As promised, here are my progress photos for Hanami. (As of sunset Sunday!) I’m really enjoying the knitting on this project, as evidenced by its rapid growth. The geometric repeat of the basketweave section of the stole is perfect for making steady progress (since it’s at least predictable if not memorizable). The repeating sections are also very good for motivating my progress, since I’m dying to get through the basketweave and into the falling blossoms sections where the lace pattern is always changing.

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I’m just really looking forward to seeing this as a blocked & finished project, and enjoying the alpaca softness and the lacy lightness. I keep spreading out the knitting in between rows, and stretching it to try to imagine what it will look like when it’s blocked! You can see those signature flyaway fibers that give the baby alpaca yarn its delicious softness. Even with the fuzziness, I’m certain the yarn will block out nicely to show the pattern (which is so striking, I’m sure it would look great in any yarn).

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I’m going to do my best to keep making steady progress on this, while simultaneously trying to resist the urge to load up my stash with laceweight yarns! There are so many lovely ones out there, and I’m in those ravenous early stages of a full-fledged addiction. Hopefully knitting from the charts will keep my hands and eyes busy enough to avoid unexpected online shopping!