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July 2007



Muggle Madness

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The book arrives Saturday. I am feverishly re-reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and just as feverishly avoiding most of my online haunts for fear of getting "spoilered". There’s the "Carpet Version" of the book floating around in PDF, and while it’s tempting — to me? That’s like opening your Christmas presents before Christmas Day. Why spoil the joyous anticipation?

To further feed my Harry Potter frenzy, I joined — naturally — a sock swap. 🙂

I’m a first year Ravenclaw. Sign ups for First Years have unfortunately closed, but you can find the swap here, and check it out for the next round!

Behold, a questionnaire for my fellow Potterite:

  1. What Hogwarts house have
      you been sorted into? Ravenclaw!
  1. Shoe size? 8.5 to 9 US women’s, depending on the shoe. 9 is the safest bet.
  1. Foot Length? From the back of my heel to the end of my big toe, 9.75 inches.
  1. Foot Circumference? 9.5 inches. (dude — I have nearly square feet?)
  1. List your three favorite
      double-point needle brands, including size and length.

      a. This is very tricky, as I don’t use double pointed needles unless I absolutely must; therefore, I hope I don’t lose my House points when I say that Addi Turbo circular needles, between 24 and 32 inch long sizes, are my most favorite needles for EVERYTHING. When I MUST use DPNs, (and I find that these instances are very few and far between), then my choices go as follows:

        b. Antique steel double pointed needles in long lengths that I purchased in a massive lot off eBay for a song.

          c. I would LOVE a set of the sterling silver needles from the celtic company whose name I now forget, though — simply because they’re so gorgeous. And metal! Which is great — Lantern Moon DPNs are beautiful to look at, but I break all wooden needles over time, so it’s not worth spending that much on something I’m gonna break inside two pairs of socks.

        1. Would you like to try a
            new brand needle?  If so, which brand?  Size?  Length? See above regarding the sterling silver needles, but I am SO not asking a pal to get me those. Too espensive. Therefore, Addi Lace needles would be schweet; wouldn’t mind trying the Knitpicks circulars, either. Anything in a 24" long or 32" long size, between US 0000 and 3 is great. 🙂
        1. If you are a RAVENCLAW,
            do you prefer the colors in the film or the book?  Do you  have a strong preference? I AM a Ravenclaw, and I prefer the colors in the film much over the book colors, primarily because it’s so difficult to find a nice beautiful bronze that isn’t too brown, too orange, or too whatever. 🙂 Something tweedy or heathered, though, I could deal with. As a general rule, though, I love the silver and navy combination anyway, even outside of my House colors.
        1. Allergies?  Do you
            have any?  Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? No allergies that we’re aware of, except for of Nargles. Dratted beasts. But I have two cats, so anyone I knit for needs to be aware of that, though I am glad to Ziplock — I mean, charm — the socks in progress to bring allergen contamination to a minimum.
        1. Are you an international
            participant (outside US)? Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts
            Sock Pal? I am not outside of the US, but am happy to knit for those who are. 🙂

        So there you go. I’m thinking I need knee socks this fall. Maybe my pal would like some, too? 🙂

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