Tuesday, October 16, 2007

And now Cherries....

Or rather, Cherry Blossoms in the form of the Hanami Stole - another brilliant creation of Melanie at Pink Lemon Twists.

Here is my very slow progress on Hanami. I am working as part of the Hanami KAL, which ends in less than two weeks - LOL! I doubt I will be finished by then, but it is so enjoyable it shouldn't take me to long. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may remember that I was spinning for and started working on Mystery Stole 3 earlier this year. I just wasn't feeling a good connection to the pattern, but loving the yarn and having the utmost respect for Melanie I wanted to continue on with one of her patterns. Along came T & J (Baad Medicine) with the Hanami KAL and I jumped in.

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You might notice a faint line towards the bottom of the knitting where my yarn was spun a little thinner in that area....I am hoping it doesn't show much in the final product. I can feel it more than I can see it.

And a few close ups of the beads on the edging - I love the ivory pearl classic sheen of them against the creamy ivory of the Corriedale yarn from The Whites (the white sheep in my flock) I had not originally intended to include beads, but after seeing several of the progress photos at the KAL site I changed my mind!

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One thing that I don't think the photos properly portray is the total squooshiness of this yarn! I dont' know if "squooshiness" is even a word, but it accurately describes the way my Corriedale yarn feels. It isn't silky, it isn't fuzzy, it isn't slinky or drapey....it is 100% Michigan Corriedale - soft, bouncy, warm, soft, comfort wool (and yes I meant to say "soft" twice!) It spins like a dream and brings me such joy to knit.

I am so happy with it, I spun another full bobbin this morning and then had to go and share my joy with "the girls" Its raining today, so they are hanging out in the barn.

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Thank you, Girls. Even though Charlotte, on the far left next to the wall, is the only white sheep in the photo...the rest are there, too.

(Can you believe it - no posts for a month and then two in one day!?!)


Carissa said...

I'm so glad that you found a good use for your yarn! The stole is looking so pretty, and I really like the beads on it! I love seeing your sheep pictures!

T. said...

I think squooishiness is a very important word in the Land O'Knitting. Glad you're enjoying the KAL. J. and I are really enjoying it too!

Donna B said...

I have spun corriedale before, (though not your corriedale yet, but soon :-) and I think sqooishy is the perfect word for it. Much more fun to squeeze than Charmin!

I have to send the cyberhymnal link to my mom....she will love it. Thanks for sharing that.

And for the comment on my blog...so, how much time do we have left to get together before snow flies round here?

Theresa said...

it looks beautiful. I find the Hanami intrigueing and am considering it. I can see the squooishiness of your wool...but maybe that's because I have experienced it in other wool I have from you.