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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 03, 2014 07:50:44 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Aubergine
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Crane Card
Project Page Link: Made using this template from Scherenschnitte
Brief Description: I needed a card to go with some purple wrapping paper I was using for a baby gift.  Since I'm trying to avoid paying for cards, I shrank down a template from one of my favorite blogs, changed to a fresh exacto blade, and v-e-r-y carefully cut out the teeny tiny little lines.

Purple Package by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And the time has come to reboot my NEWT from the Spring term!  I'm going to go ahead and put the proposal in again, just for record keeping purposes.

NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: [Something Clever]
Brief Description:

Seven is the number of the counting, and the number of the counting shall be seven.  Yes, it's the same number as the OWL requirement, but the significance of 7 goes back further than the work of Bridget Wenlock.  There are seven days in a week, seven wonders of the ancient world, seven (or more) geese in a gaggle, we sail the seven seas, tell stories about seven dwarves, and the list just keeps going.

For my NEWT I shall run seven times around the seven hills of Rome ... wait a minute, that's not quite right. 

For my NEWT I shall spend seven weeks sewing seven patterns for my 27 cm doll.  Many of the patterns will need a bit of resizing and tweaking to make them fit my own girl, and include details like set in sleeves, peter pan collars, and cuffs.   I avoid these sorts of things in human sized clothing, so making them on a 1/6 scale is going to be a real challenge.  This will also be my first time sewing with knits (eek!)  The time-scale should allow me to finish one dress a week while still keeping some time available for extra curricular crafting to avoid burn-out.  I went through my stash with a friend last night to choose fabrics, so I'm am really excited to get started.

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 31, 2014 08:10:53 PM
September Themes

Argyles + Chucks by - luz -, on Flickr

Color: Whatever is your favorite
Pattern: Argyle
For: Kids
Challenge 1: Recycle, Re-purpose, and Reuse.
Challenge 2: Teach someone a craft and use materials from your stash for instruction.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 31, 2014 08:00:27 PM
Planning for September. I'm going to knit some hats for the kids and make produce bags from an old lace curtain. Funny how my plans seem to match with the challenges. Third month in a row that this happens.

What about you?

I always find it amusing how little my crafts match up with any of the goals.  This month I hope to make a dent on the simply soft languishing in my stash.  It will probably turn into a lapghan for my grandmother's church.

I have a massive project dump to get through, and then I'll go ahead an post the reminder for September themes.  Brace yourself!

First off a set of cards I made just to get my crafty juices flowing again after being in a bit of a slump.  It's just a few sheets of paper, but it helped me get back into a more productive frame of mind.

A doll dress (it was innevitable wasn't it?).  As I'm posting this I remembered why I had the yellow in my stash.  Hopefully I can cobble together a quilt binding from what's left.  Let that be a lesson to me to label things that are intended for a specific project.

I have been squirreling away zippers for ages now because I was going to learn to make zippered pouches some day.  And that some day has finally happened!

I also tackled amigurumi this summer.  I enjoyed it way more than I was expecting.  Now if I only had a use for things like this:

I also made two pillowcases for the ConKerr charity.  I find it a good way to use up fabric that I bought just because I liked it and was sure that I'd find a use for ... someday.

I only used up about half a skein of yarn making this doll sweater, and I'm not really sure how I feel about it.  I suspect it may be frogged and reworked in the coming months.

Blue Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

This shrug is made of lace-weight yarn.  Since those skeins come wing 1000s of yards, it didn't make a dent, but every little bit helps.

Swatch Shrug by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I had some mystery black fabric in stash, which turned into yet another doll dress.  It was hideous to work with, so I'm trying to figure out whether its worth holding onto, or if I should just find a way to dispose of it.  Which is a shame since I've got about two yards left.

Little Black Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And last but not least, we have the umpteenth doll dress.  This one is made from a tiny scrap of backing from a quilt I made a few years ago, which in turn was made from leftovers from a sewing project from my college days.

Bonnie Blue Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Whew!  I think that's it.  Thanks for bearing with me through all that.  I've got to be better about posting projects as I finish them next month.

And now on to the Themes!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 31, 2014 07:23:04 PM
Here are my contributions to the end of the semester project dump!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: And then there were two...
Project Page Link: ConKerr Pillowcase Pattern.
Brief Description:  I made a pillowcase for the Broomstick challenge in the Quidditch World Cup.  Since I still had more of the fabric in my stash and no real idea of what to use it for, I made a nearly exact duplicate of the previous case.  I think the only real difference is the color of bobbin thread. Pictured here with its identical twin.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bonnie Blue Dress
Project Page Link: Made using this pattern
Brief Description: Surprising no-one, I have made more doll clothes.  This one fulfills the blue requirement, and is flowered patterns.  Given how much water my flowers need at this time of the year it seemed fitting.

Bonnie Blue Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bunny Blobs
Project Page Link: Tiny Baby Bunnies Pattern
Brief Description: I love bunnies more than is probably reasonable, so when I found a mochimochi pattern that combined my love for rabbits and itty bitty things, I knew I had to try it.  Yes, they may look more like lumps with antennae, but they amuse me.  Couldn't stop at just one (they are rabbits after all) but now I have to keep them from multiplying.

243 Bunny Blobs by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Bonus Action Shot:

IMG_5284 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

So that's it for the summer semester.  Looking forward to the new challenges for Fall.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 30, 2014 08:42:18 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Marshmallow
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Little Black Dress
Project Page Link: Pattern available here
Brief Description: Every girl needs this wardrobe staple.  Made using some poly-blend in my stash, which was horrible to work with.

Little Black Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I hope to have at least one more assignment to turn in before the semester ends, but it will mean a serious crafting marathon this evening.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 29, 2014 02:28:24 PM
Well, here's at least one more academic class for Hufflepuff.  I spent the semester flitting about elsewhere, but it was summer!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: The project has been donated to the library where I work.  Not a charity, but definitely not for myself...
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: How Now Brown Cow
Project Page Link: Lola the Cow by Auroragurumi
Brief Description: My office-mate and I were trying to think up a mascot for the library where we work in order to add a bit of humor to some PSAs we anticipated needing once the semester started (Hey kids, please don't trash the library ... Have you tried using the course reserves? ...  Look!  Bookdrops!  That sort of thing).  We are the Brown Library, so the idea of the Brown Cow was born.  I had never tried amigurumi before, so it took me a while to finish her, but she's finally in place and ready to give "cow tips" to help the students make the most of library resources now that the semester has started.

237 Moo by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: July Detention
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Swatch Shrug
Brief Description: I am terrible at getting around to blocking and weaving in ends.  I made this shrug in early July when I needed a quick travel project and in lieu of making a swatch for another pattern in the collection.  It sat at the bottom of my knitting bag for the next several weeks before I put on the final touches. (I made a nearly identical one last semester, but that was for a doll who was much smaller than this.)

Swatch Shrug by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 27, 2014 05:58:58 AM
Love the batman fabric!  Is it a map/play mat for matchbox cars?  Those are always lots of fun.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 22, 2014 10:03:59 AM
Thanks Chirel - that makes a lot more sense than what I was imagining.  I may try that with some of my tights, especially the ones I use under my pants in place of winter long-johns.  I think actual sheer pantyhose runs and holes will continue to be a lost cause.  Although I seem to recall seeing pictures somewhere of a person who embroidered their repairs to make them decorative as well as functional...
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 21, 2014 02:11:12 PM
Another last ditch effort for Quidditch points!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Keeper
House: Hooflepoof
Project Name: Gus the Octopus
Project Page Link: Mini Amigurumi Octopus Pattern
Brief Description: I absolutely love the way this little guy came out, even if I nearly went bonkers making 8 fiddly little legs.  I want to make millions more, but I don't think my house could handle a cephalopod infestation.

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 21, 2014 12:37:57 PM
How does one darn/patch pantyhose?  I usually give them up for dead once they have a hole in them and start using them for other things.  A lot of my home-made toys as a child were stuffed with old pantyhose - they're quite squishy.
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