themed yarn & projects

A few other lovely bloggers have posted lately about getting color inspiration for their yarn colorways/combos from books and movies.  There have been a few projects of mine that have patterns based on books/movies (check out my Hermione hat from Harry Potter, my Harry Potter scarves, and my Luna Lovegood scarf, also from Harry Potter; can you tell I love Harry Potter?), but I don’t think I’ve ever bought yarn in a book/movie inspired colorway before.  Until now, that is.  Check out these beautiful Hunger Games themed yarns from Etsy:

District 12 2-Ply Sock Yarn from BrazenStitchery

District 12 2-Ply Sock Yarn from BrazenStitchery

Effie Trinket Nymph Sock Yarn from supernaturalyarns

Effie Trinket Nymph Sock Yarn from supernaturalyarns

I bought both of these very different colorways and am planning on making a reversible hat with them (probably with this knitting pattern from Purl Soho).  It will represent two very different characters in the Hunger Games trilogy (Katniss and Effie) that come from opposing worlds but who are both good people in the end.  To me it symbolizes cooperation, peace, and the triumph of good, etc., etc…

If you haven’t read the Hunger Games books, I highly recommend them.  They get a little bit teenage-girl-y occasionally but definitely NOT in a Twilight saga kind of way.  The story in the Hunger Games books is about a young girl who is strong in the face of overwhelming danger and misery, and about the horrors of war and fighting for what’s right.  It’s dark and horrifying and moving and inspiring all at the same time.  I also really like the movies based on the first two books (the third one comes out next year, I believe), although they seem to downplay the horror/violence and over-stress the romance parts a bit, sort of diluting the general message a bit in my opinion; if you really want the full message, go for the books!  These would probably be good books/movies to allow your teenage kids to read and then discuss with them afterwards.  I say teenage kids because the third book is super-extra twisted (as if the first two aren’t twisted enough), and I’m not sure I’d want my young kids to read that one, if I had any kids.

So anyway, what do you think of the yarn combo above?  Have you ever made projects inspired by books/movies or bought/dyed yarn that has been inspired by them?  If so, what?  I think it’s a really cool concept and makes projects just a little more meaningful when they are attached to stories you enjoy.

I also bought these beautiful stitch markers on Etsy from the writer of the blog ruth plus two:

Glass/bead stitch markers

Glass/bead stitch markers

Well, that’s all for now, I guess.  I’m making some fingerless mitts for a coworker but I’ll share them when I’m finished — it shouldn’t be long.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy holidays to you all!  If you are traveling, please stay safe!

finished: Luna scarf

In less than 24 hours, this scarf was finished.  Again, here’s the pattern.  I used an E hook instead of a G because all I had was some leftover yarn, and it was thinner than what was called for.  It matches my knitted Hermione hat though, so that’s awesome.  My changes did result in it being a tad short, but it’s still totally cute and wearable.

So that’s it!  An easy one-day project that turned out very pretty (and just like the scarf from the movie).

Thanks for stopping by!  Sorry for barraging you with multiple posts all of a sudden — I just like to post them as soon as the project is done. 🙂

new project: Luna scarf

I started another Harry Potter related project today, and I’m already halfway through!  The scarf Luna Lovegood wears in one of the movies has been turned into an easy crochet pattern (click here).  The scarf is different in that it’s worked from the center to the outside edge, and then the yarn is reattached and worked from the center to the other outside edge.  I’ve got the center to one edge now:

As you can see, it’s very lacy, so it’ll be ideal for fall.  Maybe I can finish it tonight, but my hands are starting to ache so I’d better take a break.  I have to go to class soon anyway…  But I hope I have enough yarn.  I’m using leftovers from my two knitted Hermione hats so I’m not exactly sure if it’ll make it.  Don’t want to have to go get another skein just to finish the last row.  I’m using a slightly thinner yarn than called for and a slightly smaller hook, but it’s still amply long and will be plenty wide when I’m done.

That’s all for right now.  Thanks for stopping by!

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