Meher Baba’s I (as in I am)

Based on Meher Baba’s writing of the word ‘I’, from the book ‘In God’s hand’. To my surprise, even though Baba did write “I” a few times, it was never “I am”.
These are the I’s I used:

Sky Blue: Real I (i.e. mind stopped i.e. Self) = Light natural, page 1.
Blue: & when stopped feels I am unlimited. Page 17.
Purple: …feels I am this body only… page 17.
Green: The false I, page 17.
Yellow: The false I, page 17.
Orange: false I i.e. egoism, page 1.
Red: false I (i.e. mind working, egoism) = Darkness unnatural, page 1.

Mastery in Servitude

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Based on Meher Baba’s ‘Mastery in Servitude’ symbol, as it was done by Rano Gayly in 1969.

I have decided to omit the writing (“Mastery in Servitude”) in the middle, and leave it free and silent. While I usually connect to Baba’s humor and accuracy (in His gestures and movements, words, events, and money), here I feel His compassion, love and silence.

How to knit it??

– Close yourself in a room/a house/a cabin –

do not emerge or very rarely and only for a short time (and talk very little with friends)

– drink a lot of water and coffee, but eat very little (because who wants to stop for eating)

– and listen to recorded books of Saint Theresa of Avila, back to back.

It’s really worth it.

How to knit a picture

Even now, after almost 20 years of knitting pictures ( /tapestry / wall hanging ), it’s still scary.

I run around telling myself: I don’t know how to do it! I don’t know how I did it before! I’m a terrible knitter! and so on.

So, here is my real ‘how to knit pictures’:

1. BE BRAVE! tell yourself you can do it, and  just start!

No matter the gauge, the yarn & color matching. Instead of wasting time in mastering all that and trying to get it perfect – just start knitting. Believe me – it is faster this way.

2. Mid way: even if the knitting looks like  – – – – ,  and not at all like what  it suppose to look, even  if the images are totally unclear, and even if you have a hole in the middle:

GO ON KNITTING!

You can always fix things later. A big part of knitting pictures is to have faith. If it looks terrible when its done – start again using all the knowledge you gained by LETTING YOURSELF FINISH the first picture. Again – it is faster this way.

3. ALMOST THE END, and you still want to undo because it looks bad and totally un-beautiful and so on – resist unraveling temptation (it comes from the devil whispering in your ear), and finish.

Once done – do all the corrections needed.

Often, the simple act of stretching while framing the picture, will put everything into place.

GOOD LUCK

🙂

p.s. yes – technicality, being a good knitter etc. does not really matters. What matters is having the passion in your heart.

Mixed sts / Couples knitting

This is a new / continued theme I’m still exploring: I see the knitting as a double knit fabric but sometime do double strand garter st or st.st.

If you want to try it yourself:

a double knit unit = 1 knit facing st + 1 purl facing st.

Change a unit like that to 1 double strand st or 2 st.sts (k on one side p on the next).

There is a lot that comes with it and I’m still learning (it’s fascinating), and I hope to write more about it. For now here are some photos:

Above is one of my current projects, I’m actually half way through the other side by now. Mixing short rows with the above way of stitching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a scarf using that technique.

 

 

 

 

 

And this is how it started:

1. mixing double knit and stockinet

2. Mixing dk & double strand:

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.

Modular Pictures

The idea of making a modular picture always fascinates me. Does it really work?

My first attempt was the tree picture. It’s partially modular and you can read more about it here (scroll down): http://www.pictureknitting.com/gator_lake.html

It’s hard to see but the right part of the soil is knitted upward while the trees etc are knitted sideways, with the idea of taking advantage of variegating yarns in different directions. By the time I started knitting I forgot it and just picked the yarn I fancied…      It’s modular in knitting 2 directions in the same piece, but does not have inc/dec(so it’s not a real module).

This is my second modular attempt. I used a small chart I had for a picture knitting class and lots of little left over yarns (I belong to the group that can not throw even itsy bitsy piece of yarn). Still needs work, but it was so much fun to knit and totally impossible to tell what’s going on until the very end.

My favorite three

Well, one day I’ll learn how to put the photos side by side, for now – this will have to do.  These are my last 3 pictures, and maybe because of not being able to knit as much as I like, I appreciate them more (usually I don’t like my pictures so much in the beginning).

Hope you’ll enjoy them too…  Read more about them in my website: The top picture is here

The middle one (my lily pond) here

and last, the everything/nothing piece here. I love looking at this piece from all 4 directions, so it has 4 hangers on the back and can hang any which way.

The charts for the water-lilies and the Nothing/Everything are in my knitting books.

How much Yarn do I need?

Now, that I spend time happily writing the baby blanket patterns, I needed a way to give some estimate of how much yarn is needed. While usually, for me and for my friends, I just wave my hands in the air and say ‘just use what you have’, here I need to be more specific.

Since my charts are in chunks of 5 sts and 5 rows (as oppose to 8 base grids), here is the way I do it:

1. knit 25 sts. Undo and measure the length in yards or meters.

2. Count how many squares of 5×5 of that particular color/yarn are in the chart.

3. Multiply the length by the number of squares you need, and – voila! you have an estimate!

Hope this helps!

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.