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!).
The chart is 50 sts and 36 rows, about 4 hours knit-time.
Use yarn & needles of your choice, as gauge is not crucial.
Thin-med weight yarns are the best (sock-worsted).
In general, big needles & thick yarn = big picture, and small needles and sock yarn = small picture.
The needles should match your yarn weight (see suggestion on your yarn cover).
Knitted in st.st with mixture of stranding & intarsia. Do not let these words intimidate you. Use common sense, make all possible mistakes, and fix them later (how to enclosed).
If you need any help, or not sure about anything, just contact me.
Yarns: very little yarn of each color, and if you run out – improvise!
You can substitute yarn, or change the pattern.
Do the same when you make a mistake: instead of unraveling, change the pattern (if possible) to suit what you did.
Do not hesitate to mix different kind of yarns. The yarns need to be similar in thickness/weight, but do not need to be of the same kind.
Water: self striping yarn, sparkly, or solid color yarn.
Optional: knit a band of a slightly different color in the middle.
Mountains/trees: Use 5 different yarns, or alternate colors to use what you have. Use browns, greens, or any color you like. If you run out, make the mountain shorter.
Sky: Self striping or solid. Add more rows at the top if you need, to fit better into a frame size.
Clouds: are optional too. I like using whites, but what would YOU like to do?
Light written instructions to support the chart
Explanation about the difference between mounting and using a frame, to using a dowel
How to mount the pictures
Light instructions for using a dowel.
Read before you print. The instructions have a lot of full color photos. The only thing to print is the chart page.
I wish you luck, I hope you will enjoy it and make millions of them to give everybody you know.
This scarf is a continuation of rainbow poem shawls. The name I call it for short is Karma. It has 7 squares, symbolising our journey towards God:
Starting with all colors, as I believe we have everything in us from birth. The first step has more red, to symbolise more earthiness, attachments, me mine & I. And very little sky blue, which symbolises God.
The second step has more orange, and no red, To symbolise loosing the heavy sanskaras/karma, and moving more towards light.
The last step is all sky blue and is knitted in only one direction: UPWARD! There is no confusion/sidesteping.
It took me 5 tries to get the look that gives what I mean. This is the last and finished one:
Knitwise: start with all yarns, metered/modular knitting, and loose a yarn/color each step.
If you are interested in the pattern (knit or crochet ) let me know.
I can not find your comment, so will answer you here, as other people asked about the book too.
The book is a work book. It explains how to knit pictures, from easy ones to more involved. The patterns in it are like exercises. They are meant for you to knit them and hopefully hang them on your wall or give as gifts.
You may not sell my patterns, but you may do many pictures using the charts in the book, and even sell the pictures you knitted yourself.
I am saying that the charts are exercises because my purpose was to give you enough information so that you can continue to make your own charts and do your own pictures.
So, to sum it up, the patterns in the book are for you to knit in order to learn the techniques used.
After the picture is knitted and BO, you can block it. For this you will need to stretch it upside down on foam board or anything else handy, spray lightly with water and let dry for 24 hours. Because of spraying it with water, you need to use stainless steel pins. You can buy them in a sewing store.
Some people prefer ironing their knits, I do not.
After the picture is well dry, you can attach it to foam board that is cut to fit the size of the picture. For this you can use straight pins (they do not have to be stainless steel).
Some people glue the picture instead of using pins, I do not.
See next blog post for detailed account of the charts in the book.
Knitting is like a study, and I always learn a lot and notice things I did not see before. Working on Baba’s signature I noticed that it’s made of 7 letters, that it’s wild, and that He signs in different ways, sometimes just writing MSI. For me His hand writing is like a drawing: I love how it cuts the space, how it divides a paper, rearranging it into different shapes that comes together to a whole. And often, knitting it just once is not enough and I knit it again to understand it better and get a more true feeling of it.
Knit wise, the b&w is knit regularly in st.st. That gave it a pixle feeling which I both liked and was unhappy with. So I accentuated that feeling by mounting it on a black foam board (that shows through the knit sts), and knitted it again. This time I used inc & dec to keep the signature line unbroken. It’s still very far from giving the beautiful flaw and preciseness of Baba’s signature.
Another little Baba story about it is that when I came to knitting it I thought I’ll use the signature from ‘In God’s hand’, but felt Baba was saying “No. Use one from Rano Gayley book”. Fear gripped my heart (to be dramatic, but it’s true…) – I was sure there is no signature of Baba there. I opened Rano’s book. There was no signature in the beginning of it, but in the sketches for the 10 circle chart, there were many signatures of Baba, approving certain images for the chart. Again I got worried – some of these signatures were really wild, or just 3 letters. But Baba, so mercifully, choose a ‘readable’ one (approving her sketch of African native).