Monday, 27 April 2015

W is for Wobbley Weasleys

A to Z Challenge - W

This post also features my April Finish for the ALYOF challenge.

W is for "Wibbley wobbley timey wimey"
Another quote from the awesome episode that was Blink.  Time, acording to David Tennant's Doctor, is not a strict progression of cause to effect, but rather "from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbley wobbley timey wimey... stuff."  This quote/description is another one that has entered Whovian-fandom-legend and is written on t-shirts and mugs and now in cross-stitch.  So famous is the timey-wimey description that it even made it into the 50th anniversary episode, albiet said by Matt's Doctor not David's:

11th Doctor: "It's a... uh... timey wimey... thing.
War Doctor "Timey what? Timey wimey?
10th Doctor: " I have no idea where he picks that stuff up.

W is for The Weasleys
Today I'm doing something a little different - rather than an individual Harry Potter character, I'm focusing on a family; and rather than share their individual character piece, I've decided to share the family portrait I just (as in yesterday!) finished stitching.  This finished piece serves two purposes - it's my WIP piece for the A Lovely Year of Finishes challenge, as well as being my swap piece for the #Hogwartsswap2015 over on Instagram
The Weasleys.  Still needs to be washed and framed, but it's finished!
Pattern available from
I know - Ron and Ginny have already had their own posts, and I mentioned the Twins when talking about Lee Jordan, but I couldn't not include them in the family portrait.  I love the Weasley family.  They are a down-to-earth, grass-roots, loving, welcoming family who take Harry in and treat him as one of their own.  They're not rich ("red hair and hand-me-down robes, you must be a Wesley"), but they happily share everything they have.  They are a large, rumbling, messy family, free to express themselves however they wish (although I do think Mrs Weasley wishes the twins would express themselves a little quieter).  Molly and Arthur are the strongest (living and sane) parental figures throughout the book series and Molly's line "Not my daughter you bitch" has gone down in movie history. I was very glad when Bill finally made an appearance in The Deathly Hallows films (given that his wedding was the scene of a crucial plot twist, the movie would have been a bit odd without him), and I'm only sorry we never got to meet Charlie in the films, although he was mentioned in The Philosopher's Stone

For a long time, however, Percy was my favourite Weasley.  I related to him in many of the same ways I related to Hermione: he was smart, he was law-abiding (to the point of irritation), he was logical, he was irritating, he was 'good'.  And then the worm turned and all those characteristics that I had quite liked about him made him side with the Ministry instead of his family.  I think for Percy it got to the point where he knew he was wrong but his pride wouldn't let him admit it - I've been in that spot more than once!  I was very disappointed in Percy, and I don't think I cheered as hard for any other moment as when Percy turned up to fight beside his family in The Deathly Hallows and admitted he'd been wrong - go Percy!  Interesting fact - you have to watch pretty carefully, but Chris Rankin (Percy) does actually appear in the final battle scenes in The Deathly Hallows Part 2 wearing a green suit - hence my colour choice for the stitching below.  Charlie is all my own imagination.

(**spoiler alert**)
As for what happened to Fred.... I still sob when I read those pages and watch that scene in the film.
Percy, Arthur, Charlie, Molly and Bill Weasley.
Do you have a favourite Weasley?

3 days to go!!  Happy Stitching!


  1. I love that Wibbly Wobbly scene from the cracked me up! I'll have to remember to show my daughter the Weasleys...she's a huge Potter fan.
    Katie @TheCyborgMom

    1. :) She should check out my Etsy store - I've got nearly every character you can imagine from the movies/books as a cross stitch pattern ;) (not all are uploaded yet, but they are on their way!)

  2. When they had that convo in the 50th anniversary ep, I swear I was jumping up and down in my chair!! It's one of my favorite David quotes!

  3. These look great - wish I had known you were doing the challenge sooner! Now to go back and read all your posts :D
    (I'm doing your Whedon-Verse for the challenge)

    1. Hi Tama and welcome! Now I'm off to find yours to read too :)

  4. Congrats on the great finish Roslyn. I love those little stands that you have the characters in. Where did you get those?


    1. Thanks Linda :) The stands are actually playing piece stands for boardgames - I bought them from a boardgame design website - I think it was or something like that anyway!