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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 15, 2014 08:58:12 AM
There have been some really productive people recently.  I'm impressed with all the crochet!  That must be pretty hot for summer crafting, but they all look great.

A couple of my own to share - apologies since it's more doll clothes.  I'm not going to say I'm in a rut, but I'm certainly getting repetitive.

A quick muslin to test a pattern:

Muslin by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

The same pattern adjusted and tested with an old sheet

Plaid by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 11, 2014 10:33:32 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Blagging
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Three Night Sweater
Project Page Link: Made using the One Night Sweater pattern
Brief Description: I knit this over several evenings at the "hospitality hours" at a car convention (i.e. pretzels, beer, and lots of talking about carburetors).  Since I didn't want to admit I was knitting a doll sweater, the guys had fun guessing what it actually was.  The last evening someone threw out that it was a beer cozy - so we tried it, and it fits a beer bottle better than the doll.

Blue Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 02, 2014 01:42:37 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Casserole
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Peas & Carrots Plaid
Project Page Link: Made using this free pattern
Brief Description: Stashbusting!  My favorite!  I whipped this up last night to test some modifications I'd made to a bodice pattern.  I didn't need yet another muslin dress, so I used an old torn sheet I had destined for the rag bin.  The sash was serendipitously found in my scrapbooking stash.

Plaid by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 01, 2014 02:18:06 PM
Warning: Project Dump Ahead

Class/Challenge/House Pride: June Detention Make-Up
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Quiched
Brief Description: OK, let's try to do a food post right, this time.  The backstory is one of the last times I was on a beach (actually it was more of a cliff, pretty close to the southern-most point in the US) I was enjoying a quiche my Aunt had made with the few duck eggs we'd managed to find before the mongoose (mongeese?) got to them, and whatever was leftover in the fridge.  Spinach and cheese featured prominently.  This is definitely not the same quiche, but given it was my first attempt at making one, it was passable.
Recipe: (parenthetically annotated by my mother, who then advised me to ignore most of it anyway)
12 oz can evaporated skim milk
1/3 c. Low fat cottage cheese (I know I use more )
1/4 c. Parmesan
2 eggs (again, I use 4-6)
3 egg whites (nah)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeeze dry
Plain pie crust, baked, cooled

Preheat oven to 425 F
In med. bowl whisk milk, cottage cheese, Parmesan, eggs, egg whites, salt, pepper
Place pie pan on jelly roll pan, spread spinach over crust, pour in filling. (when I followed the recipe as given it overflowed. They never do give diameter of pie plate.)
Bake 15 min at 425' then reduce temp to 350 & bake til filling is set, around 20 more minutes.
Cool 10 min. Before serving.

I ended up using somewhere between a half to 3/4 cups of cottage cheese and 4 eggs in the base.  I had enough eggy goop to fill two pre-made pie crusts, so I divided the spinach and put mozzarella in one and then loaded the other with cheddar cheese.  I only got pictures of the cheddar one.

191 Quiche by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Bumphing
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Kitchen Sink Cookies
Project Page Link (if available): Reese's Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe
Brief Description: Snacks are an important part of any gathering.  I made up a bunch of cookies in preparation for having a few friends over for games.  I instead of plain peanut butter chips I substituted a mish mash of what I had in the pantry (white chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms etc.) and they were delicious.

Kitchen Sink Cookies by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Seeker
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Minifee Muslin
Project Page Link (if available): Made using this pattern.
Brief Description: Doll clothes are pretty familiar territory for me by this point, but usually the insides look terrible, with exposed seams everywhere that are always fraying despite zig-zagging or pinking.  The pattern/tutorial I found for this dress finally explained how to do the inner lining in a way that actually made sense, so all those ugly unfinished edges are nicely hidden this time around.

Lining by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
New Arrival by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: July 31, 2014 12:58:04 PM
August Themes

stars by Adriana Cecchi, on Flickr

Color: Orange
Pattern: Stars
For: Friends
Challenge 1: Trade stash with a friend - not the whole thing, obviously, but things you are tired of looking at will be shiny and new to someone else.
Challenge 2: Craft something from the theme of a swap that has caught your attention recently, whether you joined the swap or not.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: July 31, 2014 12:55:09 PM
chirel - That frame is beautiful!

cmouse - I love the idea of freeze pop holders.  But I always tried to make mine as slushy as possible...

alwaysinmyroom - I've been known to use tiny lengths of yarn I can't stand looking at any more as stuffing in cat toys and things like that.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: July 29, 2014 07:15:19 AM
Nice hats!  Even if you hate the blue and green after a million baby hats, I'm sure where they're being donated will appreciate something besides the usual pastel hues.  I hope you'll post pictures of a giant pile of bitty hats when you're ready.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: July 23, 2014 05:46:08 AM
Love the bright colors of the afghan!  That must be a lot of yarn destashed.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 07, 2014 10:57:16 AM
gaudiknight, your angel food cake looks lovely, and it sounds so good with summer berries.  Cheesy  Please remember however, that in order to receive House Points for a cooking project, you must post the recipe in the thread, or provide a link to the complete recipe that you used if you found it on the web.  This rule is listed on the first page of the HPC thread, and it was discussed very recently within the thread.  Here's a quote of the questions & answers...

OK.  Thanks for the heads up.  It's been a while since I have read all the way through the beginning material.  I'll probably have to find another project for the June detention, as the cake was more an experiment to figure out the idiosyncrasies of a new oven (which turned out to be Legion) than about trying a new recipe.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 03, 2014 09:21:33 AM
There have been so many awesome projects lately I can't keep up with them all!

Vincentvanbuck - Your little box makes me wish October would come sooner.

Naanje - I love the paracord bracelets.  And the leaf pendant is great!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cake!
Brief Description: Celebrations are hard in the summer when it is too hot for regular cake and icing.  Thankfully there's Angel-Food Cake (which I'm convinced is some kind of strange muggle magic) to refresh ourselves, fulfill our cravings for cake, and to complement whatever berries we managed to pick from near the lake (which something I imagine people do at lakes - I don't really do vacations near water).

177 Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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