O Girasole Mio!

Yes!  It is finito!  After the edging that seemed to go on forever.

Girasole is a lovely pattern, and the Malabrigo Sock yarn in Ochre was a good fit, I think.

I had neither a daughter-model handy, nor a photographer available, so I enlisted the services of another model, who graciously acceded.

Mrs. Helga did a wonderful job.

Helga models Girasole

Helga models Girasole

Even bronze statues get cold

Even bronze statues get cold

I think she might have liked it.

Though this is a pattern that doesn’t need as much blocking as some, definitely the edging needs it.  What a difference a couple hours on my knees, and 214 or so points pinned out (but who’s counting?), makes!



This first Sunflower was just given to my mother.  I likely would have saved it to give to her at the holidays, but she’s recovering from another foot surgery and could use it now, at home.  A little bit of Sun(flower) for her lap or her shoulders, I hope.

20 responses to “O Girasole Mio!

  1. It turned out so beautifully! What a lot of wonderful work…it will help your mom’s recovery, I’m sure!

  2. So beautiful! And your model didn’t even blink…

  3. It’s stunning!!!

  4. Girasole is lovely. Absolutely lovely. Best wishes to your mom for a speedy recovery.

  5. Truly fabulous!

    Well done!

  6. That is sooo gorgeous! Your mom is lucky, even she has to have foot surgery.


  7. That is gorgeous, indeed. A very sunny Sunflower for your mom!

  8. and the dye-lot didn’t detract at all – it looks wonderful.

  9. That is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  10. It’s lovely! And I believe in giving gifts as you think they should go out… so good for you for not waiting for an occasion, I mean, it’s your mom!

  11. So, so beautiful! The color is absolutely perfect. Best wishes to your mom.

  12. loved it it on the list of things i woudl like to knit

  13. Breathtakingly beautiful! I’m sure your mom adores it!

  14. Oh, my DEAR! Now tell me honest, please: would an almost-intermediate knitter of patience and enthusiasm have a CHANCE with this? Furthermore – where IS that statue (and who?) That may be the best picture of any sort on the innerwebs anywhere, forever amen.

    • Hi, Dale-Harriet!

      The whole shawl is just knits, purls, and yarnovers, with the exception of one ‘knit 3 together’, maybe, and a slightly tricky circular start, which however can be done one of several ways (one way is easy). So it is not hard! I do think you could totally do it. This particular pattern does need you to follow charts, though. Or to learn to do so, if you don’t already. But they are easy charts.

      It’s an easy lace pattern to do, actually, because you can really ‘read’ your knitting and see how it looks, and because being circular, you’re always on the right side. It can be done in Ecowool or something similar and it becomes a lap blanket. This one was fingering weight and is a small-ish shawl. (But I could have knit it looser and made it bigger, and it still would have looked good.) I like this pattern so much that I’m knitting a second one, for me!

      The statue is of Helga Gundersen (with her husband Adolf, who was the founder of the Gundersen Clinic, where I work). These are their statues between two of the newest buildings at the clinic. Here is some information about Helga, who sounds like quite a woman. http://www.norskedalen.org/index.asp?CompID=56&btnSubmit=ByFileCategoryID&cboFileCategoryID=139&cboFileSubCategoryID=95&cboFileCategoryIDMain=1

      I also have a book about the Gundersens and their clinic (given me when I started working there) and it mentions much about Helga. Such as: she owned an electric car, back in the 40s. She liked it because she didn’t need someone to drive her (she didn’t know how to shift so needed a driver otherwise). But she never learned to back up, so always parked where she could go forward. She also invariably drove 5 miles per hour….but apparently in a somewhat terrifying way, according to her grandchildren! Who also said she had more energy than any of them, and could wear them out. She was a former teacher and taught all her children Norwegian, hoping for many years to move back to the old country. Their oldest son did move back to Norway, to take over the farm that came down to him through her family, after studying forestry and land management at University of Wisconsin-Madison. (The rest of her sons became doctors and stayed in the US.) Her husband was known for his surgical and diagnostic skills, being better trained than most of the apprenticeship-trained US doctors of the time. He supposedly did 100 successful appendectomies in a row, after the turn of the century. Since that was before antibiotics, that was pretty much unheard of. The train that came to La Crosse stopped behind Lutheran Hospital, and they started to call it “the Appendicitis Express”.

      I think you might see Helga again. She makes an ideal shawl model! And, as long as they’re worthy of her, I don’t think she’d mind.


  15. Girasol is stunning and your model is wonderful. I enjoyed very much reading about her and her family on the website you provided. Use her again, please! (Oh, and Adolf looks like he’d appreciate at hat…)

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