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11  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap - sign up by 11/29/14 (!) send by 12/12 - UPDATED on: November 25, 2014 08:31:25 AM
This looks like it could be fun.  I've got my Christmas crafting finished for now, so need to find another outlet for my energy.

*wanders off to fill in questionnaire*
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 24, 2014 09:58:35 AM
Socks can be tricky!  I was planning on doing this pair with the two at a time magic loop method, but couldn't figure out the instructions for love nor money.

I had a really productive weekend, so I've got a few more assignments to turn in.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ember's Box
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description:  The colors of the paper I used to cover this box remind me of copper, plus it has a bit of metallic ink, so it seemed appropriate.  I started out with the box for an expansion pack to Carcassone, painted the bottom to obscure the instructions, and then covered the lid with some decorative paper saved from the days when I was more active in bookbinding.  It's part of a larger, more elaborate present for a friend, so you may be seeing more of it once I figure out how the inside is going to work (padding, dividers, etc.)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts
SPEW: n/a
House: Pufflehuffs
Project Name: Bullet Journal
Project Page Link: bulletjournal.com
Brief Description: I had been working without a paper calendar for a while, and couldn't take it any longer.  The usual weekly agendas don't really work for me, as my brain works in lists, so when I stumbled across the concept of a bullet journal I was intrigued.  I decided to use an old composition book I've had kicking around since I was in 8th grade, but it needed a bit of an upgrade.  Some scrapbook paper and some washi tape to cover the beat up spine and places where I'd torn pages out years ago, and I was ready.  I've been going strong with my modified version of the bullet journal for nearly two months, and its been really helpful, and an excellent way to make a dent in my washi tape stash.

(and some inside pages)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: October Detention
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Scrappy Dress
Project Page Link: Antique Lilac's Cute and Colorful Dress Pattern
Brief Description: The lighting in my house is terrible, so seeing the markings for the bodice darts was nearly impossible.  I had to pay very close attention to make sure I didn't go off the red line on my dark grey fabric.  It took two evenings, because I gave up in frustration the first night after trying one dart three times with no luck.

16 After by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 22, 2014 01:56:26 PM
Labels and a date-stamp are a great idea.  A few decorative page tags or paperclips might be fun too, just to add to the chaos.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 22, 2014 12:06:56 PM
OWL Subject & Option: Herbology
House: Hooflepoof
Project Name: Sassafras Socks
Project Page Link: Groovy Socks
Brief Description: One of the interesting things about Sassafras is that it has three different leaf shapes present on one plant.  One is a fairly regular shape, but the other two have interesting lobes.  Inspired by these different shapes (and also a childhood freind's calico who was named Sassafras) I've knit up a pair of socks with a waved lace pattern, stripes, and plain stockinette.

Finally Finished by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: November 19, 2014 06:30:59 AM
I love those itty bitty owls!  Did you use a pattern or just wing it?

Time for my own Mid-November DeStashing Update:

First up a mock-up of a free pattern I found on the internet.  I thought that it used up all the muslin in my stash, and was kind of bummed, but then more showed up as I was digging through some boxes, so all is well again.

More Muslin by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I've had this baby sweater finished for at least a month, but only just got around to sewing on the buttons.  It's a 12 month size, and I had to break into the third (and last) ball of yarn to do the edging on the 2nd sleeve.  That ball of yarn has since absconded to parts unknown, so there will be no matching hat.

Baby Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Surprising no one, there's another doll dress.  I'm counting this fabric as stash, even though it was bought in October.  Anything that doesn't get used/started on in the first month moves into the stash category.  I did get one doll dress made from it in the first month, but there's still plenty left, even though I only bought 1/3 yard.

Mischa is the most cooperative model by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And finally, a giant granny square.  I still have bits and bobs of this yarn left over that I'm not sure how to use.  I don't think there's enough for another lapghan, and I'm not too keen on buying more random acrylic yarn to make up the difference.

Chocolate Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 18, 2014 12:08:47 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: Yes - the church-ladies group my grandmother belongs to makes these for local hospitals and nursing homes.
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Chocolate Square
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three.  Three colors, and, coincidentally, three double crochet stitches for each "blip" in a granny square

Chocolate Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - September
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Orange Dots
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I cut this dress out at the same time as I did the one I used for my herbology assignment, but decided I valued sleep more than dressing up my dolls in matching outfits for Halloween.  But since orange is a Thanksgiving color too, I decided to put it together for this month's holiday.

Mischa is the most cooperative model by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

My OWL socks are all knit up.  Despite careful counting and detailed notes, they don't seem to be quite the same size.  I'll be blocking them tonight and hoping that fixes some of the problem.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: November 18, 2014 11:14:21 AM
It is sometimes hard to see Christmas things leave the stash!  Yes, they'll make more, but what's available changes from year to year.

(And I'll admit I added a bit of seasonal fabric to my stash this year.  Only 1/3 a yard though, so I'm not letting myself feel to guilty.  With any luck I can even use it before the holidays are over Tongue.)
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 12, 2014 12:25:23 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sweater for Baby E.
Project Page Link: Elsie Cardigan (link to pattern's ravelry page)
Brief Description: A suite-mate from college had her first baby in September.  I knit this up using yarn a mutual roommate/suite-mate brought back from Ireland (so it's a gift made from a gift).  I finished this pretty close to when the baby was born, but it's taken me another month to sew the buttons on.  It's supposed to be a 12 month size (I'm not really sure how babies work in that regard) so hopefully the baby's size and her need for a sweater coincide.

Baby Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 04, 2014 12:35:23 PM
midkiffsjoy - I wouldn't have known that wasn't a Mason Jar unless you said so.  It looks awesome.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Pizza
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sundress Test
Project Page Link: Made using this free pattern.
Brief Description: The skirt for this dress is made of wedges, much like pizza (unless you are from one of the strange parts of the world that goes in for square pizzas).  One of our local pizza places does a really good white pizza with ricotta and spinach, but this dress is more reminiscent of the sauce rather than the toppings.  Maybe it needs some green embellishment...

More Muslin by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: November 01, 2014 10:39:39 AM
November Themes

brown coin quilt by splityarn, on Flickr

Color: Brown
Pattern: Plaid
For: Transportation - your car, bike, water-buffalo, however you get around.
Challenge 1: In our family we have a saying "all done but the pressing" quoting a great-grandmother who was great at starting projects but not so great at the final details needed to make them usable.  Put the finishing touches on any languishing almost-finished projects.
Challenge 2: Make things in bulk.  Those multiples may come in handy next month.
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