Archive for August, 2011
Well hello there (blows a little dust off the edge of the site). It’s so nice to see you again – yes, I know it’s been a little while. I’m full of excuses but basically it’s been summertime and nope, there hasn’t been a whole lot of knitting going on around here. I could blame Mother Nature for the horrendously hot weather we’ve had – even with air conditioning, I just wasn’t feeling like having any kind of yarn in my lap at all.
But I’m back – and with a new project already started too. I traveled to California a little over a week ago and wanted something work on other than that darned second sock that I just can’t seem to ever get up the motivation to finish. I wanted something simple and easy with little or no counting involved so I could just sit and listen to my iPod and knit on the plane or during layovers.
This coincided quite well with my 8-year-old daughter deciding to be Hermione from the Harry Potter series for Halloween this year – she’s read all of the books, seen all of the movies and is very into Harry Potter mania right now. So I thought that a Gryffindor scarf in scarlet and gold stripes would be a good project to tackle and there’s plenty of time before Halloween to get it done.
I went with the least expensive yarn that I could find, instead of using a superwash wool, as I wanted to. Budget constraints, sigh. But acrylic will wear and wash well and since my daughter wants to wear the scarf this winter as well as on Halloween, that’s a good thing. So I went with Impeccable yarn from Loops & Threads. I like the dark red color that I found – the ‘gold’ is more of a yellow, but it’ll work out ok, I think.
I searched Ravelry and on Google to find a basic pattern, and realized that the scarf really does need to be double-sided to be more authentic. I picked a pattern that I found on LeakyCauldron.org and adapted it a bit since my only size 6 circular needle is in use right now. I went with size 7 needles and made the scarf a little thinner – I cast on 58 stitches instead of 70. And I’m making each stripe 20 rows long instead of 22, working in rounds using magic loop so both sides of the scarf will be in stockinette stitch. When it’s done, I’ll close the loop ends by adding fringe on both sides.
I’m going to be getting very cozy with these colors – my oldest daughter has already requested a scarf as well!