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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: October 18, 2014 10:11:50 PM
Great progress guys!  I myself have big progress to announce - I finished my NEWT!

Class: SoAR NEWT
House: Gryffindor
Name: Classic Pooh Birth Sampler

So I wanted to make my son a cross-stitched birth sampler like my daughter's, and since hers was Beatrix Potter (completed a number of semesters ago) I thought I'd make his Classic Pooh.  I found one I loved...and the kit was no longer in print.  There are NO Classic Pooh kits of any kind currently in print that I could find anywhere, and no patterns available.  I took a few images off the net and had a friend alter them in photoshop so I could see the individual stitches.  I graphed it into excel by hand, then started stitching.

I had to seam rip out a few things because the colours weren't right, and I had to redo the name a few times to get it right as well.  

I'm so proud of this epic piece, since I really had to do it start to finish.  It's not framed yet because I haven't found an appropriately sized one - since it's square it makes it a lot more difficult.  I might have to give up and get a custom frame.




I also have a couple classes to submit:

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: A Minecraft Hallowe'en

I saw this tutorial on EPBOT and LOVED it!  I had no friggin' idea how much work it would be though.  The grid to paint it is 16x16 on 4 sides (3 sides and the top), with 4 colours of orange and 3 colours of brown.  I'll be putting two orange glowsticks in it on Hallowe'en!



Challenge: Broccoli Bean
House: Gryffindor
Name: A Minecraft Hallowe'en (Part 2)

This creeper head is definitely appropriate because Minecraft was introduced to me when I was very ill after gallbladder surgery by one of my now-best friends.  It's also a head...though not worn on the head Wink  And just happens to be green!  This will get green glowsticks on Hallowe'en.  It was a much faster paint, being only an 8x8 grid, using 5 greens and 2 greys.





And since I finished my NEWT, I'll propose another!  

NEWT Subject: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Christmas Stocking
Brief Description:

The first Winter semester I made my daughter her Christmas stocking, which was one of those felt kits.  I will be doing a Charms NEWT inspired by the baubles Professor Flitwick used to decorate the Christmas trees, since my son's stocking is also one of these kits, with many fine decorations and a lot of fancy wand (needle) work.  Obviously this needs to be finished by Christmas, and preferably by December 1st as that's when I decorate for the season!
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: October 08, 2014 11:20:16 AM
This is just a drive-by project posting because I'm completely out of Pepper-Up potion and feeling miserable Sad

Challenge: Shrimp Bean
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: 1st creepy cross-stitch

The MARVELOUS Whistlefish donated a prize for Gryffindors, which I won!  I knew I needed to stitch at least one piece right away, and this fits the prompt because it's both under 4" by 4" AND it's a smaller part of a larger Hallowe'en banner I'm going to make.  The banner probably won't be done in time for Hallowe'en as I'm going to make at least 5 squares for it, but we'll see!



Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: Alphabet Monster!

I'm always trying to come up with activities to entertain my very busy toddler, and since she's had the ABC song down for awhile I thought next we should work on recognizing letters!  This was a *difficult* project because it requires SO many drink lids, it took several months to amass enough to make all the letters!  She gets a kick out of holding them up, and for now I name the letters and she echoes.  Hopefully soon we can start with "Can you feed the monster L?" to help her practice.  It really did take more than 30 minutes too, as I was very careful to make the letters legible, went over some a few times, and then drew the face on the wipes container (it's decorated under the lifted lid as well). 

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: September 27, 2014 09:48:42 AM
@Mistress Jennie - No worries!  I just thought I'd ask Smiley  Maybe I can hit up some Michaels sales and start amassing supplies for my own Smiley  I sure wish shipping to Canada was cheaper, so many online craft stores wind up prohibitively expensive at the end, especially if wind up charged duty as well.  Also, I cannot state enough  Shocked Shocked Shocked at the quilt and lovely jewellery.  I bow to your crafty awesomeness.

@noodle-bug - I'll PM you shortly (and if I forget with the craziness of baby-toddler brain, feel free to PM me to remind me!) with my info!  And that hoopla is great - Potter Puppet Pals is so much fun.

@VincentVanBuck - That's a fun TM patch!  I love the ideas of those - I should try one out.
@J_Kievet - Such a pretty wreath!  I need to make a fall one myself.
@DragonChilde - I'm glad you're feeling better Wink  Those look like very yummy shortbreads.
@Abbeeroad - wow that might be a way I'd ACTUALLY eat green beans, lol!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: Poofy tutu

Michaels had a 2-for-1 deal on for their 6" tulle this past week, so I decided to make my girl a poofy tutu.  It's a little big as I designed it to be just right for Valentine's day!  After all, Aphrodite is the goddess of love (and mother of Cupid)!  It's pink and ivory tulle, cut into around 16" strips, and with 3 pieces of tulle in each slip knot.



Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: Ewok

I looked into the future, and was again reminded that Hallowe'en was coming up!  I need to make my son a costume!  I had originally been wanting to turn him into C-3PO to go with R2-tutu, but then I thought of how cute an Ewok would be and, well...




*as an aside, I have no idea how to fix all my sideways photos.  They were taken in the right aspect, show up correctly on my computer, and post sideways here.  If I rotate them so they're SIDEWAYS on my computer but would be correct in Craftster, they end up overrotated and either upside-down or sideways the other way on here!!!
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: September 22, 2014 06:21:52 PM
@Avesthel - cute little stockings, they're so sweet!
@jenleahlynn - what a great gift for your niece!
@Whistlefish - HA!  I love that onesie.  So appropriate.
@MistressJennie - how I LOVE your kits.  Off-topic, can kits be purchased from you as well?  I loved making mine so much a few semesters ago I'm thinking of treating myself once Christmas rolls around! Cheesy

@noodle-bug: I'm up for that!  Should we include a little info section about what might be helpful colours or sizes?

I have another project to submit - I finished it a few days ago but TOTALLY forgot about the headmistress prompt!

Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - September
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: More apple sauce!

I had to cook up the rest of the apples that were given to me, but I decided this time I would sweeten it more (crabapples are very tart) and also sieve it to make it extra smooth.

6 lb of crab apples
2 cups of sugar
enough water to come up to the top level of the apples

Remove the stems and cut off the blossom ends of all the apples.  No need to core or peel them, in fact the gorgeous colours come from the skins!  

Empty the apples into a large slow cooker.  Add enough water that it just reaches the top of the apples, and stir in two cups of sugar.  You can use more or less sugar as your taste prefers.  Cook on high 4-6 hours, until apples are completely soft.

Mash apples with a potato masher, then blend with a stick blender.  Force puree through a fine-meshed sieve, periodically removing the tough cores, seeds, and fibrous portions of pulp (crabapples have a stringy fibre around the cores).

The apple sauce is done!  If you wish to can it for shelf-stable storage, you will also need clean, sterilized mason jars (I found this recipe made around 4 quarts), two part sealing lids with NEW seals (never reuse the seals for canning), a canning funnel, and boiling water canner or large stockpot with enough room for 2" of water over the top of the jars.

While preparing the apple sauce bring the canner to a boil.  Place the seals in hot water to soften the glue, and ensure your bottles are clean and sterile.

While the applesauce is still hot, ladle it into the jars using the canning funnel, making sure to leave at least an inch of headspace (empty space) from the top.  That's usually to the shoulders of the jar/bottom of the neck.  Wipe the rims with a clean paper towel to ensure a good seal can form, place the seals on, then screw the rings on to fingertip tight.

Place the jars into your boiling water canner, making sure it's at a rolling boil.  Process for the recommended amount of time for your altitude as recommended by the USDA http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/applesauce.html.  For me this is 20 minutes.  You do not start counting the time until the canner returns to a full rolling boil.

Remove the jars carefully and place on a protected surface where they can remain undisturbed until they cool fully (can take up to 12 hours).  Once the jars have cooled, check that all the seals have popped.  If any have not, place them in the fridge to be used in the next 4 weeks or so.  Label with the date and you're done!



The colour on this applesauce is much darker and redder than the first batch, as the skin colour on the apples deepened while they sat on the counter.
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5  Cabling without a cable needle - tutorial! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tiamatfire on: September 16, 2014 08:59:21 PM
Over in the Harry Potter craftalong I posted a tutorial for cabling without a cable needle so I thought I'd share it here too!

Left-crossing cable:



Knit to where the cable crossing occurs - this is a left-crossing cable, so the first two stitches we're slipping in the next step cross BEHIND the next two.



Yarn in front, THEN slip the next two stitches to your right hand needle purlwise.



Yarn to back



Knit the next two stitches



Slip left-hand needle into the first two stitches FROM THE BACK



Pull the right hand needle out of all 4 stitches, while gripping the work right beneath the needle to keep the two live stitches from dropping.



Pick up live stitches with right hand needle, making sure not to twist.  The stitches are now crossed!



Bring working yarn to back again and now knit the two stitches on the left hand needle (these are the stitches that got slipped at the beginning).



Done!  The completed cross.


Right-handed crossing:



Knit (or in this case, purl) to your crossing.



Slip the first two stitches to your right hand needle purlwise.  Since this is a right-handed crossing, these slipped stitches will cross in front of (rather than behind) the two after.  No need to move the working yarn this time, leave it in back.




Knit the next two stitches.



Pick up the slipped stitches with the left-hand needle from the FRONT.



Pull the right hand needle out of all four stitches, again while holding tightly directly underneath the needles so that the live stitches aren't lost.




Pick up the live stitches with the right hand needle, being sure not to twist.  The cables are now crossed!



Knit the next two stitches (the ones that were slipped at the beginning).  



Done!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: September 13, 2014 02:18:38 PM
IMAGE HEAVY!

I do it this way!  (Hmmm, is there a class this would count for?  Maybe mine, since it helps people see clearly how to cross cables without a cable needle?  Headmistress Jennie - verdict?)

EDIT:

Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
SPEW:N/A
Name: Cabling without a cable needle - tutorial - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435705.0#axzz3DXfOTD8r

Left-crossing cable:



Knit to where the cable crossing occurs - this is a left-crossing cable, so the first two stitches we're slipping in the next step cross BEHIND the next two.



Yarn in front, THEN slip the next two stitches to your right hand needle purlwise.



Yarn to back



Knit the next two stitches



Slip left-hand needle into the first two stitches FROM THE BACK



Pull the right hand needle out of all 4 stitches, while gripping the work right beneath the needle to keep the two live stitches from dropping.



Pick up live stitches with right hand needle, making sure not to twist.  The stitches are now crossed!



Bring working yarn to back again and now knit the two stitches on the left hand needle (these are the stitches that got slipped at the beginning).



Done!  The completed cross.


Right-handed crossing:



Knit (or in this case, purl) to your crossing.



Slip the first two stitches to your right hand needle purlwise.  Since this is a right-handed crossing, these slipped stitches will cross in front of (rather than behind) the two after.  No need to move the working yarn this time, leave it in back.




Knit the next two stitches.



Pick up the slipped stitches with the left-hand needle from the FRONT.



Pull the right hand needle out of all four stitches, again while holding tightly directly underneath the needles so that the live stitches aren't lost.




Pick up the live stitches with the right hand needle, being sure not to twist.  The cables are now crossed!



Knit the next two stitches (the ones that were slipped at the beginning).  



Done!
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: September 13, 2014 07:00:52 AM
@Moonflame - thanks!  It's hard to be creative sometimes with baby food, I'd like to start doing fruits with him too soon!  And OMG those little pumpkins are just too adorable.  I wish I could sculpt with clay but I'm terrible at it!

@noodle-bug - good job with the cables!  If you really like it, it's awesome to learn to cable without a cable needle (if you haven't already).  Once less thing to keep track of while you're knitting, and faster than slipping stitches off and on it as well. 

Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: Crabapple Sauce

So a friend of mine has a crabapple tree in her yard, but doesn't can or preserve or anything.  When I put out a call for any fruit people didn't want, she said I could have the apples!  They were definitely found outside, in nature, right in her yard! Smiley  The tree had 12 lbs  Shocked  so this is just under half of the apples, cooked down into 4 quarts (plus another cup or so) of applesauce.  We just cut of the stems and blossom end, chucked them in the dutch oven, added just enough water to reach the top of the apples, 1.5 cups of sugar (they were VERY tart) and simmered them down to sauce!  I mashed them, and then ran them through with a stick blender.  I don't own a food mill right now, so I just hot packed and water canned them as is, before serving though they need to go through a food mill or sieve as the little capsules around the seeds are still present in the sauce.  That pink colour is from the skins, isn't it glorious?



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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: September 12, 2014 11:02:49 AM
@gaudiknight - fun blanket!  And great SPEW donation
@Moonflame - YAY cupcake bag, ha!  And perfect fall cards
@calliemae - I might just have to try that pasta!  I'm always boggled by eggplant
@noodle-bug - that is a fantastic quote on the bookmarks

And yes, SNOW.  I know I live in Canada (and a ways north of the border too) but still, SNOW?!?  They got like 20cm south of us in Calgary, so much so that it snapped tree branches all over the place because the leaves haven't even fallen yet and captured all the snow.

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: Brown sugar peach-ginger jam

I noticed the peaches in the fridge were starting to go, and they were kind of mealy anyway so I decided to turn them into jam!  I basically slipped the skins after blanching the peaches, squashed them into a skillet (right off the pit so I didn't have to chop them), added a tablespoon of grated ginger, and a cup of brown sugar.  Cooked it down and put it into a jar!  I did NOT can this to be shelf-stable, so it's sitting in the fridge.



It's SO GOOD.

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: Bebe food!

My little Samwise Gamgee is 6 months now, so I've started making baby food!  I don't use a recipe, I just try to come up with interesting ways to cook and blend it.  He doesn't like textures so won't do anything like baby-led weaning right now so it's all purees!  Here you can see pea-olive oil-mint, roasted kombucha squash-butter-maple syrup (just a few drops), and roasted butternut squash-olive oil.  I freeze or refrigerate the veggie portion, then at dinner I mix it with some baby cereal (usually mixed grain flakes) and bought pureed meat (neither kid will touch homemade meat puree).  He hates zuchinni, which was my daughter's favourite, but LOVES the kombucha squash with beef and mixed grains!



Challenge: Aubergine Bean
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: Yes!  A local drive for warm clothing
Name: Potato chip hat

Called that simply because this little hat pattern that I used for the R2 hats is so addictive you can't make just one!  I have had this yarn since my first solo knitting project, in a beautiful Aubergine colour.  I whipped out another hat, and will probably just keep making more!  The hats are warm enough for fall and spring here, and are very cute.  Although this isn't warm enough for deep winter, the local drive supports shelters for kids and teens with very little as well as adults, and I'd like to think this little bit of pretty will really make some girl's day!

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: September 09, 2014 01:10:31 PM
@ Antbee: cute hat!  Love silly baby hats!
@ AugustBell: wow, that's a lot of work - I bet he loves it
@ Avesthel: Such pretty earrings!  I envy people who can wear different kinds of earrings, I can only wear surgical steel or white gold in my ears Sad
@ Moonflame: That pillowcase is great!  Do you have a link to a pattern for a pillowcase?  I'd like to make a pillowcase for my daughter, since I don't have one to match her vintage Strawberry Shortcake sheets!

Now for my first 4 projects!

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: R2-D2 hat

My daughter is going as R2-tutu for Hallowe'en, so I made her a little hat to wear!  It's supposed to evoke R2's dome.  I used previously unknown type of shell stitch for the hat, as well as a flower making method I'd never used before!



Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: R2-D2 shirt

Of course, the costume needs a shirt to go with it!  I found a stencil online.  I used 3 things to make the shirt - freezer paper, paint, and a fabric marker.



Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: R2-tutu skirt

Finally, the tutu part of the costume!  I got this tutu last year on sale after Hallowe'en at the thrift store, but it didn't fit AND it had strange snowflake ribbon tacked all around it.  I carefully took the ribbon off, picked the waistband open, inserted some elastic in the correct size for my daughter, and sewed it back up.



Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
Name: R2-D2 two!

The first R2-D2 hat I made was much too large, but I decided to finish it for me because it's definitely needed in fall weather here - in fact, we got SNOW yesterday!  It also matches the fall coat I finished right at the end of summer semester.



As an Advanced Studies update, I haven't worked on my lace scarf at all, but I have been working on my cross-stitch.  The shading colours just DIDN'T work on Pooh, so I had to pick them out and re-do it :/

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: August 31, 2014 03:54:56 PM
Cute bunting!

I did it!  I completed this project in time for the semester!

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffidor
SPEW: N/A
Name: Minoru Jacket

While browsing around for a challenging sewing pattern (I've been having some extended baby blues after having the baby in March and needed something to accomplish, and that was for myself) I found this coat: http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/minoru-jacket/ and fell in love.  I already had the outer fabric, sleeve liner, and lining fabric in stash, so I just had to buy zippers, thread, and elastic (and the pattern).  As an extra bonus, when I bought those things I found some great water proof lilac nylon at $0.99/m so I'll be making another coat soon!

Anyway, on to the coat!  Please ignore my dopey face, I really hate taking project photographs.






The outer fabric is red corduory, the inner is a quilting cotton in blue with little red birdies on branches with snowflake-like clusters.  I made a few changes: I didn't interface any of it since the corduroy was so thick, I added side-seam pockets, I lined both sides of the collar, and lined the hood so that you could see my awesome birdie fabric.  This coat was fairly difficult just because the corduory was very stiff and difficult to cut and work with.  I had to recut the back completely, and adjust the front pieces as well.  Even then it took some corrective tailoring to get it all to mostly line up, and the lining isn't QUITE right where it fits into the hem at the bottom (there's a few puckers).  I'm hoping though the next coat will go better, since it's slippery it's going to be quite the challenge!
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