Very Enjoyable Knitting and Rediscovering Harry Potter

It’s been so busy around here that I only just realized that I finished a pair of socks a while back and never showed them to you and I haven’t posted about what I am working on in quite a while. About time I get a bit caught up I think.

These are the My Cup of Tea Socks in Lang Jawoll Solids, as per usual I didn’t really follow the instructions in the pattern but used my own numbers and heel choice. This time I did the Beehive Aladdin Heel (the one I used for the Tardis Socks I made for Bilbo) and I used a contrasting toe and heel colour to make eventual repairs easier (though this yarn is quite hard-wearing already), I also used reinforcing thread in the toe and the ball of the foot to make them even stronger. I really enjoyed knitting these socks and I think I might make another pair of these in a variegated yarn sometime.

I think they turned out rather well!

 

I also started a new pair of socks recently, these are the Hermione’s Everyday Socks, I think that everyone has probably heard of these by now but I have been dying to make these for a while but just wasn’t sure of what yarn I would make them in.

It’s funny how the mind works sometimes, there are so many huge Harry Potter fans in the knitting community and I hear a lot about it but I have always just thought that it just wasn’t really my thing. I do remember enjoying the books but I had forgotten just how much I did because it has been years since I last read them. Recently though, me and my brother decided to watch the Harry Potter movies together. Both of us had read the books but not watched all the movies. My reason for that is that they showed us the second one in school when it first came out and it absolutely terrified me (I’m arachnophobic and I was still quite young when it came out so I didn’t know how to handle it yet) I didn’t even finish the movie it freaked me out so much so I never watched another one again unless I really had no choice (I hadn’t read the books yet at that point, but when I did later I just didn’t visualize that part in my head as I read so I got through it alright). Back to the current story though, we both thought it was well overdue and might be fun to watch them (it really is! I highly recommend it) so we did and I am really glad that we did. I had forgotten how much I love(d) the Harry Potter books but watching the movies brought it all back again, I have always loved an escape to a magical world that is so different from our own (which is why my favourite fiction genre is fantasy) and Harry Potter is just perfect for that.

Luigi had given me two balls of yarn for Christmas last year (this is Kauni wool 8/2 Effektgarn) and I knit a pair of socks from the first ball already but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the second ball yet but I finally decided that the Hermione’s Everyday Socks would be a great pattern for the yarn and because we are watching the movies together it will also remind me of the time spent with him when I wear them so it’s perfect.


I am really loving how these are knitting up so far, the pattern is easy to remember and looks amazing and I am really loving the yarn. The colours are fantastic and you can still smell the lanolin on it which I love. Judging by the length of the first colour though I am going to have fraternal socks which I think will still be nice (and I can totally picture Hermione wearing socks that don’t quite match as well). Again with this pair of socks I have proved my seeming inability to follow a pattern as it is meant to have 1×1 rib but I did 2×2. It’s not really a big deal but I do think that in this case the 1×1 would have looked better and I kinda wish I had paid more attention to the pattern before I started knitting it because I only noticed this when I was part way down the leg so I decided to just stick with it.

I also did my own thing with the numbers on these socks too but I am very happy with the fit of these and am really loving these socks in general, I will definitely have to make another pair of these sometime soon too.

Now all this Harry Potter enjoyment doesn’t quite stop with the socks, I also had the urge to re-read the entire series, so I got the Philosopher’s Stone out of the library and started reading it. Again, I am so glad that I got back into this series! One thing that I noticed this time around though that I didn’t before, is the amount of knitting in these books (I didn’t knit yet the last time I read these).

Hagrid Knits!

Hagrid knits, on the train and something yellow!!!!! How much more awesome can Hagrid get!!! This is just so awesome it blew my mind and I had to share it with you!

 

Now back to the regular knitting type stuff that I have been up to. I darned up some holes in some socks I knit as a Christmas gift. I am not very impressed with the yarn I knit these in, its beautiful but not very durable and I am definitely not using it for socks again. For the darning, I used a white reinforcing thread first (its on the bottom of the socks where no one can see it) and then the same yarn again to camouflage it a bit, hopefully it will be a bit stronger this way and last longer.


On a good note though, my darning skills are getting better, these ones are much neater than the last ones I did. I actually quite enjoy darning, it’s very peaceful and relaxing and I really enjoy giving a new lease on life to things that I put so much time and love into to make.

I also finished a test knit a while ago which I can’t remember if I told you about or not as I could not post photos until it was released. This is the Herlighet pattern by Josiah Bain, and I knit it out of Lichen and Lace single ply merino fingering yarn. I am really really happy with this project, the yarn I used is lovely and soft and the shawl is very wearable. I really enjoyed knitting this shawl as well, its a nice simple knit but very pleasant and I would definitely recommended it. I might make another one of these soon as well (that seems to be an unintentional reoccurring theme of this post but I really have been enjoying what I am knitting lately).
Herlighet

Well that’s all for now, I do have a bit more that I have been working on but I think I will save that for another day when I have more to show and talk about for them (and because this post is getting quite long already).

Happy Knitting everyone!

8 thoughts on “Very Enjoyable Knitting and Rediscovering Harry Potter

  1. Funny to read this post, I’ve just finished listening to Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix yesterday (Stephen Fry is a master narrator!) I’ve never read the books, I guess because I was a bit too old for the beginning of the adventure when it came out – I was in Uni by then, and Harry was 11, so I didn’t feel much inclination to give him my attention. I watched the films, they weren’t bad, but it was Stephen Fry as narrator that really won me over. I’m glad I’ve jumped on the bandwagon!

    As for socks: there’s also a sock pattern for Professor Snape, will you be knitting those as well? 🙂 I wonder if the yarn you used for the pair you darned had any nylon in them; it does indeed make a world of difference…

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    • That is really funny! That one is my favourite, I’ve probably read it more than 10 times 🙂 That makes sense, I was a bit younger when the books came out so when I actually got around to reading them the characters and I were fairly close in age.
      It really is the books that does it though, the movies are great but because they are movies they really have to gloss over some of the really great details that just bring the whole story to life.
      I might, I haven’t seen that one yet so I will have to take a look at it.
      It does have nylon in it, and silk too which is why I was so surprised initially to find out they had holes in them. I think it’s just not strong yarn in general, it would be fine for anything but socks probably.

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      • Sorry, I didn’t mean to make you feel that way, I just happen to be a bit on the young side of the knitting spectrum :p
        I’m glad you’re enjoying the books though! I might have to get my hands on an audiobook copy soon, sometimes being read to is just so enjoyable and they can really make the stories come to life (I’m especially fond of the full cast ones but I don’t know how many books do them).

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      • Haha, don’t worry, I was joking – my age is what my age is (36) and I’m not ashamed, but often it’s funny how I often forget I’m not in my 20s anymore 😁
        Do get the audiobooks, they’re wonderful! Stephen Fry does all the voices so well, you forget it’s just one narrator. I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed the books more because he’s the one reading them, and my usual rule is I prefer to read them myself.

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      • Oh ok, time does go by surprisingly quickly sometimes. I get it a lot though that people think I’m older and are quite surprised to find out I’m only in my 20s.
        I will definitely give them a try then 🙂

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      • Since we discussed age, a funny thing happened to me today – I went to the supermarket and bought some aspirin, but using the self-checkout I had to have someone allow the purchase for me. She looked at me and asked me how old I was, and I got a little confused as that’s not usual for me, “36,” I replied, to which she said, “oh, you don’t look under 16, but I wouldn’t have given you more than 24.”
        I didn’t kiss her, but I wanted to 😂

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