We have been working on the little coin purse (eyelets and rhodes stitches). Okuda San chose red perle cotton and silver metallic thread. I am working on another one with grey perle cotton and silver. Next week we will start stitching the beads. I don’t know what color beads she is planning to use. I’m not sure what color I will use!
Okuda San received two melons as a gift and gave one to me. In North Carolina cantaloupes are common and not expensive. In Hokkaido where they are grown, they are very expensive. We have never purchased one here because of the cost, so were thrilled to receive this gift.
Here is an article from the May 18, 2012 Japan Times online
A box set of two cantaloupe melons has been sold at auction in Japan for one million yen, but in a possible sign of the financial times, went for less than half the all-time record.
Melons fall short at only Y1 million for two
An unknown buyer snapped up the Yubari melons on the first day of the buying season, splashing out the equivalent of a small car for the pair of orange-fleshed fruit.
In a country where a single apple can cost more than 500 yen and a presentation pack of 20 cherries sells for over 10,000 yen, Japanese shoppers are used to paying high prices for their fruit.
But the eye-watering figures banded about at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in Hokkaido reflect the buyer’s desire for prestige as well as a degree of sympathy for the town that produces them, which went bust in 2007.
Top notch Yubari melons are perfect spheres with a smooth, evenly patterned rind. A T-shaped stalk is left on the fruit, which is usually sold in an ornate box.
In 2008 a pair of Yubari melons sold for 2.5 million yen at auction.