Fandoms and Knitting: Doctor Who Scarf Completed!

After around 3 weeks of starting it – Fandoms and Knitting: here I go! – and a lot of soared fingers later, the Fourth Doctor Scarf is done and in time for the big Celebration.

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Even though I made it smaller than the pattern, it still turned out pretty big – my father is right: I will have to be careful for it to not get stuck on the subway doors…

Now all that’s left is to finish my beanie (to go with the scarf because it’s freaking cold in London) and to pack my bag! =D

Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!

Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

Fandoms and Knitting: 4th Doctor Scarf at 50%!

Fandoms and Knitting: 4th Doctor Scarf at 50%!

I’m finally halfway done on my Doctor Who scarf!

Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!

Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

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Since I diminished it considerably, the scarf now has the already impressive number of 140 cm (20 more centimeters and it’s about my height!). Now, only another 1 and a half meters to go, in a little more than a week…

I’m just sorry that the pictures don’t do any justice to the colours!

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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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