The Dancing Skeleton

Many moons ago we made a blanket… it was called “The Masterpiece” and it represented lots of aspects of my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. I made squares and you made squares and each of you who did so also sent me a letter or note telling me what the square represented in terms of helping make the world be a better place. Then I used The Masterpiece as the focus for my diploma presentation*:

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I’m a very enthusiastic speaker! © Alan Carlton

The central nine squares each represented one of the projects in my diploma portfolio. If you look closely, you can see that there’s a little dancing skeleton in one of them… here it is a bit closer:

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let’s dance!

It represented a design that I did about end-of-life planning, which I called A Dance with Death. The square turned out to be rather popular in its own right and I got several requests for the pattern. So, I found some charting software and made a chart and then I stalled. Other things needed doing and I lost momentum. Every year as we approached halloween I intended to get a pattern sorted and every year I failed. I thought that having ‘publish two knitting/crochet patterns’ amongst my goals in 17 for 2017 might provide the motivation, but even that failed**. However, producing a (completely different) pattern for Mandy at Faithmead got me back on track and so, the dancing  skeleton pattern is finally written up and available to buy as a digital download from etsy. I’m delighted to have Hattie to model it – although I really must sort out some hair for her (anyone have a wig they don’t want?)

Of course the charted pattern could be used as a motif on anything, I just thought that the hat would be a good starting point. Next I plan to make a crochet version… and sort out a few more skeleton poses to chart up.

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* The blanket is still in use, in fact I am sitting on it now

** I did manage to get my bird roosts pattern sorted out, though

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  1. Would you like to put together a kit for the shop???

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  2. End o life planning, so important to do it before you need to. Love the skeleton.

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  3. I love that picture of you, just wish I had been there on the day. X

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  4. I love that photo of you doing your presentation – such enthusiasm! 🙂 Congrats on getting that pattern written up!

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    • Alan really captured my dynamic style!
      I’m quite enthused about pattern writing now – I have an idea for some tapestry crochet that I want to try out, but currently I’m trying to make some progress on your favourite project!!

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  5. I love that skeleton! I can see it being popular with goths, Tibetan Buddhists, Grateful Dead fans…all sorts.

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  6. What form does the chart take? Is it visual, ie, a pictorial representation with squares representing stitches, or is it a list of stitches? If the former, I’d love to have a go at this as a patchwork piece in black and white fabrics 🙂

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  7. I love the dancing skeleton. I don’t knit or crochet but it’s delightful. Have been doing my own end of life planning and will be interested to see what you have to say about it.

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  8. What a superb project the ‘skellington’ was part of. It will be in a museum one day.
    xxx Unlimited Hugs xxx

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  9. Love the photo of the presentation – you must have been exhausted afterwards!
    A lovely blanket to remember it all by too.

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  10. Lovely skeleton hats! Carol hasn’t worn her long blonde wig for ages, since I stopped making hats, so you could have hers….but I’ll have to run it by her first 😉

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  11. Hooray, I love the dancing skeleton! Would it be okay for a new knitter or shall I wait for the crochet version?

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