The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge #9

Welcome back for the 9th day of The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge. As you know by now, Leannaatc @Short Story Long had this idea of a month full of Harry Potter and you can find the prompt for each day here here.

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– Day 9: Who’s your least favourite male character and why? – 

This is possible the easiest day for me… as soon as I saw this question, my mind mind jumped automatically to one person. Yeah, there are a lot of despicable male characters in these books, Voldemort, Lucius Malfoy, Fenrir Greyback, …, but the worst of all (at least for me)? PETER PETTIGREW.

All those other guys were bad or weak, but it was the way they knew, basically.

But Peter knew differently, he had friends, loving people who, sure, could be jerk at times, but loved him nonetheless, and he made a conscious choice to betray them. And after that, he had the nerves of staying for years on end with the Weasleys and being close to Harry, even knowing that he was the cause of his misery.

And then, only after he could no longer stay hidden, did he seek out to find Voldemort, because he knew it was his only chance of survival.

Peter Pettigrew totally disgusts me, he’s easily the worst male character within the entire series.


– Day 1: Favorite Book? – 

– Day 2: Favorite Movie? –

– Day 3: Is there anything in the film adaptations that annoyed you? – 

– Day 4: Who’s your least favourite female character and why? – 

– Day 5: Who is your favourite male character and why? –

– Day 6: Which house would you want to be in? –

– Day 7: Who’s your favourite female character and why? – 

– Day 8: What’s your favourite lesson from the series? –

Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

A week after I started my knitting of the Fourth Doctor Scarf, I actually made some progress! After a few initial setbacks, such as as having to restart because I didn’t like the product of the needle size I was using, or having to substitute 2 colours of yarn, I’m on my way!!!

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I’m now about 30% done on the scarf and I imagine that I’ll be able to finish it in time for my trip to London and the Celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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My Gryffindor House Scarf is coming along a bit slower – given that if I can only finish one within 2 weeks, I choose to finish the other one… But I’m now finishing my first set of 2 gold stripes, and then it’s only 13 more repetitions to go.

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I really love these two colours together and I’m considering doing the whole set, aka, the scarf, mittens and hat.

 

Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

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!

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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 ;-).

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For the Gryffindor house scarf, the yarn was fairly easier to find…

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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!

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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?!

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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.

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Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!

I love knitting! It’s a thing I learned by myself, watching some videos on youtube and searching for patterns online. I have to admit, I’m not really good at it, the only things I’m able to do are scarves, and most of those I’ve started, I never finished them… but hey, it’s better than nothing, right?

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Luckily enough, 2 of my favourite fandoms are British, which means, cold weather and a lot of scarves. I’m setting 2 (or 3) goals here – I want to knit the following scarves until the end of winter (ideally I would say until November, because I would love to take them with me to London, but I’m being realistic…):

   

Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Scarf

I’m just in love with it, pure and simple, and a really want one! I will make it slightly shorter… I don’t think a scarf of 6 to 7 meters it’s adequate for everyday life…

By the way, that awesome picture of Tom Barker falling with his amazing scarf is from the new The Day of the Doctor trailer, that BBC released yesterday!

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Harry Potter – Gryffindor House Scarf:

Because, come on, it’s beautiful and it’s Hermione’s scarf (and Ron’s and Harry’s and Ginny’s, …).

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Harry Potter – Ravenclaw House Scarf:

Not really sure yet if movie or book edition, which in case you don’t know, is blue and bronze.

The thing is, Pottermore‘s sorting hat put me in Ravenclaw and I kind of liked it. And Luna is pretty cool…

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