Thursday, June 6, 2013

Girasole

Red Hen Home Girasole afghan 1

An alternate title for this post would be: 

“And now…for something completely different.”

I use it every once in while…just to keep things interesting!

Red Hen Home Girasole afghan 5

In addition to making things out of wood, I also like to make things out of yarn.  My knitting mojo has been absent for the past year or so, with only a few tiny little projects coming off the needles.  However, back in April I went into a cute yarn shop in Mt. Vernon, WA, with a friend, and it was one of those good yarn shops, you know?  One that had all sorts of sample projects out to ooh and aah over, and to fall in love with.

Well, fall I did…and I fell hard.  The shop had a sample afghan made up from Brooklyn Tweed’s Girasole pattern.  It was gorgeous, and I wanted it! 

Wanted to make it, that is!

Red Hen Home Girasole afghan 6

If you’ve ever knitted, you know that good yarn doesn’t come cheap.  I bought about the cheapest good yarn I possibly good (Cascade 220), but it still cost over $80 for this project. 

I justified it by making this afghan as a gift for my mother’s birthday (she doesn’t read blogs, so I’m not spoiling anything here).

Red Hen Home Girasole afghan 9

I am so pleased with how this turned out.  It took me about a month to knit, but I didn’t get bored of it because the pattern changed frequently.  It’s just over 5 feet in diameter, so a nice lap- or back-of-the-couch size.

Red Hen Home Girasole afghan 2

Am I tempted to keep it for myself?  Yes, ma’am.

But I won’t.

Red Hen Home Girasole afghan 7

I think!

Red Hen Home Girasole afghan 10

Do you knit?  You can find me on Ravelry as RedHen6.
 
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14 comments:

Lesley said...

okay. How many kids did you say you have???? LOL Oh my! Do you sleep??!!! lol

I do heirloom sewing, so I have appreciating for hand work. I haven't been indulging in any sewing for quite some time. It is so time consuming, but I am sure I will get back to it from time to time.

Gorgeous, thoughtful gift for your Mom. I know she will love it.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a beautiful and personal gift Korrie! Look at all those details, I'd be so confused!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

How Beautiful. I love it!
You sure are creative and very talented.
You can do anything!
Have a one refuel day!

Sandi

Home Frosting said...

You did a beautiful job! Your mother is going to love it!! I too love working with wood, paint, etc., but also love to knit. Its hard to put down the knitting needles when working on a great project. Lesa

Irene said...

That is gorgeous!

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

LOVE Cascade yarns... I think I have a few skeins hidden away still since I haven't pulled out my knitting needles in a bit.

I didn't know there was a yarn store in Mt Vernon! I'll have to look for it on my annual July shopping trip...if the bridge is back that is.

I absolutely LOVE this afghan... I'll be checking that pattern out for sure.

~Chris

PS is there anything you don't know how to do??? :)

Hetty said...

That is a project you can be proud of Korrie. I am a hand knitter myself and I know this does take many hours to finish. I am impressed!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I haven't knit for several years (five to be exact....wonder why) but your afghan is gorgeous....afghan is not the word....lace coverlet....there, that's better. I haven't gotten rid of any supplies because I think I might knit again.....maybe someday. Your Mom will LOVE it!

ImSoVintage said...

Knitting is the one thing I never took up, but this is beautiful. Your mom will love it.
hugs,
Laura

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Korrie, I am SO impressed! That is gorgeous! You have to make one for yourself. :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Korrie, You are so talented! This is a beautiful piece.
xx,
Sherry

Down to Earth Style said...

I do not knit but I can see you pretty much doing everything. My grandma does though and I love the texture of her throws she has made me. Love that yours is round.

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous! The pattern is so delicate and I love the color. I know she will love it.

By the way, is there *anything* you can't do? :)

xo
Pat

Mary said...

You are making me want to get my knitting needles out Korrie. This is so beautiful!