Bofur’s Scarf

I might have mentioned one of my best friends to you before. In case you are new or you missed it, I have two best friends who have been with me through thick and thin for over a decade. Shannon has a passion for history (except American history, she loathes American history); she lives the closest so we attempt to get together as often as we can, but having opposite work schedules makes it difficult. Holley lives around the DC area; she’s the more outgoing one of us three and doesn’t hesitate to start a conversation with anyone. We have similar interests in all things Tolkien, comics, cosplay (at least for me and Holley, Shannon just admires), and cuddly things (we can never go anywhere without all of us buying the same plush animal).

Holley often asks me to make her things since she shares my cosplay love but isn’t a crafter (she wants to be but finding time is difficult with her work schedule). Recently, due to the cold weather, she asked me to knit her Bofur’s scarf from The Hobbit movies. I was reluctant at first because scarves take so long to knit. But after finding a suitable pattern that was simple, I agreed.

Bofur_NesbittWeta has a knitting kit using the Stansborough yarn (the knitters for the movies). However, I have heard the scarf is knit at a ridiculously loose gauge doesn’t hold it’s shape. Plus the kit isn’t cheap. Instead, I went with a simpler pattern on Ravelry and Knit Picks City Tweed DK yarn in Porpoise, Obsidian, and Blue Blood.

The scarf is all garter stitch on size 11 needles. It was so easy and quick I found myself done in three days…and with two extra skeins of each color left over. Not one to waste yarn, I decided to knit two more scarves for myself and Shannon. I loved the loose gauge and light airy feel of the scarf while knitting, and I don’t have a light spring scarf that isn’t made of cotton or polyester. Also, Shannon had a birthday coming up so what better gift?

After washing and stretching, I sent the scarves off. Both Holley and Shannon loved their scarves; Holley loved it so much she all but demanded we bring the scarves to her wedding for a photo…which is in September. Until then, this is the only photo I have of the scarves hanging over my bathroom door to dry.

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I wear my scarf every day. For something at such a loose gauge, it is surprisingly warm and not as bulky as some of my other scarves. Because of the neutral-ish colors, it goes with everything. I think this may be one of my best knitting projects ever.

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2013 Planned Sewing and Knitting Projects

No replica posts today. I haven’t had a chance to take any photos – good or bad – since work started up again on Wednesday. Classes begin on Monday so the last few days have been a blur of meetings, professional developments, and getting things ready for class.

Instead, I am posting a list of some replicas I plan to make myself. Two of my New Year’s resolutions are to 1) spend less money and 2) sew more non-cosplay related items that I can actually wear. Here are the items I plan on making if the chance and time permits.

Hermione’s Red Dress

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Hermione wore this red number to Bill and Fleur’s wedding. It is normally not a dress I would wear myself, but I had a lot of red satin from a cosplay I never finished, and I got matching red chiffon for a good price. I already have everything I need for this one except beads, which is put on afterwards anyway. Though I don’t plan on wearing this much, it would be nice to have for any special occasion that arises.

Hermione’s Navy Blue Asymmetrical Top

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This is one of the first items in Deathly Hallows I absolutely loved. The only problem is I haven’t been able to find the proper knit fabric. I am still looking but haven’t found anything so far.

Bella Cullen’s Blue Transformation Dress

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I actually want to try to make the movie version and the book version. The movie version is something I could probably wear to work and on special occasions. The book version is described as ice blue dupioni, which is an expensive fabric, so that will be more of a special occasion dress. The book version is also going to take more time to figure out since it isn’t really described.

I actually want to make a lot of Bella’s vampire wardrobe. Human Bella’s wardrobe is more my style, but I love vampire Bella’s style and darker, more subtle colors. I just wish my body was more to my liking to fit the style.

Bilbo Baggins’ Backpack

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My Tolkien fan side is being aroused again with the release of the Hobbit. One of things I really want is Bilbo’s backpack that he carried up until the goblin capture.  I can’t make an exact replica unfortunately.  I’ve been having difficulty finding buckles that are similar without having to get them custom made, which will be expensive since they require molding/sculpting and casting (not to mention I’ll need at least 5 of them in 3 different sizes).  Also, I believe Bilbo’s backpack was made of leather/suede but the most my machine can handle is suede like upholstery fabric (and that can get pricey as well).

I am also planning a messenger style version as an alternate since I much prefer messenger bags.

Dr. John Watson’s Jumper/Sweater

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My fascination with BBC’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s portrayal of Dr. John Watson had me scouring the net or anything related to the series I could find.  Alas there is no official merchandise, and since Sherlock and John are both men I can’t purchase their clothing replicas.  But John’s sweaters (jumpers on the UK) seem to have become popular with the knitters on Ravelry.  This is on my list of knitting projects once my current queue of four sweaters is finished.

Hermione’s Phoenix Stripe Sweater

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Currently I have two replica knitting projects on needles.  I’ve been working on them since October and am only about halfway finished.  I knit slowly and then got busy with work and generally lazy over the winter break.  Now I’m trying to finish them before beginning anymore projects, or buying anymore yarn.  One of the two sweaters is Hermione’s striped sweater from Order of the Phoenix. I am using this pattern on Ravelry and Swish DK yarn from Knit Picks.  Currently the back and 1/3 of the front is finished.

Hermione’s Deathly Hallows Fair Isle Cardigan Sweater

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This was the sweater that got me into knitting in the first place.  This sweater has been quite the feat.  I had to restart it twice since the first time my fair isle stranding was horrible.  I am about halfway done with the body (the hood and fair isle yoke are done) before I begin the sleeves and pockets.  I am using this pattern and Wool of the Andes Worsted weight yarn.  It has a positive stretch so it is a little bigger than I wanted but not overly so.

I have already knitted the scarf that Hermione wears in the above picture I will need to remember to post.  I may also knit Harry’s sweater if I can ever find a pattern.

It is going to be a busy sewing/knitting year.

Bilbo’s Acorn Button Pin

With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I am beginning to feel a bit of nostalgia.  Ten years ago, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released.  At first I was adamant about not watching it.  You see, I’m one of those people that when others talk about something and hype it up I instantly don’t want to see it.  It’s not that I mind spoilers – because I love them – but I don’t like people telling me every little detail about something before I’ve had a chance to see it.

And then there was the hype about how gorgeous Orlando Bloom as Legolas was.

A friend and I went out one night to see a movie.  We were supposed to see Harry Potter (can’t remember which one) but it was sold out for the time we were there and we didn’t want to wait two hours for the next one.  I reluctantly agreed to go see Lord of the Rings since it had just barely started and I didn’t want the night to go to waste.

Best decision ever.

I watched the movie, devoured the books, and started writing fanfiction to satisfy any fangirling.  It was really my first foray into replica purchasing and there are things that I couldn’t afford then being a poor graduate student that as a full time instructor/department chair I am trying to find now.

Now that the first of the Hobbit movies is out, I am attempting to purchase all the LotR items I didn’t get and get some of the new items too.  The first item I received was this beautiful replica pin of Bilbo’s acorn buttons.

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I love Martin Freeman, by the way.  I haven’t actually seen The Hobbit (motion sickness prevents me from going to movies in theaters these days), but I love him as Dr. John Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock series.

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First off, the quarter is merely for size reference.  The pin is actually larger than the quarter though you can’t really tell in the photo.  The Noble Collection didn’t give any dimensions for the pin (they hardly ever do) so it’s size was rather a surprise.  It’s also quite hefty.  It’s a nice solid piece for its size, but if you purchase this make sure you wear it on something as equally sturdy.

I love this pin.  I have been purchasing items from Noble Collection on and off for the last ten years.  Their items are well made; many are wearable and those that are not are wonderful display pieces.  Their Lord of the Rings inventory is smaller now than it used to be, but with the Hobbit release I can’t wait to see what other items they have coming.