Nerdy Knits

It’s a good time to be a nerd who knits.  So many awesome fan goodies to make!  I thought it would be fun to chronicle what I’ve made so far.  Most of them are listed on my Ravelry project page anyway, but I want to have them all separately in one place.  So, without further ado:

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Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Wristbands

I  knit these eons ago for Peep #1 who is a die-hard Harry Potter fan.  They were my first attempt at knitting intarsia and I was pretty pleased with the results, even if they were really big for his skinny little wrists.  The pattern is here.

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Immediately after seeing Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland remake, I went home and did a mad search for a pattern like the wristlets Alice wore as she tumbled down the rabbit hole.  Success!  I love Stephanie and Tiny Owl Knits; so many beautiful, magical creations– if you haven’t visited her site yet, I highly recommend it.

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“Man walks down the street in a hat like that, people know he’s not afraid of anything.”

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Isn’t it cunning?

Firefly hat!  This is definitely my favorite nerdy knit to date.  I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect yarn for this… I wanted it to be as close to the original Jayne hat as possible, and many of the versions I saw had colors that were too bright.  So after much agonizing I chose Mauch Chunky in Spice, Pumpkin, and Butterscotch.  Unfortunately it was MAD ITCHY, so I sewed in a nice fleece lining.  DH loves this hat and he gets a lot of compliments on it.  One of these days I need to make one for myself!

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Weasley Sweater

Another Harry Potter project.  I knit this Weasley Sweater for my nephew, who’s first name also begins with H!  Very happy with how it turned out.  Again, the colors were perfect, though they’re a little brighter in this photo than they actually are (I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Cumin and Black Cherry Heather.)

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I adore this little Woodin with a leaf tail.  Woodins are inspired by the cute forest spirits in Hayao Miyazaki’s anime.  His movie Totoro is one of my faves.  I actually have a knit Totoro in my Ravelry queue, but haven’t got around to making that yet.  Made this one though as a gift for Peep #2, but I think I loved it more. LOL

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Ravenclaw House Scarf

Perhaps I should confess that I am just as big a Harry Potter fan as the kids… if not more.  I loved all the books (and movies) and still re-read the books whenever I feel like spending more time in that universe. Since every time I take one of those online “Which Harry Potter House do you Belong In”-type quizzes, I get Ravenclaw, when it was time to knit a scarf for myself it had to be a Harry Potter House scarf in Ravenclaw colors (films, since I prefer grey and blue to blue and bronze).  I used an awesome merino called Valley Yarns Amherst in navy and light grey, that is super soft, not at all itchy, and because it’s knit in the round and blocked flat, is super squishy and warm to wear.  I had some yarn left over and made this “Ravencowl”, inspired by another Raveler.  Basically, I just knit four blocks of the scarf (alternating 2 blue, 2 grey) and seamed it together.

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Ravencowl

I wear this all the time around the house.  It is SO warm and because it’s a cowl and not a scarf, it doesn’t get in the way when I’m doing things.

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And finally, my most recent accomplishment– the Hermoine Hearts Ron Hat.  It’s a replica of the Hat Hermoine wore in the Halfblood Prince movie (above).  I used Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend but not in the same color as Hermoine’s.  I may do another in grey at some point.

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To my delight a book actually exists called Knits for Nerds.  DH gave me a copy for Yule this year, so I have pages and pages of more geek knitting to look forward to.  What’s up next?  Perhaps a pair of furry knit Hobbit feet.

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Happy Knitting!

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School, Harry Potter, & Harvest Time

Wow, my last post was in April!  Such is the life of a gardener, I guess.  I’ll pick back up on my posting (more frequently) once the garden is put to bed for the season.  Right now everything’s either at peak harvest or just passing, so it’s already slowing down some.  I had fabulous success with my pumpkins this year:  13 in all– a witch’s dozen!  Everything did really well, with the exception of my cukes.  They were so bitter;  I will won’t be trying that variety again!  I’ll post more detailed garden notes another time…

We had a great summer.  The highlight was the Harry Potter book release party we went to on July 20th.  The place that did it really went ALL OUT and it was a blast.  The peeps got to pet a variety of “magical creatures” including an owl and a 90-pound albino python!

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Magical Creatures

The owl was my favorite;  they truly ARE magical.  Let’s see… they got interviewed by Rita Skeeter, had a potions lesson, got their fortunes read by Professor Trelawney,

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helped Hagrid find Fluffy, and got to watch Snape on trail and decide whether or not he was guilty or innocent.  In addition, we watched a bard preform, got a horse-drawn carriage ride, and got to eat ice cream on the double decker Knight Bus!  Naturally, none of that compared to actually getting the book.  Peep #1 started it on the car ride home.  I let him read a few minutes before bed, then he spent most of the next day reading it until he finished that evening.  It took me quite a bit longer, but I loved it as well.

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Knight Bus, with Ice Cream

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Potions 101

Potions 101

 

**SPOILER ALERT**

Okay, I KNEW Snape wasn’t bad!! I would have been seriously disappointed if JKR had gone that route; IMO it would have been so horrendously out-of-character if the immensely wise Dumbledore trusted Snape only to have him turn in the end. I loved the retrospective we got to see of Snape in the end, though I was really bummed out he had to die. I loved the character, which I really credit Alan Rickman with… he brought a likability to Snape that the books never had.

I just loved the book. It was a fantastic journey, and I’m sorry it’s over wail. The epilogue was a littlle too corny for me though, but still enjoyable. I just thought it needed an “in between” chapter… maybe set a few months later, so see how everyone is settling into a world without Voldemort. Which reminds me… Harry had wanted to be an Auror– I wondered what his profession was as an adult and wish that had been revealed. (Perhaps he signed a book deal and was living off it … LOL)

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At last!

One other small beef: lack of Ginny and Harry. She remained such a small part right to the end. Sure, they got married and lived happily ever after an’ all… but I just figured she’d have a bigger part. Their romance just never rang true to me because we never really get to see it develop… Harry just seems to realize he likes her one day and boom, that’s it. They share some snogging on and off, get married in the end but… just kind of falls flat for me. I still think Harry and Hermoine would’ve been a better match.  They shared a lot of emotionally charged scenes and were a lot closer than Ginny and Harry.

**END SPOILERS**

Other than that, we enjoyed our usual vacation, had a visit from my brother and his family, and generally spent a lot of time doing summery things.  Now I am turning my attention towards school, which we start the Tuesday after Labor Day.   BUT, the details I will save for another day, another post, as this is already turned into War and Peace…

Feminism, Staying at Home, and BSG

There's been a gargantuan thread over at the scifi channel boards about the role of women on BSG (and I'll get into that another time).  Mrs. Ron (for those out of the loop, that's BSG creator Ron Moore's wife) posted, in Ron's defense, that the BSG women were still strong, even those that have had children, remarking that Athena, and Callie are "back on the job."  The comment really irked me.  It's a sore subject with me and something I come across more often than I'd like– a lot of women infer that if a woman chooses to stay home, she is some how less strong, less valued, less of a feminist.  (Unfortunately feminism a much maligned term these days, but I don't have a problem with the word.)

Anyway, I don't understand this line of thinking.  Those of us who are at home are often portrayed as a bunch of harried, unkempt, mistreated frumps, chained to our sniveling brats and our never ending housework, married to an over bearing ogre-like caveman who bellows about ring around the collar or about his dinner not being ready on time.  I'm sure there are some unfortunate souls who are in fact married to men like that, but some of us have simply made the choice to stay home, because we love it.  

Now, back in high school, the idea of being a housewife (another term with a lot of negative connotations) was anathema to me.  I didn't want to get married.  I didn't want to have kids.  I pictured myself becoming a high-powered career woman, jet-setting around the world will a well-worn (but fashionable) briefcase.  Then, I met DH freshman year of college and it changed the course of my life– for the better.  Over time, the idea of hearth and home didn't seem so bad to me after all.  And here I am now, still married to my college sweetheart, and I *love* being the keeper of my home.  Early on in our marriage (Before Kids) I worked for many years as a psychotherapist.  I loved it; it was challenging and fulfilling work.  But when we decided to have children, I wanted to take a few years off.  I didn't want to miss one minute of those precious early years.  As time went on (and Peep #2 came along), I began to realize I enjoyed learning to cook (DH had previously done the cooking), I discovered a new passion (gardening), and loved being home with my kids.  (The cleaning… well, still not liking that so much…)

So here I am.  People occasionally ask me if I'll go back to work some day.  Maybe–   I'm keeping that option open.  But for now, I'm perfectly happy and satisfied with my life.  Don't get me wrong, it's not always easy… in many ways working with the mentally ill was less of a challenge.  Now instead of one job, I have many:  accountant, housekeeper/laundress, cook, chauffeur, life coach, teacher, landscaper (hey, I MOW!!), and Chief Resident Boo-Boo Fixer… to name a few.  But I cherish it, and wouldn't trade it for the world. Isn't that what was so great about the feminist movement?  That it gave women the freedom to CHOSE for themselves what they wanted– to work out of the home or in?

To be fair, there is judgment going on on both sides of the issue.  Stay at home moms often accuse working moms of being neglectful of their children, which is ridiculous.  But my point is, I don't think I should be made to feel like I somehow have "let down" the feminist movement because I have decided to be a "Home Maker" (okay, even *I* dislike *that* term).

Anyway, I still love you Mrs. Ron!  You are eternally cool for mingling in a VR sort of way with the BSG rabble.

Daily Prophet Headlines…

Muggle family of four anxiously awaits the release of Deathly Hallows!

This week we signed the peeps up for a Harry Potter book release event this July.  We are all so excited!  Harry Potter is big in this house.  In fact we have sometimes been known to refer to our homeschool as Hinkley Hill School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and have had the occasional Potions lesson.   So, the release party will be a blast; we’ll get to dress up like wizards, play trivia games, and mix with other fans.  Each peep will get a copy of the book which is good news for me, since Peep #1 (it’s too advanced for Peep #2) can read one and I’ll read the other.  One copy would have meant I’d have to pull rank on him   DH is still on the second book (though he’s seen all the movies) so that leaves him out of the running.  Speaking of which, number 5 comes out in July as well.  It’s going to be a Harry Potter summer! 

Battlestar Hilarity…

Found a couple of funny BSG tidbits from the Sci-fi Chics site that I wanted to share, both Apollo-related:

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and this one:

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They need to DO something with Apollo’s character.  Give him a better (read:  does not involve pining for Starbuck) storyline, one where he finds his niche on the series.  Another thing that I’d love to see is the writers delving into the Adama-Apollo relationship a little more.  Show us some father-son angst, maybe?  I don’t know… anything that what they’re currently doing  with the character!

QotD: Beam Me Up

If you could make a magic wish for a futuristic gadget or high-tech innovation, what would your item do? 
Submitted by Red Pen.



Definitely transporter
technology à la Star Trek.  I have done a lot of travelling in my
life… I've lived in different countries and visited others.  But in
these post 9-11 days, travelling is frustrating if not terrifying for
me.  I'd love to be able to have my atoms instantly beamed to anywhere
I wanted. 


Any little green men out there listening?  I'm ready.  BEAM ME UP!!