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:

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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, scarf

‘All of Me’ is the name I give the projects containing Meher Baba’s symbols. Apart for the box and hats, here are some scarves versions. The images are simplified versions of Meher Baba Samadi, the threshold, Mastery in servitude, and Baba’s hand writing of the word ‘I’.

I just LOVE knitting these patterns.

Knit-wise: knitted in a mixture of double stranded, st.st, and double knit. I use needles # 13US, and let the sts be very loose. The scarves are very big, almost a mini blanket.

Below 2 sides of the first rainbow scarf:

2 sides of the second:

And 2 more scarves:

 

 

 

Knitting the air/the in-between

Sometimes I like to knit not the object itself, but just the air around it.

Below is a ‘treeless’ rendering (left side) of the tree on the right. I avoided knitting the branches, and just knit the shapes around them (much as possible).

The two bellow are done with a similar idea, treating the shapes as abstract and mixing the negative and positive images:

 

Back to the top of the page, these are 2 scarves with Meher Baba’s signature:

I used 2 colors, one for the shapes created below the signature, and one for ‘the air above it’. This is about how His signature cuts the space. The scarf starts with the M itself as part of the inc.

 

 

 

Fuzzy trees, Gator Lake, Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, SC

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The area of Gator Lake is magical, even a bit spooky: the light is always special, no matter what time a day, the trees – magnificent. The photo above is far from doing it justice.

The knitted picture is a re-knitting of a pattern I did years ago, called ‘Fuzzy Trees’. The pattern is a bit involved, but made easier by knitting sideways (so the trees are just stripes). I tried to start with extreme colored shadows, and moving to very similar shades of light & dark on the ground, but could not resist making the tree still bold in color.

Hope you like it…

 

Reflections #3

Same piece, 4 ways to hang it.

Same yarn used for all the background, and same yarn for the images and their reflections.

 

Reflection #2 below, is knit with same yarn for images & reflection, but 2 different yarns for the background:

 

Reflection #1 has lighter colors on the top, and darker shades of these colors at the bottom:

Reflections
Reflections