For those you don’t know me, I am a fan of Harry Potter. I won’t call myself a big, hard core fan because I don’t know the name all the spells, I didn’t dressed up for each movie release and I went to the theater only for the last two movies. Still, I like Harry Potter a lot and wish I read it earlier and directly in English (I read the first 3 books in French, and 7 years later, start again in English. And read again the last 4 books in English the year after).
So when Interweave released their Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine, I immediately looked at it, enjoyed it but didn’t buy it. While some patterns are gorgeous, there aren’t very practical to wear in the everyday life. I fell in love with the cardigan wore in the cover (Ginny’s cardigan) and thought about a way to do it myself, by tweaking a pattern. And I looked again at the magazine, noticed all the other patterns I could make, like the socks, and decided to buy it.
Since I had some sock yarn in my stash, I started with a sock pattern: the Herbology socks. Perfect match for my green yarn! (in the meantime, I was able to select and order yarn for the Ginny’s cardigan).
Pattern: Herbology socks, by Rachel Coopey
The pattern is not very complicated. I worked with DPN only and my biggest challenge was the cable work. I usually enjoy cable work, but it’s a different story when I have to use DPN, especially when the cable pattern repeats every 4 rows all over the sock! Let’s me tell you, I’m glad I’m done with that pattern. I will be more careful while selecting my next sock pattern to avoid cable work. On the other hand, the lace work is easy, it repeats every 8 rows, no complicated stitches.
I finished the pair of socks last week and I am now facing a little problem: it seems like they are too big for me. I casted-on a size 8″ 1/4 (I was afraid the 7″1/4 would be too small for me) and they fit loosely. On the other hand, Mr Hubby tried them and the fit is perfect for him. He seems quite excited that I knit something for him (ahem) and keep telling it would be perfectly for the very cold snowy days (ahem).
Yarn: Stroll tonal, from Knit Picks, color: Springtime (I hope you’re not blind, they are kind of flashy!)
Yeah, I am a bit reluctant to give them to him, but I might just borrow these socks from time to time As long as he doesn’t notice it… Which might not be easy because of the color, but since Mr Hubby doesn’t even notice when I go to the hairdresser, I am not too worried about it!