Friday, April 27, 2007

Eye Candy Friday: A tale of three scarves

For those who may not know me too well, it’s time I came clean about something: I’m a geek. I’m a nerd, a goober, a weirdo, whatever you want to call me is fine by me (so long as it’s not derogatory!).

Having gotten that (startling, I know) confession out of the way, it should come as no surprise that I like Harry Potter. Two of my friends and I make book and movie releases an event – as much as we can given how far-flung we are.

For the last movie release (Goblet of Fire), we all dressed up in our HP gear, and met up at the cinemas at Pacific Place mall in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Tall even got into the spirit by dressing up as Hagrid (the kids loved it!)

Mr. Tall and myself at the Goblet of Fire premiere

That orchid in my hair? That was from Hawaii… See, the movie came out the day that Mr. Tall and I arrived back in Seattle from our Honeymoon in Hawaii. (Is this proof enough of my geekiness yet?) The wonderful cloak I’m wearing was made by my friend Suzi and her mom.

So, fast forward to now. I’m now living in the U.K. which is a mecca of all things Potter. My two friends have decided to come out here for the release of Order of the Phoenix and the release of the final book (Harry, you better live!). As such, I have decided to put my knitterly talents to use and make us all scarves representing the house we think we’re in! Here is the story of these scarves. (All patterns came from atypically.knit)

Suzi's Gryffindor scarf

I started Suzi’s Gryffindor scarf first. I wanted to use one type of yarn for each scarf, and I found the colors best represented by every knitters favorite whipping boy, Red Heart Super Saver. I realize I’ve likely made the scarf a bit wider than it needs to be (it’s just over 9” wide), but at this point, I’m not frogging.

I bought the yarn for this scarf when I was visiting the states last October. At the time, I picked up 4 total skeins of the red and 2 of the yellow, as half of it was for a fellow knitter here who had her own Gryffindor scarf to make.

I knitted along quite happily, that is until I finished my first skein of red yarn without being halfway through the scarf!!! No worries, after all, it’s labeled as “No Dye Lot” yarn, which means it should all be the same, right? My parents were out visiting last month, so I had them pick up an extra 4 skeins of the red to bring with them. Long story short, the red they brought didn’t match the red I already had! At this point in the scarf, I really didn’t want to have to frog and start over, so I emailed my friend also making a Gryffindor scarf. Luckily for me, she had started a scarf, but frogged it only a couple of repeats in, when she realized she didn’t have enough yarn. All should be right in the world, as we’re going to swap – the 4 balls of the new “no dye lot” for the 2 of the old. Phew!

My favorite thing about this scarf (at the moment) is how far I’ve gotten! I’m not sure yet if I’ll make it the full 14 repeats or not, as the recipient is the shortest of the three of us!

My book Ravenclaw scarf

I really, really had my heart set on a book Ravenclaw scarf. However, I really couldn’t find a suitable bronze in any of the yarns I wanted to use for this project (I really didn’t want to spend $20 or more to use Plymouth Encore for a scarf that would largely be a novelty). I had bought some Caron Simply soft, in a beautiful dark blue, and a “bone” color, which is a light tan/khaki color. While not quite the “bronze” I had envisioned, it would have to do.

Then, one night at SnB, I was talking to She-of-the-Gryffindor-Scarf, who let on that she had the yarn for a book Ravenclaw that she was not going to be able to use, as wool and her don’t get along at all. So… would I want it? Yes, please! I therefore became the very happy recipient of some KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.

After my scare over “OMG! NO YARN!” with Suzi’s Gryffindor scarf, I started knitting this one up. While I initially had planned to knit the scarves one at a time, I wanted to capitalize on my parents visit and have them bring me more, if needed. Good thing I did, as I ordered a couple extra skeins to be on the safe side.

My favorite thing about this scarf is that it’s mine. I haven’t yet kept anything I’ve knitted for myself, and this will be my first “for me” finish. It makes me glad that I ended up with WotA, and that I ended up with book Ravenclaw colors.

Katie's movie Ravenclaw scarf

Again, I started this one up in response to concerns that I wouldn’t have enough yarn to finish, but didn’t get too far before my parents came out for their visit. I went ahead and ordered more anyways, but am unsure if I’ll need it or not.

Katie opted for movie Ravenclaw colors, and I think the combination is gorgeous. I’m knitting this one up in Caron Simply Soft, and I truly think the blue is simply to die for! There’s not a whole lot to say about this as I’ve just finished the first set of trapped bars.

My favorite thing about this scarf is that it is sooo soft. As much as I like WotA, there are some days when it feels really nice to me, and others where it is a bit scratchy. I’m very glad to have this scarf there that I can work on when I need a break from the other two yarns!


Romi said...

I'm a total geek, too. Geeks rule! :)

Katie said...

I love my scarf!

Sarah said...

I once dated a guy that looked like Harry Potter...though that's actually why I started reading the books (not the other way around - that would be creepy).