Based on a picture knitted for Darwin Shaw years ago.
Attached bellow is a free PDF of my new book “Achilles’ Point”. It has a rough beginning, so don’t be disheartened. It’s a story about grief, faith and unusual friendship, given through the diaries of 5 women:
Ruth, 22 years old, a young Mom with a strong aspiration to God.
Miri, almost 30, works at an Insurance company and not much happens in her life, until…
Terez, 44 years old, scientist, works in a hospital’s research lab, lost her son.
Shelly, 50, married with one son, loves nature and contemplation.
Noel, 60ish, an artist, sick with cancer.
At the end of the book is a simplified free version of the knitted friendship blanket pattern (called ‘A matter of interpretation’).
This is from a friend, who read the book: “It was a compelling read that I went through twice. Each of the women (and the other characters too) resonated with different parts of my being. Each is an individual, but you’ve imitated life by weaving their stories together.
I believe God sends us Angels when we need them. And here you’ve demonstrated how God touches ones life even if the person doesn’t believe in him, or has doubts.
Additionally the embroidery, knitting, and photography you’ve included plus the quilt in the story, all add to the imagery of their lives and the universe being woven together.
I read a lot, but don’t often feel the depth of emotion I did with the piece.”
If you ever been to Meher Spiritual Center’s library, you probably noticed the birdbath – a piece of beautiful wood, hefty concrete ‘bath’, and a little more of the supporting wood climbing on top.
Line drawing on the needles isn’t easy. It reminds of ‘The British Baking show’, when the judge told the baker that if he bakes something simple – it must be spot on good. Same with line drawing – being simple, it shows every little problem, that a very colorful picture doesn’t.
Still, I attempt it from time to time, when it’s a picture I really want to do.
These 3 patterns of Friendship blanky will be available for free until August 7th.
They can be knit (instructions written & charted),
or crochet (instructions not included, substitute stitches to single crochet).
You can easily make them into a shawl or a pillow.
In the “A matter of interpretation” pattern, you will color the chart in the way you wish to knit it, test by knitting a small block, then knit it in one piece. It may look like this:
or like this:
“Friendship Blanky blocks” pattern is knit as single blocks then sewn together. It is meant for a little fun when you are traveling etc.
The ‘Friendship Blankey, Textured” pattern is done in one piece and single color:
This style is based on the Indian Hearts pattern, but meant to imitate quilting styles. The result is a chart that can be colored (then knitted) in many different ways, and I’m still working on it. I hope to make them into a pattern soon.
Here are 2 examples:
A few more…
The one on the right is a slightly different pattern, trying to imitate quilts.
Another blanket using the Indian heart pattern that I love so much.
Mainly lots and lots of coasters, as they fit nicely in the envelope together with the Xmas card & a lot of Love.
I used thin yarn and a mixed sts technique:
The edge is knit double stranded,
the area around the circle is double knit,
and the circle is st.st.