I think I need someone to tell me I'm crazy. Either that, or I'm brilliant. I just don't know which, right now.
Here's the deal: I'm making the blossoms-only version, but realizing that the blossomy half of the Hanami pattern doesn't constitute half of the length of the finished stole (in the original version) -- meaning that if I just do the blossomy half, twice, I'll end up with a fairly short stole. So, I could add an extra repeat of chart F at either end, and lengthen the ruffles. I could also (or instead) add an extra repeat or two of chart A when I pick up from my provisional cast-on.
OR... (this is where it gets crazy) I could design a graphic of a cherry blossom and create it in lace in the centre section (running from the provisional cast-on, before going back to doing chart A etc. in the other direction). The large charry blossom would then sit in the middle of the wearer's back.
(Image borrowed from Flickr user sandcastlematt)
So, tell me I'm nuts. Tell me I'm brilliant. Tell me what you think!