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21  Dumbledore's Erised in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by AugustBell on: April 07, 2013 11:25:21 AM
"I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks." Harry stared. "One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books."/i]

I made this magnet for pottermouth in the OAHPT swap.  It's based on the above quote from Prof. Dumbledore in the Sorceror's Stone.

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22  Re: OAHPT in The Swap Gallery by AugustBell on: March 14, 2013 07:31:24 PM
Ok, brace yourselves. I've got a whole lot of AWESOME to share!!! I received from Pottermouth today and it's absolutely fantastic!!!! She sent me Potter Puppet Pals Organization Kit for Yarnies!! Such an amazing idea!

This is what she drew on the box...a hint of what was to come:

Here's the group shot:

Aren't they just amazing?! We've got a Hermione project bin for WIPs, a Harry stash bin for my yarn, a hook roll, a Dumbledore notions bag, a Snape yarn dispenser bag, and an owl stuffie for my son.

Here's a close up of Hermione:

Close up of Harry....I love him!!

Snape yarn bag. There's a grommet in the back that you thread the yarn through then you can close up the bag and crochet!

And there's a Hogwarts inside:

Close up of Dumbledore. How cute is he?

Hook roll!! I'm so pumped about this!

And now my favorite picture, my little guy holding onto his new friend before bed:

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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: February 07, 2013 09:10:32 AM

I've been hooking away on my granny stripe blanket...almost halfway done with my stripes then just have the edging to do!

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24  Re: First spin - have some questions. in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by AugustBell on: January 20, 2013 04:28:54 PM
Thanks so much for all the helpful hints and tips!! I dyed my yarn with koolaid this morning  Grin

It's a tiny little skein, but I'm excited about it! I have a 3.5 ounce pack of roving that I'm going to start on soon. Yay!
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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 20, 2013 04:24:29 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: First Handspun Yarn
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I went to a Fiber Arts Extravaganza in December with my BFF and while we were there we were introduced to the art of spinning fiber into yarn. I was immediately drawn to this craft, but it's very intimidating at first. I've been thinking on it since our trip and I finally ordered a drop spindle and some wool roving to try it. I received with my spindle a small amount of sample fiber to practice with. I'd say it was less than an ounce. I watched some YouTube videos and after a couple of terribly botched attempts, I was able to make something that looked more like yarn. I let it rest on the spindle overnight and then I soaked it in warm water and dyed it with Kool-Aid. I made a tiny skein from it that's almost 4 inches long when rolled up. It's far from perfect, but I'm so happy that I did it!
Project Picture:
Mid-Spinning -

Dyed and rolled into a little skein -

*Owl Update*
I've started my blanket! I've got 21 rows in and some wrist and hand cramps to show for it. I think I better take a break for a couple of days!

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26  Re: First spin - have some questions. in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by AugustBell on: January 20, 2013 06:46:11 AM
Well I didn't have enough yarn to wrap around the legs of my chair so I used my husband's hands instead. After I tied it and put it down it kinked up horribly.

Is this how it's supposed to look? Did I spin it too tightly? It's in some hot water now and I stuck a long cup in the center of the loop so it wouldn't kink up in the water. Did I ruin it?
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27  First spin - have some questions. in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by AugustBell on: January 19, 2013 09:14:08 AM
Ok I got my first drop spindle yesterday and watched several YouTube videos while doing this. I know it's far from perfect, but I have a couple of questions. Firstly whenever I would first start spinning again after winding some yarn onto the spindle, some of the yarn I just would would pop back up into the hook. It's like I didn't have it anchored right or something. There's no notch in my whorl to hold the yarn so maybe that was it. I also had a lot of trouble keeping the thickness consistent. It's just different all over. I'm hoping that's something that will get better with practice. Ok, so here is a picture of my finished sample fiber that I got:

Is it supposed to be that fuzzy? Sometimes, no matter how much I spun it, there would still be fuzziness around some parts of the yarn. I tried to smooth it by hand without much change.

Does this look right? Also, how long am I supposed to keep it on the spindle before it's safe to take it off? Does it need to sit for a while to let the twist set in permanently?
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28  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 17, 2013 07:46:04 AM
Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Draught of Peace Mug Cozy
Project Page Link (if available): n/a yet
Brief Description: For my study of runestones I've used my crafty magic to commemorate not only a great witch, but a great act that she has done and continues to do in running this awesome Craftalong. In honor of PINKLEO I crafted her this Draught of Peace mug cozy as a part of a small swap I did with Jennie on her behalf. CHEERS!
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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 16, 2013 06:06:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sock Monkey Hat
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  I made this the weekend before Christmas for my little guy. He really likes it, and I think he's pretty cute in it  Wink This hat was just in time for the huge ice/snow storm we got Christmas day. I've used here Albedo - the whitening, and Rubedo - the reddening.
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30  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by AugustBell on: January 16, 2013 07:51:05 AM
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Granny Stripe Blanket
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.) I have 18 skeins of yarn that I am going to be transforming into a nice adult sized blanket...for ME! I will be starting with a foundation chain of 214 and working 68 rows in granny stripe pattern using 17 colors, then using my 18th color to edge the blanket. I'll finish by February 13th. Here's my supplies minus the white skein for edging:

Does this count as a large amount of supplies?  Tongue
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