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]
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy Slytherin Scavenger Hunt Enemies Beware SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Bow! Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: I launched an etsy shop for my doll dresses last week (I've been making more than my dolls could ever hope to wear all by themselves) and wanted to include a little "thank-you" gift with my first sale. Inspired by swans' elegance and white color I made a hairbow. It took a few false starts and then a lot of hunting to find the right size clips. The best part was singing the edges of the ribbon so they don't fray. Any craft that involves flame is a good craft!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Prep the Pitch Slytherin Scavenger Hunt Wingardium Leviosa SPEW:conkerr House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Bird Pillowcases Project Page Link: see above link for pattern Brief Description: Pillowcases hold pillows primarily but can be pressed into service as laundry bags or running away sacks. This particular one has birds on it, which have hollow bones to keep their weight down for flight.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration Slytherin Scavenger Hunt Snape Says SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Bitty Bunny Project Page Link:Teeny Tiny Knitted Toys by Cotton Rabbits Brief Description: Bunny Bunny Bunny! This little dude is only a couple inches tall.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Ketchup Slytherin Scavenger Hunt Pygmy Puffs SPEW: WIP for my grandmother's church's perpetual lapghan drive House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Slow Beginnings Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: I've been re-organizing my yarn stash and found a bunch of bits and bobs of rather fuzzy acrylic, so I decided to start in on another granny-square lapghan for my grandmother's church. They take them to shut-ins in the congregation and donate them to local nursing homes. The white center bit was already done, but an episode and a half of White Collar later I'd gotten two more tiny balls of yarn used up.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Dueling Wizards SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Fireworks Dress Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Inspired by red flames, I made some sort of infinity dress for my larger dolls. I had to re-do the waistband twice, and tying it is like wrestling spaghetti, but I'm pleased with it for a first attempt.
Color: Blue Pattern: Abstract For: A Group Challenge: What's the supply in your stash you've had the longest? Try to make something with it this month. As always, ask for suggestions if you're stumped.
We've snared another one! *cackles evily in a corner*
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy Scavenger Hunt: Not Our Color - Gryffindor Red & Gold House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Fat Quarter Project Bag Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: It's been a while since I made one of these bags. They're kind of awesome because they take up an entire FQ with nothing left over (important when you're DeStashing), they are relatively quick to make (about an hour), and they can be used for just about anything. This one is made for my mother. The colors of the flowers remind me of flames.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Beans - Curry Scavenger Hunt: Vanishing Cabinet - Fat Quarter into tote House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Fat Quarter Project Bag Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: Most of my fabric comes from older friends & relations, with an occasional splurge with a coupon at Joanns. This Fat Quarter came from an honest-to-goodness quilt shop. The sort of places I browse longingly but rarely buy anything from. I was saving it for something special, but then decided I wanted something simple to show off the awesome print.
The final picture isn't a submission for points, just for the scavenger hunt Time Turner prompt. It didn't take very long, and I can't figure out a category to put it under anyway. I went back to a jumper I made last year and lengthened the straps and moved the snap so it would fit a friend's doll.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against Dark Arts SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Blue Again Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: While doll dresses and the color blue definitely aren't breaking any new ground for me, I decided to see what a large print fabric would look like for a change. The usual rule of thumb for doll clothes is the fabric motif shouldn't be larger than the doll's hand, but I really like the way this turned out. Modeled by my friend's doll, so it looks shorter than usual. She's a leggy girl.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Library Challenge - Celebration SPEW: n/a House: Hooflepoof Project Name: Rose Dresses Project Page Link:Rings of Change by Jane Fancher Brief Description: Three rose printed party dresses inspired by the Rings of Change series by Jane Fancher. I like this series because although it's fantasy it doesn't have a medieval, steampunk, urban or other overdone setting. The inhabitants of the world treat magic as if it were a public utility, and where the "ley" works, only roses will grow. The story is about three brothers and opens with a rather dysfunctional birthday celebration.
(On a strange side-note, as I was looking for the author's website so I wouldn't have to link to amazon for a summary, I discovered that she's also in the doll hobby and I'd been running across her pictures/dolls for years. Small world!)
stacirose - That cake is so cool! Hope it was as tasty as it was picturesque.
elliot-anne - Amazing progress so far! I would never have the patience for that sort of project.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: PreSeason Studies SPEW: n/a House: Pufflehuff Project Name: Library Badges Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: noodle-bug let me make the badges for the Library challenges, which tickled me pink since I'm a book-miner by trade. The graphics for these badges were drawn from Victorian publications and circus Quidditch posters. You can see the first badge at the link below, but there are two more to follow in the coming months.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition SPEW: n/a House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Pink Squares Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: When you're fabric has geometric patterns its pretty easy to see where you've made a mistake. I had to put more effort into centering the bodice design making sure the hem was straight, and that the bodice and skirt met at a consistent point on the repeat all the way around the dress (although the gathers make it hard to see).