Category Archives: Harry Potter

Cones and Squares – It’s All Geometry

Squares are being added to the Geek-a-long blanket.

Approval of Sherotter

Approval of Sherotter

We have a square for Sherlock now! I will resist the temptation to shoot at the smiley face.

Proud Hufflepuff

Proud Hufflepuff

We also have Hufflepuff, because Hufflepuff is the best House. It always bothers me that in the books, the House known for students who are kind and hard working is shunned and ridiculed. That’s just wrong! Hufflepuff deserves the love.

Baby, baby get me out of here

Baby, baby get me out of here

And I invented a Labyrinth square! There wasn’t one. I needed a Labyrinth square. It’s my first shot at putting together colourwork and I think it works.

It’s been a strange holiday so far. The Scot has a lump, so he’s in the Cone of Shame as I empty out my wallet to have it sorted. It’s all good. He’s going to be okay! And due to good friends, I have stopped worrying and fretting. Almost.

$50 if you take this stupid thing off me - The Scot

$50 if you take this stupid thing off me – The Scot

Mind, I can’t wait to see him like this again.

Even a deflating ball is fun!

Even a deflating ball is fun!

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Making a Sweater

I’m going to knit another sweater. A simple, classic sweater that will replace all the cream sweaters I threw out a while ago.

Future Mudblood

Future Mudblood

It’s going to be in Bendigo Woollen Mills, which is good for a simple, workaday sweater. It’s going to be the Mudblood Caridgan from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, because I like a good buttoned cardigan. I am planning to add elbow patches in some fancy yarn, though.

One day I plan to knit another sweater in more expensive, exquisite yarn, but frankly, at the moment I’m still having issues with body shape. Once I get that sorted, I’ll invest in the yarn without trepidation.

I’m not obsessing over my weight, though. I loved this article by Rachel Grate, in which she asks: “What if working out wasn’t the prerequisite for the reward—whether it’s food, weight, or “beauty”—but was the reward in itself?” Then I saw a great tumblr post featuring Captain America, which made me laugh. It affirmed my approach, though. I’m doing spin class, I do the odd cardio workout, I hoop, I roller skate, I play with the Scot and I eat moderately, occasionally fueling my body with gelati! It’s all good and if I’m still a bit out of synch, I at least know I’m on the right path to feeling more my old self.

Need to post a letter? I have owls!

One little owl peeping out

One little owl peeping out

I finished my Luna Cardigan (aka Ginny’s Cardigan)! It’s knit with Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury in ‘Ghost,’ which I think is far more appropriate for a Ravenclaw sweater, keeping in mind the Grey Lady. Besides, Luna is my favourite Harry Potter character along with Neville, Sirius and Hagrid. She’s a wonder. Kooky, yes, but loyal, clever and unbelievably brave. Her placid response to bullying, her quiet wisdom about death… who wouldn’t love to have Luna as a friend? Luna, this cardigan is knit in your honour!

I bought some big vintage buttons and I think the plain buttons, slightly concave, look like moons. Again, very apt for Luna!

All the owls!

All the owls!

This is my favourite knitted sweater yet! It has a wonderful, quasi ‘boyfriend sweater’ shape and while I could have perhaps knitted it a size smaller, it’s comfy as is. I’m particularly in love with bust shaping! I’ve never incorporated bust shaping before and those short rows are a marvel! It buttons up easily, but doesn’t have all that extra bulk around the midsection that I seriously don’t need.

Accio owls!

Accio owls!

All in all, this is a total success! I am celebrating tonight with a tasty osso bucco liberally seasoned with white wine.