Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hanami is Officially Finished!

Technically the Hanami Stole was finished yesterday, but officially I didn't finish it until today when I unpinned it from my blocking foam.

Since Hanami is cherry blossom inspired, the first thing I did was go outside and take a picture of it in a cherry tree. My street is lined with them, and I figured it was appropriate.



Today was a perfect first day for this shawl's debut. The weather is very warm (18 degrees celsius), but there is still the spring coolness in the air. I think shawls were made for spring and spring was made for shawls. They complement each other perfectly.  This one will be great dressed up or dressed down.  I wore it today with dark wash jeans and a black tank top, and it did not look one bit out of place.



As usual the magic of blocking has impressed me to no end. I thought the blossom end might look weird, but as soon as I blocked it the eyelets opened up and the falling blossoms were revealed. The basket weave section also opened up nicely, and the few mistakes I made in that section do not show nearly as much as I thought they would.



I am definitely going to have to pick up some blocking wires. I just used a ton of blocking pins, and the fabric comes to a little peak in every spot that I had a pin. It's not all that noticeable, but I'd still prefer to have perfectly crisp straight edges. I've heard something about running cotton string through the stitches on the outside of the shawl and then pinning the string out, but I haven't tried this yet. It seems like blocking wires would be easier.



Here are the details one last time:

Pattern: Hanami Stole by Melanie Gibbons of Pink Lemon Twist.
Yarn: Fiddlesticks Zephyr Laceweight in Pewter (a lovely silvery gray).
Needles: 3.5mm Addi Turbo lace needles in the 32" length.



Spring feels as if it has now officially sprung here, especially now that my 2008 spring shawl is done. I'm enjoying this Sunday with a Caramel Machiato beside me and I'm blogging from a chair on my deck.

Like the Gwen Stefani inspired "tall" hair? I can't decide whether it looks silly or cool on me. I'm leaning towards cool. Especially when I'm wearing my oversized sunglasses.

18 comments:

Brenda said...

The shawl looks fabulous!

Sway Knits said...

I've been following this knit for a while b/c I have Hanami in my queue, too. I'm glad to see it looks so gorgeous once you block it out!

knitting elephant said...

WOW! Fabulous job!

Aimes said...

wow!! hanami looks BEAUTIFUL! I'm going to have to add it to my queue on ravelry!

Ilix said...

Wow, that looks great! Way to go!

Andrea said...

The shawl is lovely and I like the hair too.

Abigail said...

I still can't decide which is more lovely the shawl or you:D

Congratualtions on the prefect knit.

Alyssa said...

That shawl is amazing. Definitely perfect for sping.

JessaLu said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

knitography said...

Gorgeous! It makes me even more impatient to finish mine! There is a woman in North Van whose husband makes blocking wires, and she sells them for $2 each. If you're interested let me know and I'll provide you with her Ravelry details.

tiennie said...

Hanami is gorgeous! Beautiful job!!

lexa said...

Gorgeous! Well done. I can't get over how fast you can knit. And you work, too! :)

molly! said...

Your hanami looks great! I am really impressed at how quickly you finished it. I think the hair really suits you!

Brena said...

Wow, your Hanami is so impressive looking! Great pictures, too!

I think your hair looks really cool that way. Very natural.

Ann said...

Gorgeous & you look great! Love all your poses - you look like a professional model (are you?)

Knitting Bandit said...

This is so gorgeous!!!! This has been in my queu for a long time, I don't think I could make one as lovely as yours. I am in awe! what's your Ravelry ID?

chrissie said...

Gorgeous!

Also, I love the tall hair - how did you style it?

Beth Livingston said...

You look like a model! :-)

Beth