Realizing that I’m only 30 days away from The Day of the Doctor, 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, and 24 days from heading to London, I’ve decided to get a move on on my knitting project Fandoms and Knitting, and start to actually do them, in the faint hope that I’ll have finished at least one of them until then – hard thing to do, because the fourth Doctor scarf and the Gryffindor house scarf are two long and boring scarves to knit!
The first thing to do was buy the yarn, which proved kind of difficult… at least on the Doctor Who front. Web pages such as Doctor Who Scarf or Witty Little Knitter offer suggestions to the colours to use, the trouble was finding them. I finally settled in a compromise between the real colours, the ones I actually found and the ones I liked best. So the purple is too purple, the grey is actually kind of blue, the green is softer and the red is too dark… but hey, it’s my version of it ;-).
For the Gryffindor house scarf, the yarn was fairly easier to find…
After looking online for patterns for both scarves, I then went on to the equally difficult challenge of needles. The 4th DW scarf can be knitted in basically anything, but they are two versions of the HP scarves, one of which is a circular pattern, that has to be knitted in circular needles (and if you don’t know, I tell you, it’s recommendable that the cable has roughly the same size as the work you’re gonna do, otherwise, you have to keep stretching the cable and in consequence, the yarn). The common cable sizes are 80 cm and 100 cm… well, I needed something a lot smaller, because I don’t want a 50 cm wide scarf! It took me 3 days and combing through almost every yarn shop in the city to actually find the perfect thing: the Knit Pro interchangeable circular needles!
I might have gone a little overboard with the amount of needles and cables I got, but each had a reason, so… =).
Now all that was left was actually start knitting, which I did. I started with the DW scarf, because if I can only have one ready by the time I go, it has to be this one, it’s 50 year, right?!
So here I go! I decided on the original season 12 pattern, but I made same changes: I reduced the width a bit, by casting only 40 stitches, I went for a bigger needle number, because I like my scarves fluffy and not too rigid and I’ll be reducing the number of ridges in each of colour bars, in order for it to be a little shorter than it’s supposed to.
In my yarn quests I found my perfect Ravenclaw blue, and I probably I’ll be doing to movie version, given that the book version is a lighter and stronger blue.