Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts
Project Name: Clear containers for laundry supplies
Our washing machine is in our bathroom, and the laundry supplies are on the window sill above the machine. A bit of an eyesore, but for all practicality, that's the best place for them to be. I'm still looking for affordable swing top bottles for liquid detergent and fabric softener, but I did already find great jars for the oxi clean powder and the anti limescale tablets (we live in an area with very hard water, so protect the machine!). Out with the hideous purple jar and cardboard box, in with classy containers! Added bonus: I'm automatically cued in to supplies running out, because I can see
the contents dropping. No nasty surprises because I didn't notice how low supplies had dropped. (Does painting sixteen letters and two dashes really constitute 30 minutes of crafting? Why yes, it took me over an hour, because I wanted those letters to really look pretty. You don't want to know how many times I wiped out each individual letter before being satisfied! Good thing I wasn't painting on paper!)
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
Project Name: Double Knit Blindfold
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436008
Blindfolds can be so tricky: are they comfy on your face? Can you peek underneath? Can you see through them? Store bought ones have often disappointed me, so I decided to make one myself. Properly shaped around the nose, so you can't peek underneath, without having your sniffer squashed, and two layers of knitting, because one layer of knitting doesn't entirely shut out light or even vision. I was really happy with the double knitting technique, because then I could be sure both layers were the same size, and I saved myself the trouble of seaming the layers together afterwards. Doing increases and decreases in double knitting does require a bit of fidgetting though, so if you have reliable tension and don't like rearranging stitches, you might want to knit one layer at a time.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: October Detention
Project Name: 3D Anton Pieck Card
Another detention, another 3D card made from an Anton Pieck design (I love this artist!). Once more, I had difficulty capturing the 3D aspect of the card in the 2D medium that is muggle photography, but it's really quite something in real life! It goes without saying that you can't cut these cards without paying the utmost attention. You need the precision tools for all the fine cutting, and if you don't watch out, you could snip right through a beautiful part of the image! I'm not always patient enough to make these cards, but I like to make these when I'm worrying: the process just soaks up all your attention, freeing your mind for a while of your troubles. Afterwards, I can try to focus on one problem at a time, instead of all at once!
With all these delicious cooking projects, I'm reminded that it's high time to start making dinner! You've made my mouth water. One specific shout out to noodle bug: kudos on the hat! Colourwork really does eat up your attention. I like to knit while watching TV, but a pattern like yours really requires undivided attention. You did a great job!