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.

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Sunburst, Baby Blanket

This blanket has been in the planing for a while. Then the Baby’s Mom called to say the shower will be in the end of that week and I started knitting as fast as I could, finishing one hour before the shower…

The blanket is double knitted, see the other side below. Originally I planned to make it into a pattern, but it will need a lot of polishing before I can do that, and I think I will just leave it at that. The name ‘Sunburst’ was given by the Baby’s aunt, and I like it a lot.

Alligator

In long lake at Meher Spiritual Center, lives a baby alligator. Three years ago he was a baby – 1 foot/30cm long, and as we go there often, we’ve been seeing him growing with the years. Now he is about 2 yards/2 m long now, and I consider him a ‘young teenager’.

Last year I was standing on the bridge talking with a friend, when the alligator came. He stood (in the water, which is quite shallow) on his back legs, just like a dinosaur! His head was an inch or two under the water and his eyes bright and yellow-green.  I have never seen such a thing before and was sorry I did not have the camera with me.

Yesterday my husband and I went to the center. As we left the car I was thinking: we don’t have the camera – maybe we’ll see something interesting (because my husband saw the alligator a week before that, when he did not have the camera with…)   We stood on the bridge, it was breezy and nice, and there was that alligator again. He came by, swimming slowly, and again stood on his back legs! He stood for a while, giving us the eye (this time his eyes were deem, maybe he has cataract) . It was an odd feeling, eerie. Then he swam a little – putting his arms and legs near to his body, like body surfing but in a very slow motion.    He stopped again under the bridge, lean his chin on a pipe and half floated half stood there, just as we do on the side of a pool. After a while he floated away again.

I don’t know about this alligator. Next we’ll see him dining with knife and fork (properly held in his left hand), and a clean white napkin.

 

Mother’s Day afghan

This was actually my first afghan ever. Knitted with needles # 15US and thick yarn, it is warm, soft and stretchy, 42″x57″ .

The pattern is an old one that I invented after seeing Kaffe Fassett work and after traveling in north India. Here it is done in intarsia (again a version for beginners), and what took a long time was actually choosing the colors. I hope to make another (smaller) version of it in stranding.

My Ocean of Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am still in the mode of making Baby blanket patterns. The square one is approx. 32″x32″ knitted with #15US/9mm, and I enjoyed it a lot.

The smaller one is a stroller blanket 20″x23″. It was knitted with the same chart, but needles #7US and thinner yarn. I knitted that one just to test the chart for a beginner pdf pattern of it, and have to admit it was a bit boring … No action for miles of stretching sand… But it is perfect for people who begin knitting with color.  The darker blue is because I run out of yarn, and I think it makes the scene look like a river rather than an ocean. That makes me want to knit it again with variegated greens for trees on the other side, and now you see how I move from one pattern to the next without a break…

Both Patterns are available on my website http://www.pictureknitting.com/charts.html (for $2.99)

On etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/99522359/my-ocean-of-love-pdf-pattern-for-baby

and on ravelry.

 

 

 

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!