This is not a knitting blog, so I usually don’t post about my projects, but yesterday I cast on for Hanami…
Hanami (hah-nah-mee) is the Japanese tradition of appreciating the beauty of flowers, almost always referring to the cherry blossom. I love it that the Japanese have a dedicated word for something so simple, so contemplative. The stole starts in a very traditionally Japanese basket weave pattern and flows seamlessly into a cascade of cherry blossom petals.
I used a 950 yard hank of merino in a color called “Hey Kitten!”. It took me nearly two hours to wind the yarn into a center pull ball (I always wind by hand). I think the computer is depriving the ball of its wonderful purplish pink undertones:
Hanami is a notoriously fickle but incredibly popular pattern (currently 1153 projects on Ravelry). The charts are complex, not always symmetrical, and easy to lose track of. This is a pattern that requires one slows down, to contemplate much in the way that a cherry bloom should be enjoyed.
I believe that in this moment of my life I could use a little more of this, a little more quiet, a little more focus – perhaps Hanami can be my path back to the center, back to a place I knew before becoming a work at home mother, before taking on all of this wonderful but overwhelming responsibility.