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Knitters hang around with Molly

Sunday, October 2, 2011

From left, Cindi Lindsey, Judy Thelen and Susie Henderson, all of Shelbyville.
(Submitted photo)
Three ladies of Shelbyville have taken their passion for knitting to new levels, thanks to an afternoon session of Ms. Frances' knitting group.

Last year, Cindi Lindsey, Judy Thelen and Susie Henderson were present at a monthly meeting of Ms. Frances' Sit & Knit Group and Fleece on the Duck (river) Fiber Guild. While there, the three discovered they all had a fondness for the Harry Potter movies.

They were in a discussion of the Harry Potter films and discovered they all liked Molly Weasley's sweater that she had worn in the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

They thought it would be fun to make that sweater for themselves, so the hunt was on for a pattern.

After searching the Internet, they found several versions of Molly's sweater -- there is even a knitting book, "Charmed Knits," that contains projects for fans of Harry Potter.

At the next meeting the ladies shared the Molly patterns and pictures that they had found and made the decision to make a sweater before the last Harry Potter film that was scheduled to come out in July 2011. Each lady had different thoughts of what their Molly sweater should look like.

In the Harry Potter books Molly, a very frugal mother, knits her children sweaters, scarves and mittens every Christmas. Her sweater sleeves are made up of left over yarn from her other knitted/crochetprojects.

Cindi chose to use a sweater she already owned, Judy purchased a denim jacket and Susie purchased a sweater from Goodwill.

Each crocheted the sleeves, using cotton yarns but in different color palettes. Next, they cut off the sleeves from their sweater/jacket and then sewed/crocheted on their new Molly sleeves.

And voila ... just like magic, Cindi, Judy and Susie have beautiful new Molly sweaters, each one a little different, still true to Molly's version, but using different stitches in each row.

The group plans to start a Molly Weasley monthly lunch club -- so they will be able to wear their Molly sweaters and perhaps create more magic with their knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting, or whatever their next project might be.

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