Sunday, January 13, 2008

the olive plan 2008



I've come up with an idea that is quite simple in its basis, but which I am hoping will help keep me optimistic as I begin the journey into this year.

I intend to knit at least one olive every week this year. Why olives? Well, olive trees/branches/fruit symbolize peace, prosperity and love ("olive you"). By the end of the year I should have a jar full goodness. Ok, ok. So I also need to use up some yarn, but with each olive I knit I'll be reminded of the things I wish for myself and the people I care about.

The small olives are knit from the pattern from Mary Jane, Midge & Mink, with a couple of minor changes to suit the worsted weight yarn I'm using (knit on sz. 5s and adding an extra knit round before decreasing). I reworked the pattern to make the gigantor olives. I'll write up the instructions if any interest is expressed (pattern now available).

I think some black olives will be knit to represent naughty and mischievous wishes. The giant olives will be for the most important and biggest wishes. I'm curious to see how full the big jar (which once held real olives) will get by the end of this year.



More pictures at Flickr


(Originally posted on January 5, 2008)

12 comments:

Dana said...

This is an incredible idea. I look forward to reading about your progress!

Em-En said...

Hi Dana. It's been a very positive experience. :-)

apocaknits said...

That's a cool idea! I want to see how many you have at the end of the year. :)

Em-En said...

Thanks apocaknits! I wonder if I'll need to get a bigger jar before the end of the year.

theherocomplex said...

i'm smiling just thinking about your plan. who knew olives could be so sweet?

Em-En said...

Awww, you're pretty sweet, the herocomplex. :)

It makes *me* smile to know that the Olive Plan can make other people happy.

Lolly said...

I just found your blog and I love it! I just sent your olive pattern to my sister who can knit.. I just pretend to knit. Who am I kidding. I do not even pretend anymore. It's more of a daydream really.

I told her I would love her forever if she would make me one. I love these!

If she makes me one I'll send you a pic so you can see how it turned out (if you want.. heh)

Thanks thanks thanks!

Em-En said...

Thanks lolly!

I'm glad you like the olive pattern and I always like to see pictures and to see other people's take on my patterns. :)

Kate said...
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Rebecca said...

I second kate's request, would you be willing to sell some of the small olives?

Amy said...

What a fun idea! clever!

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