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April 14th, 2007

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11:53 pm - Sssssssssslytherin sssssssssssscarf ssssssssssstarted

A Disagreeably Windy Day by Liquidscissors

I've decided to make myself a Slytherin house scarf to wear to the "Order of the Phoenix" movie and when I go to buy "Deathly Hallows" in July, as well as to any Potterverse fan gatherings I may go to in the future. This is the year to do something like this, after all. I'm also planning on making myself a Dark Mark purse, to go with it.

I'm making these using crochet, not knitting, since crochet is quicker (and time is short!) and because I can be creative with crochet in ways I can't with knitting. I'm doing quite a bit just out of my head, but I do have a general idea of what I'll be making.

I'm using this as a pattern for the overall "look" of the scarf:


I happen to like that general pattern, although I plan on doubling the thin lines and adding a silver-gray section at each end.

I'm also making it a bit exotic in that it will have crocheted-in snakes as an integral part of the design. The afore-mentioned silver-gray end sections will have dark green snakes making large S-es and their forked tongues will be part of the fringe trim on the ends. I'll be having between 3 and 5 of these snakes on each end, depending on how wide I want the finished scarf to be. (I have to see how big the snakes are after I finish making them before I decide exactly how many I'll be using.) I also plan on having the stripes on the pattern above be snakes, using a afghan-like ripple to create them.

The Dark Mark bag will also be crocheted, for similar reasons. I'm planning for it to be about 11-12" wide, since that's the size zipper I bought for the project. I haven't decided yet if I'll make it with gusseted, triangular or rectangular sides so the bag can have a flat bottom and be able to stand up on its own. I'll likely do that, as well as lining it with cloth, but that'll take longer and if time grows short, I might do a quick-and-dirty finish and re-do bits of it later on, after the end of July.

Here are some of the "specs" for the projects:

Crochet hook used -- size 7 US, 4.5 mm

Yarns to be used for the scarf: Red Heart brand

"Super Saver" Color #0633 (Dark Sage) -- 100% acrylic, no dye lot
"Fiesta" Color #6341 (Millenium) -- 73% acrylic, 27% nylon, dye lot #4456-8

Yarns to be used for the bag: Red Heart brand

"Super Saver" Color #0633 (Dark Sage) -- 100% acrylic, no dye lot
"Super Saver" Color #0312 (Black) -- 100% acrylic, no dye lot
"Baby Econo" Color #1316 (Soft White) -- 90% acrylic, 10% polypropylene, dye lot #02-06-4105-1

I'm using Red Heart brand since that's the only brand available at the store near me. They only carry synthetic yarns, but that's not a bad thing here -- I can just toss these projects in the washer and dryer if they get grubby. The "Fiesta" and "Baby Econo" yarns are being used instead of plain "Super Saver" yarns because these yarns both have shiny fibers as part of the yarn. The "Fiesta" yarn is light gray with its shiny color actually being multicolored, going from shiny white to dark green. It was the closest I could get to a silvery, shiny yarn and I thought it would go well with the green -- definitely more interesting than a plain, dull, flat light gray, which was the only other choice available, since the baby yarns didn't come in grays or silvers and the whites and creams were a tad too pastel for Slytherin House, to my mind.

I've started the scarf first, since that's the more time-consuming project and I'd really like to have a Slytherin scarf to wear when I see the movie and get the last book. (Not sure if I'll do the book release-date line, but I might.) I've started the first snake, and it's about 1/3 done already. I'm doing it free-form, adjusting as I go, so no set pattern, per se -- just a general idea of where I want to go. Tomorrow's supposed to be a soggy day (rain all day and night, from a spring-time nor'easter) so I'll likely stay in and work on this project. With luck, I'll have several snakes finished by tomorrow evening, perhaps even all the ones I'll need for the ends, then I can start crocheting them into the gray end stripes, then get started on the bulk of the scarf. I'm not sure exactly how long I'll make the scarf, but it'll likely be at least 5-6' in length, possibly longer. I've always liked the really long scarf the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) wore in "Doctor Who" so there's a pretty good chance I'll make it rather long. I have 2 skeins each of the Dark Sage and Millenium yarns, so that will likely be plenty. If it isn't, the color I'm most likely to need more of is the Dark Sage, which has no dye lot, so I shouldn't have any color-matching problems if I need to pick up another skein. (All skeins bought were large -- 6 to 7 oz. ones.)
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: "Snakes" by Robert Downey Jr.

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Date:April 16th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh, how exciting. :)

Of course I like natural yarns and etc., but I do actually like the Red Heart Fiesta a lot - very pretty! I hope your project goes well! :)
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Date:April 17th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm hoping to finish at least the scarf in time for the events of July. With luck, I'll be done with both projects by then. If I have them done in plenty of time, I might start on a hat to match the scarf -- I'm thinking of making a beret-style one with snakes as decorations on stripes.

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Date:May 6th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Oooh, wouldn't that be fun!

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