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01 September 2007 @ 08:32 pm
*Scream of frustration*  
:) Hello friends!

I'm going a little mad, cos I'm doing fair isle/stranding for the first time, and having to rip out my progress over and over for different reasons that all boil down to "getting lazy reading the pattern and screwing it up".

I'm doing a variation on the HP House bag, I purposely made the pattern smaller cos I KNEW how many times I'd have to start over...

*tears out hair anyway*

Anyway, here's the color grid I'm using,
and inside the 'shield' I did a bunch of options, cos I couldn't make up my mind. Also it's fun. :) The four houses, and an assortment of Patronuses...

Luna's hare, Harry's stag, Cho's swan, Lily and Snape's doe, Aberforth's goat, (which I think is the cutest) Ron's terrier, Dumbledore's phoenix, and Arthur's weasel. :) I'm using the goat and the badger. I love me some under appreciated grumpy animals.

As for yarn specs, I'm using something called Rowan Cotton Tape, in dark blue and lighter blue... I think it looks like shoelaces.

and a photo of my progress

My problem was starting the "shield" one "row" too far to the anti-clockwise. The other side is fine... Also that unhappy "solid" square. I think I'm gonna finish the pattern just to please myself, and rip it out and do-over one last time if it looks too awful. otherwise I'll stick it away to rip out in the future... :)

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out on the small scale, I'm not having problems with the stitches being too loose or wobbly or anything. :) Hooray! Anyway. Hope you enjoy.
That Girl With All the Catsan_kayoh on September 2nd, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Er, I don't know how much people might consider the patronuses (patroni?) spoilers, but you might want to mention that there are some book 7 spoilers outside of the cut.

Otherwise, I love your patronus shields!
silent_claws on September 2nd, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Ack! Didn't think about it, thought the statute of limitations on spoilers had passed. :) I'll warn.
That Girl With All the Catsan_kayoh on September 2nd, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Well, the community is unmoderated now, so the mod's not making sure nobody trys to mass spoil the comm. And anybody who's still reading the book would probably do well to avoid Harry Potter themed communities at this point, but just in case...
Gen: puppyimaginejen on September 2nd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
what a cool idea
brookmctirre on September 2nd, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Oh, that's great. Now, to badger *ahem* I mean beg my friend to create a chart for my patronus. This idea is too cute.
silent_claws on September 2nd, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
:) charting is fun! I got hung up on complicated ones like "otter" and "lynx" ...
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silent_claws on September 2nd, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking about that, I'm gonna finish and see what it looks like when it's done.. maybe some way I can mask the fact that one side skews to the left. :)
whelan_zelzah on September 2nd, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
Patter... drool... Ravenclaw

lol! Thanks a lot! This is too advanced for me just yet but I'm saving this. Maybe I'll make a laptop cozy version at some point.
oh_snivellusoh_snivellus on September 2nd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
awesome! i'm excited for this project!
twinkleeyes0683 on September 2nd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
what a cute idea. Wayyyyy too advanced for me to do, heh.

I hope the rest goes well for you. (ps- the phoenix happens to be my fave)
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twinkleeyes0683 on September 2nd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
I always mess up when I'm purling, heh. I never really know if I'm doing anything right when I'm knitting since I pretty much learned on my own. Knitting in the round has never gone over well for me, I definitely need to watch someone do it first (sometimes I learn better by watching someone else) I really need to get around to doing that since fall is coming up and my boyfriend keeps nagging me to make him a hat.
silent_claws on September 3rd, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
http://www.knittinghelp.com/ <-- this website is my saviour. Full of videos. :) Though my grandma taught me ages ago, all she could do was knit and purl. :) Yay for larnin'.
twinkleeyes0683 on September 3rd, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
sweet, thanks!!
silent_claws on September 2nd, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
sorry about the many deleted/rewritten comments, I fail at html. :)
twinkleeyes0683 on September 2nd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
it's quite alright ;)
slyth_pride on September 3rd, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Beautiful colors
silent_claws on September 3rd, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was drawn to a butter yellow/dark charcoal combination, but I'm always afraid Hufflepuff colors will turn out bumblebeeish. And anyway these grabbed my attention from the clearance bin. :)

I wish I had the extra pocket money, cos there was an extra EXTRA 40% off if you bought all of a color. :P
slyth_pride on September 3rd, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
Bummer. Still though, I think this color scheme will be way better.
samandrielsamandriel on January 12th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
I really, really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but when charting for knitting, you need to make sure that your chart is little baby rectangles. And...I'm pretty sure that your chart is squares. The problem with charting with squares is that it makes the graph look squashed. *waits for backlash*

If you have Excel or another graph/cell/spreadsheet app, you can format the cells so that they are the correct height/width for graphing: 0.07 inches high, 0.1 inches wide. Also, if you have excel, I could just send you a copy of the document.

I realize that (by now) you might have realized that the graph isn't as capable as you had hoped.

Finally, (this sounds trite after all the bad news) I love what you've done with the charts, and I hope to see more from you.

Good luck with your knitting!

silent_claws on August 30th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
=O I realized this when I started to knit... but I don't think any of the animals came out TOO skewed. Fortunately "stretched out vertically" is a tried and true way to stylize heh heh.

I'm handy enough with Excel to make a grid of rectangles ;-) Hopefully any future charting-mania I experience will be more standardized and helpful.
blissfulfreedomblissfulfreedom on October 10th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I love the colours that you chose for your bag! Thanks for sharing with us.
krinwe_dearest on December 14th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
I just stumbled upon this community while looking for charts to use for double knitting. (I had even looked in the directory!) But this is a great idea! I'm going to use the Gryffindor one, since I was already practicing with gold and crimson! ^.^