I started Jared Flood’s Girasole blanket back in February of 2011. I have fond memories of the project. I knit most of it in my first Amsterdam apartment. My Girasole nights were filled with wool, chili, beer, and macbooking.
I used a yarn called Retrosaria Beiroa that I ordered from a shop in Portugal. It’s a beautiful natural single ply light worsted weight yarn with random dark streaks. I love it!
I put aside my unfinished Girasole and got distracted by about 500 other projects. I finally picked it back up last month and decided to finish the lace motif I was on, work a few garter ridges and call it quits. Another two weeks went by and then I blocked it. It dried today so I took some pretty photos, but I still have two ends to weave in. I’m sure I’ll get to that sometime this year…or next.
Here’s my abbreviated Girasole…
I’ve been organizing my apartment recently (by apartment I mean yarn and knitting projects) and making some tough choices on what to keep, what to finish and what to give away. It feels good to recognize when a project isn’t meant to be finished or made how I initially planned. I’ve been working with a lot of stash yarn recently and combining colors that were intended for something else. I let go of what I thought they should be when I purchased them. Now I can let my past yarn choices play together and inspire new ideas and fabric possibilities. It’s a very fun way to work.
Most of my designs use skeins from my yarn cabinet so the size of a scarf or garment is usually predetermined by my previous color choices and the yardage amounts. Knitting from stash immediately gives me limitations to work within. That’s probably one reason why I have so many striped and color blocked designs. I often get just one or two skeins of a certain yarn so if I want a big scarf, I need to combine colors. Also, my friend’s yarn shop, Penelope Craft, is only a short bike ride away.
I pretend it’s my backup stash.