Tuesday, August 28, 2007


HSS2 Design Entry

Here is my design submission for the Hogwarts Design challenge.

The challenge was to design something Harry Potter related.

I created a graph of Fawkes surrounded by flames to place on a cup cozy.
You can use the
JAVA pattern from MagKnits and add this phoenix graph to it.

There are a couple of adjustments.
1. As instructed, place 1st stitch marker at the beginning of the round but place the second marker after 31 stitches (not 25).

2. Original pattern knits up in 21 rounds. This graph is taller at 28 rounds. So continue with pattern until you complete the graph rounds.

Happy knitting,

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Choose Your Knitting Wands

My Hogwarts Sock Swap 2 pal asked how socks can be knitted with circulars instead of DPNs.

There are two methods. The first with one very long circular 'wand'. Also known as the Magic Loop method.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/ (Video tutorial)

The second with two circular 'wands' (needles).
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/ (Video tutorial)

I've tried both and found I prefer the two circ method since the Magic Loop puts tension between the two stitches where the loop of the long cable is folded. I still use the Magic Loop method sometimes if I don't have two of the same size circ wands handy. And I love it that two socks or two sleeves can be finished at the same time.


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Monday, August 20, 2007


HSS2: 6 Degrees of Seperation

HSS2 has put up another contest challenge. To link Draco to other characters in the HP books in 6 steps.

So from Arabella Figg to Draco Malfoy...
Arabella Figg (Neighbor to Petunia Dursley that babysits Harry sometimes)
Petunia Dursley (Harry P's Aunt)
Dudley (Petunia's son)
Harry Potter (Dudley's cousin)
Lucius Malfoy (Harry first met him in Chamber of Secrets and tricks him into releasing Dobby)
Draco (Lucius' son)

There it is, 6 Degrees of seperation.

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