Bewitching

Cables are a very bewitching thing to me, as well as to others who see me make them. How could just switching the order in which you knit stitches in a row create such intricate and lovely “braids”? I try to explain over and over again to non-knitting friends just how exactly I make one and “how easy” it is, yet still they cannot understand the process. And as a knitter, I can’t understand that they can’t understand.

This is one of my favorite chunky knits (I’ve made 3 of these blankets in the past), and it’s a pattern that will always bewitch me. As I’m making this one, it reminds me of the “Devil’s Snare” plant from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

“Devil’s Snare, Devil’s Snare… what did Professor Sprout say?– it likes the dark and the damp…”
“So light a fire!” Harry choked.
“Yes — of course — but there’s no wood!” Hermione cried, wringing her hands.
“HAVE YOU GONE MAD?” Ron bellowed. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT?”
“Oh, right!” said Hermione, and she whipped out her wand, waved it, muttered something, and sent a jet of the same bluebell flames she had used on Snape at the plant. In a matter of seconds, the two boys felt it loosening its grip as it cringed away from the light and warmth. Wriggling and flailing, it unraveled itself from their bodies, and they were able to pull free. 
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