Thursday, 1 May 2008

Mary for May

I have been quiet not because I am not knitting, but because I am knitting three large projects simultaneously and haven't finished anything for a while. As well as the sweater and puppet theatre in my sidebar, I was distracted by a cable stitch sampler disguised as a blanket. You knit strips with a different cable pattern in the centre of each, using Aran wool and large needles, and then sew the strips together to make the blanket.

This week I took a quick detour from the large projects to make this little Mary figure. As Catholics we celebrate May as a month dedicated to Our Lady, and I wanted something to put into a May Basket for Little Cherub. I found a free nativity scene pattern online at Australian Women's Weekly (it can be downloaded as a PDF file here).

I may add the baby Jesus figure for Christmas and probably also Joseph, though I don't see myself knitting the whole scene. The light blue yarn was a bit paler than I wanted, but it was a case of using what I had to hand.