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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 17, 2017 02:00:51 PM
Challenge: Headmistress - January
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pussyhat for Audrey

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description:  On January 21st, history will be made when hundreds of thousands of women will march on Washington DC, in support of women's rights.  As part of my quest for immortality, I am attending the march with a close friend.  Audrey has told me that while she doesn't personally want to have children, she wants to be able to tell the child of every friend she knows, that she marched for their rights, and for a better world for them.  What better legacy can there be, than one of a brighter future?  In addition to the march, there is a project called the Pussyhat Project, which seeks to have women wear pink cat hats, as a sign of solidarity with one another in the march.  It's also a way for crafters who aren't able to attend, to have their work represent them there.  This hat is for Audrey to wear as we march together!  The pattern is the Crocheted Pussyhat pattern by Brittany Harrell.  The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Secret in colorway Rosey.
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Challenge: Magical Me!
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pussyhat for Me!

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description:  So, of course I crafted for someone else....  but what about ME?  Obviously I needed a hat too!  Part of the pussyhat project is that the hats are supposed to be pink.  I know some women love pink, but I really loathe the color.  (And the implication that I'm somehow supposed to like it just because of my gender.)  So instead of a plain pink yarn, I went with a variegated yarn that held a good deal of pink, mixed with purples, blues, and teals.  The pattern is the Seamless Pussyhat by Joyful Darkness.  It's made from Yarn Bee Aspyn, in the colorway Mountain Bluebird.  
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2  Crocheted Cat Hats for Pussyhat Project in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: January 17, 2017 01:43:37 PM
I am very excited to be attending the Women's March on Washington this weekend.  I am going with a close friend, and feel so fortunate that we are able to go together to stand up for women's rights.  I had not thought I would be able to attend, but Sunday night a happy set of circumstances came together to make it possible, so I immediately started crocheting us each a pussyhat to wear as part of the Pussyhat Project.  

This is mine.  I personally hate the color pink, and even though I know it's intended as part of the solidarity of the project, I couldn't bring myself to wear a solid pink hat.  Tongue  So instead I went with a variegated yarn that held a good deal of pink, mixed with purples, blues, and teals.  The pattern is the Seamless Pussyhat by Joyful Darkness.  It's made from Yarn Bee Aspyn, in the colorway Mountain Bluebird.


This one I made is for my friend Audrey, and is made from the Crocheted Pussyhat pattern by Brittany Harrell.  The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Secret in colorway Rosey.


And as I was writing up this post, one of my former students, who will also be attending informed me that she needs a hat too.  So, here I go off again to make another!

Edit:  Here's the third one I hooked up for my student!  It's a messy bun version.  You can find HERE.
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 16, 2017 10:04:11 AM
~*Magical ME Challenge!*~
January 16th - 31st


My dearest fans,
The month of January marks an event I'm sure you've all been awaiting with bated breath, my birthday!  And as a special treat to all of you, I am extending an exclusive invitation!  Please do your very best to craft a little something for Yours Truly, and I will graciously accept the gift. 

And if you include just 10 Galleons, I'll send you back an autographed copy of Magical Me along with one of my signed portraits! 

The Incomparable,
Gilderoy Lockheart
Order of Merlin, Third Class
Honorary Member of the Dark Forces Defense League
Five Time Winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award


Oh dear!  Professor Lockheart is back, and he's giving out extra work.  For this mini-challenge, please craft something for yourself, because let's face it, you totally deserve it!  You may use any medium, and create anything that strikes your fancy, provided there is a place for that item on Craftster's boards.  This challenge closes with the rest of the Yule Term on January 31st.



*Special thanks to Hufflepuff HoH, Moonflame for the suggestion of this mini-challenge.*
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4  Detention in the Dungeons in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 15, 2017 09:53:41 AM
~*Detention in the Dungeons*~


This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects are worth 15 House Points and may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on May 31st.  (For example, you may turn in February, March, or April challenges in May.)
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 13, 2017 10:54:24 AM
Challenge: Trees - Candles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Thundercake Mitts
Brief Description:  I created a set of mitts to match the Thundercake Hat for my friend B.  The pattern is Quick Wristers from Crochetology by Fatima.  They are my first ever pair of mitts, and I'm quite proud of them.  I only had to rip apart one completed mitt and start over again with a bigger hook, to get them to fit right.
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6  Thundercake Slouchy Hat & Mitts for a Friend in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: January 13, 2017 10:52:22 AM
A bit of a story....  I spent 6 years teaching theatrical costuming at the college level, and in that time I had many students who taught me many things.  One of those students was a young woman named B.  She wasn't a theatre major, but rather an art major who specialized in weaving.  She was always dreaming up and working on something.  She had great sewing skills, so I hired her to work in my costume shop.  B. was always bright and joyful, happy and funny both in and out of work.  She approached everything she did with an open heart and a smile on her face.  She adored cupcakes and bright colors, fairy tales and Chewbacca.  She was the first person to volunteer to help, and the last person to go home at night.  When we needed someone to design the costumes for a children's theatre production of Cinderella, we knew B. would be perfect.  Children's theatre shows didn't get help from the costume shop staff, just the work of the student who designed it.  A week before the show, B. broke her arm.  She didn't ask for help, she just tried to assure us all that she could certainly sew one handed.  Two days later, she sprained her other wrist, and still she smiled and sang and worked and asked for nothing.  (Yes, I promise we did help B. even though she assured us she could do it all herself.)  

I asked all the students who worked in the shop to name their own imaginary Hogwarts House, and she named hers the Thundercakes. She even made a brightly colored House banner complete with cupcake and lightning bolt. She made me laugh every time I saw her.  B is 29 years old now, and lives up in the cold of Michigan, where she is a Jill of all Trades, one of which is hosting ceramics parties in local pubs, much like Paint Nights.  

And B. has just been diagnosed with cancer.  I can't fix it for her.  I can't even be there for her.  So I did the only thing I could, I crafted for her.  I made her a cuddly new hat and warm cozy mitts in all her favorite shades of happy Thundercake color to keep her warm and cozy.  I'm sending them along with an afghan I made over the summer, for her to snuggle with.  I know that this is just a part of B's story.

The hat pattern is the Unforgettable Hat from Crochet in Color, and the mitts are the Quick Wristers from Crochetology by Fatima.  Both are made with Yarn Bee Aurora Borealis yarn, in the shade Sandrock Mountain.




*Special thanks to crochet goddess pinkleo for the suggestion on the mitts pattern!
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 12, 2017 10:04:26 AM
@gaudiknight, I'm so sorry about your grandmother's passing.  I'm sure she would have loved her doll and its wrap.

Thank you guys for the kind thoughts about my friend B.  Just for fun, I dug through old pics until I found one of her Thundercake banner.  It was in the background of a much larger pic, so I'm sorry for the small size.  (Yeah, that's not a thumbnail.  That's the full size!)

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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 10, 2017 05:47:25 PM
Challenge: Floo - Empire State
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Thundercake Hat
Project Pattern Link: Unforgettable Hat by Crochet in Color
Brief Description: A bit of a story....  I spent 6 years teaching theatre at the college level, and in that time I had many students who taught me many things.  One of those students was a young woman named B.  She wasn't a theatre major, but rather an art major who specialized in weaving.  She had great sewing skills, so I hired her for the costume shop.  B. was always bright and joyful, happy and funny both in and out of work.  She approached everything she did with an open heart and a smile on her face.  She adored cupcakes and bright colors and fairy tales and Chewbacca.  She was the first person to volunteer to help, and the last person to go home at night.  When we needed someone to design the costumes for a children's theatre production of Cinderella, we knew B. would be perfect.  Children's theatre shows didn't get help from the costume shop staff, just the work of the student who designed it.  A week before the show, B. broke her arm.  She didn't ask for help, she just tried to assure us all that she could certainly sew one handed.  Two days later, she sprained her other wrist.  And still she smiled and sang and worked and asked for nothing.  (Yes, I promise we did help B. even though she assured us she could do it all herself.)  I asked all the students who worked in the shop to name their own imaginary Hogwarts House, and she named hers the Thundercakes. She even made a House banner complete with cupcake and lightning bolt. She could never remember the name of the 3-hole punch, so she called it 'the gherkinstile'.  She made me laugh every time I saw her.  B is 29 years old now, and lives the cold of Michigan.  And has just been diagnosed with cancer.  I can't fix it for her.  I can't even be there for her.  So I made her a cuddly new hat in all her favorite shades of Thundercake happiness.  I know that this is just a part of B's story.
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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 09, 2017 01:21:56 PM
Challenge: Detention - November + SPEW
SPEW: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Clairmont Hat

Pattern Link: Hickory Bark Hat from Elk Studio
Brief Description: Each year I think of things I want to make my husband for Christmas, and each year I have every intention of making them.  Usually in the panic of the holiday season, his project gets put aside, so I can finish items for our families.  This year I started VERY early, back in August.  I started the hat, but wasn't happy with the way the gradient of the yarn was playing out, so I frogged it, then put it aside and started the scarf (below).  Of course the holidays got intense, and it got put aside.  In the mean time, dear friends of ours gave us each wool tartan scarves they bought for us in Scotland on a recent trip.  The scarf they picked for Jim matches his coat much better than this yarn, so I was even less inclined to pick the project back up.  But as I've been recovering this week, I decided to pull them both out and finish them for the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.  Now this can keep someone in need warm this winter.  Smiley  The pattern is a free one from Elk Studio (link above), and is a great pattern for men.  It has lots of texture, but isn't girlie at all.  The yarn is Lion Brand Scarfie, in the color Oxford Claret.  (For anyone wondering why I named it Clairmont, it's a reference to Matthew Clairmont in the Discovery of Witches novels by Deb Harkness.)
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Challenge: Detention - January + SPEW
SPEW: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Clairmont Scarf
Pattern Link: Everybody Scarf from Fiber Flux
Brief Description: Begun back in August, after frogging the hat back, and restarting.  One skein of Scarfie yarn was just enough to do the hat, and this skinny but snuggly scarf.  The pattern is the free Everybody Scarf from the blog Fiber Flux (linked above).
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Challenge: Trees - Garland +SPEW
SPEW: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mountain Range Hat
Pattern Link: Hickory Bark Hat from Elk Studio
Brief Description: This hat is inspired by the wintery world around ME, which admittedly isn't very wintery at all.  We got 1.5" of snow last week, which is nearly gone now.  Nearly everywhere you look there are the browns and coppers of dead grasses and plants, and the burgundy of fallen leaves in yards  The sky is a deep gloaming blue purple in the afternoons, making you want to stay inside where it's light and bright.  I love that while this is the exact same hat pattern as above, the look is completely different with the use of a multicolor yarn,  which really highlights the textures in the stitching.  The yarn is Lion Brand Landscapes in the color Mountain Range.
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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 03, 2017 05:41:53 PM
Challenge: Trees - Icicles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Espresso Pumpkin Muffins

Brief Description: Since I had all the ingredients already out, I made muffins for breakfast this morning, even though they are too late for the Iron Chef challenge.  They are moist and flavorful, and must be kept at a precise 375 degrees for 20 minutes. 
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Challenge: Trees - Bells
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hoppin' John with Andouille, Greens & Cornbread

Brief Description: As part of my ongoing effort to learn about the foods and traditions of the South, I made the traditional meal of Hoppin' John, Greens & Cornbread for dinner on New Year's Day.  I followed the cornbread recipe exactly (except using cashew milk instead of cow milk).  For the greens I had to use kale instead of collards because the grocery store was sold out, and I replaced the cider vinegar with red wine vinegar.  For the Hoppin' John itself I mostly followed the recipe I linked too, but I kept the rice separate, rather than stirred in, and I topped the dish with the andouille after sauting it, in order to get some golden brown crispiness.  All three recipes delight the eye with their bright colors, the nose with their savory fragrance, and the tongue with their bright flavors. 
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Challenge: Trees - Fake Snow
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Steampunk Fairy Coloring Page

Brief Description: Over Christmas, I had a wonderful visit with my SIL and nephew while at my MIL's home.  Jennifer, Hudson & I spent a few glorious hours coloring.  Hudson enjoyed his kids coloring books, and I dug in with him, until my MIL pulled out the big girl coloring books for us grownups.  Kay even let me use one of the pages from her much loved Steampunk Fairy coloring book!  I was amazed to find I had spent several hours coloring this one page!
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