Challenge: SPEW House: ravenclaw Project: Big Knit - little hat I was given some wool. It's.... well... acrylic, and a rather grungy shade of purple. But I didn't want to waste it so I figured I'd practice my knitting by making so bottle hats for the Innocent Big Knit (people make hats - every bottle that gets a hat earns 10p for age concern when it's sold). I usually use a much chunkier wool than dk, so getting to grips with thin fiddly needles was an issue! and, though I used the pattern from the innocent site, my tension must have been off since it's a little short. Still usable, though I will now be striving to better it for the next hat!
Class: SoAR House: ravenclaw Project: Plenty of bookmarks papercrafted bookmarks, made from old broken books and stamps I've collected from post I've received. for the bookcrossing Uk convention next weekend. more than a hundred of 'em, which I'd say is a true harvest
Class: Transfiguration House: Ravenclaw Project: walnut coffee cakepops my hedgehogs came out wrong... they each just have one long spike sticking out of the back they are kinda yummy though...
Class: MS House: raveclaw Project: Money can't buy love popcakes muggle money is all very well and good - but in a world where you can't wave a wand to bake a birthday cake, acts like that take time; so they become more valuble than money. So I made some caramel-chocchip cake pops for my daddies birthday, the made the muggle way. Because money - muggle or wizard - can't buy love, and I love my daddy lots
Class: DADA House; ravenclaw Project: another hat! I thought I'd continue my personal challenge to learn to knit, after what I did in dumbledore;s army; what better place to practise than DADA class, right under umbridge's nose! My decreasing is much better here, you can see in the photo that it's neater. the sewing up in neater too. This hat is simpler, it doesn't have the false slouches knitted in, so it's more suitable for a boy it's not the right hat for Peter still, but I'm getting better, so the range of patterns I can tackle is wider... and I'll get to his by christmas!
Class; Flying House: ravenclaw Project: We all fly low in muggle areas, to avoid being spotted, right? Well, I came across some weird game they have set up that you need to watch out for... they put string across the garden and they put wet clothes on the string and leave them there. It's just at foot height, so be careful not to snag yourself like I did; I almost came off my broom when i got caught round my ankle the other day... but I did come away with a new pair of socks attached to my tail twigs!
Challenge; Shhhhh! No project posted here ... nothing to see, move right along please ( DA Fear of a name challenge) House: ravenclaw Project: like i said, nothing to see, no need for any DADA professors to look at anything The Hat of Decreasing and weird pick ups at the back is done! Lots of decreasing, some weird picking up on the back, and some sewing up. Totally busted my knitting fears! RAAAAAA It's DEFINITELY a girls hat, so I can't give it to Peter, but I think my sister would like it for her upcoming birthday. Plus
~*COMPLETED OWL*~ OWL Subject & Option: Arithmancy House: Project: rainbow quilt shiz is bout to get pictorial whole thing
rainbow fabrics (cottons)
top part (felt appliqué on cotton) with sashiko-ish stitching
the whole thing is hand sewn except the binding which I did on a machine to be less intrusive on the design. I use a technique which is sort of my modified version of sashiko (japanese 'little stabs' stitching that I LOVE) so the back ends up with an outline of the front on it:
I used Winceyette stuff on the back, so it's super soft and fleecy, and I like how the textures of that work with the stitched areas
I'm really pleased with how this came out! I know it's a bit not-done to be self congratulatory, but I really am happy with this project. the guy who it's for (for his baby) is a really great guy, he's been so good to me the last few months during a pretty horrific boyfriend breakup (I had been with my feller for nearly 4 years. Then his wife rang me. Jaw, meet floor) and so I'm really excited to have something to show him how much I appreciate his support.
which bring me to...... a new OWL proposal! Because a few of the guys at work are starting or extending families, and I can't really make a blanket for Jamie without doing something for all of them. So, Brian's twins are up next: ~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~ OWL Subject & Option: Astronomy Option 3 House: ravenclaw Project Name: Double sided blanket Brief Description: Finding dark matter is a doodle compared to raising twins! Poor Brian (and poor Brian's wife!). I will be making them a blanket where it will be impossible to see the whole design at once, since it will be two sided (one side per baby!) The main part will be woven felt strips, with a linen borders and some felt appliqué decoration on the linen. All hand sewn again. I'm hoping to have the weaving constructed and start sewing it in week one, finish sewing it in week two, make the appliqué for the borders in week 3, and sew the borders on in week 4.
Most boring project photo ever coming up (prepare sleep mode now) Challenge: Lobster Bean House: ravenclaw Project: Cushions for Alice So, my friend asked me.... ohh.... about a month ago to make some cushion covers for her (the cushions she has are apparently so random a size that she can't find pre-made ones to buy anywhere), and she brought me the fabric and... I ignored it. because who the hell wants to make two massive plain white cushion covers? dull dull dull. but this bean made me make them, since - as anyone who grew up with my mum will know - nothing says 'home' like an excess of throw cushions My mum is obsessed with them - I used to get told off all the time for arranging them wrong (I'd put a blue one next to a purple with red spots one, when obviously a blue one should only go next to a purple with orange spots one) and even more told off for having Friday Night pillow fights with them against my dad (while mum was out at her step aerobics class) anyway, yes, throw cushions. These are very dull. BUT... look... I put in a zip! I never put in a zip before! 1 up craft skillz
Right, I found a suitable pattern for my DA project I reckon... at least it says beginner friendly and looks just about do-able (with some help form my How to knit book.... and youtube tutorials!) I cast on this morning (what was that I said about not starting new projects until I'd finished some....)
got a couple of my smaller projects done at least!
Challenge: House Unity House: Ravenclaw Project: bookcrossing Olympics postcards so... inspired by Pinkleo & Jennie, I decided to try to create something similar to the HPC on the other site I use a lot, bookcrossing. What I ended up with was the Bookcrossing Olympics. Bookcrossing is basically about taking books (one's your finished reading and don't want to keep) and leaving them in public places for whoever passes by to take. It's pretty awesome. For the Olympics, I created 'events' (analogous to our classes) - some where competitive so had a 'winner' element, like 'leave a book in the highest place possible' or the coldest place... or the heaviest book... or whatever. and some where just 'themed' releases like 'release a book floating on water' or 'release a book themed to do with animals' Anyway, after 3 months of playing we finished at the end of august. Over the summer, more than 3000 books were released as part of the Olympics!! I am super happy! There are some great stories too.. people managed to get books released n all sorts of places, hopping from Europe to china and New Zealand, down mine shafts, in planes, on little home made boats, in liquid nitrogen.... all sorts of places.
Anyway, I 'made' postcards to give away to some of the players (I did a random draw from those who were interested) - stamping the back with the bookcrossing logo. I made 25 in total, all personalised to the team of the person they are going to
the Olympics are all about unifying countries and I tried to create some events that would work in the spirit of unity (getting people to play together as teams of 3, and for some events people from different teams had to work together) Oh... and, look at what colours I did the little Ballycumber logos in... remind you of a certain 4 houses at all?? (OK, those are the Olympic colours too, but I'll take it!)
Class: Arithmancy House: GO EAGLES! Project: what's the ultimate tribute to the number 4? A square! Four identical sides, 4 identical angles... I used a simple geometric pattern of squares to embellish this shop brought birthday card with a little embroidery. I'm really getting into embroidering non-fabric stuff I love how the taught thread over the card feels
rockmygypsysoul - that sounds like a great OWL project. have you thought about using conductive thread on the back and poking some LEDs through to the front, so you can have fairy lights on it? (conductive thread is my new craft crush )
Class: Charms House: ra-ra-ravenclaw ravenclaw extra credit: arithmancy project: I made (well.. decorated) this sketchbook / notepad for a friend of mine. He is starting out writing a book (non-fiction) and this will give him a place to make notes, brainstorm, sketch and generally keep track of ideas and information. I washi taped all the page edges, and made a small sampler to decorate the front. using threads that match the washi tape (hmm, fuzzy photo, sorry) - and learnt 8 new embroidery stitches along the way (i love these kind of small simple projects for trying out new stitches)
I lined the inside cover to hide where the threads finish, and removed the really ugly elastic that was on the pad originally (that held it closed) which i decided not to replace since that would spoil the look of the new cover.
My name is Vikki, so in arithmancy, my character number is 8. from the description, eights are practical, ambitious, committed, and hard working. I hope that my gift will help my friend embody these traits so that his book gets written - if nothing else it should enable him to be very hard working as he'll have plenty of paper to use!
that sounds like perle thread, which you are supposed* to use both strands together (not like stranded thread, which comes with 6 strands that you can separate and use as many as you like at a time to give different line weights) and yes you will need a large eye needle
*but of course, 'supposed' is only what you make of it
My patches arrived from craftsunderground! yay! I love them both... and beautiful beaded downton abbey patch
and this super cute flight of the concords patch
and my kit - tis is one of my all time favourite quotes, I love that I can have a patch of it now plus loads of awesome fabrics (these kind of prints are not easy to find in the UK, so they are an extra special treat) and some gorgeous beads
I love that monopoly board - the chance cards are so funny
dragonchilde, submitting an OWL by PM to pinkloe & jennie is fine - we have had people do that before for swaps, especially when HP swaps are running
first project... Challenge: SPEW House: ravenclaw Ravenclaw extra credit: muggle studies project: gingerbread dinosaurs so... I baked these to sell at a fund-raiser for our sunday assembly*. We had all stalls with stuff on sale, a raffle, silly games, etc... and there was a big cake stall selling whole cakes to take home... but no one was planning on selling just simple little cupcakes / biscuits that people could have there and then with a cup of tea. So I stepped in at the last minute with some dinosaur gingerbread, whipped up at a disgusting hour of early this morning.
ravenclaw extra credit: inspired by jurassic park, of course! but i had to eat all the 'raptors (and the t-rex) before I put them in the cookie tin, otheriwise they would have terrorised the other biscuits. So there were just veggie dinos left to sell
*it's .... not church. It's a weekly get together for non-believers - everyone is welcome. It happens on sunday mornings, and we have a couple of speakers who talk about philosophy, sometimes a short book reading, and a choir, and we all sing together... umm.... so, nice community of like minded people supporting each other and coming together to celebrate the good things in life.
I drilled some holes into cookie cutters to make this windchime:
I really like how the three sizes of cutter fall to sit inside each other like a little chandelier. I do have to admit though, my drilling went a bit wonky, and in a couple of places the spacing between the holes isn't quite right. shoulda marked it, I guess, but.. well... I was excited to start and got carried away Anyway , I used embroidery thread (my gran gave me a whoel pile that she had lost the tags for, so I didn't know what shade number or even make they were.... which is cool, but means I can't include them in my insanely OCD thread box, since it's all maker/number order... and these treads had been sitting over looked for awhile, I was really chuffed to use them!) to make the strings, and simply braided them. I hauled up my stash of broken jewellery bits and incorporated them along the threads - I tried to get a good even coverage of heights over all the threads. I finished each braid with the bigger beads, and in some cases earrings (mostly pairs where I've lost the other one)
It's a bit eclectic... and I have to admit that for a wind chime it doesn't really chime at all... but I kinda like that it's cheery and colourful
well, at least my first attempt to use satin stitch on a sizeable area - I've done a tiny bit of it to fill small sections like nostrils before, but this is way bigger. It kinda went squewy at the end - so I'll use guidelines marked on the fabric below next time I think.