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121  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 31, 2014 04:59:35 PM
June Themes

paintsplash pink by niznoz, on Flickr

Color: Pink
Pattern: Abstract
For: Teachers and instructors
Challenge 1: Use the item in your stash that you've had the longest.
Challenge 2: At the end of the month we'll have been DeStashing for 6 months.  Take stock of your stash, tidy it up, and see how you're doing with your goals from January.
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122  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 31, 2014 04:44:17 PM
One final project before the semester ends!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: May Detention - Finish a WIP
Quidditch: Thread and ribbon were thrift store finds, which I believe earns some kind of points
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mischa's Dragon-scale Dress
Brief Description: I started this project in March, misplaced it, then found it in time to finish for May detention.  My grandfather gave me a bunch of crochet thread he found at the goodwill, so I've slowly been making my way through it.

149 Mischa's Dragon-scale Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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123  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 29, 2014 04:05:01 PM
Those dresden plates are so cheerful!  Awesome work.  Can't wait to see what they become.

I have a few projects to post before the month ends.  I'm reaching back to April for some of these - I have not been particularly organized or crafty these past few weeks.

Exhibit 1 - Socks!

Sock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
I don't think I've posted them here, yet.  They're my first pair and took forever!  But they used up nearly two balls of sock yarn I'd been hoarding since 2010.

Exhibit 2 - Doll Dress

Sundress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
I make a lot of these, but they're quick and relatively easy.  (And the dolls don't complain if my finishing techniques are a little wonky.)

Exhibit 3 - Dishcloths

114 Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
That's two more skeins out of the stash.  I hate to think how long they'd been waiting to be used, probably since my last dishcloth kick 5 years ago.
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124  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 29, 2014 02:13:38 PM
After a hectic month I'm popping in to add a few quick projects before the semester ends.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army Catch-Up - Sign the Parchment
Quidditch: Stash fabric and buttons!  Bludger to Ravenclaw.  (Also thrifted lace sash if such a tiny bit counts)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sundress
Brief Description: Looking back at my projects thus far this year, it seems to be mostly doll clothes.  So why fight the trend?  I used to make a wider variety of crafts, but tiny dresses are nearly instant gratification.  This one was supposed to be part of my arithmancy NEWT, but I had to put that on hold for real life nonsense (yay travels and house guests and getting ready to move!).  And of course, just about everything I make is from stash (and yet the stash never seems to get smaller - I have yet to figure out the physics of this phenomenon)

Sundress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: Made for a fundraiser my grandmother's church is holding for a little boy with cancer.
Quidditch: 2 balls of stash yarn!  Bludger to Slytherin?
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dishcloths Galore
Brief Description: I looked at the sky at sunset and saw lots of pink and blue and fluffy clouds.  Then I looked in my project bag and saw lots of pink and blue and squishy yarn.
114 Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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125  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 01, 2014 06:13:20 AM
May Themes

Cotton Yarn
by Fearless Stumbler, on Flickr

Color: Green
Pattern: Floral
For: Your yard, window box, or back alley.
Challenge 1: If your stash is anything like mine you've got a fair amount that was given to you by friends and relatives trying to reduce their own stashes.  Make them something from the materials they gave you.
Challenge 2: Nature Crafts!

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126  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 23, 2014 12:14:07 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army Catch-Up - Drinks in the Hog's Head
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ritz Rolo Combo
Brief Description: I've been going to the same family friend's house for an Easter Potluck for years and years now.  No croquet this year, sadly, but we did have an amazing scavenger hunt, a great hymn sing, and plenty of good food.  My contribution was a batch of super simple not-quite-cookies.  Basically you take a Ritz cracker, stick a Rolo on top, pop it in the oven for about 3 minutes, and then squish another cracker on top.  The results taste a lot like a Twix.  But it doesn't require heating up the house much, and most of the prep time goes into unwrapping the candy.  It's at that lovely point where the lines of minimal effort and tastiness intersect.

Ritz Rolo Combo by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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127  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 15, 2014 11:56:36 AM
It's been a while since we've had activity - Is everyone out enjoying the spring weather?

I've got a few quick projects to post - all tiny things so they don't use up much stash, but every little bit helps.

I knit a sweater for a 4 inch tall doll.  That used up maybe 3 yards of yarn.

First by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I tried my hand at paper cutting.  I wasn't even going to count this as DeStashing, since it only used two sheets of paper, but then I found a frame for it tucked away in stash so it felt like a more substantial effort.

And finally a set of Easter Cards - A few sheets of cardstock and scrapbook paper, and an excuse to use a stamp I've neglected for ages and ages.

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128  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 15, 2014 11:43:53 AM
tiamatfire - Those macarons look gorgeous!  Where did you find the recipe?

mistressjennie - I love the fabric you chose for the laptop case.  Thanks for sharing the tutorial link - I might just have to give it a shot.

jenleahlynn - Congrats on winning the contest!  I'm really admiring the lettering you did on the leaves.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy / Bludger to Ravenclaw (All Stash Material)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Easter Cards
Brief Description: I needed an easter card to send in a care-package, and if you're going to make one, why not make several and use up a bit more of the stash.  The colors of the patterned paper are a lot more rosy and gold in real life (for some reason the pictures turned out terribly).  I was very happy to finally use this stamp, which has been languishing in my stash for the past 10 years.

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129  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 11, 2014 06:23:42 AM
calliemae - You finished a baby blanket in under 6 hours?  Wow!  I usually take weeks to finish anything that big.

moonflame - What a pretty notebook!

NEWT Update - I am pretty much still in square one as far as sewing my seven dresses.  I got as far as prewashing all my material and cutting out two patterns, but then real life got in the way.  I hope to finish at least one this evening after work.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Goal for Hufflepuff (Thrift Store Yarn)
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Teeny Tiny Sweater
Project Page Link: Made using Wovenflame's "Knitting Patterns to Fit Pukipuki" available on ravelry or etsy
Brief Description: One of the hazards of being a crafter is that people keep bringing you things that they think you can use.  A friend found two lovely skeins of lace-weight yarn from the 70s or 80s in a thrift store, and brought them home for me.  While winding them into balls, I found moths had gotten at one of the skeins, so I had lots of short lengths of yarn.  Not so good for shawls, but perfect for doll sweaters.

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130  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 08, 2014 07:17:08 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army - Fear of a Name Catch Up
Quidditch: Stashbusting!  Bludger to Slytherin?
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Curatorial Sock
Project Page Link: Vanilla Latte Sock Pattern on ravelry
Brief Description: I've been knitting for years now, but for some reason had never tackled socks, despite my love of sock yarn.  I decided to get over my fear of the beasts and just knit.  It took me over a month to complete the first one because I mainly work on it during weekly choir practice.  The second sock has been started and is well on its way, but in the interest of being able to work on other parts of Dumbledore's Army before next winter I'm going to go ahead and turn this project in now.

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