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It’s always hard to come back after a blogging break – especially when it stretches much longer than ever anticipated… And that contributes to the problem – the longer the break, the harder it is to actually sit down at the keyboard and begin to put words down again.
I’ve taken a break from all 3 of my sites this fall – a much-needed one. And I’m working on combining my other 2 sites together – something that will hopefully be done in the next couple of weeks. But I don’t want to wait any longer to start updating here again – especially since I do have a lot of knitting to catch you all up on.
I’d left off back in August when I’d started working on a scarf for my middle daughter’s Halloween costume – she wanted to be Hermione from the Harry Potter books/movies. I finished the scarf in October, giving me plenty of time to make one further Halloween-related project as well – more about that in a bit.
The scarf turned out perfectly, and I found a Gryffindor patch online that I bought and attached using fabric glue. I’d worried that after having spent all of the time and effort to make the scarf, it would turn out to be too hot on Halloween to wear it, but we had pretty decent weather. Not too hot, but not terribly freezing either. The girls were all warm enough wearing heavy clothes under (or with) their costumes with no need for coats.
Two of them did wear hats though – my oldest had put together her own costume to be Hello Kitty (since I didn’t think the store-bought costume for Hello Kitty was anywhere near appropriate for a 10-year-old), and part of that involved a Hello Kitty-faced hat that we bought. If I hadn’t already been working on the scarf, I may have tried to make one, but the one she used was really cute and she’s wearing it as her winter hat this year too, so it definitely wasn’t money wasted.
My youngest wanted to be a pumpkin for Halloween – I found a very cute costume at a secondhand store, and picked up cheap orange sweats for her to wear under it. About a week before Halloween, I decided that she needed a pumpkin hat to go with her costume, so I quickly knitted one. I ended up making my own pattern since I couldn’t find one that I liked – I’ve made enough hats in general now to have a pretty good idea how to get what I was looking for and it turned out perfectly. I’ll post the pattern next time in case anyone ever wants to duplicate the hat ( and so I don’t forget myself, lol).
I loved being able to help with the girls’ costumes this year, since sewing is definitely not something I’m good enough at to even attempt trying to make an entire costume at home. I need to remember to pin them down on costume choices a couple of months ahead of time again next year so I’ll have plenty of knitting time for however I can contribute to what they decide to dress up as then!
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!