A knitted rendering of Meher Baba’s symbol ‘Mastery in Servitude’.
This is the 3rd time I knit it as a big wall hanging (approx 33×33″).
It’s done in quilting technique, to give the feeling of something old & patched, and is almost finished.
About the symbol: The first one was done by Dr. Donkin, and has only 4 of the religion symbols (to match the 4 corners of the religions symbols on Meher Baba’s Samadhi). That symbol appears in the early prints of Dr. Donkin’s book The Wayfarers (about Meher Baba’s work with the masts). In 1969 Rano Gayley did a painting of it in color, by now with 6 symbols. Here is page 61 from her book, that talks about it:
Both Dr. Donkin’s and Rano Gayley’s drawings have the words ‘Mastery in Servitude’ written in the middle.
‘All of Me’ is the name I give the projects containing Meher Baba’s symbols. Apart for the box and hats, here are some scarves versions. The images are simplified versions of Meher Baba Samadi, the threshold, Mastery in servitude, and Baba’s hand writing of the word ‘I’.
I just LOVE knitting these patterns.
Knit-wise: knitted in a mixture of double stranded, st.st, and double knit. I use needles # 13US, and let the sts be very loose. The scarves are very big, almost a mini blanket.
The area of Gator Lake is magical, even a bit spooky: the light is always special, no matter what time a day, the trees – magnificent. The photo above is far from doing it justice.
The knitted picture is a re-knitting of a pattern I did years ago, called ‘Fuzzy Trees’. The pattern is a bit involved, but made easier by knitting sideways (so the trees are just stripes). I tried to start with extreme colored shadows, and moving to very similar shades of light & dark on the ground, but could not resist making the tree still bold in color.
I can not resist Water Lilies. I am totally infatuated with them. When my husband and I go to Brookgreen gardens, he can have the camera for forever – until we get to the Lily pond. There, the camera is all mine. They are spectacular.
This chart however is based on Water Lilies at Long Lake, Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
If it seems complicated – it isn’t. Most people who tested it finished their picture in 4 days (unless they started unraveling – big no-no!), and immediately started another one.
Here is my last version of it, with embroidery to enhance the Lilies:
Knit level: knit in st.st with mixture of carrying yarn & using it locally (stranding & intarsia).
Pattern includes: chart, knitting-aid notes, how to fix mistakes, and how to mount/hang the picture. (embroidery instructions are not included – get creative and show me what YOU can do!).
Though it’s hard to see, these are 2 sides of the same knitting. The one on the left is finished and used here as a curtain, the one on the right was taken earlier, before finishing and weaving-in the tails. It’s a picture I knitted years ago, and now testing it for a pattern.
The pattern started from paper cuts images (top right), and then I made their reflection (top left). The picture can be held 4 ways: The 2 above + their up-side down.
I used to think this pattern is very easy, and was going to include it in the book (Color & Picture Knitting). At that point though I realized it was tricky and was not sure I even knew how to redo it. And that’s what I think now, it is both very easy & complex at the same time.
To knit it, start upside down (knitting upward) in st.st. To do the reflection, move to reverse st. So now reading the rows knit=reading the chart from left to right (I think…) and vise versa, and knitting the images upward. Knitting it is easier than talking about it because the colors helps keeping it right (only of course I was working on B&W chart).