Thursday, December 24, 2015

24. Freeing Dobby (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

Harry ran down the dark corridor. He caught up with them at the top of the stairs. "Mr. Malfoy," he gasped, skidding to a halt, "I've got something for you --" And he forced the smelly sock into Lucius Malfoy's hand. "What the --?" Mr. Malfoy ripped the sock off the diary, threw it aside, then looked furiously from the ruined book to Harry. You'll meet the same sticky end as your parents one of these days, Harry Potter," he said softly. "They were meddlesome fools, too. He turned to go. "Come, Dobby. I said, come." But Dobby didn't move. He was holding up Harry's disgusting, slimy sock, and looking at it as though it were a priceless treasure. "Master has given a sock," said the elf in wonderment. "Master gave it to Dobby." "What's that?" spat Mr. Malfoy. "What did you say?" "Got a sock," said Dobby in disbelief. "Master threw it, and Dobby caught it, and Dobby – Dobby is free."
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling


Description: This was another yarn I had to think about long and hard. In the end I chose to use dark grey and black for the corridor the scene takes place in, with added green and white for Malfoy’s Slytherin heritage and allegiance. I spun in grey cotton fabric strips to represent Dobby’s old pillowcase, sock charms, and the same matte green beads I used for Dobby’s eyes in the very first yarn of this advent calendar.
Fibre Types
: merino wool, bluefaced leicester wool, wild silk
Colours: greys, black, green, white
Add-Ins: sewing thread, cotton fabric strips, matte glass beads, sock charms

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

23. Crying Phoenix (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

"So ends the famous Harry Potter," said Riddle's distant voice. "Alone in the Chamber of Secrets, forsaken by his friends, defeated at last by the Dark Lord he so unwisely challenged. You'll be back with your dear Mudblood mother soon, Harry... She bought you twelve years of borrowed time ... but Lord Voldemort got you in the end, as you knew he must …" If this is dying, thought Harry, it's not so bad. Even the pain was leaving him... But was this dying?  Instead of going black, the Chamber seemed to be coming back into focus. Harry gave his head a little shake and there was Fawkes, still resting his head on Harry's arm. A pearly patch of tears was shining all around the wound – except that there was no wound.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling


Description: I chose bright red and sunshine yellow to represent the red and gold plumage of the phoenix. I made sure to use different tones of red to increase burning/flaming quality, added golden angelina for even more splendour, and spun in tear-shaped glass beads of two different sizes.
Fibre Types
: merino wool, linen fibre, bamboo fibre
Colours: reds, yellow, gold, white
Add-Ins: sewing thread, angelina (sparkle), tear-shaped glass beads

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

22. Fighting the Basilisk (Harry Potter Art Yarn Advent Calendar)

The smile had gone from Riddle's face, to be replaced by a very ugly look. "Dumbledore's been driven out of this castle by the mere memory of me!" he hissed. "He's not as gone as you might think!" Harry retorted. He was speaking at random, wanting to scare Riddle, wishing rather than believing it to be true Riddle opened his mouth, but froze. Music was coming from somewhere. Riddle whirled around to stare down the empty Chamber. The music was growing louder. It was eerie, spine-tingling, unearthly; it lifted the hair on Harry's scalp and made his heart feel as though it was swelling to twice its normal size.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Description: It took me very long to decide how to interpret the battle scene. I am very pleased with my final ideas, and the result: I chose greys and black for the darkness and the stone walls of the chamber, added a bit of the same fibre I used for the basilisk skin yarn to represent – surprise! – the basilisk, added some green sequins and light green bamboo for a more lively feel (as opposed to the dead skin they found outside the chamber), and spun in red silk strips to represent the phoenix. I added a hat charm for the sorting hat, dropped by Fawkes shortly after his arrival, and a sword charm for the sword Harry pulls out of the sorting hat.
Fibre Types
: merino wool, tussah silk, bamboo fibre, alpaca
Colours: black, greys, light green, hard to describe colourway between olive green and brownish yellow, red
Add-Ins: silk strips, sewing thread, flat sequins, hat charm, sword charm


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