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There are many reasons people knit (or crochet) female anatomy:

– For educational purposes:Ta011

Some midwives use knit and crocheted uteri to demonstrate concepts of dilation etc.  These can be purchased here.  A free pattern is given here.

Mom_phptos_2008_025 Breastfeeding organizations find knit breasts helpful in teaching new Moms proper lactation techniques.  There’s actually a lot on this on the web, but one such article (with a pattern link) can be found here.

– For charity and comfort during hard times:

TitbitsbeautyThis prosthetic breast pattern appeared in the Fall 2005 Issue of Knitty. Designed by a breast-cancer survivor who sells already knit versions here, the pattern has inspired knitters across the country to knit these more fashionable and cozier versions of the standard breast prosthetic for their less fortunate sisters.

– To showcase our (pro)creative powers:

(these activists suggest piling knit uteri on the White house steps)

– To endear us to the beauty and mystery of our anatomy:

Wombalt Knit Uterus pattern featured in Knitty Winter Issue of 2004.Il_430xn_25195094_5

–Because we can…

This pillow pattern is for sale on anslybleu’s etsy shop


My mother, a midwife, who will be lecturing at Yale next week (just had to throw that in) sent me this photo of a soft and voluptuous crocheted birthing doll with newborn attached by the umbilical cord alongside a plastic Barbie doll with baby emerging from her stomach; both visual aids to an interview appearing in Midwifery Today.  My mother’s note in the margin read:  "What do you think? a new knitting challenge?"  I can’t say that it is particularly new, in fact, crafting likenesses of the female form is certainly one of the oldest of art forms, but am I up to the challenge?  Absolutely.  After all, it is for educational purposes.


Spring is ablaze in the garden




   In the fields


Snail shells cling to bare rushes


against a lush landscape, crowned with flowers, a new dance is born.

Lushlace2The color is bit off in the picture, it is supposed to be:  "dusty lavender", but you get the idea.  I’m on a purple jag.  I was having so much fun knitting the central lace pattern from Sweater babe’s Lush and Lacy Cardigan that I  had nearly completed the back by the time I remembered I was supposed to decrease for the armholes a few inches back.  Oops.  Backtrack about 2130 stitches (don’t ask me what perverse compulsion led me to calculate this since it took less than 5 minutes to rip and re-insert needles) and knit forward a couple of hours and voila! I now have a back with appropriate armhole shaping. 

Vaasa_tiles I think I could stare at this image all day.  These will definitely be going on my wishlist and once they are finished I will be sure to find an excuse to carry about lots of talavera pottery, (and take pictures to post of course).

The pattern for these stunning fingerless gloves and a wonderful article on Korsnas knitting and crochet work can be found at

Socks_009 Garter Heel Socks by Susan Lawrence from The Ultimate Sock Book, knit in Knitpicks Essential Tweed Sock Yarn.  This was a most satisfying knit and I could definitely see myself knitting these in other colors, like charcoal gray perhaps.  My yarn overs are slightly more prominent in one sock than the other, looking a little bit like I’ve got a run in my stocking.  I’ll have to see if I can fix that with some blocking. 

My favorite part of these socks?  The garter stitch heel of course!


This pattern, in the February 2008 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting, looks like a promising match for my pre-cut squares from the Houston International quilt show.

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So my design team and I set about selecting fabrics for what knitters would call a "swatch", the pharmaceutical industry might call "proof of concept study" (that is if I had hundreds of people doing it in a controlled environment) and a quilter might call a "test block" (I made that up, but it sounds plausible).

Quilts_006 First there was cutting, (did I say pre-cut?..we still had to deal with the background fabric) which though I had all the right tools, I still managed to find all the wrong ways to do.  Including the one shown: not maintaining even pressure on the rotary cutter all the way to the end of the cut.

Then on to sewing:

Quilts_008There are so many steps in which precision can run awry in quilting and precision and I were never the best of friends. Even if you managed to get the cutting straight, there is still the challenge of sewing straight, and arranging your pieces and faces and seams correctly, in this case in opposite directions for each pieced row.  My husband walked by as I sat at the machine and said, "you know you have to iron the seams before you start sewing if you want everything to align properly." 

Quilts_010 But after all, this was only the test, and despite a multitude of subtle and not so subtle flaws, somewhat smoothed over by the iron at the end.  I’m still proud.  I now have the beginnings of a quilt.