Starsview, in regards to your university's colours... the Gryffindor scarf is exactly the same colours as a football team over here, so when i wear mine i always get "So you're a Brisbane supporter?" Drives me crazy, but it is amusing to reply "No, Gryffindor", and see if they get it or not...
Those Slytherin scarves do look good! I just recently made a Gryffindor scarf (first time knitting in the round) and it looks much better than the first one i ever made - but it has put me off making the POA one for quite a while! (maybe in time for book 7 )
I ended up making a second hat for myself that was a little too big,and i thought i had read somewhere that to shrink wool you had to place it in just boiled water. My hat could now fit an elephant. It is ruined! So third time lucky, hopefully... but does anybody have any tips for how to slightly shrink a too large beanie?
It looks okay, but i really stuffed it up as it is too small for my gorran head. Oh well, it just means a smaller-headed friend will get it as a present and i must knit another for myself. (Advance screenings of the BDM start next month here - i cannot wait)
When i make toy cats, and am doing the embroidery for the facial features i just push the needle savagely through the stuffing until it comes out the top. i then knot it and cover the knots with the ears. i don't know if that's a help with your pattern though
As a fellow new male knitter, i can say we definitely are welcomed here Emily Charlotte? By any chance is your sister a Bronte fan? And, wow, on the first project! Mine was an afghan rug made out of coloured squares, and to be truthful was appalling.