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.