Sunday, December 21, 2014

21. Winged Keys (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

"They're not birds!" Harry said suddenly. "They're keys! Winged keys -- look carefully. So that must mean..." he looked around the chamber while the other two squinted up at the flock of keys. "... yes -- look! Broomsticks! We've got to catch the key to the door!"  

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling


Description: I had to read the scene again to decide on colours, but once I did it was obvious: the key in questions is described as having bright blue wings, so I decided on blues for the wings, and greys for the castle walls of the chamber. I added blueish-turquoisish silk strips to emphasize the wings further, and I spun in silver key charms, too.
Fibre Types: merino wool
Colours: greys, blues
Add-Ins: turquoise silk strips, key charms

Saturday, December 20, 2014

20. Mars is Bright Tonight (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

“Listen, I'm glad we've run inter yeh, Ronan, 'cause there's a unicorn bin hurt -- you seen anythin'?"  Ronan didn't answer immediately. He stared unblinkingly upward, then sighed again.  "Always the innocent are the first victims," he said. "So it has been for ages past, so it is now."  "Yeah," said Hagrid, "but have yeh seen anythin', Ronan? Anythin' unusual?"  "Mars is bright tonight," Ronan repeated, while Hagrid watched him impatiently. "Unusually bright." 

 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Description: This was one of the first scenes / sentences wich came into my head when I started planning this advent calendar. Originally I intended to incorporate it in the Forbidden Forest yarn, just as streaks of red and maybe red beads, but then I thought it was too good to be a secondary object only. The colour choice was again obvious, and I added some golden thread because Mars actually flimmers and kind of sparkles when you look at it, and this seemed to capture the effect nicely. I added faceted, firepolished glass beads and tiny matte glass beads with a silver core - all in red.
Fibre Types: merino wool, tussah silk, angelina
Colours: red (and gold sparkle)
Add-Ins: golden thread, faceted red glass beads, tiny red glass beads with matte surface and silver core

Friday, December 19, 2014

19. The Forbidden Forest (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

He led them to the very edge of the forest. Holding his lamp up high, he pointed down a narrow, winding earth track that disappeared into the thick black trees. A light breeze lifted their hair as they looked into the forest.  "Look there," said Hagrid, "see that stuff shinin' on the ground? Silvery stuff? That's unicorn blood.” 

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling


Description: I tried to portray the darkness, denseness and complexity of the forbidden forest. I chose different tones and shades of green (some mossy, some more in the direction of pine trees), dark brown, and black - and I added some white linen and silver angelina to represent the unicorn and unicorn blood. I spun in green thread strung with black glass beads with a rainbowy shimmer, and black leaf sequins, which also have a kind of shimmer to them.
Fibre Types: merino wool, mulberry silk, linen, alpaca, angelina
Colours: different tones and shades of green; brown, white
Add-Ins: green thread, black glass beads with a rainbowy finish, black shimmering leaf sequins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

18. Norbert (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

All at once there was a scraping noise and the egg split open. The baby dragon flopped onto the table. It wasn't exactly pretty; Harry thought it looked like a crumpled, black umbrella. Its spiny wings were huge compared to its skinny jet body, it had a long snout with wide nostrils, the stubs of horns and bulging, orange eyes.

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Description: I chose black viscose fibre for this yarn, as it is shinier than wool and much less fuzzy. It seemed a good choice for the jet black, leathery dragon and has a nice sheen to it. I added a dragon charm, and some large-ish orange glass beads to represent the eyes. 
Fibre Types: viscose
Colours: black
Add-Ins: black thread, orange beads (matte with silver core), dragon charm

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

17. Invisible in the Library (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

Harry picked the shining, silvery cloth off the floor. It was strange to the touch, like water woven into material.  "It's an invisibility cloak," said Ron, a look of awe on his face. "I'm sure it is -- try it on." 
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Description: I decided to combine two things here: the invisibility cloak itself, and Harry’s excursion to the restricted section of the library shortly after receiving the cloak, as he then tries it out for the first time - and as it gave me the chance to add book charms to this magnificent invisibility cloak yarn. I chose to use viscose besides wool, as it seems to have a flowing, watery quality to it and is quite shiny. I also added silver angelina for some sparkle. The yarn is a wonderful mix of sleek and fluffy, matte and shiny.
Fibre Types: viscose, bluefaced leicester wool, kid mohair, silver angelina
Colours: blueish grey, white
Add-Ins: silver thread, book charms

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

16. Quidditch: Gryffindor vs. Slytherin (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

"So -- after that obvious and disgusting bit of cheating  "Jordan!" growled Professor McGonagall.  "I mean, after that open and revolting foul  'Jordan, I'm warning you --"  "All right, all right. Flint nearly kills the Gryffindor Seeker, which could happen to anyone, I'm sure, so a penalty to Gryffindor, taken by Spinner, who puts it away, no trouble, and we continue play, Gryffindor still in possession." 

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Description: Another one of those with obvious colours ;-) I didnt stop at plain green and red, though, but added a bit of yellow to the Gryffindor part and a bit of white to the Slytherin part, as I did with the house yarns which I introduced earlier. I decided on spinning two seperate yarns and plying them together, regulating the tension so some parts will be dominated slightly by red and some by green - just as it’s sometimes Gryffindor who has the upper hand in the Quidditch game and sometimes Slytherin. I also added a broomstick charm to this yarn.
Fibre Types: merino wool, bamboo, linen
Colours: red, green, white, yellow
Add-Ins: red thread, broomstick charm

Monday, December 15, 2014

15. Wingardium Leviosa (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

"You're saying it wrong," Harry heard Hermione snap. "It's Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the 'gar' nice and long." 
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Description: I thought long and hard about the colours for this one, and in the end I decided on something I associate with the air, which is obviously the element this spell is associated with. So I chose light blue and yellow, and I added a small amount of turquoise for more variety and depth. I spun in light blue thread and a gold feather charm, as the subject of this charms lesson is to make a feather fly. Later, a troll’s club will fly and knock said troll out, but that scene is not depicted in this yarn ;-)Fibre Types: merino wool, mulberry silk, linen, bamboo, angelina
Colours: light blue, with highlights of turquoise and yellow
Add-Ins: blue thread, gold feather charm


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