Knit -> Write, and Write -> Knit

I LOVE encouraging people to use their art as a base for a book.

Imagine giving your friends and family a booklet of your art work for Christmas.

These days, when ‘publish on demand’ is so easy (and gets easier by the minute), there is no excuse Not to.

And that, ends ‘the lecture,’ and begins my sharing:

“The First Time I Saw the Ocean/Mayan & Richard Ward” was my first fiction book (available on Amazon). It started with my husband, exercising and looking at my knitted pictures on the walls. He said it felt like a story of a little girl visiting Meher Spiritual Center for the first time. Once I started writing, it went very fast. All I had to do was follow the knitted pictures I had, and let them tell the story. The only thing missing was a knitted picture of an alligator (which I then made just for the book). T=So the process was that the knitting led me into writing.

If you have enough images in your knitting/embroidery/needlepoint/painting, you can do the same: assemble what you have, organize it in order that tells a story, and start writing. Insert the images here and there in your writing, and your book is done!

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Mixed Tapestries‘, our new book, follows the opposite process. First I wrote a short story in the middle of the night (well, 5 am), then I started knitting the illustrations for it. Where and how the idea started, I do not know, but it evolved to a new knit technique for me. I wrote more about it in my previous post. This is the finished series (sorry it’s from right to left) :

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The technique, ‘7 yarns’ or ‘3+1+3’ uses the same 7 yarns through the whole piece, but always using one of them, as a separator, in the middle to create the image. It’s not that complicated. Once you knit 2-3 rows of the image, all yarns should be in place and from there on it’s straight forward (click on the fish to see the pattern).

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And back to the lecture: do something, don’t wait, your art is unique and has your special flavor. God made you precisely as you are, give back by showing your work (and not putting it into a drawer).

Good Luck.

Knit Fish pattern, in ‘7 yarns’ or ‘3+1+3’ technique

Another piece of trying techniques.

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Based on 3 yarn technique:
knit row 1 with A
attach & purl row 2 with B (leave A where it is)
attach and knit row 3 with C (leave B where it is)
row 4 – p with A (leave C where it is)
row 5 -k B
6 – p C.

So that is the basic technique I used, but more involved:
7 yarns,
knit 3 as above, use 1 yarn for fish, use the other 3 for other side.
Then, change fish color when inspired but keep 3 yarns on each side of the fish.

Knitting is actually easier than reading it. Anyway – it was much fun and if I have time I hope to do 6 more pieces (not fish…) to go with a piece I wrote about reincarnation.

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* Chart is up, on the FREE page 🙂 , hope you’ll give it a try.