Sunday, January 4

bella's mittens on location (aka dorks in forks twilight tour)

yesterday a couple of friends and i wanted to get out of seattle for the day so we thought a road trip to forks was in order. i will admit that i felt a little foolish - after all it is such a tween thing to do and i am *ahem* over 30 - but i figured what the heck (oh, if you haven't figured it out yet - we went because that is where the twilight series is based).

i pretended i wanted to go to do a photo shoot of my lovely new bella's mittens. i mean how authentic of a shoot would that be right? of course i didn't bring my camera so bear with me - these are all iphone photos. so see the trip was essential for a knit blogger!

ok, details first

bella's mittens (linkage above)
started 12/31/08 - completed 1/2/08
yarn debbie bliss donegal chunky tweed (in brown) - needle size 8

i should have done these in a softer yarn and i partly regret not doing them in the original grey color but oh well. the pattern is very well written and super easy and i think she did a great job making them as close as possible to the movie since it wasn't easy to see them (scene where edward saves bella from the car crashing into her).

let's dork out further and post more pictures

these people in forks take the twilight buzz seriously. the whole town is in on it. including a store dedicated completely to twilight merchandise (which by the way was a horrible store - i think they must have licensing issues because the stuff they sold was like bad cafe press merchandise for the most part). that wasn't the only store though - i think every retail shop in town had something twilight related. it was kind of cute. and the tweens, well they were out in full force.

for me the visitor center was the cutest - the lady gives a whole talk about where all the characters live, work etc. there weren't many people when we got there but then a bunch of teens came in. apparently the lady is even credited at the end of the movie but she hasn't seen it yet (the nearest theater is over an hour away and the weather has been horrible for them so i guess i understand).

my favorite part by far was la push which was absolutely beautiful (although freaking cold!). that is where i took most of the pics of the mittens.

the weather for our trip was crazy, rain, snow, sleet, wind - you name it. here you see the sun glaring. i saw the widest rainbow ever on the way back up the road to forks.

other random shots from the trip:

on the way, the drive was beautiful - worth the trip alone. there was still so much snow left from the big december storm.

the real forks high school sign*

more evidence that i was actually there :)

forks had a petition at a lot of the shops for them to film the 2nd/3rd movie there but the chances are non-existent. it is just too expensive and forks - well - it is really out there. not near a major city at all.

overall it was a fun day, it reminded me of how beautiful this area is. seriously. the natural beauty took my breath away at times. i'm glad we did it even if i felt like the biggest dork!

*the movie was not filmed in forks. they used the columbia river area out on i-84 in oregon (east of portland) for the most part. also - the beach scenes were ecola state park (cannon beach - my fav place in the world!) not la push. areas i have been to many times and recognized as soon as i saw the movie.


Blogger Jannee said...

I really like the mittens! May have to add them to my queue. I don't really remember Bella's mittens, I might have to watch the movie again. Looks like you had a fun time in Forks ; )

9:46 PM  
Blogger Naomi said...

Dork out, girl! You crack me UP!

Now that it is snowing out(with a couple inches accumulated at my house) it may be good that you got out and about while you could! :) Let's hope it melts overnight!

The mittens are awesome!

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Emilee said...

I love the mittens! I need to make some myself :) I have not read or seen twilight yet...though I have just finished watching an HBO series called True Blood. I heard it is just the more adult version of twilight..the whole human in love with a vampire...except with much more adult content. It was really a great first season so far! I highly recommend it :)

8:31 AM  
Blogger Tava said...

So fun!!! Way to go and great post!
We should open a "real" Twilight store in town.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous e said...

Your mittens look great!

I'm envious of your trip. Maybe my BFF and I should do that soon. :)

2:51 PM  
Blogger subliminalrabbit said...

LOVE the photography! how fun - i'm jealous!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Ms. Diva said...

I'm from SoCal but went to Seattle (actually Auburn) for Christmas with family. My son and I are Twilight fans and we were hoping to go to Forks but we hit Washington same time as the storm. So maybe I can go in September (3day cancer walk). I love your mittens and the picutres are great.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

I am a Twilight fan too. The tween in me is squealing with delight!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

love love love the mittens and the cool journey they took - those lucky guys have seen it all!

7:41 PM  
Blogger camillaknits said...

Our 'dorks in Forks' trip is scheduled for the first week of June. Seattle area lounging and yarn/pub crawls, a day or three of the Portland area, and of course, a beautiful drive up to Forks. We're all 30-40 somethings, and even with the fact that connecting flights are required (along with the necessary Stoli/Xanax cocktail), the four of us are so freekin' excited. I wouldn't miss this for the world... and Gaylen's knitting me Bella mitts. She somehow thinks it's going to get her off the hook about not reading the best love story evah.

Love the photo shoot. You might rock. A lot. C

8:22 AM  
Blogger Shiozaki Beach girls said...

love your mittens, and your visit to Forks...I think your story makes it more intriguing to visit! Thanks for sharing the photos, and inspires me to continue with my knitting and taking photos with my iPhone!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Krisztina said...

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3:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Call me a dork too! Looks like a great day! I am on the third book now.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Oh my gosh, I'm such an uber dork because I think this must be the coolest knit blog post I've ever read! Let's just keep that between us though, ok? ;-)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Tatiana said...

I'm so jealous! i want to be a dork in forks. i feel your pain about being a faux tween. whatever, i say, 30 is the new 13, at least in my world! lovely mitts.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Maryse said...

Isn't it crazy? I'm 36 and I crave for Twilight too. Cool post! I want to knit these mittens too!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the twilight store in forks has added a lot of things, neca & summit finally gave them some linsencing so they get alot of new merch there. the store also has a tour that goes out daily to take people around forks and la push. AND they now have a port angeles twilight store and a new one in the works, that is due to open in a month

9:32 PM  

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