Saturday, October 28, 2006

Secret Knit - no more!

This secret knit has been in the works for awhile. It has seen some things, has been learned from and even went to a baseball game. But all the while, its true identity had to remain a secret. See, the recipent of this scarf just so happens to be one of Nonnahs' best friends and I had a sneaky suspicion that he may check in on the blog from time to time.

He is also a good friend of mine, who helped cultivate my completely hopeless inner Harry Potter fan that I now am. He was the one who lent me the most recent books that I devoured. I've already promised him that I would go with him the night of the last book release and now he has a groovy Gryffindor scarf to go along as well!

Onto the detail stuff...If you are so inclined to make yourself or one of your favorite Harry Potter fans a scarf of their own, I highly recommend this pattern from atypically knit. She has done an amazing job of detailing the scarf specifications from those made for the movie, down to the proper number of stripes and tassels. She even made yarn and color suggestions for every House.

She also wanted to provide people with a pattern for a traditional scarf, not just one that was striped with the right colors. As such, this scarf is not worked back and forth. It is worked in the round like a big tube. In places where it actually gets cold, this obviously provides for a much warmer scarf, since it is twice as thick.

Now, my friend is a human furnace who lives in San Diego. In fact, I'm pretty sure he contributes the extra energy he generates back to the local power grid. However, the point of the whole thing was for him to have a 'real' Harry Potter scarf. So, imagine my joy when I learned he would be traveling to Wyoming for Thanksgiving...and was looking into buying a Harry Potter scarf for the trip. Talk about perfect timing! (Hee, hee.)

Anyhoo, so using the pattern from atypically knit, I made the scarf on size 7 circular needles with worsted weight Nature Spun from Brown Sheep with almost 2 complete balls each of Sunburst Gold (308W) as suggested and Scarlet (N48), which was available and pretty darn close to the suggested color. This is where I marvel at how much yardage went into this scarf - close to 1000!! The yarn knits up as a light worsted and was wonderful to knit. I look forward to using it for other projects because the yardage for the price is unbelievable. In fact, a couple of the girls, including Knitzalot, are using Nature Spun for their Deep V vests for our class.

I didn't worry about gauge too much, so it is off a bit. Consequently, I had some extra yarn because my stripes are a little narrower and shorter. And since my friend is tall, I just kept knitting stripes until I wasn't sure I would be able to get another one out...and began contemplating jumping off the roof of my office building. The end result is about 4 extra stripes and a few more tassels, because I like the look of more tassels with less bulk. I call it artistic license.

When I was all done with the knitting, I steam blocked it, and added the tassels to close up the open tube. The scarf's transformation was amazing after the steam blocking. I feel like it really looks like something you would buy in a store, very semetrical, very orderly, very uniform. I am very pleased with the results, but even more pleased by the reaction I received from my friend when he opened it up.

Despite nearly a sweater's worth of knitting on this scarf, it was a really fun project. It was one of those knits that just flows off the needles and only toward the end, did my hands start to hurt. I realized I had been knitting over the top of the scarf on my lap - the hight of which kept growing, which threw my posture out of wack.

One of these days, I will have to make one for myself because it is a great all-around, very wearable scarf...for cold weather, that is.

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

Gryffindor rules! I love it. I'm sure it will keep him very warm on his trip.

knitzalot said...

That looks great all finished! 100 yards?! What an undertaking! I'm glad your friend really liked it. The background of that photo is lovely. Where did you take it?

Mouse said...

My gryffindor scarf is STILL on the needles since before the last movie- I'm doing the POA version with the trapped bars. Mine is a little off from the POA movie colors (the wine is a bit too bright..) but I'm definitely not going to be ripping the thing out any time soon.

Nonnahs said...

SO freaking perfect!

Melissa said...

wow, that must have taken forever! I like it!!

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

I like to think of you knitting that thing off the edge of a cliff like in that "The Last Knit" video. Long scarves like that seem like something I could never convince myself to have the patience to knit.

Nasus said...

he is going to love it!

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Finally found that book I had seen about natural yarn dyes. It's called Wild Color and it's by Jenny Dean.

But, ouch! They aren't just giving it away, that's for sure.

Theresa said...

That is easily a whole sweater's worth of knitting - but at least you know it fits!

Marisa said...

It looks fantastic!

Julia said...

That scarf is adorable. It's enough to make me knit another freaking scarf!

Anonymous said...

I've never posted a comment before (that I'm aware of) but after the amazing surprise scarf that I received (Yes - I'm "that guy") I had to say something. I do indeed check-in on the old blog from time to time, so it was wise not to say anything about it. That my scarf took so long, traveled so far, and consumed so much "yardage" makes it that much more impressive. It's possible that I've been wearing the scarf around the house from time to time (I'm told it looks quite good with my pajamas). I'm the luckiest boy in all of Hogwarts.