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31  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 02, 2014 03:53:12 PM
Badwolf314 Congrats on finishing your OWL!  It look really warm and cozy.

Very excited to start the new semester.  Just to confuse things, I will be a Hufflepuff this time around instead of Ravenclaw.  I've always waffled between the two houses - I like learning things, but more so I can flail excitedly about useless information than for any practical academic applications.

And now for something completely different - An OWL Proposal!

OWL Subject & Option: Care of Magical Creatures - Dragons
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Accomplishment Quilt
Brief Description:  Chinese Dragons are frequently identified with water and wisdom.  I have a friend who will be (hopefully) completing her PhD in March, and I wanted to commemorate her valiant defense by making her a lap-quilt that incorporates her favorite colors (blue and green) and her favorite animal (dragons).  I will be using a disappearing nine-patch pattern, which I have made before, but with the added challenge of a tight time constraint (we're throwing her a party on the 21st - so there can be no procraftination) and I really want to improve my machine quilting skills this time around.
Week 1 - Iron fabric, cut squares, assemble (and then disassemble) nine-patches. 
Week 2 - arrange and sew quilt top.  Piece Backing.  Baste. 
Week 3 - Mark out quilting (something new and different for me). QUILT ALL THE LINES! Sew binding.

I proposed a few days ago in a PM to the Headmistresses, and having heard no objections, I've started plowing forward.  I got all the fabric for the squares cut this afternoon.  Now on to the sewing!

061 Cut by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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32  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 01, 2014 07:35:55 AM
JillHogan  That hard candy looks yummy.  I'm glad you said it was easy - I've been wanting to try it, but haven't.  For some unknown reason my mother instilled a fear of candymaking in me when I was very young (probably because it involved a thermometer) that I haven't managed to shake yet.

Popping by with my February Progress -

Pinwheels (#5)

(It's hard to tell in the pic, but there's a lot of orange there)

Fetching (#6)

050 Fetchings in Focus by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Cookies (#7)

051 Oatmeal Scotchies by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And More Doll Clothes (#s 8, 9, & 10)

February was more productive than usual, but I need to get cracking if I'm going to make 50.
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33  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 101 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gaudiknight on: March 01, 2014 07:24:57 AM
Gamemom42 has received her package and asked me to post pictures because she wanted to let her granddaughter unwrap it.

She asked for American Girl Stuff, so I made the following:

A Sweater (I loved the way this turned out - it was hard to send away.)

A Simple Sundress

(Kirsten's rocking the "my shoes don't match" look)

And finally a dress that didn't turn out quite as expected - I was following a pattern for a more historical dress, but had a mishap with the bodice and no more fabric to cut another one.  So the skirt got grafted onto the bodice from the sundress pattern.

I hope your granddaughter likes them, gamemom42!
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34  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 01, 2014 05:43:18 AM

March Themes

Kitten Accomplished by Pen Waggener, on Flickr

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Polka Dots
For: Animals, pets, or the fuzzies at the pound.
Challenge 1: Now that you've got a good handle on what you have in stash you may have come across some things that you know you will never use.  Weed these items and give them away to someone who can use them.
Challenge 2: Make something from the millions of tutorials you've collected on Pinterest, or from one of your vast hoards of craft and pattern books.  If it's an internet tutorial, please share the link in case anyone else is inspired to give it a try.
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35  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 101 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gaudiknight on: February 28, 2014 07:36:17 AM
My package arrived from Watsonc7.  She made me three amazing zippered pouches.

The rounded one is already living in my bag, and I've filled the blue and white striped one with knitting notions.  It's a really neat type I'd not seen before - it folds in half with clear plastic on the inside so you can see exactly what you've got in there.

But look at the big pouch.  It is fantastic!  Dr. Who themed in an instantly recognizable way without being too over the top about it.  You can slip papers inside his lapels, and it's lined with galaxy fabric.  I can only hope that once I start filling the pouch up that it will be bigger on the inside.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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36  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 19, 2014 02:03:04 PM
Moonflame - Cute Kitty!  Sorry about the wine...

Netchez - I adore the pattern you used for that scarf.  It works really well with the variegated yarn.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 11th hour Fetchings (these are the 11th pair I've made)
Project Page Link: n/a (although it's on my Ravelry)
Brief Description: In late January I made a road-trip that took me from Virginia, through upstate NY, and on to both Vermont and New Hampshire (it wasn't my idea).  While driving through New England in the middle of a snow-storm I was struck by two things: 1) how pretty the pines were, and 2) how cold my hands were.

Fetchings in Focus by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429362.0;topicseen#ixzz2to7rYQss
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37  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 18, 2014 11:23:22 AM
AIMR - Actually following the themes?!  Madness!

I've got another knitting project done.  Two in the space of a week, what is the world coming to?

050 Fetchings in Focus by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I had about four yards left after finishing these mitts - which is a step up from the 18 inches left at the end of the shawl.  It makes for nerve-wracking knitting.
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38  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 16, 2014 04:44:23 PM
May I join in?  I know it's late in the semester, but I've been stuck in the library getting way too excited about all the books.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Winter Leaves Shawl
Project Page Link (if available): n/a, but more pictures on flickr and ravelry
Brief Description: I used to work at a historic site, and one of the things I liked about the opening shift was you had a few minutes with the mountaintop all to yourself to admire the dewdrops caught in the webs the spiders had made in the trees.  When my mom asked me to make her a shawl with beads, I found a pattern with leaves and tried to capture some of those memories.

Winter Leaf Shawl - Edging by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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39  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 16, 2014 04:31:33 PM
I finally finished my major WIP left over from 2013.  My mother wanted a shawl for Christmas.  Thankfully she's very patient because it has been a crazy winter and I had very little free time to craft, and not much of an attention span when there was time.  This was my first time using a lace chart and first time knitting with beads (not stash), so it required more attention than my brain could handle most of the time.

Winter Leaf Shawl - Full by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Two balls of yarn out of stash, and another thing crossed off my "make for others" list.  Woohoo!
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40  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 01, 2014 05:36:13 AM
February Themes

10/3.2012 - organizing by julochka, on Flickr

Color: Red
Pattern: Paisley
For: Organizing
Challenge 1: Put the stash in order.  Untangle your yarn, fold your fabric, and throw out the bits of string that are too small to save.
Challenge 2: Make a just-because present for someone who needs to be cheered up or as a Random Act of Kindness.
Link Party! We all like to gawk at pretty pictures and projects.  Share some links to your favorite crafty organizing ideas or spaces to jump start our motivation.  I'll try to collect them into the space at the beginning of the thread so they're easy to find.

Now is also a good time to tally up how January went.  How many projects did you make from stash?  Did the amount you used equal the amount of materials you added to your stash?  What was your favorite?  Do you need to set any new goals or challenges for yourself to keep motivated for the next month?

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