Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Project #2 - 5

So, if you'll remember, I decided way back in January to try and complete 50 projects this year. I'm not really on target to reach that goal, but I haven't been idle, I've just been lazy about taking photos and posting them. These are the things I have finally photographed - I'm sure I've done more things, but this is all I can find evidence for at the moment...

For project #2, I had planned to use the leftover wool from my first project to make a hat, but i couldn't find a pattern that suited and my attempts at winging it didn't really go well. So I ripped out an almost complete hat and ended up making this:

project 2

The pattern is Wavy from Knitty, although I added an extra repeat to the width and just knit 'til I ran out of wool, so its shorter than the pattern, but I like it. It is knit from Rowan Cashsoft 4ply (which is 57% extra fine merino, 33% microfibre and 10% cashmere - beautiful and soft) with 3.25mm needles.

Project #3 is a little cross stitch kit I bought before Christmas and never got around to stitching. There is another one similar to it waiting to be finished and I will finish it when I remember where I put it.

project 3

Project #4 isn't too exciting, but something I've been meaning to do for ages. I finished stitching this in November 2005 and brought it with me to London, since it had taken so many hundreds of hours to complete and I felt the need to display it. Well, its finally hanging on our kitchen wall - I had to cut the mat and stretch the work and stuff - the frame is from Ikea. It looks extra good because the kitchen wall is yellow :)

finally framed and hung

And finally, Project #5, which I finished last night and is the real motivator for making this post... my very own Gryffindor scarf. I've wanted one for ages, since I knit one for my brother a few years ago for Christmas. I finally got my butt in gear because I wanted to wear it to the midnight release party of book 7.

Gryffindor scarf
Being modelled by the couch, so you get some idea of the length.

Modelled by me

The red is Patons 100% cotton - I think the colour is Tomato :) The gold is sparkly gold stuff. It was basically impossible for me to find the two colours I wanted in a suitable yarn. I loved this red, but there was no yellow and the gold stuff was sitting just above it in the shop. I figured if Hermione were knitting herself a Gryffindor scarf to wear to Quidditch games, she would totally use sparkly gold, so I did too.

I didn't really follow a pattern - it's based on the scarves worn in the third and fourth films and I just kind of knit each section until it looked good to me and then repeated it a bunch of times. I think it ended up with the same number of repeats as a lot of fan scarves, but that was based on the length it had reached, not a desire to be the same as everyone else. It's knit in k1p1 rib, rather than in the round like most people's HP scarfs, for the same reason I chose cotton - I want it to be wearable, both in Winter, but also this summer for aforementioned book release. Its quite heavy for a scarf, due to the weight of cotton, but not too warm and I think it looks rad.


  1. I really like the scarves the purple one is a really nice pattern and the HP one is awesome looks like it is really long too.

  2. love it all Kate esp the phoenix/dragon thing.