior collection), as well as working 2 part time jobs.

I actually designed the sewing pattern for it - just a simple short sleeve sweater with a crawling cable stitch. My teacher at the time, who was an avid knitter and published in many knitting magazines, had a pattern somewhere for a beautiful crawling cable stitch. This is what I copied off and integrated into the sewing pattern for this sweater. I also used an unusual rib knit stitch to edge the work as well.

Both front and back.

We also got to visit one of my favorite little bakeries while we were there called Chiu Quon where they had some moon cakes! I don't know if I am always lucky when I'm there or what, but I was told these are only made in autumn. I could have sworn they had them every time I'm in there - unless I'm there only in the autumn? Who knows. We bought 2 lotus paste ones and two bean paste ones.

 Fake sushi, haha.

 We also watched some people buying blue crab right out of the bucket on Wentworth. Kind of awesome to see something like that.

I also think I have a new place to buy tea - a place called Sweet House which is located in the plaza there. They had a buy one get one free deal and we got a coconut-almond rooibos as well as some lemon-lime citrus mix. A good place to find something different!

All photos by Max Jeske.


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