I’ve been very busy at homework and whatnot so I haven’t had a chance to talk about this lovely neckwarmer!
I mentioned it a while back but I finally got a chance to finish it/wear it out.
I went out shopping during the summer and stopped at this little yarn boutique in my hometown. I don’t usually shop there but I was looking for something to do and I wasn’t looking to drive to either Oconomowoc or Milwaukee. So I stayed right where I was and I found this great wool.
It took me about an hour to make it through all the hiding places for yarn in this place. It also took me this long to find a yarn that was cheaper than what I’d find anywhere else (the prices are astronomical!) so when I found this yarn at 10 dollars a skein, I thought it was pretty decent and I picked out two colors that I thought went well- Turquoise and burnt orange.
At first I went with the intention of finding my Ravenclaw colors of Bronze and navy blue, but struck out yet again. I was still pretty happy with my choice and started working on it after it had been in the yarn-bucket for a while.
I started making a neckwarmer, because with my busy schedule, neckwarmers are super easy to put into my purse or backpack and carry around with me. I only needed one skein at a time because I knew I’d never have enough time to futz around with two skeins or make enough progress that I’d need two skeins…
So I cast on about 95 or 100 sts and started working. I debated for a while about making it the two solid colors, just switching to the other color when I was finished with one but then the thought of ‘what if one color is longer than the other?’ blah blah blah. I figured stripes would be a good compromise. And it was
This neckwarmer is so ridiculously warm and comfortable that I don’t even know I’m wearing it half the time. The colors work really well together and I enjoy the bunchy look it gives. Also, when I was cold while walking to the bus one day (and my hair was pulled back), it turned out to be a great tam.
I enjoyed the heck out of this design. It was my first striped item (with even stripes that is…) and I love the stark contrast it gives between it and my black jacket and mittens. The blue even helps bring out my eyes.
Needless to say, I gave myself a pat on the back for that one.
It’s been a very hectic couple of weeks what with school and having a social life and dealing with everything that’s on my plate right now. From all of this, I’ve had barely any time to do any knitting.
I took a sick day on Friday because of a lack of sleep and a looming sore throat that may have turned into something else had I not started taking care of myself more. So I stayed home, watched movies with a mug of hot apple cider and my knitting. Wrapped in a cozy sweater and under my comforters, I didn’t leave my bed except to eat and use the restroom. It was a very successful day.
I got quite a bit of work done on Gryffindor. It’s hard getting back into the groove of things- especially when the groove includes size 17 needes and double-stranded yarn. While it might seem like needles of this size would allow the knitting to go faster, using this buggers is more like a cramp waiting to happen.
So I became the tortoise: Slow and steady wins the race
This scarf is super plush and I can’t wait for it to be done so I can show it off.
I FOUND IT!!!!!!!
I went to Joann Fabrics to find a ton of Christmas gift yarn and I found it… the perfect red and the perfect gold! And they were the same weight and brand! I was so excited I almost bought two skeins of each, knowing full well that I didn’t need two skeins.
Lion Brand yarn is so pretty and plush that I can’t wait to knit it up. The tag calls for size 8 needles but I’m going to find a pair of 7s or 6s because the knit will end up being tighter and much prettier than if I used the 8s.
Once I buy the needles, I’ll get started but until then, the yarn will sit in my bag taunting me to get to work!
Green and Silver. I never made the connection to Harry Potter when I knit up the scarf but after I tried to think of where I could wear this one, I realized it’s very Slytherin-esque. It’s what spurred the attempted creation of The Hogwarts Collection.
I love Harry Potter. So I think it’ll be cool to have all the scarves that the students wear during the movies.
The scarves that are in the films were probably machine-made, but they’re of a really thin yarn and made incredibly with small needles and a lot of patience.
I don’t have that kind of patience.
So instead I made a K2P2 Rib Stitch scarf of varying lengths in green and silver, and it turned out great. I love the final result!
I haven’t bought the other colors because every single time I walk into a store, I can never find the colors I want.
Slytherin was easy- just find a forest green and a shimmery silver and you’re golden. Gryffindor is a deep maroon and a burnt gold. Ravenclaw is a royal blue and a deep bronze, and Hufflepuff is a yellow and black. In theory Hufflepuff would be the easiest but finding a yellow that isn’t Mustard (which would work better for Gryffindor) or neon (which wouldn’t work at all) isn’t that easy of a task.
Pictures and make up courtesy of Maxwell John.
Photos were taken at Hartbrook Park in Hartland WI.