The mushroom under the Elf – a children book with advanced knit patterns

Our book is ready! We are happy & excited! The book is a fun bedtime story about a lost Elf that makes friends with a mushroom. It has a lot of photos and knitted art work for illustration.

The other thing it has are 4 knitting patterns, scattered here & there in the middle of the story! The patterns are:

1. Small mushroom chart for double-knit coaster.

2. Double knit mush-puff baby toy (instructions for how to stuff & puff are included).

3. Modular mushroom picture potholder – small project, fun and surprising technique.

4. The Elfy game blanket, which you can also play right on the cover.  

The book is available at Amazon.com and at Create space

Elfy Game Blanket

Done! The blanket is ready and so is the pattern for it (http://www.pictureknitting.com/blankets.html) .  The pattern includes the story too.

It is not as difficult to knit as it looks, because the squares just move in the direction of the knitting once every 13 rows + knitting the squares border yarns together makes it fully tangle-free (it’s true!).

Here it is with play pieces (instructions are not included in the pattern) and giant dice.

This is the backside.

Next, and getting near to done, is the children book with the story + many photos (it is a children book), with 3 patterns, one right in the middle of the book (I would love it as a kid – seeing a knitting pattern in the middle of MY book, even if I do not understand it and can not knit).  So far the patterns included are : a small modular mushroom picture, the blanket game pattern, and a small simple pattern for double knit or st.st that could be added to a scarf/ pocket/pillow etc.

 

Nov. 14 —the book is getting there – we ordered the first copy. Can’t wait to see it.

Elfy Game 1

This is the first version of ‘Elfy Game’, to go with the story ‘The mushroom under the Elf’.

Size: 28″ X 37″

To play: go down on a mushroom leg, up on a head and up on a sun ray, + some rules to be added by the kid for extra fun (like fuzzy squares and white dots).

Apart for plating it with Hubby (every night before bed as the game was progressing) I played it with 2 nine years old – first on a table, then they drugged me for another game on the floor + wanted another one! One of them read the story aloud before we played – still needs work + a lot of photos before it’s done… crawling my way on it, wish it went faster (as in waiving my magic wand and Ta Da – it’s done! 🙂

The second version of the knit game is done already, and hope to post it soon.

Froggy

Husband is a great story teller. That’s how I fell in love with him – he was telling a story and I was listening too intently… good thing too.

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So now he is totally interested in making puppets. That’s how froggy came to be, and it is our first puppet.
I started it, husband finished (learning to crochet right on it) and we both enjoy this addition to our house hold :).

It reminds me – we used to have a toad living in a pot on our entrance porch – under a leaf of whatever plant was there (I do not remember). It was V-cute!

If you are a serious crocheter – forgive me for all the bad turns, wrong twisting of yarns, and everything else illegal I did along the way.

Sunburst, Baby Blanket

This blanket has been in the planing for a while. Then the Baby’s Mom called to say the shower will be in the end of that week and I started knitting as fast as I could, finishing one hour before the shower…

The blanket is double knitted, see the other side below. Originally I planned to make it into a pattern, but it will need a lot of polishing before I can do that, and I think I will just leave it at that. The name ‘Sunburst’ was given by the Baby’s aunt, and I like it a lot.

Mother’s Day afghan

This was actually my first afghan ever. Knitted with needles # 15US and thick yarn, it is warm, soft and stretchy, 42″x57″ .

The pattern is an old one that I invented after seeing Kaffe Fassett work and after traveling in north India. Here it is done in intarsia (again a version for beginners), and what took a long time was actually choosing the colors. I hope to make another (smaller) version of it in stranding.

My Ocean of Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am still in the mode of making Baby blanket patterns. The square one is approx. 32″x32″ knitted with #15US/9mm, and I enjoyed it a lot.

The smaller one is a stroller blanket 20″x23″. It was knitted with the same chart, but needles #7US and thinner yarn. I knitted that one just to test the chart for a beginner pdf pattern of it, and have to admit it was a bit boring … No action for miles of stretching sand… But it is perfect for people who begin knitting with color.  The darker blue is because I run out of yarn, and I think it makes the scene look like a river rather than an ocean. That makes me want to knit it again with variegated greens for trees on the other side, and now you see how I move from one pattern to the next without a break…

Both Patterns are available on my website http://www.pictureknitting.com/charts.html (for $2.99)

On etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/99522359/my-ocean-of-love-pdf-pattern-for-baby

and on ravelry.

 

 

 

Baby Blankets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme of simplicity ans child like naivety is continuing in my art, and strongly. Recently I am working on baby blankets, and there are so many patterns I want to do, that I don’t want to take the time out to sleep or eat (or refine the instructions so I can put them up). They are so simple to do, that I truly hope some beginners will try them too.

Another amazing thing about these patterns is that the same chart can be made into a Baby blanket (top picture, 30″x32″, needles #15US/9mm ), or a stroller blanket (see pastel version, 20″x23″, needles #7US).

There is something about Baby blankets that just tugs on the heart strings. They are like prayers shawls – as we put our best wishes in for the baby, and take so much care that the yarn will be soft and that there will be no knots in it.

This pattern is now available on etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/97513843/you-are-my-sunshine-pdf-pattern-for-baby and on ravelry.

Imaginary Tree

Usually when I knit a picture I take a photo or a drawing, and translate it into a chart. Sometimes I work more freely by looking at an image without charting it, just keeping it right there in front of me all the time. In this picture however, I just wanted to knit a tree, without charting and without planing. This kind of knitting is like telling a story, inventing it as I go along, or as kids makes a play/perform: then this branch goes here, and that color starts there and so on. When I finished the picture, it reminded of these trees I love so much, and here is a photo of one:

For a bigger image of the knitted picture, visit http://www.pictureknitting.com/tree_img.html and if you try your hands in this form of free knitting, I would love to see it.