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41  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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42  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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43  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 04, 2014 01:19:16 PM
Magpirate - Wow, that chain is absolutely amazing!!!
noodle-bug - Nice coffee pot!  The grey gives it a really nice look - keeps it from looking too busy so you can really admire the colors on the other patches.

Challenge: Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean - Envelope Glue
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Boring Ballot Box
Brief Description: We're running some sort of contest at work next week, and in preparation a co-worker dug out the old "ballot box" to collect entries.  It was an old stereo box covered in some bright but tattered tissue paper and tape.  I decided we could do a bit better than that, so with the help of the roll of construction paper for covering bulletin boards that was stashed in the supply closet, a pair of blunt scissors, and a ruler that didn't sit flat, we now have a slightly more professional looking receptacle.  I thought I was going to have to glue the entire thing with glue sticks, but I found some spray adhesive, which worked like a charm.  I am informed by the others that my office now smells strongly of chemicals so I'm admiring my handiwork with the windows open.

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44  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 01, 2014 05:31:18 AM
April Themes

Photo Credit: Box of Blue by chotda on flickr

Color: Blue
Pattern: Stripes
For: Yourself
Challenge 1: Use materials in stash to learn a new craft or practice a new technique.
Challenge 2: Make something for charity.
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45  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 27, 2014 08:31:13 AM
Acadian Driftwood - I love the fabric for the card-holder.  Great thrift find!

noodle-bug - That's a clever fix!  The belt matches the purse really well too - it looks like they were meant to go together.

Whistlefish - That scarf looks super warm and skwishy.

Class: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Paper Cut Crow
Project Page Link: Made using this template from Cindy Bean at Scherenschnitte
Brief Description: Crows and Ravens are very magical birds - from Australian trickster to Odin's Huginn and Muninn, they pop up all over the place.  They are also super smart, so if any bird was able to get steampunk technology to work, they'd be the ones.

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46  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 25, 2014 06:45:25 AM
That star wars fabric is awesome!  Perfect choice for a bag.  I like how it's kind of serious/grey on the outside and then bright colors in the lining.

I finished a lap quilt recently.  The fabric I used for the blocks was from stash, but I had to buy backing, batting, and border fabric. So it's only half stash, but that's still about 3 yards of fabric turned into something useful.

Close-Up by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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47  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 25, 2014 06:33:02 AM
badwolf13 - Wow, that t-shirt is amazing!  Very professional looking.  And those cupcakes look delicious.  Love the blue candy spikes!

coulsenl - Those hats look toasty warm.

pottermouth - Those desserts are making me hungry.  The blackberry slump looks especially tasty.

vincentvanbuck - I love the illustration you drew for the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.  So cute!

Time to turn in my OWL.

Owl Subject & Option Care of Magical Creatures - Option 2 - Dragons!
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Kathleen's Quilt
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description:
Dragons in Europe tend to live in caves, hoard shiny things, and bother young ladies, but in Asia they are wise creatures who live in rivers.  In order to honor my good friend leveling up in wisdom, i.e. getting her PhD, I made her a lap-sized quilt in her favorite colors, blue and green.  They always remind me of water and dragons (which also happen to be her favorite animal for an added bonus).  It seemed a good way to commemorate all the times she was in the lab being all "Science!  High Temperature Materials!" and I wandered in going "ooh, that looks like a great place to toast marshmallows, now can be go eat lunch?"  I haven't yet been able to give it to her, as she's been in Dayton scouting out the city where her new job is, but I will give it to her when she returns. I expect it to be claimed by her cat immediately afterwards.

This quilt was loosely based on Obsessively Stitching's 1st Quilt Ever tutorial, which I highly recommend.  I have made disappearing nine-patches before but I winged the pattern a bit more than usual (resulting in a smaller size) and quilted something other than "stitch in the ditch" + an extra line through the middle of each block.  I went on the diagonals this time, which was a first for me, marking them out in chalk before I did so (also unusual, usually I just eye-ball everything).  As always, hand sewing the binding was my favorite part.  The mitered corners turned out great, which was a relief because I had well and truly mucked them up on the last quilt I made.

Project Picture:

Kathleen's Quilt by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Front & Back by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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48  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 22, 2014 06:41:45 AM
Oh wow, noodle-bug, I am totally in awe of the number of hexies you have there.  I need to work on mine for the Wild Olive Stitch Club, but I am uninspired by my stash.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Closet Tidy
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Clothes are my cleaning kryptonite.  The closet is my main dumping ground for things as I walk into my room, and I utilize the "on the floor" method of organizing more than I should.  It was time to beat back the entropy.



077 Closet Clean-out by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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49  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 07, 2014 08:13:45 PM
dontneedaclassroom - No, it never ends.  I don't know where it all comes from, but there's always more!

The first week of March has been surprisingly productive.  I'm working on two major WIPs, but got some little things done on the side.

Simple Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


Scrappy-ness Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

The one problem with doll clothes is that while they work up really fast, they don't make much of a dent in the stash.  But every little bit helps, I suppose!
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50  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 07, 2014 08:07:59 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon - March Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Scrappy-ness Dress
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I sewed the bodice of this dress in November of 2013, but had neglected to actually complete it.  The skirt part was a reject from another doll dress which was both too short and the wrong color for its intended purpose.  But the two together don't look half bad.

Scrappy-ness Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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