Hagrid Was A Knitter

I have read the Harry Potter series more times than I can count. I’m always at some point in the series as it’s a series I can pick up and return to at any point. There is something so comforting about a familiar book. Ultimately I know Harry will win, but I follow the heroes along, laugh with them and mourn with them.

Case in point, a few days ago, I finished Deathly Hallow and immediately started Philosopher’s Stone.  Even having read PS countless times, and it is arguably the simplest book in the series, I will still notice little details that I may have skimmed past in previous readings, like this one:

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“People stared more than ever on the train.  Hagrid took up two seats and sat knitting what looked like a canary-yellow circus tent.”

Yes, Hagrid was a knitter.  How this detail escaped me before, I’m not sure, but it jumped out at me this time!

This isn’t the only instance of knitting being mentioned through the series.  Mrs Weasley was infamous for knitting the Weasley jumpers, sweaters gifted to the Weasley children, and Harry also, every Christmas, much to Ron’s chagrin.  In Order of the Phoenix, Hermione was using magic to speed up her knitting of hats in an attempt to free the Hogwarts House Elves, and perhaps my favourite mention of knitting in the Harry Potter series was Dumbledore’s proclamation of his love for knitting patterns in Half-Blood Prince.

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My love for this book series has understandably crept into my knitting.  A few years ago, my co-worker commissioned two House scarfs, and I happy obliged.

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Year 1-2, left, and Year 3-4, right

I used the basic pattern structure of the Year 3-4 scarf to improvise my own Hogwarts House Hand Warmers. Yes, I’m Hufflepuff and Proud!

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As well, I’ve long proclaimed my love for Erica Lueder’s Harry Potter inspired patterns on my blog.  Her Hermione Every Day Socks are well known and often top the ‘Hot Right Now’ search on Ravelry, but I highly encourage you to check out her other patterns, most of which were inspired in one way or another by a Harry Potter character.

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Left to right: Hermione’s Every Day Sock; Weasley Rib; Devil Snare Sock

I have another Erica Lueder pattern on my needles right now, and I’m a few rounds plus the toe away from being finished the pair.  I can’t wait to show pictures of the finished socks.  The pattern was tedious to follow, but my goodness the finished fabric is beautiful. Totally worth it.

Also on my needles is the Time Turner Shawl by Elizabeth Saxton.  Saxton describes the lace as being reminiscent of Hermione’s time turner from Prisoner of Azkaban, and when looking for a pattern to truly highlight my stunning Manos yarn, I knew this was the one.

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Are you a Harry Potter fan? Can you add any Harry Potter inspired patterns to this (working) list?

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Dishcloths Galore!

Last week, I finished the second of two Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarves.  Molly Weasley would have been proud, if I do say so myself.  The scarves were delivered on Friday and there were two very happy Gryffindors who got to wear them.  They sent me an adorable video thank you over Facebook, and it truly made my weekend.

Year 1-2, left, and Year 3-4, right
Year 1-2, left, and Year 3-4, right

After finishing these scarves, which had been on my needles for almost two months, I turned my focus to projects that will give me immediate satisfaction and completion – dishcloths.  From the quick results to the fact that they are just so darn functional, dishcloths are a great project.  I also love the bright colours of the yarns – surprise, surprise right?

I got three dishcloths knit this weekend: The Aunt May Dishcloth, The Right Angles Dishcloth, and a Feather and Fan dishcloth, pattern from the ball band of an old ball of Bernat cotton yarn.  I love the angles and the unique textures that the first two patterns give, and the feather and fan, I knit simply because the pattern was conveniently close when I was ready to cast on!

Feather & Fan, Right Angles, and Aunt May
Feather & Fan, Right Angles, and Aunt May

I will be making a big, grown up decision in the next day or two.  If all goes to plan, these cloths will come in handy.  More details next week, knitting friends.

Mrs. Weasley Must Have A Spell For Knitting…

…after all, she did knit anywhere between 5-10 jumpers as Christmas presents!

A spell for knitting would be lovely for projects like scarves, long and repetitive projects.  Please don’t get me wrong, I love them, and I love seeing a scarf take shape, but impatient me always wants projects like this to knit up faster!

A few weeks back, I cast on a Gryffindor scarf; the pattern is from Alison Hansel’s Charmed Knits, which really is a lovely book filled with lots of sweaters and projects inspired by either the Harry Potter movies or the magical books they are based on.  The book has two patterns for scarfs, a simple block stripe pattern seen in Philosopher’s Stone, and thin stripe pattern as seen in Prisoner of Azkaban.  I am making one of each for my dear friend’s children, in Gryffindor colours.  I started the Year 3-4 scarf first, and it’s slowly growing in length.  These scarves will be the focus of my knitting for some time now, and I know the perfect thing to read while knitting them

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Perfect chance to re-read for the 394th time!