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  • Kay,
    Love the Hanami pattern. I am loving looking at all the pattens that were sent your way it has been lots of fun.

  • Hanami is fabulous and fascinating…that’s a lot of meaning in one shawl! I LOVE your hunt for handknits in the wild, you are too funny.

  • Hanami is perfect. You know how I love a literary tie-in. And yesterday I saw a cherry blossom petal blizzard for myself–that pink lemon captured it beautifully. Can’t wait to get the FO in a cochineal bath for a very quick dip.

  • Lurve the pattern choice..and the coasters (!) and the handknit in the wild..

  • Based on your description…I think this shawl is your destiny! Go forth and knit! Scatter those petals!

  • I LOVE your coasters. Up here in Ontario, we’re still a week or two away from cherry blossoms. Hanami is a very beautiful pattern, but I’m so behind the times, I’m still working on Icarus. Still.

  • Oh to knit a PLT pattern. The shame- I lived not 15 miles from her for 3 years and we never met. Cannot wait to see your Hanami. I feel a new craze coming on…

  • Hanami might be enough to make me knit a shawl. You nailed my shawl phobia with Jemima Puddleduck! I’d rather knit a whole sweater and tie it over my shoulders than look like I’m wearing a doily. But Hanami has movement in the pattern, a theme, I just might…

  • Hunh! and here I thought Hanami was shoe-in for the #1 spot because it is a sibling of bubbly curtain!

  • Thanks for showing me the Hanami shawl. I ordered a copy for myself to be added to my list of things I want to make.
    I can’t wait to watch your progress on it.

  • Wow! Thanks so much! And I LOOOOOOOOVE Sea Silk, so I’m really excited. I sent my info to you, but like the dork I am asked what yarn you were going to use. Duh! Like, maybe… sea silk!

  • Oh man. That sweater is perfect on that man.

  • What a beautiful shawl pattern. Looking forward to progress photos.

  • I’ve always admired the beauty of lace shawls and the skill needed to make them, but this, this is a work of art. Glorious!

  • That shawl is fantastic. Great choice.
    That Dale-in-the-wild makes me see the beauty of the henley neckline with clasps in a way the pattern photos never have. They always look so fussy and annoying on the models, but it looks so nice here. Plus the color coordinates well with the Southhampton forest, doesn’t it?

  • That shawl is fantastic. Great choice.
    That Dale-in-the-wild makes me see the beauty of the henley neckline with clasps in a way the pattern photos never have. They always look so fussy and annoying on the models, but it looks so nice here. Plus the color coordinates well with the Southhampton forest, doesn’t it?

  • I do love the Hanami pattern… maybe someday I will make a rectangular shawl.
    Yours truly spent the afternoon in the basement finishing piecing a baby quilt for a child that is already three months old… I just have to finish a border, make the sandwich and quilt…The baby might get this by the time she is five.
    Can’t wait to see your shawl.

  • I KNOW that sweater — I watched Hillary make it and Eric made a special trip to knitting circle so we could see it on — isn’t it a super sweater!! I think Eric loves it too…. And as you know Hillary is a brilliant knitter — after all she taught me — that shows she is patient too 😀

  • I *love* the coasters!

  • I am so sad about the Jemima Puddleduck syndrome….I made a triangular shawl and I’m 50 and now I have a worry to wear it! I shall twist it jauntily across my shoulders and pout seductively as I wear it, or will it look like I have a beak aswell? Oh my!! What to do? I really couldn’t wear it in a duckish fashion, I might start writing letters to my grandchildren and draw amausing pictures to illustrate them…I think my shawl might just get draped prettily over the back of my old rocking chair ;^)

  • Hey! I recognise part of a Muji bag that had a wooden version of London in it! Hurrah! (I must get you the new ‘Suburbia’ in a bag). Excellent use of wooden-toy-wrappings, not that I’m encouraging the madness that is cutting up bits of fabric to sew them back together….. Nice sweater, too!

  • Oh, Hillary always says that…and it’s such a grand sweater, too. Hanami is a brilliant pattern. I hope you’ll show us how it’s going!

  • “Shmatta factory” – you crack me up. The Hanami is extraordinarily beautiful. And tempting.

  • WOW! Thank you so much for all the kind words on Hanami! I’m so glad you like it and I hope you enjoy knitting it. I thought it went really fast and the changing of the design means you don’t really get bored. Enjoy!

  • The Hanami is certainly pretty. I don’t even know what a beaded cast-on is. I’m going to look for my Vogue Knitting handbook. Perhaps it will offer me a clue into that one. The sweater on the woodman looks perfect.

  • Wow, Kay,
    The Dale looks fitting in that beautiful setting and in your photos and so does the woodsman! Thanks so much,

  • I think you made the perfect choice. Hanami is beautiful.

  • You are quilting too? I am surrounded by quilters in with the craft bloggers and now it is slowly bleeding into the land of knit. I am powerless to resist! And I say boo to self-deprecating knitters, photos and admiration of their lovely knitted creations – that’ll show them!

  • Do you know the name of the Dale sweater pattern? I really like it a lot and would like to find it, if possible!

  • I’m so glad you picked Hanami because there was no way I was going to have time to cruise through all them things this week and that thing is friggin brilliant. Awesome.
    Your coasters are great, I’m always meaning to sew more coasters. I also find that lots more stitching round the edges makes them less noticably, uh, imperfect. We are going through similar furniture phases, but “tablepads.com” is helping our marriage considerably.

  • Wait! Also, the London-in-a-bag? New York in a bag? So classy in natural wood. Suburbia in a bag? COLORS! Ha!

  • Thanks for sharing the Hanami shawl links. What a find!

  • Cozy from Knitty.com is a great rectangle shawl pattern…

  • Hanami is so beautiful. I am a sucker for an assymetrical pattern and any pattern with that much meaning and sentiment crammed into one beautiful, delicate shawl. I am going to have to add this to my knitting plans.

  • “Hanami” is the perfect choice. Those knitted cherry blossoms are just dazzling. I guess this is something else to add to my aspirational list of projects.

  • Oh my, that Hanami is some beautiful lace. I had to order the pattern immediately, despite the fact that I’m a lace novice. Now why didn’t I order Sundara Yarn’s Cherry Blossom in laceweight? We need yarn info, please!

  • I love this blog and you are so clever!

  • Oh, that shawl is so lovely. What a beautiful choice. You have a very lucky friend.

  • ~snort~

  • OMG… I downloaded the Hanumi pattern not one hour before I saw your post. We visited the cherry blossoms in DC a few weeks ago, and I was charmed. Also, the sample was done in Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Peppermint Heather…2 skeins, for a grand total of about $9 for this beauty! OR…Jannette’s Rare Yarns has gorgeous Kid Silk Haze for only $11, with free shipping from the UK. I’ve ordered from her before, and her packages arrive really fast.

  • There are so many good things in this post. The coasters – divine. The cherry blossom shawl – stunning (though I am quite sure not easier than Cookie’s). The handknit sighting – fabulous!

  • Beautiful pattern. I love it. Thanks for bringing my attention to this pattern. I wasn’t even aware of its existence!

  • I too love bias knit patterns, and knit the argosy after reading about it in your blog! What fun! There is, at least, one more argosy scarf in my future. And then maybe an argosy wrap.
    I also am not a fan of the Jemima Puddle-Duck shawl. Love the description!

  • I am a VERY LUCKY friend. I am also pretty certain that I am not worthy but I promise to treasure the Hanami. I love this blog – the wit, the obsession, the sense of community, etc.

  • well goodness, aparently i need to get to know some southampton knitters!! i’m in port jeff, which feels like light-years away some times, hah. but goodness, if they can be found in the woods like that, perhaps i should work on my stalking and camouflage skills…


  • That Hanami stole is too beautiful! Will you be blocking it yourself? Will you have it professionally blocked? Either way, be sure to give us the juicy details…Diane