I can get Quaker's oatmeal at nearby grocery store (Kyoto Co-op. Oh, they don't have English contents). I can't find those rainbow colored Jell-O nor Mac'n'cheese in that blue box, but I don't miss them so much. My daughter has a different opinion, though.
Now, it's time to go and find good "To-Go" yarns.
I think I have to find a good substitute for;
1. Cascade 220
2. Lily Sugar'n'Cream
3. KnitPicks Palette
4. Good and cheap acrylic yarn that I can knit/crochet Tawashis and toys without thinking how small my budget is.
A candidate for 1. is, Woolland 7 or Woolland 9 from Nikke Victor Yarn. 7 is a little finer and 9 is a little thicker than Cascade 220, but they have OK color variation (20 or 22 each) although not so bright as Cascade 220 (but, honestly, do I need that much color choice? Not really.) I think I can manage with proper size choosing (like, making size L with thinner Woolland 7).
The real problem about 3. is, all the Japanese yarn looks too smooth and soft for Fair Isle style colorwork. Maybe not. I am going to try Hamanaka Junmou Chu-boso.
4. is not so hard to find at 100-yen shop, if you don't care about colors (usually very bright and crying out "I AM CHEAP!!"). Or, I would hit some online stores to look for a bargain price for Piccolo or Bonny from Hamanaka.
The hardest thing to find is, to my horror, 2. So far, I have no luck. Every yarn on Japanese market is either too thin or too "green". I don't say no to organic yarns, "Go Green" movement nor caring the Mother Earth. I use my cloth shopping bag for the groceries. I just say NO to pay $7-$8 to get 120yards (one skein of Sugar'n'Cream) of cotton yarn. I think it's good ecologically, because I am seriously considering to tear old T-shirts into strips, knitting bath mat and others with it. Yay to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Thanks to Mason-Dixon Knitting.
Tomorrow, I am going to Yoshikawa (on B1 floor of Kyoto Tower - very odd place for a craft store, I would say.) to see those to-go-candidate yarns in person. My daughter will be a good girl, because I promised to make a itty-bitty witch finger puppet for her.
Gotta make a shopping list. Lengthy one, I am so sure.