Tsuwano was the first place I visited by myself when I moved to Japan (had to figure out the trains and everything). Its a charming little town, small enough to tour by rented bicycle. Large, colorful carp swim in the waterways along the old-fashioned streets. There are two Catholic churches (something of a rarity in Japan) and a beautiful Shinto shrine at the top of a hill that you reach only after passing through a thousand bright red tori gates. The town is known for its traditional paper; the stores are full of beautiful papercrafts and you can visit a small factory to see paper made much the same way its been for several hundred years. And, most unusually, you can ride a steam locomotive there and back from the main train line.
I kept thinking nostalgically of Tsuwano while I was knitting this scarf, maybe because the scarf, like the town, is so small and so simple yetif I do say so myselfcharming and memorable. It can be worn as an infinity loop, a cowl or a traditional scarf. The lace pattern is easy to memorize and the pattern calls for only one skein (270 yds) of Madeline Tosh Sport or something similar.
18 sts x 32 rows = 4″ (10cm) in garter stitch
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sport (100% superwash wool); 270 yds/246 m. Color: Posy (pink). One skein. Needles: US #6 (4mm).