Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Riders of Rohan

I have been having an utterly delightful vacation. Before I came home for winter break, I was stressed out, overworked, haggard and nit-picky. Now that I've been home for nearly two weeks (or has it been nearly three?), my stress levels have retreated to a low roar, and much of my time has been occupied with relaxing and pleasant endeavors, like knitting. And watching movies.

During my last few days of school I wanted very badly to see the Lord of the Rings trilogy again. Not because I'm obsessed with it - I'm very far from one of the girls who secretly wishes to be an elven maiden or a hobbit. I'm quite satisfied with being human, in this century and location, and wearing jeans instead of petticoats. No, I wanted to see the vast scenery and get absorbed into something fantastic and richly-woven. And since it's a lot easier to knit while watching a movie you've already seen than it is to read while knitting, watching the movies took preference over reading the books.

What was I knitting on? Why, my Chevalier mittens, of course - a project that has taken since last March, mostly because of my own frustration (I knit the same mitten twice and had two right-handed mittens). They had been selected as part of my knit-everything-before-the-start-of-the-new-year projects, as well as a part of the Great Mitten Finishing (which turned out to happen after all). After I tried on the first one again, I realized I'd be knitting two mittens from the beginning, not just one, mainly because I'd knit them on the wrong sized needles.

The word 'Chevalier', you know, means 'horseman' in French. I thought this was rather suitable knitting for watching Lord of the Rings - since, of course, my favorite characters are the Riders of Rohan, horsemen exiled from country for being true loyalists.


  1. Beautiful mittens!

    We had our 20 yo son home for the school break, and it was really nice to get to hang out with him. We watched a lot of CSI (netflix), and I knit, knit, knit...

    I'll bet your family was happy to have you home, too!

  2. The mittens are adorable! I know what you mean about knitting to familiar movies - my family have a penchant for watching silent movies and they are impossible to watch while knitting!

  3. This totally makes me want to watch LOTR again and knit a pair of Chevaliers. I've abstained from knitting Woodland shawls and Rivendell socks for fear of becoming "that fan girl," but those movies are just so epic.

    Very cute mitts!


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