I am very excited about this knit-a-long! I was too late to join MS3 but when viewing Melanie's site fell in love with the Hanami stole and knew I just had to knit it.
I'm still checking out yarn possibilities. Currently I'm waiting on some Zephyr Wool Silk - Vanilla to knit Leda's Dream for my sister. She's getting remarried (possibly a sunset wedding on a beach-Hawaii) in the spring and I thought it would be nice to make her a wedding shawl. I thought the story behind the shawl, the pattern, etc. was a perfect match.
Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress on MS3 as well as the Hanami stole. :)