Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy SPEW: Church lapghan drive for local nursing homes House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Poodle Square Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: You don't really need a pattern for a giant granny square. For added arithmancy bonus, I used a D4 to determine how many rounds of a color to do, because I'm a dork. It turned out about 31" square, which is smaller than I hoped, but since this was a stashbusting project I didn't want to buy more yarn.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Aubergine SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Crane Card Project Page Link: Made using this template from Scherenschnitte Brief Description: I needed a card to go with some purple wrapping paper I was using for a baby gift. Since I'm trying to avoid paying for cards, I shrank down a template from one of my favorite blogs, changed to a fresh exacto blade, and v-e-r-y carefully cut out the teeny tiny little lines.
Seven is the number of the counting, and the number of the counting shall be seven. Yes, it's the same number as the OWL requirement, but the significance of 7 goes back further than the work of Bridget Wenlock. There are seven days in a week, seven wonders of the ancient world, seven (or more) geese in a gaggle, we sail the seven seas, tell stories about seven dwarves, and the list just keeps going.
For my NEWT I shall run seven times around the seven hills of Rome ... wait a minute, that's not quite right.
For my NEWT I shall spend seven weeks sewing seven patterns for my 27 cm doll. Many of the patterns will need a bit of resizing and tweaking to make them fit my own girl, and include details like set in sleeves, peter pan collars, and cuffs. I avoid these sorts of things in human sized clothing, so making them on a 1/6 scale is going to be a real challenge. This will also be my first time sewing with knits (eek!) The time-scale should allow me to finish one dress a week while still keeping some time available for extra curricular crafting to avoid burn-out. I went through my stash with a friend last night to choose fabrics, so I'm am really excited to get started.
Planning for September. I'm going to knit some hats for the kids and make produce bags from an old lace curtain. Funny how my plans seem to match with the challenges. Third month in a row that this happens.
What about you?
I always find it amusing how little my crafts match up with any of the goals. This month I hope to make a dent on the simply soft languishing in my stash. It will probably turn into a lapghan for my grandmother's church.
I have a massive project dump to get through, and then I'll go ahead an post the reminder for September themes. Brace yourself!
First off a set of cards I made just to get my crafty juices flowing again after being in a bit of a slump. It's just a few sheets of paper, but it helped me get back into a more productive frame of mind.
A doll dress (it was innevitable wasn't it?). As I'm posting this I remembered why I had the yellow in my stash. Hopefully I can cobble together a quilt binding from what's left. Let that be a lesson to me to label things that are intended for a specific project.
I have been squirreling away zippers for ages now because I was going to learn to make zippered pouches some day. And that some day has finally happened!
I also tackled amigurumi this summer. I enjoyed it way more than I was expecting. Now if I only had a use for things like this:
I also made two pillowcases for the ConKerr charity. I find it a good way to use up fabric that I bought just because I liked it and was sure that I'd find a use for ... someday.
I only used up about half a skein of yarn making this doll sweater, and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I suspect it may be frogged and reworked in the coming months.
I had some mystery black fabric in stash, which turned into yet another doll dress. It was hideous to work with, so I'm trying to figure out whether its worth holding onto, or if I should just find a way to dispose of it. Which is a shame since I've got about two yards left.
And last but not least, we have the umpteenth doll dress. This one is made from a tiny scrap of backing from a quilt I made a few years ago, which in turn was made from leftovers from a sewing project from my college days.
Here are my contributions to the end of the semester project dump!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration SPEW: ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases House: Hufflepuff Project Name: And then there were two... Project Page Link: ConKerr Pillowcase Pattern. Brief Description: I made a pillowcase for the Broomstick challenge in the Quidditch World Cup. Since I still had more of the fabric in my stash and no real idea of what to use it for, I made a nearly exact duplicate of the previous case. I think the only real difference is the color of bobbin thread. Pictured here with its identical twin.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Bonnie Blue Dress Project Page Link: Made using this pattern Brief Description: Surprising no-one, I have made more doll clothes. This one fulfills the blue requirement, and is flowered patterns. Given how much water my flowers need at this time of the year it seemed fitting.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Bunny Blobs Project Page Link:Tiny Baby Bunnies Pattern Brief Description: I love bunnies more than is probably reasonable, so when I found a mochimochi pattern that combined my love for rabbits and itty bitty things, I knew I had to try it. Yes, they may look more like lumps with antennae, but they amuse me. Couldn't stop at just one (they are rabbits after all) but now I have to keep them from multiplying.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Marshmallow SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Little Black Dress Project Page Link:Pattern available here Brief Description: Every girl needs this wardrobe staple. Made using some poly-blend in my stash, which was horrible to work with.
Well, here's at least one more academic class for Hufflepuff. I spent the semester flitting about elsewhere, but it was summer!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes SPEW: The project has been donated to the library where I work. Not a charity, but definitely not for myself... House: Hufflepuff Project Name: How Now Brown Cow Project Page Link: Lola the Cow by Auroragurumi Brief Description: My office-mate and I were trying to think up a mascot for the library where we work in order to add a bit of humor to some PSAs we anticipated needing once the semester started (Hey kids, please don't trash the library ... Have you tried using the course reserves? ... Look! Bookdrops! That sort of thing). We are the Brown Library, so the idea of the Brown Cow was born. I had never tried amigurumi before, so it took me a while to finish her, but she's finally in place and ready to give "cow tips" to help the students make the most of library resources now that the semester has started.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: July Detention House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Swatch Shrug Brief Description: I am terrible at getting around to blocking and weaving in ends. I made this shrug in early July when I needed a quick travel project and in lieu of making a swatch for another pattern in the collection. It sat at the bottom of my knitting bag for the next several weeks before I put on the final touches. (I made a nearly identical one last semester, but that was for a doll who was much smaller than this.)
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Keeper House: Hooflepoof Project Name: Gus the Octopus Project Page Link:Mini Amigurumi Octopus Pattern Brief Description: I absolutely love the way this little guy came out, even if I nearly went bonkers making 8 fiddly little legs. I want to make millions more, but I don't think my house could handle a cephalopod infestation.
On that note, prepare yourself for a Quidditch Project dump.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Chaser House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Quick Cards Brief Description: What I know about card making wouldn't even begin to fill a thimble. I just started stamping with no real plan or idea of what I was doing, just trying to use up some stash, and about an hour later I had these. What I've learned? That I need to buy a better black inkpad. And that I will never put a dent in my supply of scrapbook paper.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Broomstick SPEW:ConKerr House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Pillowcase Project Page Link: Pillowcase Directions Brief Description: If you think about it, a pillowcase is basically a cozy for a cushion. I've seen these sort of pillowcases wandering around Pinterest in collections of "10 Minute Sewing Projects," but I find that once I iron, cut, sew, and then zig-zag all the edges I've put in closer to 45 minutes. Maybe I'm just slow. In real life the blue border picks up the printing on the leaves, but my picture kind of mangles the colors.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Spirit House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Spirit Dress Brief Description: My family is from Pittsburgh, I did my grad-school work at the University of Iowa, and I'm currently a Hufflepuff. Yellow and black everywhere! The polka dot ribbon is to disguise the fact that this dress turned out a little big. Maybe she'll grow into it?
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Blurting House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Zippered Pouch Project Page Link: Skip to my Lou Tutorial Brief Description: First attempt at a zippered pouch! Didn't turn out too shabby, if I do say so myself.