Two trees growing together in Meherabad, India, one black, one white. Their images, growing together, hugging and supporting each other, always inspires me.
This is another knit I wanted to do for a long time. So I am going through my ‘bucket knit list’.
It’s double knit, from neck down, then picked up the sts and double knit the other side.
The image is Meher Baba’s hand writing of the word “I”.
Size: approx. 30 sts, 9.5” wide.
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‘Some of my best friends’ is a new series of trees at Meher Spiritual Center. All the trees there are gorgeous and intriguing, but these are trees that I don’t just see on passing, but actively look for.
Some of them – like some of my best friends, have died.
The knittings are not accurate to reality, and mostly were knit without a chart. They are based on drawings, and the feelings I got from these trees.
This first one I call ‘The Greeter’. It stands right at the gate, small and humble, with a little heart shape cavity.
Somehow it reminded me of the row of little white hearts on the floor between Baba and Mehera’s tomb, so I added the colorful hearts at the base.
The tree at the cross road, with a little mushroom at it’s base:
This small long leaf pine tree died in the last storm:
The golden tree, on the way from the gateway to the main parking lot, is not there anymore. It was beautiful, and right by the roadside. It’s leaves were golden, probably because it was dead for a while, but very beautiful.
I knitted it twice. This is a big curtain/baby blanket size:
and a very small version, about 10×10″:
The “Dancing Trees” are on the way to the beach, by Gator Lake, and I am always enchanted by them:
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I always get the urge to knit this portrait again.
I love this picture and I love working on it.
It is not an easy task, and always requires courage.
So, this is my 2017 Ancient one.
Knit-wise it’s done in what I call water color quilt style,
which means intarsia with knitting the border st with both strands
(so no overlapping yarns).
Needles: US 5.
Size: approx 12.5X18″.
Here are some of previous years:
A knitted picture of Seclusion Hill, Meherazad, India, where Meher Baba did a lot of seclusion work.
Size: 18X12″, mounted on foam board.
The picture is for sale on my littlebabas shop.
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.
This was the 2nd one I knitted:
And this was my first one:
And all together:
After adding the scarves of this series on (previous entry), I realized the hats & boxes were not up yet.
There are 2 styles for the hat. The easy one is knit upward, with carried rib to give elasticity:
The other style is more complicated:
The top is knit first, then add sts and knit the other 4 symbols downward.
Both hats can be done in double knit, this one is cotton:
‘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.
Below 2 sides of the first rainbow scarf:
2 sides of the second:
And 2 more scarves: