The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge #6

Welcome back for the 6th day of The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge. 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 6: Which house would you want to be in? –

I like that this questions the house you would WANT to be in, as opposed to the house you ARE (yes people, ARE because Pottermore has sorted me already, and as I said before, I’m a proud Ravenclaw).

I’ll approach this on two different fronts. The first will be the house I kind of wish I was in, and then why I’m happy to be a Ravenclaw. Ok?

Hufflepuff!!!!

Yes, Gryffindor says what?! I don’t want to be courageous and what-not, I would ideally like to not be judgmental at all.

 

                    The Sorting Hat says it best:

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil

“For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;”

“Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot
And treat them just the same.””

I mean, Hufflepuffs are just and loyal, patients and they treat everyone equal, it doesn’t matter who your family is, or if you’re super smart or not so much, or brave or a little afraid… everyone had a place in Hufflepuff, and that is quite the goal, right?

Oh, and it is the house who has produced few dark wizards from all!

“The Hufflepuffs virtually to a person stay, as do the Gryffindors. Now, the Gryffindors comprise a lot of foolhardy and show-offy people. That’s just the way it is. I’m a Gryffindor I’m allowed to say it. You know, there’s bravery and there’s also showboating, and sometimes the two go together. The Hufflepuffs stayed for a different reason. They weren’t trying to show off, they weren’t being reckless. That’s the essence of Hufflepuff House.” – J.K. Rowling

Also, Tonks is an Hufflepuff, and Sprout, and Hannah Abbott (who marries Neville), and Cedric, …

And check this BuzzFeed post if you’re still not convinced that Hufflepuffs rule!

Ravenclaw: “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.

Before I did the sorting I was sure I was going to end up a Hufflepuff, don’t really know why, but then I was sorted into Ravenclaw and it made sense. Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, and wit, I mean it has an eagle as its symbol!

                     But as the Sorting Hat said:

“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;”

“For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;”

“Said Ravenclaw, “We’ll teach those whose
Intelligence is surest.””

So, Ravenclaws are smart, witty, they have a love for knowledge and, unfortunately, they think they are a little better than other people… but hey, in this, the only house that does not fail is Hufflepuff!

I’m a proud Ravenclaw, and I choose blue and copper, by the way – still not sure why they changed the colours for the movies.

And, we have the fantastic Luna Lovegood in our house!!!


– 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? –

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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