Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf

I have a friend who is a huge Harry Potter fan.  So, for her birthday I decided to knit her a Gryffindor scarf.  I had previously knit a Gryffindor scarf for an ex-fling, which turned out ok – it was the first pattern I had made myself.  I improved on the original pattern for my friend, including adding an iron-on appliqué.  The scarf is knit with Knitpicks Shine Worsted yarn in Currant and Dandelion.  I love this particular yarn because it is a blend of pima cotton and Modal® natural beech wood fiber, which makes it extremely soft and washable!

Perks of living in Florida – knitting in a hammock 🙂

Knitting while I watch videos for my on-line course

The final product!  Someone suggested including a note when you give a knit as a gift, talking about the yarn, why you decided to knit that person this particular project, how long it took you, etc.  By including the note, the gift has more value – it gives the receiver a chance to understand how much work you put into the particular gift, and in return, the receiver is generally appreciates the gift more.  I did that for this particular gift, and I think it made her realize how much work actually goes into a knit gift.  Definitely something I am going to continue doing!

The Jayne Cobb Hat

A friend of mine asked me to knit a Jayne Cobb Hat.  For those of you unfamiliar with Jayne Cobb (as was I), it is a character from the tv show Firefly.  I found a pattern on the blog Knitting Ninja (which is an awesome name for a blog).

A trip to Michaels was disappointing.  The pattern called for colors that I would normally not choose for a hat, and it appears most people don’t use, because I had to go on-line to find the right shades.  I ended up using Knit Picks Swish Superwash yarn in Allspice and Tumeric, and Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Orange.  I knit a double strand of the yarn.  1 ball of each was enough to make 1 hat (with leftovers, which I suggest using up (if you can) in the pom pom because I have no idea what I’m going to do with these colors!

Finished hat:

The hat knit up fairly quickly because it was a double strand.  My friend loved it!