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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 9 2013, 6:22pm

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Any crafty Ringers here? Can't Post

And by "crafty" I mean those who like doing crafts like knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving, jewelry making, etc.

I've been killing time waiting for the official release of DOS by knitting! You know how cold theaters can be sometimes? I've knit myself a pair of wristers (a.k.a. fingerless gloves) that I can wear in the theater to keep my hands warm while watching the movie and because they're fingerless, I can still eat my snacks! It wasn't a specifically Hobbit themed pattern but it reminds me of TH because the dwarves wear fingerless gloves and I went with a nice natural dark green yarn thinking it might fit with how the Wood Elves of Mirkwood wear green and brown. I also think the design on them looks a little Middle Earth-y. Just so y'all know, the pattern I used was a free pattern from Red Heart Yarn called "Cabled Wristers" Here's a pic:



So, is anyone else making something in anticipation of DOS?
Feel free to share what you are doing! Smile


Magpie
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Dec 9 2013, 6:42pm

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I'm packaging up a few little JRRT crafty items at this moment! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Dec 9 2013, 6:42pm

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I'm strongly tempted... [In reply to] Can't Post

to cast aside all my current knitting plans (after finishing my stranded gloves very soon) and start this scarf instead, with some modifications. =)

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Iolani
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Dec 9 2013, 6:44pm

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Oh those are so nice! [In reply to] Can't Post

Did you use a pattern or did you just figure them out? I used to do a basic knit stitch--then I forgot how to do it. I was rather unpleased with myself to say the least. I'd love to make myself some gloves like those! They're so cool! Great work. I'm not doing anything for the premiere, no--maybe I should figure out something. Make a Hobbit scarf perhaps. ;D Do you have any ideas? Cool

"It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And you didn't want to know the end...for how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But then you realize in the end it's just a passing thing, this shadow. A new day will come! And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stuck with you, that meant something. Even if you were too small to understand. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. The folk in those stories a lot of chances of turnin' back only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holdin' on to something."
"What are we holding onto, Sam?"
"That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for!"


Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 9 2013, 6:52pm

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Oooooh! I love that! [In reply to] Can't Post

I consider myself an "intermediate" knitter, but I don't think I'm quite good enough at color-work to do something like that yet. If it was crochet, I could probably do it as I'm better at crochet color-work.

That's still an awesome scarf though, and if you're brave enough to take it on, I say "Go for it!"Smile

I just had a thought: maybe I should try my hand at designing and design a crochet Hobbit scarf! Yes, I think I might try that and see what happens!


Arwen's daughter
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Dec 9 2013, 7:07pm

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I really want to make Ori's hooded scarf [In reply to] Can't Post

I love that hooded scarf Ori wears. I'd love to make one, but I keep putting it off.

First though, I have baby hats to knit for x-mas. There are three new babies in my circle of friends this year. It will give me a good excuse to use up some of my stash!



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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 9 2013, 7:24pm

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It was a pattern + Hobbit scarf ideas [In reply to] Can't Post

I wish I could design my own stuff, but I'm not there quite yet. The pattern was a free pattern from Red Heart Yarns called "Cabled Wristers" In fact here's the link: http://www.redheart.com/...erns/cabled-wristers Red Heart has all sorts of free patterns so feel free to check it out!Smile


If you're really looking to start knitting again, and I strongly encourage you to try because I love knitting and it's very rewardingHeart there are all sorts of online lessons, both paid and free that may help you refresh your memory. Craftsy is an excellent site that has all sorts of online classes about knitting, but you do have to pay for them. http://www.craftsy.com/classes/knitting
If you don't want to pay for lessons, I've heard that lots of people just go on Youtube, type "learn to knit" and you'll have plenty of free options. http://www.youtube.com/...arn+to+knit&sm=1 Good luck!Wink

Hmmm, a Hobbit scarf? Hobbits are simple creatures, so I would go with something simple like a plain garter stitch scarf. (Garter stitch = knit every row) Tolkien says Hobbits like bright colors but are particular to yellow and green so you could either make the whole scarf in yellow or green or combine the two. Maybe a yellow scarf with green ends or vice versa? Or you could make stripes by alternating yellow and green. You can make it as long or short and as narrow or wide as you want it! It's all up to you! I would suggest using either a medium sized or bulky yarn and check the yarn label to see what knitting needle size it says is optimal for that type of yarn and then go for it!

Hope that helps!Smile


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Dec 9 2013, 7:40pm

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Yeah, I still haven't knit mine. [In reply to] Can't Post

I, uh, haven't even spun all the yarn for it yet. *head-droop*
I keep getting distracted by shiny things.

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Avandel
Valinor

Dec 9 2013, 10:18pm

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Jealous, but [In reply to] Can't Post

thanks for putting up the free pattern!, I headed straight for the website and downloaded. I'm probably an advanced beginner level crochet/knitter but my mother is an expert knitter, so this looks like a great project for me to learn to do my first cabling and I can get some help. Ever since I fell in love w. the dwarves vambraces I've also fallen in love with fingerless gloves. So THANK YOU for putting up the pattern - but I know I won't have these done for Thursday/Friday ):

I'm a craftsperson/do-it-yourselfer but have so many projects just sitting - crochet, knit, bead stringer, make stuff - actually killed time this summer by making up my own posters, and I'll be at it again. The crafty part of that I guess comes from the framing part - trying to cut foam core without cutting myself - and/or recoloring/restaining frames I get from the thrift store. I buy old pictures for the (real) wood frames and glass, usually trash whatever horrible print is in the frame, and re-use. I just got this Hobbit wall decal (http://www.amazon.com/...ds=Hobbit+wall+decal) which I liked because of its simplicity, and I have this long frame I got that has an old building schematic - going to turn all this into some sort of collage display, maybe print out the Erebor map large-scale as a background.....maybe include the NZ stamps and some smaller images - haven't worked it all out yet in my head. Come to think of it, this decal could be nicely translated to cross-stitch.......also, I bought extra Empire magazines - may the Valar forgive me, I am going to cut them so I can mount the Thorin and Bilbo covers side-by-side (or something like that).

Personally, while having the exact replicas of stuff on screen is nice, for everyday I think stuff like these fingerless gloves don't have to be exact - after all, nothing we see on screen like Bofur's scarf was "special screen accurate" until the movie, and if these gloves were in the movie all of a sudden they'd be special, too. These fingerless gloves are perfect, remind me of Oin's gloves. And the cabling reminds me of the "Hobbit door" pendants I've seen on Etsy - they are also calling them fairy doors, but look like Hobbit doors to me. Think these would be awesome in a marled yarn of some kind. Thank you again for putting up this post! The green you chose is beautiful - reminds me of the Shire!

OK - so now I have another project to do (: Think in time I'll probably do some jewelry as well, to celebrate my beloved dwarves (and hobbit) - maybe even bite the bullet and get the $$$ Orcrist pendant to incorporate from WETA. Probably something with a lot of silver and charms. But for now I am "doing wall stuff" as I just like having the "guys" around, but I'm not always so happy w. what WB puts out for PR, or I need a certain size of print.

(Don't know about everyone else, but I embargoed myself from interviews, spoilers, etc. - I've done OK but last night one of those fast DOS TV ads pops up w. some review comments....aggggggh!!! and a few fast images I'd never seen - nearly fainted, LOL. The wait, for me, has turned hellish - but don't want to ruin things for myself, so just have to go watch the trailers again.....maybe go frame something.......visit the Peckish Owl......)


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Dec 9 2013, 10:50pm

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I have to agree with you there -- [In reply to] Can't Post


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Personally, while having the exact replicas of stuff on screen is nice, for everyday I think stuff like these fingerless gloves don't have to be exact - after all, nothing we see on screen like Bofur's scarf was "special screen accurate" until the movie, and if these gloves were in the movie all of a sudden they'd be special, too.


There is no way I'd buy the official Stansborough kit for Bofur's scarf or fingerless gloves. Neither one is special enough for me to justify the expense of those knit kits. Shocked


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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 9 2013, 11:11pm

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You're very welcome! :) Just so you know, there is one little mistake in the pattern they didn't fix [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm so glad you like the original pattern as well as my version of them!

That mistake I was talking about is actually more of an oversight on the pattern writers' part, but it's very easy to fix. You will notice the pattern says that all you have to do is follow the pattern twice and you will get two gloves, but the way they have written it, you will end up with two left-hand gloves if you do that without changing anything for the second glove. The way to fix this is to simply follow the pattern as written for the first glove, but when you get to the second glove follow the pattern until you get to the part that says "Next Row: (Wrong Side): Set up pattern as follows: P17, K3, P8, K3, P3." This is where you need to change the pattern so you will get a right hand glove instead of another left hand glove. Change that row to "P3, K3, P8, K3, P17". After that you can follow the pattern as written and everything will be fine! Smile You will have one glove for each hand!

Also, as a side note, the pattern says that you should repeat the 1x1 rib until the bottom cuff is 6" but I shortened it to 3" because I thought they would be too long otherwise. Of course, when you make them you can decide what length will be comfortable for you.Cool

As for your feelings about the wait for the movie, I feel the exact same way. I'll be seeing it on the 15th and even though that's only six days away and I already have my tickets in my hot little hand, I don't know if I can stand waiting that long! Every advertisement makes me excited and frustrated at the same time! I'm so super duper excited, I really don't know what to do other than explode, but if I explode I won't be around to see the movie, LOL! Wink


Avandel
Valinor

Dec 9 2013, 11:13pm

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Here yah! [In reply to] Can't Post

Was tempted myself by the scarf and glove kits.....but, realistically, for me, knowing I can get beautiful hand-dyed wool of all kinds in the U.S. - it would have been nice to have the "real thing" but I just couldn't do it, myself.


Avandel
Valinor

Dec 9 2013, 11:35pm

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Posting the correction was great - you rock!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Maybe my mother would have caught that, but I probably just would have happily started and not even noticed! So many thanks for taking the time to do the corrections! I'm a good basic knitter - better with crocheting - but sometimes things just NEED to be knit, to get the right effect. I am going to make these, just wish I would have them for the film - but if you hadn't posted I never would have seen this pattern. I'm already fantasizing the colors - maybe a mix of earthy tones like Radagast would wear.

PS. Well, I did cheat, and watched (and re-watched) the barrels clip and the Thorin/Thranduil clip and the Legolas/Tauriel clip. As a mad Hobbit movie fan I decided I was entitled.....I'm not sorry and kind of knew what would happen w. those, but no more - that's why I kind of freaked over the TV spot which was mercifully short. Perhaps the TORn mods could start a "DOS Deprivation Survivor Thread", and we crafty Ringers could make T-shirts - LOL, I survived "blanK" number of days without watching the DOS B-roll footage! I've got my ticket too (IMAX!) - and may the time until DOS pass swiftly for us all - because this is maddening (:


Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 10 2013, 12:27am

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Lol! That would be awesome!// [In reply to] Can't Post


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Perhaps the TORn mods could start a "DOS Deprivation Survivor Thread", and we crafty Ringers could make T-shirts - LOL, I survived "blanK" number of days without watching the DOS B-roll footage! I've got my ticket too (IMAX!) - and may the time until DOS pass swiftly for us all - because this is maddening (:



Iolani
Rivendell


Dec 10 2013, 12:41am

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Yay! [In reply to] Can't Post

Awesome. Thanks for the link! And I thought about the different colors I could use for a scarf, and then thought about alternating the colors--then I worried that I'd look like a weird Harry Potter fan at The Hobbit. I would be so ashamed. (Not that I'm blasting Harry fans, just I want to honor HOBBIT fandom in this, of course)!

Thanks so much for the info! Now I'm excited. Laugh

"It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And you didn't want to know the end...for how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But then you realize in the end it's just a passing thing, this shadow. A new day will come! And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stuck with you, that meant something. Even if you were too small to understand. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. The folk in those stories a lot of chances of turnin' back only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holdin' on to something."
"What are we holding onto, Sam?"
"That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for!"


Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 10 2013, 1:43am

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You're welcome! Good luck with the scarf! :) [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad you're excited and I hope your scarf turns out great! Have fun with it!Cool


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Dec 10 2013, 2:43am

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The scarf pattern doesnr even have the yellow [In reply to] Can't Post

It's not quite screen accurate....

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Kelvarhin
Half-elven


Dec 10 2013, 9:29am

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Does that include cross-stitch? [In reply to] Can't Post

I recently finished this one for Rosie-with-the-ribbons


And now I'm working on this one for myself Smile It's done on black fabric so all the white areas will actually be black.


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Dec 10 2013, 12:02pm

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Amazing! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am impressed with the level of detail you've done!

Rose will be thrilled! Are you going to frame this first?

What color threads are you using for the quad picture?


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Arwen's daughter
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Dec 10 2013, 12:04pm

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That is awesome!! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 



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Kelvarhin
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Dec 10 2013, 12:34pm

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No [In reply to] Can't Post

as it's traveling to The Netherlands, I sent it unframed.

The other one is done in all the sepia tones shown. I'm expecting that one to take around 6 months to complete as it's 30cm x 50cm in size on 18 count aida fabric.

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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 10 2013, 2:55pm

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Of course it includes cross-stitch :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Cross-stitch, embroidery, jewelry making, knitting, crochet, sewing, even crafts that involve glue guns; anything that one could consider a craft is welcome in this thread! Angelic

Btw: that is a very impressive cross-stitch! The detail is breath-taking! I'm sure the others will be incredible tooSmile


Avandel
Valinor

Dec 10 2013, 3:01pm

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Beautiful work! [In reply to] Can't Post

Magnificent work (that Thorin image was one I surrounded with all the other dwarves and printed on cotton paper for a poster - some of my favorite images). And doing the 4 characters in sepia and black - it will be gorgeous - hope you will post a picture when done, if you can.

Bet it's the "crafty Ringers" who are some of the same fans who really appreciate PJ's attention to detail in Bag End (and I guess Laketown, but haven't seen DOS yet). What I wouldn't give to take a tour with the costume and set designers and just wander about, (reverently) feeling the fabrics and leatherwork and embroidery and carvings.


Avandel
Valinor

Dec 10 2013, 3:05pm

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Not SA? [In reply to] Can't Post

LOL, as tho craftspeople wouldn't notice details like that! We're detail-oriented! And they should at least make a kit like that screen accurate.


Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 10 2013, 3:33pm

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Bet it's the "crafty Ringers" who are some of the same fans who really appreciate PJ's attention to detail in Bag End (and I guess Laketown, but haven't seen DOS yet). What I wouldn't give to take a tour with the costume and set designers and just wander about, (reverently) feeling the fabrics and leatherwork and embroidery and carvings.



I love the parts of the production blogs and DVD extras for both LotR and TH that talk about set design and costume design. It really fascinates me!

I especially love that one Vlog where the head costume designer is talking about designing Bilbo's house coat that he wears in Bag End and mentions that one fabric option she was given was this horrid yellow fabric with large, bright orange circles all over it. She says in this dead-serious tone, something like, "That fabric would have been like hitting the audience in the face with stones, so I avoided it like the plague!" That always makes me ROTFL! Laugh

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