Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hanami, finished!

I finished mine! I totally wanted to knit with the group on this, but it was such an exciting knit that I couldn't put it down. (Except when I was working on MS3.)

I want to make another one, but this time I'll do just the cherry blossom part on both ends. So I'll still be in the KAL!

Pattern: Hanami, Melanie Gibbons
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Lace, Natural White, 2 skeins
Needles: Addi Turbos, US 3, 32" circular
Started: August 4, 2007
Finished: August 21, 2007
Dimensions: 17" w x 65" l
Modifications: Added beads to the body, one fewer pattern repeats of the basket weave section, repeated the last 12 rows of Chart F twice , only knitted Chart G two times, and did a beaded bind off instead of the ruffle.

The reason for these modifications were that I got bored with the basket weave, I wanted the cherry blossom section to be fuller, and I don't care for the way all those repeats of Chart G look so I did as few as possible.

I'm very very happy with this! I'll probably wear it more as a lacy scarf than a stole. I plan to do another in all cherry blossoms.

What a great pattern!

If you want, you can see some more pics here on my Flickr.


Cayli said...

That is really stunning! I can not wait to start mine. Do you mind sharing where you used the beads? They look great in the other shots.

aj said...

Thank you!

I used a bead in the center of every diamond in the basket weave section, and randomly through charts E and F.

Busymom said...

I absolutely love your Hanami! Yours is the first I've seen in white. I was back and forth between which yarn to get for mine because as lovely as the pink is, I knew the white would gorgeous. After seeing yours, I see I'm going to have to make a white one too :).

aj said...

Thank you, busymom!

What yarn did you decide on?

beadntat said...

Wow, what an awesome looking Hanami! I had to smile when I read about your modifications to the pattern. All those basketweave repeats do start to get to you after awhile. Because of my skinny fiber choice, I had to knit an extra repeat of the basketweave on top of it all. I was sooo glad to move on to the cherry blossoms. I'll have to go see your other pics on flickr to see how you finished the end. Congrats on a great stole!

aj said...

Thanks so much, beadntat!

J. said...

I LOVE IT! I'm so glad I'm going to have one as well. AND I can't wait to see your double blossom Hanami.

aj said...

Thanks, J!!

This is probably the most beautiful thing I've ever made.

I just know all of you will feel the same about your stoles.

Stitch-ay Woman said...

Wow! This looks fantastic, and I love the way that the cherry blossoms seem to froth up at the end. Very watery. If mine ends up half as nice as this, I'll be very happy. :-)

Janis said...

What cayli said -- Stunning! It is just too gorgeous! If mine comes out half as nicely, I'll be thrilled!

aj said...

Thanks, stitch-ay woman and janis!!

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

It's beautiful, I can't wait to start mine.