And now on to the my last submissions of the semester. I went back to the projects I posted yesterday and edited them since I realized I forgot to take into account the Slytherin Scavenger Hunt, if that's still a thing. Hope that was okay.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures SPEW:Case for Smiles (Formerly ConKerr) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Sunny Sea Case Project Page Link (if available): See Above Brief Description: The accent fabric for this pillowcase is inspired by the aquatic habitat of mermaids, with all sorts of cheerful sea stars, fish, and seaweed.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - July SPEW:Case for Smiles (Formerly ConKerr) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Rainy Day Case Project Page Link (if available): See Above Brief Description: I originally hoped to turn in this case for a Quidditch prompt, but a cutting/math mishap meant it had to wait. Instead it's being turned in as finished WIP for the July detention.
Apologies for the wrinkles. I was a bit pressed for time (har har har) ...
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Sunny Shrug Project Page Link: An adaptation of Wovenflame's Pukifee Shrug Pattern Brief Description: Inspired by the yellow stripes of bees, we have a teeny tiny cardigan. The pattern was actually written for a much smaller doll, but knit up in fingering weight yarn rather than lace weight it worked quite well for this purpose.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Library Challenge - August Preperation Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: #12 Bloody Baron - for the wispy lace. House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Ribbons & Lace Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: I have a pretty good collection of lace and ribbon, but I don't get to use it much because it was all jumbled up in a box under my bed. I untangled everything, wrapped a lot of it around mat-board cards to get everything the same size, pinned down all the ends that were loose, and redistributed it all into a shoebox for the ribbon spools (and some extras) and a large flat box for the trims. Now they'll all fit on my shelves were I can access them easily and see what I have. As for a book recommendation, I'll go with the old standard Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter, which demonstrates the importance of knowing where all your trim and ribbon and twist is before starting a project.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Goal House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Pink Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: I had a huge "measure twice, cut once ... oops, you're really bad at math" moment trying to make a conkerr charity pillowcase for the Pre-Match Pep Talk. Since that was a bust I decided to whip up a quick project to celebrate the fact that there are some things I can craft without mishaps.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Half Time House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Obnoxiously Loud Sweater Project Page Link:Littlefee Tunic Pattern by Wovenflame Brief Description: I picked two very challenging knitting projects for my current OWL and NEWT, and have been getting nowhere with them. To ease the frustration I decided to churn out a simple doll sweater. Since I was on vacation at the time I had to make do with the odd ball of yarn that was at the bottom of my knitting bag. It's definitely not easy on the eyes, but it was a simple, relaxing knit.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Starting Whistle House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Cookies Recipe: Ingredients: 2.25 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, .75 cup firmly packed brown sugar, .75 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup butter (softened), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 12 oz. chocolate chips. Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside. Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla extract and beat until creamy. Add eggs and beat. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Store in a tightly covered container. Brief Description: The fall semester starts tomorrow. I felt I should bring in cookies to help ease the transition for the student workers at my library. This will be my first time meeting most of them, since I was transferred to this branch during the summer.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Warm Up House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Dotty Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: This dress looks like my standard fare, but it was a little bit more complicated than usual. I had to fussy-cut and piece the skirt to take advantage of some small scraps. Trying to sew a black skirt to a black bodice with black thread in a poorly lit room was somewhat hair-raising, and when I was done, the whole thing was poofier than normal, so I steamed the skirt, wrapped it with rubber bands, and left it overnight with my doll wearing it. It was somewhat improved in the morning.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Buddy System House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Sunset Sweater Project Page Link:Pukifee Pullover Pattern Brief Description: This sweater's story is full of buddies. The yarn was bought back in 2006 when my college room-mate and I went halves on a knit picks order to get free shipping. She used this yarn to make hand warmers for another mutual friend. Earlier in the month I was visiting her and helping put her craft room in order when the remains of the skein rolled out a cabinet. She let me have it, and a bunch of other fingering weight yarn as a thank-you for the help, so I made her a tiny sweater for her doll as a thank-you for the yarn. Moths had gotten into the outer parts of the ball, so I pieced together a lot of little short bits to make the sweater.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Library Challenge - July - Travel Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Liquid Luck - 7 rounds of stockinette between the sleeves and the bottom ribbing. House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Pirate Sweater #1 Project Page Link:Pukifee Pullover Pattern Brief Description: This size sweaters are great travel projects - small, portable, and I've made them enough to have the pattern nearly memorized. Book Rec: The Merrow Tree by Katie Waitman. This book is about a traveling performer. I really like it for two reasons. One is that I love outsider points of view of Terran culture, and the other is she really takes advantage of the fact that you can make your sci-fi worlds incredibly diverse in print. So often aliens come across as pretty standard bipedal humanoids with slightly different skin or mental abilities, but this world has everything up to an including sentient wisps of color. The mishmash of cultures makes things feel much more fleshed out. And the yarn I used is a real mishmash of colors. See? It all ties in somehow.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Try Outs Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: n/a House:Hufflepuff Project Name: Pirate Sweater #2 Project Page Link:Pukifee Pullover Pattern Brief Description: Doll Clothes are kind of my thing after all. I've been on a knitting binge recently (otherwise known as having to sit through a bunch of lectures) so this batch has been sweaters instead of dresses. Oh well, winter is coming.
solarray - Welcome aboard! Never too late to start in on the destashing.
Audania1 - I am not much of a swapper, but I am so, so, so tempted by that one.
Of note to other swapping destashers - The Random Swap Round 6 looks like another good one for using up what you have.
I think it's late enough in the month for my traditional project dump. I do apologize for not keeping up better here. I've been enjoying seeing everyone's projects, but I'm not very good about commenting.
And now on to the show and tell. I think it was June last time I updated here, so this goes back quite a ways.
On the Knitting Front...
An itty bitty bunny. He's only about an inch and a half tall, so that didn't use up much yarn... Bunny Bunny Bunny by Trillian, on Flickr
I updated my OWL submission to include the Parseltongues Unite Slytherin Scavenger Hunt challenge. Forgot to do that when I originally posted...
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Grape Jelly SLytherin Scavenger Hunt: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Ric-Rac Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: My mother had a thing for dressing me in this color combo when I was little. I swear at least half my outfits (and my room and half my toys) were green and yellow. My grandmother made some lovely smocked dresses to fit the theme, but my dolls will have to make do with ric-rac.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Catching the Snitch Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Potion Perfect House: PuffleHuff Project Name: Gingham Galore Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: I make dresses for tiny dolls. The smallest dolls I can sew for are about 6 inches tall, and their dresses are all less than 4 inches in any direction (even when twirled out). I thought adding the ric-rac to the hem was going to be more complicated, but it was actually pretty easy. I'll probably be using a lot more of it from here on out.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Dark Mark Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Finders Keepers House: Huff-le-puff Project Name: Scrappy Sundress Project Page Link: Made using this bodice pattern. Brief Description: I love sewing for this particular doll. I found the scrap of fabric I used for the bodice crammed into the very bottom of a box from my aunt. It wasn't big enough for anything more than this. The skirt fabric came from some weird sort of sheets floor sample boards my grandfather dragged home from the thrift store (for reasons I have yet to figure out...).
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Time Out Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Welcome Home Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Most of my recent sewing for this size has gone to stock my etsy shop. But I had a new-to-me doll arrive this week and decided she needed a brand-new dress to welcome her. I've been saving this fabric scrap forever because I knew it would be perfect for this size of dress. This one's going to stay in our own wardrobe for good.
***Completed OWL*** OWL Subject & Option: Astronomy, Option 3 Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Parseltongues Unite (for snakey cables) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Zig-Zagular Socks Project Page Link:ZigZagular Socks by Prairie Girl Knits Brief Description: At first glance this looks like a pretty boring sock - just lots of stockinette, but on closer observation you can see that there's a really small twisted stitch pattern going up the side of each sock, and the kettle dyed nature of the yarn gives the blue extra depth (there's even some purple in there if you look closely). I had to write out the chart row number for each round I completed, which means that for the first time ever both socks are exactly the same size. A nice, relaxing, slow project.
And I have more advanced studies proposals - both an OWL and a NEWT, since we're allowed to have one of each running simultaneously.
***NEWT PROPOSAL*** Subject: Potions House: HufflePuff Project Name: Hitofude Cardigan Brief Description: With this NEWT I will demonstrate my ability to follow a recipe (...or pattern, in this case) and patience making this cardigan. While the other ladies in my knitting group say it's a relatively quick and easy knit ("only five weeks!" they say...) it will be my first sweater, so I'm rather nervous. I probably won't finish this until well into the Fall Semester, but I can't wait to get started.
***OWL PROPOSAL*** OWL Subject & Option: Charms. House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Magic Socks Brief Description: While the Hitofude Cardigan is going to be a lot of fun to work on, with its lacy pattern I don't think it will be a good candidate for on-the-go knitting. This means I will need something simpler for my long-boring-meeting knitting and my chat-with-friends-while-knitting. I will be mastering the Confundus charm by knitting a pair of magic-loop two at a time socks. I've tried them before and was completely befuddled, but this time I will win! [insert maniacal laughter here]