This is a love story about fruit and french knots. Have you ever tried making a french knot? It is an embroidery technique and it is so easy and simple, it’s a laugh. A simple youtube search will show you all you need to know. If you have a surface, a needle and thread you are set!
I’m not sure when I decided I wanted to make mittens with papayas on them, but I’ve been taken by papayas since I ate my first one. Here in Halifax in the land of Pete’s Frootique grocery shopping can be an adventure. Especially for a gal like myself who grew up in isolated Labrador. They have their papayas cut in half and ready for sell. I just found the fruit so endearing. Buttery and nutty flesh, tons of lustrous little black seeds!
So here we are – papaya mittens! Of course they have a likeness to female genitalia. That’s all part of the fun. The pattern surrounding the papaya is one I wanted to try out. A variation on triangles. It’s as if you ran a line through each one like you do when making marbled paper.
I discovered that for me (and perhaps most people) the best way to work a piece like this is to knit the papaya separately but also at the same time. By that I mean I went back and forth, turned the mitten around and knit inside out so that there are no floats across the back of the papaya. This is not the first time I’ve knit a different colored “icon” but it is the first time I’ve done it this way and I have to say I’m pleased with the result though it felt awful tedious. Do you have tips and tricks for knitting in this way? I’d love to hear about it.
I guess due to the different yarn weights and the technique used the papaya actually has a roundness, like a bas relief. It’s great don’t you think? I will not be blocking these babys in order to keep that effect!
I designed the papaya so that there is a dull orange used underneath where the french knot seeds are. You may not notice that detail but that’s part of the idea. I love that those french knots truly bring it all together. I dare you not to enjoy the tactile quality of those little guys. And could you please dare me to not cover every knitted item in french knots from now on? Because God knows I want to.