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And more…finger puppets!:)

Finger Puppies!


Okay…you’re probably getting tired of my obsession with finger puppets, but I MUST tell you about the finger puppet pattern I found at Knituition.  The sample for the finger puppy at Knitutition are the 2 pups on the right…the dark chocolate on the left is my standard poodle CJ (aka Cowboy Junior).  The white one (2nd from the left) WAS supposed to be a cat, but it’s looks like a polar bear instead…I guess it’s a polar cat.

And now, I’m leaving…



Happy Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Can you tell I’m really into finger puppets?!  I found this neat pattern at Team Knit, so check them out.  There’s some beautiful neckwarmer patterns on the blog as well.  Also, there’s pictures of some awesome manufactured  knitted and crocheted bathing suits that will inspire and wish away the pounds.

Fingerprint Portrait done!:)

In the previous post, I wrote about knitting fingerpuppets of the presidental candidates, Obama and McCain, and how the creative process led me to paint ‘fingerprint portraits’ of both people.  These fingerprint portraits are now in a gallery, and have received several commissioned fingerprint portraits.

Here’s an example of one.  The first image is the canvas with just the background painted – no ‘fingerprinting.’  The second (click on thumbnail for larger image) is the finished painting.  





The portrait was commissioned by a Mom as a gift for her 13 year old daughter – it’s this young girl’s life story, so far… her favorite colors are lime green and turquoise, which I used for the background.  I love how the background came out – it’s cheerful, happy, sunny and textural. Email me if you want to commission or want more info on ‘Fingerprint Portraits’ at marti@martihand.com.

I found the cutest knitting site for knitted toys a few weeks ago at Mochimochiland, and knitted the 3 varieties of grass below – fescue, zoysia, and bermuda.  It’s fall here in Atlanta, and grass is growing strong!


Fingerprint Portrait commission

contemplating_sm‘contemplating’ by Marti Hand. I did this sculpture in early 2008 working from a live model.

A few posts ago, I knitted finger puppets of the presidental candidates, Obama and McCain.  During the creative process of knitting the finger puppets, the idea of painting fingerprint portraits of Obama and McCain evolved.  Scroll down a few posts and see the puppets and fingerprint portraits. 

From that ‘aha’ moment, a few people have commissioned fingerprint portraits as gifts.  The portraits are unique in that they are a visual and written story of that person’s life, whether she/he is 100 years old, 12 years old, 44 years old or newborn. 

Check back soon for a look at a commissioned fingerprint portrait – I’m sure it will be verrrrrry interesting!  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll take pictures of the portrait in progress…


dishing up fingerless mittens


I’ve been busy dishing up fingerless mittens in this wonderfully simple and pleasing pattern of cables.  Here’s the link for this lovely pattern

As I posted a few weeks ago, I looooove fingerless mittens – so easy, fast, useful, practical and fun!  I am planning to start a victorian pair of fingerless mittens with beading, as an experiment and to challenge myself.


And now I leave you with this quote from Rumi…


Have you figured out your “particular work?”

Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1272) is the Sulfi mystic and poet best known for his poems expressing the ecstatsies and mysteries of love in all its forms-erotic, platonic, divine.

Knitting and art


My first post described the similarities between knitting and creating a painting.  The act of knitting also helps in the thinking process that goes into the initial phases of a painting, at least for me.  To begin a painting usually entails 3 elements: reading, imagery, and thinking.  These three components, then, swirl in my mind/brain during a ‘percolation’ phase, which can last a few days to months.  Then, I get the ‘aha’ moment, and I know how I want the new painting to be.

So, how does knitting fit into the ‘percolation’ phase of a painting?      

The quietness of knitting, the background noise of a low-volumed TV, repetiveness of knitting and purling, and the relaxed state of mind relaxes the entire physical body.  It’s as if the body is breathing a big, long and deep sigh – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  Knitting is soothing for the mind, body, spirit and emotions.  And that is what I need, i.e., a relaxed state, to think about starting a painting.  At the moment, my mind and brain is in the ‘percolation’ phase of a new painting, so check back soon.  In the-mean-time, join me at my other blog Creativity in Healthcare and website Marti Hand.com – see you there!

Btw, the yarn in the serving bowl is Paton’s Chunky Tweed, and this is what I’m having for dinner tonight 🙂 – Yummy~

Polyphemus – the cyclops…

Hi, my name is Polyphemus, and I’m going to__________________you.  Remember the Chucky movies?  Jokingpolyphemus here, of course.  Let me start again….

Je m’appelle, Polyphemus.  I am a cyclops, and a member of the primoridal race of giants.  My father is Poseidon who is known as the “father of the sea.”  Our most outstanding feature, among other very fine qualities, is our large single eye. 

Our race, the cyclops, originated in Greek mythology and later in Roman mythology.  We are characters in many  fine books and plays by Hesiod, Homer, Virgil, and many others.  It’s been said we gifted Zeus the thunderbolt, Hades’ his helmet of invisibility (and the cloaking device for the Romulians :)), and Poseidon’s trident.