|Some of you may remember my long-suffering Balmoral cardigan. I often pick it up when I have nothing else to work on. It is a pretty sad existence, honestly. I can’t really explain why I do this: I love this design, I love the yarn, and I have made some good headway… I have finally resolved to work on this one till it is finished.|
This is the THIRD time I have cast on for the sleeves. The previous attempts have all ended up in the "frogpond" due to my lack of skillz with the DPNs. I think I am finally getting those suckers down, so it was time for another try.
(I think something about those DPNs sticking out reminded me of spikes and this made me feel hardcore, hence the growling animal face)
So far so good… I am knitting them more bell-shaped than the pattern calls for, I think this will be perfect for layering in the fall and winter. A good blocking in the end will even them up as well. As a reminder, this is a Dale of Norway (Adult 115) pattern, and the yarn is Sisik. I *heart* Dale patterns and yarns.
My favorite part about this cardigan is the velvet ribbon that details the edgings and ties at the waist… it is hard to make out in the pattern book picture above, but here is the whip stitch detail that I already sewed into the cardigan body:
I have been a little behind on my blog reading this week, so someone else may have already mentioned this… but, in the Washington Post Magazine from last weekend (July 17th) there was a whole article about blogs and blogging. (Read the article here)
The article focused on political blogging, but we got out chance to shine too:
See? We got top-billing! KNITTING BLOGS!
School work is keeping me quite busy lately.. but I can’t complain too much because the work is SO fun! One of my classes, History of the Book, has a project working with the Library of Congress. Our mission is to collect and observe the events, phenomena and fan mania around the Harry Potter books/movies for the Library to preserve for future researchers/scholars wanting to learn about the books, the publishing industry, marketing ploys, and the web presence. Several websites have been permanently archived using the Internet Archives’ WayBack technologies. My group is assigned to work specifically on Collectibles and Tie-Ins for the books and movies. We are collecting some "artifacts" and taking pictures of store displays, toys, clothing, etc.
One of my co-workers picked up these great plastic glasses at the book release party at Barnes & Noble. She also picked up a poster and a bracelet and let me have them for this project. I also contacted Alison and asked to use an image of her Harry Potter-themed yarn store display. I am very excited about presenting these items and pictures for the LC’s archive!
Next up: Scout out the grocery stores and department stores for more Harry Potter themed clothing and accessories! As you can see, I am just eating this project up! Have you seen any HP related collectibles or tie-ins that you wanna share? I would love to hear about them!
Updated to add: I got a great email from Dana this morning pointing to these LiveJournal sites for some other Harry Potter lovin’ knitters out there:
Have a good weekend!