General Ginger Knits

random thoughts on knitting and the universe

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

knitting culture

This photo appears in BBC's History Your Photos. This rabbit suit photo is from circa 1940.

Is it just me or do you think that something went horribly wrong here? I'm not quite sure what Auntie Ann was thinking with this outfit but it seems a bit over the top!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

knitting culture

Shimon Mednick's Faces Abroard from the October 2002 Baltimore Gallery Exposure to Art through Photography exhibit.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

HP6 tiny spoiler

Dumbledore reentered the room [from the bathroom] and Slughorn jumped as though he had forgotten he was in the house.

"Oh, there you are, Albus," he said. "You've been a very long time. Upset stomach?"

"No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines," said Dumbledore. "I do love knitting patterns."

- from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 73

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Harry Potter - no spoiler, promise

I finished the book. All I can say is Wow. It is THE best book she has ever written. It is her masterpiece. You will love it.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Harry Potter 6

Things to Watch

  • Hermione's incantation of portable fires
  • Harry's eyes
  • Harry's dreams
  • Neville
  • Silver instrument in Dumbledore's office: "but in essence divided"
  • snakes/socks/scar/mirrors/"split in two"
  • Dementors
  • Sirius
  • Harry's real time connection to Voldemort
  • Time
  • Blood: Harry & Lilly
  • redemption for James
  • Wormtail's debt to Harry
  • Harry more powerful
  • wandless magic
  • Goblin wars
  • Fountain of Brotheren
  • Desires
  • reflection; shadow; light; spliting/breaking in two
  • Olivander & Luna Lovegood connection
  • Department of mysteries: stars, planets, Mars, centaurs
  • locked door

  • Potters were Dobby's masters before Malfoys?
  • What scars were left in Ron from the brains?
  • How did the house elves become enslaved?

Who will fight each other
  • Wormtail vs. Lupin
  • Dobby vs. Kreature
  • Ron vs. Draco
  • Snape vs. Bella or Harry (Snape must choose which side)

  • House elves will be freed at the end of book six.
  • Their magic is what will help destroy the Dark Lord in book seven.

knitting culture

Now here is a dream vacation: "Puchka...small-group, hands-on workshops with master spinners, weavers, knitters, embroiderers and gourd engravers from across PerĂº who come to work with us in our guesthouses."

Friday, July 01, 2005

FOs - easy scarves

What have I been doing? I suppose I've been taking a little break. Sometimes life gets in the way of knitting and the past couple of weeks have certainly been the case for me. Its time for me to get back on board the knitting express.

After a few knitting catastrophes I managed to create a couple of quick FOs. These two scarves are exactly alike and us the raised bar stitch pattern from Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns, page 23. I truly like the simplicity of this pattern and the fact that it is reversible. I believe I used Woolease Thick and Quick and size 10 1/2 needles. Cast on ten stitches, rows 1 and 3, k1, p1, repeat; all even rows work each stitch as it appears; row 5 and 7 p1, k1. This simple pattern can easily be committed to memory and knitted in front of the evening news.