Sunday, June 17, 2007

Harry Potter and the Project Whore

Okay, so if you haven't figured out by now, I'm a Harry Potter geek. I'm not much into the forums and fanfics - arguing fictional theory with thirteen year olds isn't what I would consider a great use of time - but I have read the series (yes, the whole series) more times than I can count, and I love the fact that I can always find something new, some new little detail or clue or foreshadowing, every time I read them. I just love the depth that JK Rowling has put into these stories. One detail in the first book could be something important five books later. It's great! I'm both very excited and very sad that the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is coming out this summer. I can't wait to know the end of the story, but I'm sad that it is the end. We can still look forward to a few more of the great movies, though!

In honor of the Harry Potter events of the summer, though, I started a new project. I've decided to finally give in to my inner geekness and cast on for a uniform vest with Gryffindor stripes. A full sweater, like the ones they wear with their uniforms in the movies, is a bit warm for here, but a vest should be perfect. I picked up the yarn yesterday - Patons Canadiana from the LYS. I'm basing the pattern on one I found at Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear, but am going to add a bit of waist shaping. I have to say, audio books rock. I can listen to the stories while working on the project. It's great. I can go through the series again, but not necessarily give up all my free time to read.

So now I'm actively working on the vest, the multidirdiag scarf, and need to swatch (and possibly get beads for) the Mystery Stole. Zepherine on the KR Forums turned me to a bead shop up in Grover Beach that I'm going to try to check out on Monday. I've never used beads on a project before, so I'd like to try the technique on the swatch before I decide if I want to use them on the whole stole. I also picked up the summer IK at the LYS the other day, and there are a couple of really cute tops in there that I'm also adding to my project queue. I went from having no real sweater/top project going to wanting to do about five all at once. It never rains, but it pours...I'll try to be faithful to these current projects!

4 comments:

Inky said...

Hi coastal neighbor :)

If it's Kandra's beads on 10th and Grand, she's closed on Sundays and Mondays, sad to say. She is open until 7 or so on Wednesdays. Kandra has the best seed beads and drops/crystals/pressed glass in town.

There's Rainbow beads, but they don't have the best selection of seed beads. Up the road a bit (where McD's and Taco Bell are). I'm not sure if they are open on Mondays - they also have a store in Santa Maria, on Main and Broadway I think it is.

Kadiddly said...

I saw that they were open Tuesday-Saturday after I posted this, of course! Sigh. Maybe I'll try to find the Rainbow Beads first, then get up to Kandra's if I can't find anything.

AR said...

Hehe, I LOVE Harry Potter, too! I've read ever book quite a few times. I cannot wait for the last one, but at the same time, I'm sorry it's the last book. Just like you said! I keep tinkering with the idea of knitting one of the letter sweaters Mrs. W. knits for myself.

Thanks for the nice comments at my blog! :-)

Kim said...

Hi, Central Coast neighbor! I found you on Ravelry. I am also doing Mystery Stole 3, and I got my beads in Morro Bay - don't know if that's too far for you.