Oh, Fiddlesticks

Aren’t they pretty?!  It’s the Fiddlehead Mittens from Hello Yarns.  We started a KAL at our LYS and I went stash diving!

The yarn is Cascade 220 mostly heathers, will post the details all later.  My colorwork is rusty and leaves something to be desired but, boy, I love getting to the next color!  They are fun!  And my size 4 addi click is doing the job just fine!

My friend Pat is a color whiz and my inspiration.  You should check out her projects…

Harry Potter Marathon Weekend

For Christmas, the kids received a membership to the Museum of Science in Boston and tickets to the “Harry Potter: The Exhibition”.  All four kids are Harry Potter groupies, the twins having already completed the series several times over and dd3 working on the 5th.  Little one does anything the others do, need I say more?

Foiled by the stomach bug the weekend before allowed my husband to launch his plan.  He found the game “Scene It, Deluxe Harry Potter” version and began his week-long accumulation of props, including robes, scarves and wands for the witches and wizards, robe and hat for Professor McGonagall (that’s me) and robe and staff thingy for himself (which my son promptly claimed), a dementor’s outfit. 

I was instructed to prepare candles, lots of candles. (I managed 27).  He downloaded music, Halloween type with wolves and other Harry Potter theme music,and even Hedwig the owl’s theme. John Williams composed the music and it is lovely in his true style.  (I have loved John Williams since he was the conductor of the Boston Pops orchestra.)

Needing a few minutes to prep once all kids were home from activities Friday evening, we did what all good parents do and banished them to clean up the toys in the basement.  The whining, complaining and grumbling stopped quickly once they heard the music.  One by one they were escorted though our candle-lined “great hall” and “sorted” ala Hogwarts style into their proper houses and they claimed their outfits.  They were one happy bunch!

And we were the heros. ( For now. I’ll have to remind them of this years from now! I am sure)

The trip to the Museum was great!  This is my budding scientist engrossed in discussion about these different rocks, some fossils, some not.  She patiently devoured every detail answering questions and asking a few too.

The kids all wore their robes (except for a short while when my oldest had a twang of self-consciousness) and even carried their wands.  

More than a few times I saw parents and children smiling at the kids as we made our way to and through the exhibits.  A few parents may have even promised their children wizard outfits!

The dinosaurs were a big hit!  My little wizard played with the dinosaur bone puzzles.

And even the dinosaurs wear handknits!

No pictures from the exhibit itself.  They weren’t allowed.  There were plenty of handknits.  Ron’s blanket, sweater, and hat, another sweater and even a pink suit worn by Professor Umbridge (I think). The exhibit was fascinating!  All things authentic to the movies, from costumes and sets to props.  The kids got to play quidditch and play with the squealing mandrake plants.  The kids absolutely loved it!

Of course, we have had Harry Potter movie marathon ever since!

Little knitting this weekend due to the family time and a little stomach bug that visited me too.  But I will show you the little project I cast on earlier this week.

I have knit more on this project and will show you more next time.  I am smitten with the colors in this all-stash-project! yay me!

Have you been stash diving lately?