The Weasley Jumper #1

Ever since I started knitting I have been dying to make myself a Weasley jumper. And, honestly, who doesn’t? I keep wondering why I haven’t done earlier and the truth is I have no idea. But here it is, my precious little Weasley jumper. I felt like Molly knitting it (minus the magic part, unfortunately) but I experienced a little bit of magic when I blocked the second and last sleeve; finally, it was done. After years and years (and years) of saying « I’m gonna knit a Weasley jumper« , I had done it. And I must say I am damn proud of myself. DSCN2049**

Alright, it wasn’t all easy and nice to knit this piece, especially (you know what’s coming) the letter part. I spent two days trying to figure out the right size of it, and where to begin, adjust my pattern for it to fit in the middle, but oh, the joy of putting it on in the end! To my delight, it fits perfectly. The body is long, but not to long and large just like I wanted it to be. The sleeves are big enough to feel extra cosy and long enough to cover half my hands which is, well, pure perfection.

Apart from being able to add a new emblematic item to my ever-growing Hp collection, I now feel like an accomplished knitter.

And for the first time, I am gonna share my very own pattern.
Hope you’ll enjoy it!

Weasley Jumper
English – French

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Something magical #1

I may have a tiny tiny bit of an obession for Harry Potter, but only a little.
 
Ok maybe more than a little, maybe a huge obsession. I definitely am a Potterhead.
I grew up reading these books, I laughed, I cried, I prayed with all the characters, and I still can’t get bored of it. It makes people laugh most of time when they realize how crazy I am about all things related to Harry Potter, and, I must admit, my enthousiasm for it probably should have fade by now. But obviously not, and to be honest, I am so very glad it didn’t.
 
I recently managed to put my hand on all english version (and first editions) of Harry Potter, and for my delight, started to read them again (never mind if I read them all a thousand times in French already).
Anyway, a couple weeks ago I purchased two amazing books that I have wanted for so long (since last year when I first read about them); and these are The Unofficial Harry Potter Knit book and Charmed Knits.I went completely crazy when I got them, and of course, I desperatly want to knit every single project in those two books. 
 
My next big knitting project will be the Weasley jumper, then the Ginny sweater, and then… then! I will knit Dobby socks (Dobby is free!) for everybody! I already warned the people closed to me : next christmas they will all receive Harry Potter socks, I suspect none of them will actually enjoy it, but I surely will enjoy knitting all these.

In our town of Halloween!

Étant en vacance pour la semaine (si on peut parler de vacances, puisque j’ai un million de choses à faire), j’ai décidé de prendre un peu de temps pour moi.C’est de nouveau cette merveilleuse période de l’année où les feuilles jaunissent, et où il est à nouveau agréable de passer la journée à la maison, à lire un bon bouquins sous la couette avec un thé bien chaud. Aah, l’automne est définitivement ma saison préférée.
C’est aussi la période d’Halloween!
On est pas super branché Halloween en France c’est vrai, je ne pense pas avoir déjà une seule maison décorée, pas une seule citrouille dehors; je trouve ça un peu triste. Je me suis aussi rendue compte qu’il y a de moins en moins d’enfants partant à la chasse aux bonbons de nos jours. J’adorais ça quand j’étais plus jeune, et j’ai hâte d’avoir mes propres enfants pour m’y remettre.

Enfin bwef, j’ai 21 ans, et cette année, j’ai sculpté ma toute première citrouille (qui est en réalité un potimarron, mais passons).  Youpi!
Potterhead confirmée, je n’ai pas pu m’empêcher de sculpter une cicatrice en forme d’éclair sur le front de ma citrouille/potimarron. Il a aussi une énorme cicatrice au milieu du visage, mais celle-la n’a pas été faite volontairement (on a qu’à dire que c’est une blessure de guerre).  Mignon n’est-ce pas?

Mon adorable copain m’a offert The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook à noël dernier, alors, naturellement, j’ai continué ma journée du fait main avec un peu de pâtisserie et ai fais ces délicieuses Pumpkin Pasties (appelées Patacitrouille chez nous).
Il est dit d’utiliser de la citrouille en conserve pour cette recette, mais je doute fortement qu’il soit possible d’en trouver chez nous.
Comme je venais de creuser une citrouille fraîche, j’ai fais avec les moyens du bord.
Et c’est DELICIEUX. Personne n’a vraiment aimé à la maison, tant mieux pour moi, j’ai pu en manger les 3/4. Miam miam!

Étape suivante: trouver et fabriquer un costume avant jeudi.

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As I am currently on holydays (if we can say holydays, because i have a thousands things to do) for the week, I took some time for myself.

It’s that wonderful time of year again when leaves turn red, and it feels nice again to spend the day at home, read a good book under your blanket and drink hot tea. Aah, fall is definitaly my favorite season of all. It’s also the Halloween time! 
We’re not really into the whole Halloween thing in France. No decorated houses, carved pumpkin outside; which, in my opinion, is a bit sad. I realized there is not much children trick or treating anymore, and I just can’t explain why. I used to love it when I was younger, and I can’t wait to have kids of my own to do it again.
Anyway, I am 21 years old, and this year, I carved my very first pumpkinYoupi! 
Being a Potterhead, i couln’t carving a lighting scar on my pumpkin forehead. He also have a giant scar right in the middle of his face, but I didn’t do it on purpose. (we could pretend it’s a war scar, such a warrior pumpkin!)
Pretty isn’t it?
My lovely boyfriend offered me the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook last christmas, so, naturally, I kept going with my homemade day, by baking these Ô so good Pumpkin Pasties.
I was supposed to use caned pumpkin in this recipe, but I don’t think we can find some in France. and I just carved a fresh pumpkin, so I just used it, instead of caned one.

 

And it taste SO good. No one really liked it at home, lucky me, coz I ate 3/4 of them. So yummy. 
 
Next step: finding and sewing a Halloween costume before thursday.  

 

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