My order with Amazon Japan arrived yesterday and it was such a nice surprise, first of all because the delivery was much faster than I thought it's going to be, just under two weeks, and secondly, all the books are totally brilliant.
You can see the entire list of books I've ordered by clicking this previous post on Japanese books.
I chose these books more or less randomly, based on all sorts of reviews and ISBN numbers I found googling the Internet.
First impresion is that the patterns are very original. Lots of lace patterns, cables, bobbles and combinations of all these I haven't seen before.
Here are two entrelac projects in the New Style of Heirloom kniting, see the way the decreases were planned just by kniting smaller and smaller squares.
Another book I simply love is the Knitting patterns Book 250, which is packed with great lace patterns.
Here is one of my favourite patterns:
What can you do with it? For example this great lace cardigan from Vogue Knitting Holiday 2006.
It is a small world after all :)...