Older wrote:After learning I'd be going to Beijing in less than a week, I packed half my cary-on bag with yarn from my stash and my Denise knitting needle kit. During a layover between flights in Chicago, I downloaded the first clues to th KAL/CAL. By the time I was settled in Beijing, I had started the KAL and wanted to start the CAL as well. The octogon motif just looked like the windows on the garden walls I walked past each day. I went to the best yarn shop in Beijing and bought yarn for the CAL in colors I had seen everywhere in their Chinese New Year posters. The shopkeeper spoke no English and I spoke no Chinese, but between my knitting bag, my knitted hat, and hers, we got along quite well.
As the KAL/CAL progressed, I hoped the final design would be flowers because I saw pictures of lotus flowers everywhere around the city. After returning to central Florida, I resolved to make the CAL my "Remember Beijing 2012" afghan. It's not finished yet, but I want to thank Bernat for what turned out to be a perfect afghan to remember a wonderful visit to a very far away city.
That's a wonderful story, Older, so beautifully told that I felt there with you.