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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: August 04, 2012 10:21:55 AM
Class (or House Pride Item): House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hufflepuff Joins the Rest

This may be the teensiest bit dorky, but years ago, before the final book, I made "scarf" bookmarks for each of my Harry Potter books. Mostly Gryffindor, but the other houses got one each, except for Huflepuff. No slight intended: I admire the Hufflepuff spirit of We'll take everybody who is willing to do the work; I just didn't have any black thread and was waiting for some to turn up in the thrift store. I eventually gave up and bought some new and now, inspired by this craftalong, Hufflepuff finally joins the other houses.

The Huff marker will live in The Goblet of Fire, the only book with a major character from Hufflepuff.

And I figured as long as I had the thread out, I'd make some more. I'm always losing bookmarks (other than these HP ones) and one was intended to become my portkey on a nearby Muggle campus (cleverly disguised as a lost bookmark in their school colors) if life and poor planning hadn't intervened.

42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: July 31, 2012 07:25:30 PM
Wow! I haven't visited in almost a week and a half and there's an explosion of all these great projects, new people, and quidditch. I need to get busy; this undercover muggle life (job, etc.) is sapping my crafting energy.
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: July 22, 2012 08:03:28 AM
Class: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Water, Water, Everywhere

While I was waiting for more materials for my arithmancy project to arrive by post, I started toying around with my Charms homework. My favorite way to take water is to first make it hot and let tea leaves steep in it, so I thought I would make a cosy for my tea press out of this yarn whose color reminds me of water. (Moda Dea Cartwheel in Sea Blues.) I made the pattern up as I went. I hoped when I started it would look a bit like a stylized waterdrop. That didn't work out, but I'm happy with it.

However, while I was working on it things went a little Fantasia-ish, in that it occurred to me that I needed other watery kitchen stuff. For starters, other people had gotten all but a couple of the scrubbies/tawashi I made a year or two back. So I made a pile just for me.

I only meant to make two or three, but they're mildly addictive so I had to stop myself at eight. I also did two mint tawashi I haven't seamed up yet; other people got ALL the mint tawashi I made before.

Then it occurred to me I still didn't have one of those handy-dandy button loop towels for drying my hands. So I made a solid blue one with a crocheted top, then two fishy-print ones with knit tops. All three toppers were made up as I went. Conclusion: I'm still bad at crocheting back and forth, and I think if I ever make these again I'll make sewn toppers.

Also, tea cosies are fun and I want to make more.
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: July 21, 2012 07:15:02 PM
special_occasion, I really like the idea behind your potions assignment and it came out really well. It kind of ties in with your screen name, too.

Also good to know I'm not the only one who looked at Katara's sunshine ornaments and thought "yummy cookies!"

Fiber Alchemist, lots of good projects. I really liked Draco's little trunk. I'd want to put it under a bell jar or something so I could look at it all the time without fear of losing the tiny pieces.
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* on: July 11, 2012 06:26:38 PM
Pinkleo, those are all amazing.

Skier3439, a house elf head on the wall is a wee bit creepy, but the eyelashes really do make the perfect finishing touch.
46  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newest Crochet Project: Doctor Who Scarf on: July 11, 2012 06:04:38 PM
I have that problem with crochet as well. (Unless it's the classic granny square or a granny rectangle or triangle.) Frequent counting makes the whole thing a lot less fun for me, so I could never crochet a Tom Baker scarf.

Yours is looking good, Jinx. I agree about just relying on the loops and folds of the finished scarf to hide any small imperfection of the edges. People will be too awed by the whole picture to notice a brushstroke or two gone awry.
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: painted gamer sweatshirt on: July 11, 2012 05:48:03 PM
48  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newest Crochet Project: Doctor Who Scarf on: July 09, 2012 03:12:36 PM
Allons-y et bonne chance. I look forward to seeing the result.
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pot holders from jeans pockets on: July 07, 2012 11:14:00 AM
Great idea.
50  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for free sewing patterns for a plus size lady on: July 06, 2012 06:34:52 AM
I think the McCall's patterns website offers a plus-size tank as one of the free downloads its members can get. It's a free membership.

HotPatterns offers free downloads from time to time, and I have seen a tee-shirt in the past.

Try looking for a free online pattern called Sorbetto. I've seen lots of nice tops made from it. It's sleeveless, but someone made a pattern for sleeves for it. Not sure how big it goes, but it's so simple in style it ought to be easy to enlarge it.
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