Sorry to be MIA for so long. It's been one of those months where the only thing you want to do when you get home from work is veg with a book - good for making inroads on my bookshelf, but not very productive on the crafting front.
But! I still have a few things to show for myself.
~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~ OWL Subject: Charms House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Blue Stripe Socks Project Page Link:Afterthought Heel Socks Brief Description: I set out to learn how to knit two socks at a time using the magic loop method, and discovered that I don't enjoy that method. Rather than making things go faster, it took me three months to make a pair because I wasn't really having much fun. But, now I know, and my second attempt at afterthought heels turned out much better than the first.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans - Liver & Tripe House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Two Halloween Dresses Brief Description: I found myself suddenly in need of more Halloween dresses, so I whipped up these two. Yes, they are identical (or nearly so) to the last ones I made. I wish I could find more small-scale seasonal fabric locally.
Color: Black Pattern: Lace For: Charity Challenge: 10 is such a nice round number. Make something inspired by ten - using 10 things, something that uses 10 pieces of your stash, whatever works for you.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Dotty Dress Brief Description: Inspired by this picture of the pockmarked surface of Pluto's largest moon, we've got an itty bitty black and white and dotty dress. I love the way this turned out. You may see more in the future.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Halloween Stripes Brief Description: Halloween is a great time for the houses to come together to celebrate. This dress has some green for Slytherins, blueish for Ravenclaws, some Hufflepuff black, and if you squint in just the right way you can pretend the orange is Gryffindor gold.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Philosopher's Stone #2 Team: Knights of the Flaming Moonfish (gaudiknight, moonflame, whistlefish) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Three's A Crowd Brief Description: Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three (five is right out!). Here we have three similar but slightly different dresses all using the same shape but with different fabrics.
Finally getting around to posting some of my September projects after what has been a wild and crazy month.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Mashed Potatoes House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Project Bag for MagPirate Brief Description: I like making these little bags - there are only two cuts after you square up the fabric, everything is a straight line, no leftover scraps, and they don't take long to complete. Comfort crafting at its finest. This bag turned out a little on the small side since the Fat Quarter was more of a parallelogram (sorry MagPirate!), but it's still a nice size for a small take-along project.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Swirly Spiderweb Dress Brief Description: This project has smokey grey spiderwebs, wispy swirls, and the black on black stitching was a bit of an eye strain. But the finished results are terrific.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Argyle Dress #1 Brief Description: The fabric print for the skirt of this dress is argyle, which is a traditional pattern in muggle knitwear that hit mainstream popularity in the 1920s. It was derived from plaid used to make kilts, migrated to socks, and here it is back as a skirt.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Autumn Print Dress Brief Description: Stashbusting! I have so much stash, and doll dresses don't really use up all that much fabric. But I perservere in hopes that I can make as much from old stash as I bring in for new stash. I've had the fabric for this dress for about 10 years. There was only enough for one dress out of this scrap, but I'm pretty sure there's another half a yard floating around in one of my bins.
And now on to the my last submissions of the semester. I went back to the projects I posted yesterday and edited them since I realized I forgot to take into account the Slytherin Scavenger Hunt, if that's still a thing. Hope that was okay.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures SPEW:Case for Smiles (Formerly ConKerr) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Sunny Sea Case Project Page Link (if available): See Above Brief Description: The accent fabric for this pillowcase is inspired by the aquatic habitat of mermaids, with all sorts of cheerful sea stars, fish, and seaweed.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - July SPEW:Case for Smiles (Formerly ConKerr) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Rainy Day Case Project Page Link (if available): See Above Brief Description: I originally hoped to turn in this case for a Quidditch prompt, but a cutting/math mishap meant it had to wait. Instead it's being turned in as finished WIP for the July detention.
Apologies for the wrinkles. I was a bit pressed for time (har har har) ...
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Sunny Shrug Project Page Link: An adaptation of Wovenflame's Pukifee Shrug Pattern Brief Description: Inspired by the yellow stripes of bees, we have a teeny tiny cardigan. The pattern was actually written for a much smaller doll, but knit up in fingering weight yarn rather than lace weight it worked quite well for this purpose.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Library Challenge - August Preperation Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: #12 Bloody Baron - for the wispy lace. House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Ribbons & Lace Project Page Link: n/a Brief Description: I have a pretty good collection of lace and ribbon, but I don't get to use it much because it was all jumbled up in a box under my bed. I untangled everything, wrapped a lot of it around mat-board cards to get everything the same size, pinned down all the ends that were loose, and redistributed it all into a shoebox for the ribbon spools (and some extras) and a large flat box for the trims. Now they'll all fit on my shelves were I can access them easily and see what I have. As for a book recommendation, I'll go with the old standard Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter, which demonstrates the importance of knowing where all your trim and ribbon and twist is before starting a project.