Harry Potter Shadow Knit Project

ohioacer's picture

I began reading the Harry Potter series while still in high school and immediately became a die-hard fan. For 13 years I have impatiently awaited every new release of each book and movie, and have on multiple occasions been found waiting in long lines in a variety of book sellers waiting to get my hands on the latest novel. I was fortunate enough to have dated for several years someone who worked for the local movie theater company here and lucked out in seeing most of the movies even before they were released for public viewing. Alas, the last of these new releases has come and gone, and I celebrated by attending my very first midnight opening ever. It was a bittersweet day, however, because in the back of my mind it is the end of a long era.

But I am now keeping the magic alive in other ways. And namely that is through a variety of knitting projects. I have been crocheting and knitting for longer than I have been a fan of Harry Potter, and I was absolutely thrilled when J.K. Rowling included the art of knitting in her novels. Several characters knit throughout the series, including Dumbledore - thereby scoring major publicity points for men who knit ;) As a result, a whole world of Harry Potter related knitting projects started springing up. So now as I reread and rewatch my beloved books and movies, I knit.

Currently I am about halfway finished with one of my favorite projects. I discovered the art of shadow knitting while hunting for HP knitting projects. The idea of a shadow knit project is perfect because they are somewhat magical in how an image seems to appear out of nowhere depending on the angle from which you look at the project. In the photo I've attached you should be able to see Harry's hand wielding a wand. This is my only current knitting project, but there are many, many more out there that I am interested in attempting, so be prepared to see more new Harry Potter items spinning of the ends of my needles if not the bookshelves and movie screens.

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nashrunner456's picture

Have to admit I first got

Have to admit I first got interested in the Harry Potter stories when news broke out here in the buckle on the Bible belt, that the plots were riddled with witchcraft and sorcery, I just had to see what all the fuss was about. When an eldery, very worldly but otherwise very educated and religious older gentleman friend, told me they were very simply quite imaginative and well written children's stories that were delightful for adult reading also, I knew I would be hooked and have been ever since. The religious fanatics just needed something new to get behind I guess (or rather, get against). I too was delighted to see that some of the characters knitted. Now, if just a few more of them did some distance running...

ohioacer's picture

I was going to say Harry,

I was going to say Harry, Ron and Hermione seemed to do a fair share of running around during that Deathly Hallows, but apparating from place to place doesn't quite seem to equate running ;) I absolutely agree with the description your older religious friend gave: the story is a imaginative and delightful story - in my opinion among the best in recent literary history. I admit I am partial ;)

I am a bit of a runner myself, not much of a distance runner, but at least I get out there ;)

MMario's picture

It's a classic tale of

It's a classic tale of flawed but essentially good fighting intrinsic evil. THOUSANDS of pages of moral lessons.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Interesting design. I began

Interesting design. I began reading the series because my friends talked me into going to the first film. Several years later, I convinced my twin to read them, laughing as he came back to the library a few days later to check out several more volumes. Now, you'd think he discovered them first, the way he talks. LOL -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

I was almost 60 when HP came

I was almost 60 when HP came along, and right away, I knew I was lost forever in the realm of wizards. I re-read the books on a regular basis and knit lots of socks. I always cry when Dobby dies and have adopted his name for my user name. Like Dumbledore, I like to read a good knitting pattern. Good luck on your future sweaters, you WILL succeed!!

michaelpthompson's picture

That's way cool Jesse. I

That's way cool Jesse. I resisted the idea of Harry Potter for quite some time, until my daughter finally convinced me to read the book(s). Then I was hooked. I've read all the books and seen all the movies. I'm also a bit sad that it's over, at least in the sense of something new on the horizon. Now we just get to read and watch all over again, and obsessively analyze the flaws and fine points. :-)

BTW, the first full sweater I ever knit was the Weasely Sweater, like the ones Mrs. Weasley made for all the kids at Christmas, except I made it for my brother. Had fun making my own chart for the Intarsia letter in the middle.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Simpawknits's picture

Wow. Reading Harry Potter

Wow. Reading Harry Potter since high school? I feel so OLD!!! Great job. I look forward to seeing more.

MMario's picture

Ditto - pretty much all my

Ditto - pretty much all my nieces and nephews were out of hs by the time potter rolled around.....kids THEY babysat for were tweenagers.

MMario's picture

looks cool!

looks cool!