The Ancient One in blue 19.5" X 21" , 2003, Sold
The Ancient One in white , 22" X 27" , March 2009, Sold.
Pattern/chart of this picture is available in the books
'Color & Picture Knitting' and 'Knitting with Baba' by Mayan and Richard Ward, in the chapter about Quilting effects,
or buy the chart only for $5.00
These pictures were knitted as one piece in the Quilting style.
To emphasize the quilting effect I knitted 2 yarns together at the borders
of each block (the yarn from the previous block with the yarn for the new block). The only time you need to pay close attention is the row before the new blocks - here you will need to get the new yarns in place and ready for the next row, and of course - the row where you actually change from one color to the next (moving to the new blocks). I was very concerned that the picture - being all blue, will not show, and it took me few years to pick up the courage to try it.
The first time I knitted this picture (the blue one) was very intense. This picture always remind me of Jesus shroud, and sitting in front of it for so many hours used to make me dizzy.
This remind me of how Eruch, in Mandali-hall at Meherazad, used to ask Devana to tell this story:
A woman was travelling in Europe and sitting to rest in a park, her camera next to her, asked from her heart :
"GOD, WHERE ARE YOU?".
She heard the answer: "I AM HERE!".
Looking around she could see nothing so she picked the camera and just took a photo of the trees in front of her. When she went back home she gave the film for development. After few days the studio called her and the man there, very exited, said: "MADAM, MADAM, YOU HAVE GOD IN YOUR PICTURES".
Somehow the trees created a picture of His face.
Devana would pass a black and white copy of it around, and it was exactly this picture (cut shorter and landscape format)
The Ancient One, black and white
Wall hanging, 20"X27.5" , 2008
Knitted with the same chart but without the quilting technique. The difference of yarn and needle size cause the different face dimensions, and in my eyes, give different expression.