Knitting on the plane was no problem. I came armed with a print out of my email from the airline (Virgin) saying it'd be ok but didn't need it. The main thing I worked on was getting xmas knitting (getting ahead), so I can't post about it. But you don't want WIPs, you want SWAG. I used Pinku's notes on Japanese yarn stores, which Gleek pointed me to.
As well as Avril, I visited a big craft store in Shinjuku and lovely fabric shop in Kyoto. I was going to go to another craft store near Avril (in Kichijoji station) but it seemed to be closed. From Avril, I got the shiny white yarn above (I may dye it, but its pretty lovely as it is) which is 60/40 of *some* mix but I don't know what. We're thinking linen and silk, but it was exceedingly cheap (in the sale bin). I also got a load of a verigated wool, but that's going to be turned into a gift, so again will have to stay secret.
So, the fabric, I was pretty restrained considering.
Cheesecloth with robots (!) very 70s flowers, cute ladybirds and (because I had to) a punkish Alice in Wonderland tea party. The ones above will probably be tops or skirts, the last may be a quilt of some sort. I'm not sure about wearing something based on my name, seems a bit *too* self-referential.
In other news, Kirsty the blog-less flatmate is no longer blogless, as those who have followed the links from her crafter posts on the amazing wonder-woman jumper will already know (people who read my flickr may have seen this jumper before - it's amazing). So we are now a two knit-blog household. Go to her latest post to see the fabric I bought back for her (and the cherry blossom welcome home cake she baked me!).