January 28, 2007

Gryffindor Scarf

Love at First Knit


Being a fan of Harry Potter and all, I could simply not live without a Gryffindor scarf. Even here in the muggle world I had an urge to share my love for magic and so I decided that I'd have to get a scarf. The only scarves I could find were online and beyond my budget and so it occurred to me one day, "I must learn to knit!"

I bought the yarn back when Lewiscraft was still around to bring some d.i.y. to the malls one cold October in 2005. I intended on getting it done for Hallowe'en but that was not the case. In fact, the yarn sat in my room until March of 2006 when I realized that I really had to get around to using the yarn. That same March, my family decided to drive to Florida for Spring Break and so I borrowed Lisa's lovely copy of Stitch 'n Bitch and kept at it until I could knit. I came back from the trip ready to show my pals my scarf but ... no. It appeared that instead of making a scarf I had made some sort of strange sweater or bag but not a scarf. I had increases and dropped stitches all over the place. I decided that as painful as it was, I'd have to rip it all out.

Desperate to get my scarf underway I found how-t0-knit videos on D.I.Y network online and tried and tried until I got it. Half way through the Gryffindor scarf (which I was making up as I went) I ran out of yarn. Ahem. So much for that.

I began university in the fall and my friends were going to dress up. I thought that I might as well do this whole Gryffindor thing. I went out to the closest place I could find with yarn - sadly, Wal-mart - and found the closest match to the yarn I had and knit away until the wee hours of Hallowe'en.

My outfit:
Robe? Check.
Wand? Check.
Badge? Check.
Scarf? Check.

It was good times. From there, my love for knitting began.

So, you'll notice in this photo how it's all wavy because my edges are NOT STRAIGHT. My only excuse is that it was my first project and for some reason didn't think that I needed to pull tight on the ends to make them straight. Believe me, my knitting is now straight. I promise. I also found out by looking at my scarf now that I don't like acrylic because it doesn't block. Despite hearing that a long time ago I still blocked it before I wore it and it was much straighter then. It clearly bounced back into shape. Enhhh.

3 comments:

FidoFidz said...

Wow, what a great knitted scarf, I wish that I can knit one like you did, by the way, Im in the progress of making a HP robe, and also wanna knit a scarf, could you help me about the knitting of it? n maybe some tips n videos of DIY of scarf making? dunno where to find it, thanks a lot

Seema said...

Hey! I'm so sorry I haven't checked this blog in ages.

For tips and videos of DIY scarf making I'd check out www.knittinghelp.net and learn how to cast on stitches onto the needle and then the basic knit stitch. If you go to www.ravelry.com you could sign up for an account and it will open a whole world of knitting. Good luck!

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