I've finished my Hanami. I used Handmaiden Sea Silk in Pumpkin on size 3 needles. I'm so pleased with how it turned out, but these pictures really don't do it justice
I wanted to share why I chose this pattern, aside from the fact that it's just beautiful. I had a miscarriage on Mother's Day of this year, and even though I got pregnant again quickly (and this time things seem to be going just fine), it hit me harder than I ever thought such a thing could. I found that doing things with my hands really made me feel better. I spent the whole weekend after it happened gardening. Then I thought of the prayer shawls that I heard about people knitting for others, where they prayed good thoughts into every stitch they knit. I liked that idea and wanted to do that for myself. When I saw this pattern, I knew this is what I needed to knit, with it's symbolism of friendship and spring, which for me means rebirth. I tried 2 other yarns before I found this yarn in Portland, OR (which is ironic because that's where I was coming from when the miscarriage started) and knew it was just right. I have to say that this was probably the most enjoyable thing I've ever knit and gave me a lot of pleasure while making it. Thanks for the perfect pattern, Melanie.