Just popping by really quickly to drop off my Cheese Bean right before the deadline. Will have more time to look at everyone's projects in the morning, when I'm not so sleepy.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Cheese SPEW:conkerrcancer.org House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Cupcake Case Project Page Link: See above link for more information Brief Description: I've had this fabric for closer to three years than three months. And like most novelty fabrics I buy, I can never figure out what to use them for once I get them home. ConKerr pillowcases are a great way to use up that sort of fun but not terribly useful fabric.
Color: Red Pattern: Hearts For: Someone Special Challenge: Weed your stash. As you were looking it over last month you probably ran across a few items that you know in your heart of hearts you aren't going to use. Maybe your tastes have changed since you acquired them, maybe your great-aunt Mabel insisted you take them and you couldn't say no, or maybe you can't even remember where they came from. It's okay to let them go! Take those things to the goodwill or keep an eye out for a local group that could give new life to your crafty cast-offs.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: January Detention - WIP SPEW: n/a House: Hooflepoof Project Name: Squiggle Dress Project Page Link: Made using this pattern Brief Description: I cobbled this dress together back in December since the fabric reminded me of a weird combination of Christmas and doctor's waiting room couch upholstery (how could I resist?). The bodice came out much larger than expected, so I put off sewing the lining and snaps until this weekend.
My OWL is going... not well. I am utterly befuddled by the pattern I intended to use, so I thought I'd switch to one that was charted instead. It's still not looking quite right. I may post a picture of my progress later to ask for opinions.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Satsuma SPEW: n/a House: Hooflepoof Project Name: Sweater for Autumn Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Yarn/thread has been around forever, but knitting itself is only a thousand years old (maybe two, depending on your sources and definition of knitting). And using it to make sweaters/jerseys/jumpers/whatever-they-call-them-in-your-part-of-the-world really only started up in the late middle ages or early modern period. They didn't become popular for people other than fishermen and laborers to wear until the Victorian era. So knitting sweaters is a traditional, but not necessarily ancient, past-time. And since I traditionally make doll clothes, this is what I ended up with.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Class - Charms SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Basic Mitts Project Page Link:Basic Fingerless Mitts Brief Description: Got some post-christmas knitting done with some yarn I've had in stash for a while and which was resisting all my attempts to turn it into anything other than mitts (I've tried it as both a hat and a cowl but it refused). Warm and blue - I think it'll do.
OWL Subject & Option: Transfiguration - Option 1 House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Dragon Wing Shawl Brief Description: Lace weight yarn hanks contain a ton of yardage. For this project I plan to turn two skeins of laceweight yarn (nearly 1,000 yards) into a shawl. To add to the magical nature of this project, I'm going to use the Dragon Wing shawl pattern. Still trying to decide whether there will be beads as well. I hope to have this done by the end of the semester. The knitting itself doesn't look too terribly complicated, but there's going to be a lot of it!
Stashes! They're pretty awesome, right? They can represent years and years of carefully (or not so carefully) curated craft supply hoarding. They let us sleep secure in our bed knowing that should the world as we know it end tomorrow, we will have enough googly eyes and pipe cleaners to use as currency in the new barter economy.
This craft-along isn't about being ashamed of our stashes, it's about creating with them. We recognize that stashes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be amazing resources or occasionally overwhelming. We're here to marvel at your creations, cheer you along, and help you with your DeStashing goals during the next 12 months.
All are welcome, whether your craft is sewing, tatting, beading, or welding. Join in any time, be it January or June. The more the merrier! The monthly themes are here for people who thrive on a challenge or are in need of an extra bit of inspiration, but don't feel yourself restricted by them. Simply dive in, post pics of crafts made from your super stash, and join in the discussion.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention - Holiday Decorations SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Christmas Dress Project Page Link:Antique Lilac's Sundress Pattern Brief Description: I found the neatest Christmas fabric at Joann's. All my dolls had Christmas dresses already except for this girl, so it was necessary to bring some home. Now she just needs a cardigan to go with it. Perhaps I'll have it done by next year.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes SPEW: collection at my mother's church. House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Winter Scarf Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Last time I visited my mother I noticed her church was collecting warm items for a group of refugees who hadn't experienced winter before. I whipped this scarf up out of stash materials while I was visiting for the holidays. It turned out much better than I was expecting, and will hopefully keep someone nice and toasty.