Posts Tagged ‘scarf’
As soon as I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, I wanted to write about a certain piece of knitwear. I’ve been putting it off for a month because, well, I just don’t want to say what I’m about to say and I just can’t write about it without saying it. Here goes. I was so thoroughly disappointed by this film. SO disappointed. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy really inspired me as a preteen. I’m not sure if maybe the magic has worn off since I’ve grown older and less interested in fantasy epics or maybe four years of film school have soured me to having any fun at the movies. But I have a feeling that this movie was just not what it could have been. It was long, it looked like a video game, and Orlando Bloom is not as fresh-faced as he once was (sorry).
Really the only good parts of this film for me were Bombur getting stuck in a barrel (definitely my Halloween costume this year) and giggling with some of my best girlfriends about how I’d snuck an impressive amount of candy into the theater. To have to go back and search through the entirety of this movie for a screen cap was just too much for me in this cold, bleak winter. But THDOS (is that the official abbreviation? Quite a mouthful.) has been nominated for three Oscars and this knit is not one of them. It’s time to talk about it.
Let’s talk about Gandalf’s sparkly scarf.
When I first noticed Gandalf’s scarf, I’d say right after the group stays with Beorn, I felt completely giddy. And every time it appeared on screen, one of my friends would say, “Sparkly scarf!” Despite the flashiness of said accessory, the silver scarf is a part of canon Gandalf costume. It’s specifically mentioned in the books so this is one serious piece of knitwear.
Of COURSE Gandalf has a beautiful, long, and mystical scarf. I’m not kidding about it being sparkly. It’s definitely got this rustic, tweed-y quality but then there is a metallic yarn woven throughout. I just loved seeing it swirl around in 3D magic.
If you’re interested in seeing the costumes in real-life close ups, check out this article. Or you can buy an authentic movie replica woven with real mithril (aka not actual mithril) for $99. Or, maybe, just knit one? (I’ve got a nerd bone to pick here. Is this book canon? I’m not really sure what good it would do to weave a scarf with mithril. I guess if you got shot in the throat with an arrow? Maybe we should start with mithril in hats and gloves and then maybe scarves if it’s particularly, dangerously cold outside. Feel free to discuss in the comments.)
Who do you think is best dressed in Middle Earth?
Today kicks off NaKniSweMo. Will you be participating? I’m not really in the right frame of mind right now to take on such a big project but if I were ready to cast on a sweater, I’d choose this one!
photo via Savory Knitting
I’m a Christoffile for life so I’ve GOT to talk about Amy’s latest pattern. Faro absolutely gorgeous and I can’t WAIT to get it on my needles. It looks like such a fun knit, too. If you’ve decided to give yourself the NaKniSweMo challenge, I’d definitely suggest this sweater. (Besides, the half sleeves might save you some time!)
>> My friend Katie who is a cycling instructor and work out fanatic sent me this article about the knitter who made a 12 ft scarf while running a marathon with the note “Maybe next year?” It’s cool that running can get people knitting! It will not be working the opposite way for me.
>> This is a video of a lamb frolicking around a skate park. I was worried he’d get squished but he looks like he’s actually having a really fun time. That being said, Knit York City does not condone putting lambies into dangerous situations.
>> The US Olympic team will finally be outfitted in Ralph Lauren clothing made in America. This includes knitwear made from sheep raised in Oregon. The sweaters and hats are pretty rad (though it can certainly be debated that the color work motifs are not American in origin, I won’t split hairs). It seems like newer yarn companies and a lot of my favorite indie spinner/dyers are already hip to this trend of using local fleeces. Wouldn’t it be cool if companies like RL kept this direction when it comes to the rest of their manufacturing?
>> On a more personal note, I finally caught up on the end of series 7 of Doctor Who. I am ready for the Christmas special but NOT ready to say goodbye to Matt Smith. On a knitting-related note, Eat. Sleep. Knit. launched a pre-order for a Fourth Doctor scarf kit in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky for any 50th Anniversary needs. Or if you’ll be missing 11 as much as I will, you need a skein of Roman Hills in I’m a Sagittarius…Probably.
What are you knitting on this weekend? I’ve got so many things on the needles, I’m not really sure what to focus on anymore!
I don’t often knit for other people. That probably sounds selfish but every sweater pattern I like, I want to wear. I’ve also found it tough to make sure things fit for someone who isn’t standing in front of me. Mostly, I like to wear the things that I put time into. I should really break that habit since I’m a process knitter. I could really be working on anything for anybody and be happy. But I mainly knit for myself.
Well I made this cowl and it wasn’t for me.
A few weeks ago, Jon’s grandmother saw a hat that I made (pattern coming soon!) and she just loved it. She was asking me a bunch of questions about it. She also asked me to give her a recipe for cookies that I’d baked and I was just so flattered that Jon’s grandmother who makes that delicious Israeli coffee meringue cake was asking me for a recipe, I just about died. After she left, Jon turned to me and said, “You should really knit something for my grandma. She’d really like it. Her birthday’s coming up. I can buy the yarn.”
To which I replied, OKAY. (I mean, he’s such a good boychick, am I right?!)
I had a few ideas in mind but I needed something that was simple and quick since I had about a week to make the whole thing. I decided on the Purl Bee Fluted Cowl which is freaking gorgeous. (I love the drama of the sample on their site!) And I used Purl Soho’s new Supersoft Merino which is the squooshiest, softest, most delicious yarn ever. (You can probably tell that since the photos where I’m modeling it it just looks like a big blob of yarn porn. It’s fantastic.) This is the second thing I’ve knit with the peacock colorway. It’s fantastic.
It took me a long time to get used to the stitch pattern but it’s simple. It’s hard to tell where you left off just by looking at it. I think most of my trouble came knitting on size 17 needles. (And then I went back to knitting my colorwork sweater on size 3s and, boy, were my hands confused! It’s like after you ride a bike for a really long time and then try walking but your legs still want to pedal.) I decided to cast on 128 stitches for a shorter cowl since I didn’t have time to make the longer version. Shorter seemed more practical, too. I was terrified I’d twist the stitches when I joined in the round. But I didn’t! I really love how both sides are different but work together. I really want to make one for myself. It’s so soft and warm!
Happy birthday to Jon’s grandmother! I hope she wears the cowl in good health (as my grandpa would say).
Do you like to knit for other people or yourself? Have you tried out the Super Soft Merino?
Winter is all about big comfy warm knits. I made this scarf for my friend Amy who instructed I make her the biggest scarf ever. She took this picture which I absolutely love.
What’s your favorite chunky knit? Any favorite yarns?