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.

Pink Lily Shawl

Water Lilies are very big with me. I have so many photos of them just waiting to be knit. This is an experiment in making a simple lily – only 2 colors, and at the same time experimenting with shawl shapes (looking for a shape I really like, that permits picture knitting on it).

Knitted sideways in st.st with small short rows at the bottom hem, and one big short row section across the whole thing in the back (as an upside down V. Starting with very short rows, inc. all the way to the top then dec back again.)

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:

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Hearts, Valentine, Love and – freezing cold. That about sums up what’s going on here. I hope it is warmer in your corner of the universe.

Started this blanket (and a similar scarf) about 2 month ago. The pattern is ready. The principle is – move the blues to the left on a RS row, move pinks to the left on WS row, which will move them to the right on the RS. This will create more movement and dinamity,  make it much easier to knit and keep the back tidy:

Moving yarns this way is a key ingredient to making picture knitting easy.

The pattern is available here: http://www.pictureknitting.com/blankets.html . It has 2 charts of 7×7 hearts drawing (49 total), can be used in any way you choose – make into a prayer shawl, a scarf, coasters, hot pads etc. The squares are of 15sts and 20 rows.

This is a little part of the heart scarf (it’s more than half done by now):

Another pattern to come soon is this hat scarf thingy, that I had to pull out for my defense from the chilly freezy:

Happy knitting.