I'm smiling, I'm blushing, I'm stunned...to be the midpoint prize winner. I've never won a thing online before, so this really is a red-letter event for me. I'm so enjoying looking at everyone's stoles, they are all beautiful! After seeing all the pink Hanami's I'm so tempted to knit another one in pink. Maybe I'll do one again in the spring after I've caught up with the projects I'm in the middle of or have yarn waiting to start.
Cagey44 asked about making adjustments since she is knitting her Hanami in a heavier yarn. I didn't see any replies yet, so I'll jump in. Basically, the basketweave section and the cherry blossom section are of equal size, with the transition chart separating the two. If you omit one repeat of the basketweave, then I would eliminate the same total number of rows in the cherry blossom section by skipping 2-6 rows out of each chart. Perhaps I would knit fewer rows of the 1st chart after the transition where the knitting is more solid. I would also omit several rows of the last chart, where the lace is at it's "holiest". The cherry blossom section is so forgiving that you could do almost anything and it would be fine. I can't wait to see pictures of your stole!
And finally, to our hostess, thanks again for sponsoring this KAL and for offering such a generous prize. You really brightened my day :-)