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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 02, 2014 06:13:37 AM
Just a quick clarification question as I start planning how to tackle this semester -

I'm still playing catch-up for Dumbledore's Army and have finally made it into the Lessons with Harry portion.  The catch-up time says 6 weeks, so does that mean I wait 6 weeks between turning in projects or that I have 6 weeks to complete 5 lessons?
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: May 31, 2014 04:59:35 PM
June Themes


paintsplash pink by niznoz, on Flickr

Color: Pink
Pattern: Abstract
For: Teachers and instructors
Challenge 1: Use the item in your stash that you've had the longest.
Challenge 2: At the end of the month we'll have been DeStashing for 6 months.  Take stock of your stash, tidy it up, and see how you're doing with your goals from January.
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: May 31, 2014 04:44:17 PM
One final project before the semester ends!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: May Detention - Finish a WIP
Quidditch: Thread and ribbon were thrift store finds, which I believe earns some kind of points
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mischa's Dragon-scale Dress
Brief Description: I started this project in March, misplaced it, then found it in time to finish for May detention.  My grandfather gave me a bunch of crochet thread he found at the goodwill, so I've slowly been making my way through it.


149 Mischa's Dragon-scale Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: May 29, 2014 04:05:01 PM
Those dresden plates are so cheerful!  Awesome work.  Can't wait to see what they become.

I have a few projects to post before the month ends.  I'm reaching back to April for some of these - I have not been particularly organized or crafty these past few weeks.

Exhibit 1 - Socks!

Sock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
I don't think I've posted them here, yet.  They're my first pair and took forever!  But they used up nearly two balls of sock yarn I'd been hoarding since 2010.

Exhibit 2 - Doll Dress

Sundress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
I make a lot of these, but they're quick and relatively easy.  (And the dolls don't complain if my finishing techniques are a little wonky.)

Exhibit 3 - Dishcloths

114 Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
That's two more skeins out of the stash.  I hate to think how long they'd been waiting to be used, probably since my last dishcloth kick 5 years ago.
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: May 29, 2014 02:13:38 PM
After a hectic month I'm popping in to add a few quick projects before the semester ends.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army Catch-Up - Sign the Parchment
Quidditch: Stash fabric and buttons!  Bludger to Ravenclaw.  (Also thrifted lace sash if such a tiny bit counts)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sundress
Brief Description: Looking back at my projects thus far this year, it seems to be mostly doll clothes.  So why fight the trend?  I used to make a wider variety of crafts, but tiny dresses are nearly instant gratification.  This one was supposed to be part of my arithmancy NEWT, but I had to put that on hold for real life nonsense (yay travels and house guests and getting ready to move!).  And of course, just about everything I make is from stash (and yet the stash never seems to get smaller - I have yet to figure out the physics of this phenomenon)

Sundress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: Made for a fundraiser my grandmother's church is holding for a little boy with cancer.
Quidditch: 2 balls of stash yarn!  Bludger to Slytherin?
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dishcloths Galore
Brief Description: I looked at the sky at sunset and saw lots of pink and blue and fluffy clouds.  Then I looked in my project bag and saw lots of pink and blue and squishy yarn.
114 Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: May 20, 2014 06:30:06 AM
Those granny squares are absolutely gorgeous!  And I love the lining of the slippers.
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: May 19, 2014 10:54:55 AM
There is no fail or succeed, only trying (how's that for a reverse Yoda-ism).  We've all set our own de-stashing goals, so you can just switch your area of focus as needed rather than writing off an entire year.  Learning a new craft is awesome!  Soon you'll be able to count those supplies as stash too.  Grin
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: May 17, 2014 09:07:13 AM
Oh indeed, I'm sure they do!
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: May 01, 2014 06:13:20 AM
May Themes


Cotton Yarn
by Fearless Stumbler, on Flickr

Color: Green
Pattern: Floral
For: Your yard, window box, or back alley.
Challenge 1: If your stash is anything like mine you've got a fair amount that was given to you by friends and relatives trying to reduce their own stashes.  Make them something from the materials they gave you.
Challenge 2: Nature Crafts!

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: April 25, 2014 06:05:19 AM
who needs rose tinted glasses when they have blur-o-vision  Grin

I read an article once that called the phenomenon "myopia utopia."  Works for me!
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