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.

Imaginary Tree

Usually when I knit a picture I take a photo or a drawing, and translate it into a chart. Sometimes I work more freely by looking at an image without charting it, just keeping it right there in front of me all the time. In this picture however, I just wanted to knit a tree, without charting and without planing. This kind of knitting is like telling a story, inventing it as I go along, or as kids makes a play/perform: then this branch goes here, and that color starts there and so on. When I finished the picture, it reminded of these trees I love so much, and here is a photo of one:

For a bigger image of the knitted picture, visit http://www.pictureknitting.com/tree_img.html and if you try your hands in this form of free knitting, I would love to see it.

Child-Like Naivety

Sometimes I am drown to knitting a certain picture, without fully understanding what it is about. This was the case with these 3 pieces. I started ‘Meherazad flowers’ soon after coming back from India. The original photo is a mass of tangled vines, and it took long time to finish.

At the meantime I woke up one day with the image of this shawl in my head – birds and grass, colors, design and even border included. So – naturally, I had to knit it!

And then, for my friend’s birthday, I knitted her a shawl. My friend wear browns and greens, and she was very close with Arlene Sterns who passed away recently. I can not even start describing Arlene and her spiritual work (a book of her life stories is available at Sheriar Press), but I can say this: Arlene had child-like joy and trust in God and in His goodness, child-like innocence and purity of heart. She loved pastels pinks blues and greens.

But all this came up later. It was only after I finished ‘Meherazad flowers’ (after the birds and ‘Arlene’s shawl’ were done), that I realized it was talking about innocence. About trusting God that the rain will come in time, and that He truly loves and cares for all our needs. And it was only after I decided to write it all in the blog that I finally understood how ‘Arlene’s shawl’ is connected to all this. Before hand – I thought I wanted to include it just because of the colors.

I guess sometimes my intuition is way ahead of me.

 

* To see a bigger picture of these works: http://www.pictureknitting.com/naivety.html

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