I open at the close

In honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, D3Z suggested that we undertake an appropriately themed knitting project. My post-squeal response was two-fold. I planned to first knit this Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch washcloth pattern. My reasoning behind this selection was simple: instant gratification. This project took me slightly longer than the duration of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One which is what we were watching for maximum inspiration. I used a nice jungle green Brown Sheep Company cotton gifted to me by my good friend Rebecca Wheat at Lily of the Valley.
My secondary reason for choosing this pattern was to familiarize myself with the capability of simple knit and purl stitches in two dimensional work to create simple pictures. In the future I would like to apply these techniques to design personalized gifts for my friends. How cool would it be to get hand knit wash clothes personalized to your pop culture preferences? I can already see the boomstick, light saber, and ork themed cotton dish towels in my (or maybe your) future!
The second project I mentioned to Adam and Dez, was this Gryffindor hat set. I prefer the ones with the minimalist gold stripe. Unfortunately, that particular evening I did not possess the appropriate yarn for the job. So there I am knitting away on my snitch washcloth, when lo and behold Adam returns on his moped from an emergency trip out for superglue with a lovely skein of Caron Simply Soft Autumn Red yarn saying “This should get you started.” I was so touched I promised him the first hat. This is still a work in progress and I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
I did see the movie tonight and felt it was a fitting end to the series. I began reading Sorcerers Stone in sophomore year in high school intrigued by the rumors of such a brilliantly crafted world. Little did I suspect what a huge pop culture phenomenon this series would become. Over the years I have devoured the text for comfort, scoured the Internet for plot rumors, and powered through midnight releases and subsequent readathons. The realization that tonight would end the annual anticipation that had become somewhat of an official holiday for me and many in my generation sat a bit heavier than I expected. However the final movie did not disappoint me in the least. While I don’t want to ruin the fun for anyone else, I’d love to discuss the movie so feel free to hit me up on Twitter or via email. I’ll just sign off with this: To Harry Potter, the boy who lived!

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