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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: September 01, 2015 08:43:01 AM
September Themes


Plaid Drum by Peter Dutton, on Flickr

Color: Burgundy
Pattern: Plaid
For: Kids
Challenge: What's your stash weakness - that particular crafty material that you can't stop buying?  Make something with it!

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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 31, 2015 07:02:30 PM
Huzzah!  Another Hufflepuff!  Welcome, Nora.

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) ...
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 30, 2015 07:55:18 PM
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.

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4  Re: HP Craftalong - Setting up Fall Semester - DO NOT POST HERE in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 30, 2015 10:20:01 AM
Flying Classroom


Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida by Florida Memory, on Flickr
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 23, 2015 07:19:15 PM
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.
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6  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 31, 2015 07:54:50 AM
August Prompts


IMG_9563 by WoofBC, on Flickr

Color: Purple
Pattern: Argyle
For: Pets and other animals
Challenge: Nice pinterest board you have there!  Make something inspired by a pin.  Share the pin too so we can "ooh and ah" properly.
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 31, 2015 07:41:22 AM
Oooh, ice-cream!  I'm game!

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. 


Sunset Sweater by Trillian, on Flickr

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.


Pirate Sweater #1 by Trillian, on Flickr

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.


Pirate Sweater #2 by Trillian, on Flickr

I can provide side-by-side pics of the last two sweaters to prove that there are two if needs be, but I think I've spammed you enough.

I will be on vacation next week, but I hope to get a lot of work done on my Advanced Studies projects during the 10 hour (each way) car-ride and the long evenings while I'm there.
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8  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 27, 2015 06:45:37 AM
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

And a pair of socks out of yarn I've had in stash for five years

202 Well Heeled by Trillian, on Flickr

General Sewing...

A pillowcase for ConKerr.  The main fabric came from stash but I had do buy something new for the cuff.

199 For the Birds by Trillian, on Flickr

Some project bags - these are super quick and use the entirety of a Fat Quarter - no scraps to worry about later!

176 Fat Quarter Project Bag by Trillian, on Flickr
Another Project Bag by Trillian, on Flickr

And on to more familiar territory...


Mischa really likes the bunny hat. by Trillian, on Flickr


204 Can't Stop Sewing by Trillian, on Flickr
Hello! by Trillian, on Flickr


Favorite Color by Trillian, on Flickr
Sun Dress Time by Trillian, on Flickr
Ric-rac by Trillian, on Flickr

In other news, I started an etsy shop for my doll dresses.  I made a little something extra to send along with the first sale.


197 Take a Bow by Trillian, on Flickr

Whew!  I think that's it. 

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 24, 2015 12:09:18 PM
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.


Ric-rac by Trillian, on Flickr

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.


Can't Stop Sewing by Trillian, on Flickr

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...). 


Sun Dress Time by Trillian, on Flickr

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.


Super Sweet... by Trillian, on Flickr
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 23, 2015 06:12:40 AM
***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.


Well Heeled by Trillian, on Flickr

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]
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