Yes! I finished my Firebird socks just in time to wear them to the movie.
Bellatrix went, too.
The movie was super. I thought the writers did a better job than some have at using the actual language of the book. As usual, concepts are compressed, conjoined, and omitted to make the movie flow and not take 20 hours to run. But the main points were there, and the photography and special effects were really lovely.
The 3-D Imax version is fun, but the 3-D-ification process is still a little rough. I was left a little wonky by it and, after the movie, could not simultaneously watch the titles and walk.
Many thanks to Dave and Teri for inviting us to the preview, and to Sam and Sarah for entering the art contest and winning us all an upgrade to the Imax showing.
Technical Notes on the Socks:
The Firebird socks are knitted in STR lightweight with the Solstice Slip pattern that came with the club kit. I wanted something feathery-looking for the sock edge, so I knitted on individual points. Before starting the points I did several rows of K3 P2 ribbing in pattern with the cables. Then for each point I did K2 tog, K1, SSK to eliminate the purl stitches, knitted back backwards on those three stitches, then a Sl 1 K 2 tog PSSO centered decrease, cut the yarn leaving about 4" yarn, and pulled it through. For the following points I started the yarn again, then after finishing the points I tied both ends of the yarn in a series of overhand knots, finishing with a square knot. When the sock was finished I trimmed the yarn to about an inch.
I am knitting the Bellatrix socks in Wollmeise on #1 needles. This gives me a slightly looser fabric than I like (I am knitting my other Wollmeise socks on #0), but is fitting my foot on the 60 stitches called for. I am pulling the stitches pretty tight on the row where I drop the extra yarn-overs, and I like the way it looks. It seems to be keeping the sock from getting baggy to keep that row really tight.
Here is something I have been wondering about that has nothing to do with knitting. Why do Portlanders use their aiport code, PDX, so proudly and ubiquitously? When you go there a sign says, "Welcome to PDX." Say you go to New Orleans, a sign might say "Welcome to The Big Easy." They would never say "Welcome to MSY" or give themselves an email handle containing it. We use SLC here a lot, but that's only because we've got an airport code that literally is the city's initials. You have to have a three-word city name for that to work (think NYC). The use of PDX everywhere makes me thing I'm missing something, some other meaning that the letters have. Maybe I'm thinking of PDQ.