Hanami inspired shrug: Colinette Tao silk, 'marble' with Swarovski crystal bead
Future Hanami: Malabrigo laceweight, 'Pagoda' with beads
Future Serape? Handspun/dyed merino/tencel plied with llama, 'Navajo'
Yep, that's what happened when my DH took the boys to spend a week with their grandparents in Miami. I had a whole week all to myself. Let me repeat that--a whole SEVEN days of nothing but the pure clean air of Planet Mary. The first thing I did was to go shopping. OK, the first thing I did was go back to sleep after dropping them off at the airport. And, thanks to Homeland Security, I didn't have to go into the airport and do the whole tearful hugs (of joy) thing at the gate. Nope, it was a drive-by drop-off at 5:30 am.
Later, I hit the mall, I hit the stores. I tried on 12 pairs of jeans and bought three. I went to Sephora for the first time and left with a 'beauty insider' card. I took my time and moseyed over to our local national bookstore chain store where I loaded up on steamy romancesSex, a couple of books on precious metal clay jewelryCrafts, and some new CDsRock'n'Roll. One last stop for AAA batteries and some plonk and I was good to go.
I partied with my SnB friends, I watched Leno, Letterman, Ferguson AND O'Brien. Yarn, fiber and assorted knitting paraphernalia started to escape from the confines of the YarnCave and into uncharted parts of the house. It was a short hop from the dining room table to the kitchen and then, in a burst of Fiberfest Destiny...the bedroom with CAT in tow.
I bought some yarn online, offline and from a seedy chick down the street. I was goofing off at Gauge when I saw...Hanami. Go check it out. Go check it out on Ravelry. I love it. I love the modern look of all those eyelets countered by the geometric pattern on the other side. The closest we come to observing cherry blossoms is pulling over the pick-up truck and making our kids smile while sitting on top of a bunch of blue bonnets (lupinus texensis).
A friend of mine was complaining about her daughter's plain Jane Vera Wangesque wedding dress when I volunteered to knit up the Mulberry shawl from the Colinette 'Arboretum' book. I already had the Tao silk and Parisienne silk/mohair in 'marble' from an UFO. The bride then informed me that she would prefer a 'toreadita' aka 'bolero' aka 'shrug' to a shawl on her shoulders. I had already started the back with Barbara Walker's Vertical Lace Trellis from Book 1. I worked a few rows from each of the various Hanami charts and voila! the Hanami inspired shrug.