It's sitting atop this piece of fabric (not sure exactly what its purpose is; it is quite wide and much bigger than, say, a tea towel), which is illustrating aspects of making tea. Both of these cool objects were given to me by my cool friend Robin.This? I bought this issue of Cotton Time for myself as I was (ahem) Christmas shopping (for myself? No, no, for other people, really!) at Mitsuwa. It came with a calendar, people, with a project a month . . . how could I possible resist? And no, I don't read Japanese, but lots of other bloggers seem to be able to figure out how to make things from Japanese craft books and magazines. I think I can, I think I can!