The Ancient One, in pinks

For whatever reason, at the end of the year,

I always get the urge to knit this portrait again.

I love this picture and I love working on it.

It is not an easy task, and always requires courage.

So, this is my 2017 Ancient one.

 

Knit-wise it’s done in what I call water color quilt style,

which means intarsia with knitting the border st with both strands

(so no overlapping yarns).

Needles: US 5.

Size: approx 12.5X18″.

 

Here are some of previous years:

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Mossing around

This pattern is a part of Elfy book 2 (not in print yet). In the story the blanket is knitted by 2 mushrooms out of moss, for their good friend Elfy.

I tried different ways (see below), but the above is my favorite. The most difficult part was to knit shapes that are more natural, and not round perfect circles.

The border is seed st, background in reverse st.st. and the circles are double stranded with the background yarn.

 

 

 

Mastery in Servitude #3, Through the eye of time.

A knitted rendering of Meher Baba’s symbol ‘Mastery in Servitude’.

This is the 3rd time I knit it as a big wall hanging (approx 33×33″).

It’s done in quilting technique, to give the feeling of something old & patched, and is almost finished.

About the symbol: The first one was done by Dr. Donkin, and has only 4 of the religion symbols (to match the 4 corners of the religions symbols on Meher Baba’s Samadhi). That symbol appears in the early prints of Dr. Donkin’s book The Wayfarers (about Meher Baba’s work with the masts). In 1969 Rano Gayley did a painting of it in color, by now with 6 symbols. Here is page 61 from her book, that talks about it:

 

Both Dr. Donkin’s and Rano Gayley’s drawings have the words  ‘Mastery in Servitude’ written in the middle.

 

This was the 2nd one I knitted:

 

And this was my first one:

And all together:

All of Me, box

‘All of Me’ is a series of knits with symbolize images of my life with Meher Baba:

His Samadi & its Threshold, the ‘Mastery in Servitude’ symbol, and his hand writing for the word ‘I’.

The box was the first thing I did. The idea came from a box I got from Dolly Dastur in India – she called it a ‘Don’t Worry’ box.

Knit wise: double knit in one piece with little assembly.

All of Me, Hats

After adding the scarves of this series on (previous entry), I realized the hats & boxes were not up yet.

There are 2 styles for the hat. The easy one is knit upward, with carried rib to give elasticity:

The other style is more complicated:

The top is knit first, then add sts and knit the other 4 symbols downward.

Both hats can be done in double knit, this one is cotton: