An exciting art project + a new knitting pattern

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Feb. 22nd, 2007 | 07:12 am
mood: accomplished accomplished

Crafty guys and gals, I'd like to introduce you to a very exciting art project called A Tree Undone (also treeundone). If you can knit or crochet a leaf, you can be a part of this art installation that will be installed on the Black Rock Playa during Burning Man at the end of August. Over three thousand hand-crafted leaves will decorate the sculpture - it will be so stunning! If you can squeeze in a few minutes a week and craft up a leaf or two or 20 (there are simple patterns on the web site or you can use/make up your own), you will not only have fun creating leaves, you'll be helping an ambitious and beautiful project come to fruition! Full details on how to participate can be found on the web site.


I'm planning on sending in as many leaves as I can. While crafting at peregrin8's house this past Saturday afternoon, I hatched a new knitting pattern too. I liked the leaf patterns that were on the site well enough, but I decided a cute veined leaf would be my contribution. So, here it is! A cute veined leaf! If you knit it in worsted weight yarn, you'll have about a 5" leaf that is reminiscent of American elm leaves.



Note: at the bottom of this page you'll find a great description of how to do the symmetrical double decrease (sl2, k1, p2sso). It's basically a symmetrical k3tog.

Cast on 10 sts
Row 1: k10, cast on 9 sts
Row 2: k19
Row 3: k1, m1, k7, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k7, m1, k1
Row 4: p19
Row 5: p9, k1, p9
Row 6: k9, p1, k9
Row 7: k1, m1, k7, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k7, m1, k1
Row 8: p19
Row 9: p9, k1, p9
Row 10: k9, p1, k9
Row 11: k1, m1, k7, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k7, m1, k1
Row 12: p19
Row 13: p9, k1, p9
Row 14: k9, p1, k9
Row 15: k1, m1, k7, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k7, m1, k1
Row 16: p19
Row 17: p9, k1, p9
Row 18: k9, p1, k9
Row 19: k8, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k8
Row 20: p17
Row 21: p8, k1, p8
Row 22: k8, p1, k8
Row 23: k7, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k7
Row 24: p15
Row 25: p7, k1, p7
Row 26: k7, p1, k7
Row 27: k6, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k6
Row 28: p13
Row 29: p6, k1, p6
Row 30: k6, p1, k6
Row 31: k5, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k5
Row 32: p11
Row 33: p5, k1, p5
Row 34: k4, p3tog*, k4
Row 35: k3, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k3
Row 36: p7
Row 37: p3, k1, p3
Row 38: k2, p3tog*, k2
Row 39: k1, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k1
Row 40: p3
Row 41: k3tog

If you are making your leaf for the Tree Undone project, DON'T TIE THEM OFF! The leaves are going to be unraveled. Read the site for more info.

*if you wish to try and make the p3tog a symmetrical double decrease - slip 2 purlwise at the same time, purl the next stitch then pass the two slipped stitches over the purled stitch and off the needles. If the whole make-the-p3tog-symmetrical process gives you the hives, don't worry about it! Your leaf will be cute even if the vein is a little wonky and non-symmetrical.

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from: cakeandmilque
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 01:55 pm
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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 04:01 pm
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Wanna knit leaves after work one night soon?

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More than a firecracker, less than a neutron bomb

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from: bibliogrrl
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 07:44 pm
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JESSSSSICAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

I think I will make some toooo!!!

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from: cakeandmilque
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 07:49 pm
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More than a firecracker, less than a neutron bomb

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from: bibliogrrl
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 07:50 pm
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Yay for pretty leaves!

HI HI HI HI HI!

I'm glad you seem well! Miss you!

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Obsessive Katy

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from: obsessive_katy
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 01:56 pm
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That's a very cute project. I hope they document it well so I can see what will happen to my future leaves. :)

xx

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 04:03 pm
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I'm sure they'll be lots of pictures! I'll definitely be taking some while I'm on the playa.

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randomness is goodness

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from: beezus
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 02:11 pm
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i *love* this idea! awesome! i really like collaborations like this. thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 04:03 pm
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You're totally welcome!

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Terry Had A Little Lamb

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from: terryslillamb
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 02:33 pm
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oh this sounds like fun!!

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Alex

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from: avalera
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 02:38 pm
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What a great pattern! They are so pretty.

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 04:06 pm
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Thanks! ...and once you get the hang of the double decrease, these are super fun to make.

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put your bronze statue next to mine.

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from: crash_up
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 04:47 pm
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those leaves are amazing. you are a genius! i'm totally knitting leaves today.

and that project is awesome too.

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eac

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from: eac
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 05:43 pm
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Cynthia -- the woman who is running this project is someone J and I have wanted to introduce you to for years. Please look her up at Burning Man. She's super cool. :)

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 06:48 pm
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I will definitely look her up at Burning Man!

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katie

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from: pipu
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 07:10 pm
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Cute, but it's like a tiny representation of what I feel is one of the huge problems with Burning Man. I could go on a lengthy rant, but I don't want to rain on your Burning Man parade, so I won't.

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 07:29 pm
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My knitting pattern is like a tiny representation of what you feel is a problem with Burning Man? Full of stitches that I happily knitted and made from acrylic yarn?

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katie

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from: pipu
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 07:33 pm
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No, silly, the tree project!

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 07:53 pm
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I still don't completely understand. Do you have issue with the concept of this particular project or Burning Man in general (I know some people do)?

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katie

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from: pipu
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 08:42 pm
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Burning Man in general.

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 - 09:50 pm
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I'm curious - why did you say that the tree project was like a tiny representation of one of the huge problems with Burning Man? This strikes me as an odd analogy to bring up in my journal if your issue was not with the project, and you didn't wish to rain on my excitement about Burning Man. The atmospheric results feel remarkably like rain to me.

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katie

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from: pipu
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 - 06:14 pm
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Oh, see, I'm not trying to bring you down at all!

First off, I think Burning Man is a lot of fun. I've been twice (96 and 97 - woah, a decade ago, I feel like a geezer!), and had a blast. Camping + art + hedonism = a great time.

The thing that really bugs me, though, is the whole "let's make art for the purpose of enjoying and destroying it" thing. I understand the ideas behind temporary installation and leaving no trace, I understand the spectacle and excitement of burning the man, but I don't get why all (or almost all) of the artwork installed at Burning Man is then destroyed, rather than being dismantled and sent to other locations where it can be enjoyed. (Not to mention how wasteful it is in terms of materials and carbon emissions.)

I probably feel extra-strongly about this because I really started to notice it when I was involved with a bunch of public art projects in Oakland, and I started thinking it was a shame that all that time, energy and money was getting thrown into things just to destroy them. Living in the Bay Area, the week of Burning Man is always a creative/cultural vacuum, because it seems like 90% of the artists are on the playa. What if people stayed home and put that energy into making art in their community? What if they brought the stuff back from the playa?

Anyhow, I think the idea of everyone knitting leaves to be put all together on a tree is lovely, but the idea of it being done to then be destroyed is sad.

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 - 08:00 pm
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Thank you very much for sharing your feelings and clarifying your original comment (I had definitely misread intent in your comment that wasn't there). You make some very valid points, even if they are not all points that I would agree personally with. I appreciate your opinions.


In case you might like to know a little more about the thoughts floating around my brain on the topic of temporary art:

There is something very appealing to me regarding art that's made to exist in a temporary space for a limited amount of time and then will cease to exist. For me it's probably a little bit narcissistic: the art is like me, the human - temporary. Truthfully, I'm also drawn to the concept of beautiful temporary art from the standpoint that I'll enjoy it for what it is and not become attached to it...I sorta HAVE TO...it's constantly evolving and ceases to exist in the exact way I originally experienced it. So, it allows me (maybe even gives me permission) to exist in a moment, and I am freed to enjoy the dynamic experience. It just "is", like life and the activities that can be generated by life - art. Don't get me wrong, there is a little inherent sadness in the temporary, but I've always been drawn to the melancholy that coexists with happiness. Nothing lasts forever, yet I find contentment in that because for me I feel released to "experience" instead of "expect"...

Ok, yeah, well...but I also love my favorite works of art that I go and visit in museums and such. And I have PLENTY of things that I'm attached to and would be sad if they ceased to exist. So the materialistic side of me is still there...but I do believe that, personally, my happiness and enjoyment in life is stronger as collection of moments and not things (though they are all interconnected). Temporary art allows me to explore my "living in the moment" side.

There. Me, on Temporary Art, in a quickly jotted-down wordy nutshell.

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katie

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from: pipu
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 - 08:37 pm
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my happiness and enjoyment in life is stronger as collection of moments and not things

Oh, I agree with you 100%.

I guess I'm just saying that it's hard for me, as someone who wants to see more people exposed to more art, to deal with the idea of so much going into things that only last a week. I know nothing is forever, but it could last a little longer (or get another life elsewhere).

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fre

art has different life spans

from: poetekzen
date: May. 22nd, 2007 - 08:47 pm
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It's very nice to say that you wish that the tree would be able to have life beyond the playa, but part of the art's purpose there is to be removed. It's awesome that you want more people to be exposed to art, but there is something to be said of the sense of community created with Burning Man types of art.

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a tree undone

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from: treeundone
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 - 12:36 am
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hi! this is so exciting that people want to make leaves!! i tried the pattern today, and everyone at work kept interrupting me and i messed up quite a bit, but next time i'll get it right. thanks so much for spreading the word about the tree!

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 - 03:37 pm
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You are very welcome! I'm happy to spread the word about your neat project.

...I'll be knitting another leaf during lunch...

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Michele Merges Martens

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from: michelemm
date: Feb. 25th, 2007 - 02:24 am
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I will definitely be making a leaf or two for the project. I would like to ask you if you would allow me to use your leaf pattern in an art quilt I am making. I would give you credit for the design, of course. Thanks!

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Ms. Crafty Galore

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from: cyntergomes
date: Feb. 26th, 2007 - 03:30 pm
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Sure, you are welcome to use my leaf pattern in your quilt project.

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fre

question?

from: poetekzen
date: May. 24th, 2007 - 01:15 am
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I've made one leaf from your pattern, and let me say, it is beautiful! Very nice design. One thing that I can't wrap my brain around, though, is how to get the cast-on tail to be in the center, instead of to one side. What am I doing wrong? I'd like to have this figured out very soon, as I am going to a regional burn this weekend (Playa Del Fuego) and several friends and I will be working on leaves there. Thank you so much!

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Ms. Crafty Galore

Re: question?

from: cyntergomes
date: May. 24th, 2007 - 11:40 am
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I'm so glad that you've enjoyed the pattern! (Did you see the simpler, quicker one too?)

If you have followed my pattern exactly, I wonder if it's your cast-on method that's responsible for your tail being on the side. I use a 2-needle cast-on method known as cable cast-on, and it leaves my tail at the very beginning of the first row I create. I then just make as many stitches as I need by "knitting them on" with the working end of the end...the tail just stays behind.

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fre

Re: question?

from: poetekzen
date: May. 24th, 2007 - 12:57 pm
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Thank you! you're right, it is my cast-on! I now have two leaves with the tail where it should be.

I haven't done the simpler one yet, though I do intend to, and I'm going to print out the instructions for various leaves to have at PDF so others can work on leaves if they so desire. I'm in love with this project, and can't wait to see it in person at Burning Man.

Thanks again!

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