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Topic: April Showers (my take on Hanami)  (Read 1916 times)
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Bespoke by Brouhaha!
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« on: April 09, 2008 03:41:54 AM »

Well, spring has finally arrived here in Toronto (touch wood), and with it a lovely new lace shawl...

She's called April Showers.  The pattern is a modification from part of the Hanami pattern by Melanie Gibbons (available here):
http://pinklemontwist.blogspot.com/2007/02/hanami.html.  I loved the "cherry blossom" portion of the pattern and thought it went well with this Fleece Artist Italian Silk I had kicking around in the stash.

Quack seems to like it too!  Must be the Rainforest colourway... isn't it cheerful?

The "showers" part is formed by approximately 600 clear seed beads in addition to the "blossom" pattern in the knitting, which were placed with a crochet hook for the most part and strung on for the edging:

The raindrops in the main body appear mostly in the top two thirds - I wanted the effect of raindrops hanging in the air in the blue sky.

Even I, my own worst critic, am rather pleased...

For more information, lots more photos and specs (including a little guide on how I tweaked the Hanami pattern to make it into a triangle), check out my blog post: http://brouhahaknits.blogspot.com/2008/04/april-showers.html.

Happy spring!

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008 04:28:36 AM »

Absolutely beautiful!!  Excellent, excellent work!!  ::runs over to click "this rocks"::

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008 04:10:07 PM »

Awesome! It looks great and P.S. Yay for Torontonians!

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008 06:07:50 PM »

That's amazingly beautiful! I love it.

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008 06:41:55 AM »

This is amazing! Shocked I love it! 

« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008 02:23:08 PM »

This is very lovely!!!  Grin *wants*

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2008 02:42:54 PM »

That is seriously gorgeous!

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2008 08:49:36 AM »

Absolutely stunning!  I'm so impressed with your adaptation of the pattern (which I love, too, though I've never tried it). 

« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2008 03:05:38 PM »

I love it!

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