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:

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Rainbow poem, 7 steps.

This scarf is a continuation of rainbow poem shawls. The name I call it for short is Karma. It has 7 squares, symbolising our journey towards God:

  • Starting with all colors, as I believe we have everything in us from birth. The first step has more red, to symbolise more earthiness, attachments, me mine & I. And very little sky blue, which symbolises God.
  • The second step has more orange, and no red, To symbolise loosing the heavy sanskaras/karma, and moving more towards light.
  • The last step is all sky blue and is knitted in only one direction: UPWARD! There is no confusion/sidesteping.

It took me 5 tries to get the look that gives what I mean. This is the last and finished one:

Knitwise: start with all yarns, metered/modular knitting, and loose a yarn/color each step.

If you are interested in the pattern (knit or crochet ) let me know.

Here is the front and back side:

and here are some of the previous attempts:

 

and another:

 

 

‘Color & Picture Knitting” book, the charts

Here are some of the charts in the book:

These are the first ones, being easy knits:

 

More landscapes and how to knit the border as you knit along:

 

These are pictures that were done with the same chart (the chart is for the blue one):

 

Portraits, show knitting in ‘invisible’ technique using 1 yarn and reverse st.st to create the image, and the advantage of knitting sideways:

Charts about working from drawing:

 

And adding your own writing:

 

Special techniques (knitting in quilting & weaving styles):

How to knit a group project (no charts here):

 

And some heart charts we used in these projects:

I enjoyed knitting them all!

‘Color & Picture Knitting’ book

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Dear Tracy,

I can not find your comment, so will answer you here, as other people asked about the book too.

The book is a work book. It explains how to knit pictures, from easy ones to more involved. The patterns in it are like exercises. They are meant for you to knit them and hopefully hang them on your wall or give as gifts.

You may not sell my patterns, but you may do many pictures using the charts in the book, and even sell the pictures you knitted yourself.

I am saying that the charts are exercises because my purpose was to give you enough information so that you can continue to make your own charts and do your own pictures.

So, to sum it up, the patterns in the book are for you to knit in order to learn the techniques used.

After the picture is knitted and BO, you can block it. For this you will need to stretch it upside down on foam board or anything else handy, spray lightly with water and let dry for 24 hours. Because of spraying it with water, you need to use stainless steel pins. You can buy them in a sewing store.

Some people prefer ironing their knits, I do not.

After the picture is well dry, you can attach it to foam board that is cut to fit the size of the picture. For this you can use straight pins (they do not have to be stainless steel).

Some people glue the picture instead of using pins, I do not.

See next blog post for detailed account of the charts in the book.

The book is available on Amazon.com

Good Luck, hope you’ll enjoy it, and feel free to ask questions.

 

Meher Baba at Rahuri cabin

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Baba of Rahuri Cabin

July-August 2015

In Rahuri cabin there is a beautiful painting of Baba, done by Rano Gayly to Baba’s specifications:

1. The image was to be of Baba sitting, dressed in a sadra.

2. The painting was to be done on a piece of plywood which was already painted with a painting Baba did not like.

Rano said the value of the painting is in how it was used by Baba: He brought it a few times to old Mandali Hall at lower Meherabad, and before the New life He had the men mandali say prayers of different religions before it and He bowed down to Himself in it.

I loved going to Rahuri cabin and once, just as I was leaving, Baba asked me to knit this picture for Him, and I made a promise.

The picture is 20×27″, knitted in weaving style.

Looking Back: Did you see Him there?



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To say that these pictures were made for the exhibit is not fully true: they were made for my heart , and for ‘digesting’ things from deep within.

The ‘Looking Back’ series is going back in time. The first picture is of the bridge at Meher Center, where my current life is.
The second is about the year I spend in Meherabad (India), and is symbolized by the walks I used to do with my friend Nana Kher.
This last one is of my first trip to Meherabad, which was very intense. I used to imagine Meher Baba standing there under the tree. I did not want to add His image, so just ‘sprinkled’ some gold shiny yarn on the ground instead. It’s by the gate on the right side.

 

If you’ve been to all these places:
1. Looking back at the bridge, from the steps to the Guest House (Myrtle Beach, sc).
2. The round-about opposite the Dhuni, meherabad, India.
3. Looking back toward the pilgrim center, on the way to the Samadhi, before crossing the road (Meherabad, India).

Mohammad the mast doodle

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A rendering of a drawing done by Mohamed the mast in 1993.

In my memory it was a colorful drawing, and I was surprise to see he used only 2 colors: green & purple, a combination that I usually associate with Mehera.

It was a treat to knit it, and I love looking at it.