Great stuff guys! I'm sorry I'm not able to comment on everyone's things - I've got a weird virus that's causing a bit of worry with the baby (long time in L&D yesterday but he's looking good so far. Just stay in another 13 weeks OK bud?) but I did feel well enough to be up to make one project myself.
Class: Apparition House: Gryffindor Name: Parka jammies
We're starting a new Christmas Eve family tradition this year that's pretty common - we get to open new jammies and enjoy some treats with a Christmas movie. I had gotten this really cute PJ top as a hand-me-down but it didn't come with bottoms. I have some adorable flannel fabric that goes with it so I made jammie pants for my daughter! My favourite thing about the far north (I think I might be one of the farthest north HPCers, so I had to go REALLY far up!) are the traditional parkas. My Aunt and cousins lived in Yellowknife, and always had gorgeous traditional parkas for the winter, made by local Dene women. The little girls On this fabric are all playing outside in their own traditional parkas (please ignore the penguins - I am well aware they are a SOUTHERN bird ).
The best part is my daughter's favourite dollies are the 3 Cabbage Patches I got her from second-hand stores, and one came with a pink parka (with real fur hood) like these girls, AND I have enough fabric to make her a matching nightgown for one of her "babies".
Great bird house noodle-bug! I love that you got it wired up
I finished my cushion tops for my Christmas Quilt OWL, and tonight I'm going to get the backing for them and the quilt! That just leaves the quilting and binding on the quilt and sewing the cushions together, which should take me to the end of my week 3!
I've completed 3 rows on my snowflake afghan, and I'm not sure how many I'm going to do. I'd say at least 12, probably more - basically until I'm nearly out of yarn. A long way to go there yet.
Congratulations FiberAlchemist on the Witch of the Week! I really do love that quilt
As always, everyone's stuff looks great, and I'm especially in love with that scrapbook Moonflame! I did something similar for my daughter with pictures of our families (we really far away from everyone) and I'm going to do another for this baby! I'm going to have to get a lovely set like that, as my current matching papers are awfully girly
My Advanced Studies projects are going well, except I very much underestimated how slow I am at crochet, and how fast at quilting, lol. I'm wondering if it's possible to make my quilt set the OWL and my afghan the NEWT. I've worked on both for about a week so far, and I've already added on to the Christmas quilt project by deciding on matching cushion covers as well.
It's also the case that the crochet is much more challenging to me than quilting, so is more appropriate for a NEWT. Here's my progress though!
The quilt top is finished, but I still have to go buy backing and quilt and bind it. I also need to piece and sew the cushion covers (they are Antique Tile blocks, not strip pieced or panelled like the quilt top).
I was looking for something to do with my daughter today, and thought baking might be fun! She's started to be really interested in us cooking in the kitchen, and a pound cake (even GF) is a pretty easy way to start. To add that extra "pop", I drained some red maraschino cherries and cut them in half, then added them to the batter after tossing with a few of the dry ingredients to try and stop them from settling. It turned out AMAZING.
Great quilt FibreAlchemist! I love bold geometrics.
I'm sorry I don't get to comment on more things! My life is just insane right now Once I'm back on Mat Leave in spring semester I'll comment more I promise! It's all wonderful though, so much crafty inspiration.
I have a submission heavy post as well! The last 3 posts are from an epic paper crafting session today, we were at it for 5-6 hours at least.
Challenge: Sign the parchment House: Gryffindor Name: Apple-cheeked
My daugher was a very apple-cheeked baby (still is) and I'm betting her brother will be too! I knit this sweater in what I think will be a 0-3 month size, and the bright green yarn went wonderfully with these adorable apple buttons I've been saving. I still have enough to make another sweater too, for next fall!
Class: Arithmancy House: Gryffindor Name: Snowy village cards
I made 4 of these cards in our epic paper session today. The village is embossed on a pre-made card, I then hand-painted glue onto all the areas with piled snow and glittered them with extra-fine white glitter, and finally tinted the windows on the church with yellow to make them look like they were glowing. The words on the bottom were stamped with a silver pad. Unfortunately as you can see I had to cut the bottom off one, as it got badly smudged. It has the Happy Holidays inside instead. I'm hoping they'll lose their warp once I've put them in the envelopes with our Christmas picture!
Class: Herbology House: Gryffindor Name: Tree cards
Well, I'm hoping the connection isn't too tenuous! The whomping willow is definitely a tree, as are the lovely conifers on my cards! I embossed the green papers with an ornament print, then cut out the triangles. I also embossed the brown with a wood-like pattern for the trunks. I felt like all the pictures need a punch of red, and after not liking the stamp as much I put the square of paper in behind the others instead. And what better than a shiny topper!
Challenge: Dirty Sock bean House: Gryffindor Name: Gift tags
These will definitely all be given away, as they are gift tags for Christmas! I'm hoping to find a way to make them reusable - maybe I'll only put the recipient's name on them? They're going to people we won't be spending Christmas with (we live 1800 km from our families, and they aren't able to come out to us or us to them) so I can't take them back to reuse The snowmen are diecuts, the peppermint is a stamp, and the trees are more of the paper I embossed. The little packages were a way to use up scraps
Class: Transfiguration House: Gryffindor Name: Hedgie Cookies
While trying to transfigure my hedgehogs into pincushions, they became sugar cookies by mistake! Not only that they were gluten-free and had lovely teal buttercream quills. We definitely couldn't let them go to waste
The recipe is the Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies from glutenfreeonashoestring.com, but I made the frosting without meringue powder. They are fabulous, though I wish I'd remembered to add some nutmeg (my secret sugar cookie ingredient).
These slippers definitely use the number 4, as you need to make 4 soles for them! Each slipper has two soles, making them extra strong and squishy. These were made for a co-worker - after seeing the slippers I gave to my supervisor she asked me to make her a pair as well! For some reason the pink and brown together remind me of chocolates, possibly because I had quilting fabric awhile ago that had a pink background with fancy chocolates printed on it.
Challenge: Hog's Head Drinks House: Gryffindor Name: Mom's mulled punch
This recipe for punch is from an old version of the Betty Crocker cookbook. It's actually meant to be a cold punch, but my mom tried mulling it many years ago and it's a big hit!
Mulled Soft Apple-Cranberry Punch
6 cups water 4 cups cranberry juice (use 100% juice blends, not a cocktail with added sugar. We like cran-raspberry or cran-pomengranate) 2 cups apple or soft cider 2/3 cup sugar (can cut it back) 1 cup strongly brewed black tea 1 can lemonade concentrate 1 cup orange juice
Mix all these ingredients together in a large pot. Mull over medium low heat for at least an hour, but the longer the better! It's absolutely delicious. Everyone thinks it will be strange but ends up loving it.
I wanted to make a newborn set for this baby, and didn't have the extra money for a bunch of yarn. I've had this brown DK weight for forever intending to make myself a vest, but just haven't gotten around to it. Since sweater vests haven't been as popular the last few years, I thought it would make a great baby boy set!
I added some owls to a plain hat and sweater, since my favourite animal is the owl (also, cable patterns for squirrels don't exist, which is my husband's favourite). After finishing those I had more time, so I made booties. Still had lots of time, so I crocheted him a blanket! I ran out of yarn to finish completely in brown, but I love the cream edging I added instead.
I'll try to remember to post pictures in March once he's wearing it
Well, a real pumpkin is definitely a fall colour! I carved this pumpkin for Hallowe'en, and it was a hellish experience. The flesh of the pumpkin came off in thick strings, which meant it made a mess as I tried to keep the inside neat, and there's no substance to hold the carved pieces together - I had to use toothpicks to put the inner section of the owl back on. There's no denying it's kind of cute, but I can't imagine it's going to last very well until Hallowe'en! Oh well, at least there's the pumpkin my daughter painted.
Still no progress on my NEWT. Once I get more baby stuff out of my system and my sewing machine back, I'll be working on it again.
My OWL though has been going swimmingly! I've finished a sweater, hat, and booties, so now I've started a blankie in order to fill up the remaining time.
It's 6-8lb newborn sized, as Evie was only 6lb 8oz at birth, so I can't imagine I'd have a baby bigger than 8lb! I'm saving the booties and hat to take a picture with the blankie, so this is only a teaser
For my Fear of a Name challenge, the lovely headmistresses asked me to try and make something out of my terribly failed slippers. So after some hemming and hawing I realised the sole of one slipper was salvageable. I carefully cut off the top, poked a hole in the middle (the soles are doubled), and filled it with rice. Then I salvaged some of the semi-felted yarn from the top and sewed the hole shut! Now I have a nice rice bag for my back (I have a displaced, hypermobile sacroiliac joint from the pregnancy). So at least I got a small silver lining!
Challenge: Fear of a Name House: Gryffindor Name: Silver lining rice bag
One of the meanings of Jera is fertility - although it usually means fertiility of the land, I'm stretching it a bit to people too. It can also mean the change in life, and a baby brother for our daughter is definitely a change! No, I'm not submitting the baby as my class But I do need something to wear for a Hallowe'en party this weekend, as well as on Hallowe'en day at work. I didn't want to make an all-out costume I'd only wear once, and none of my other costumes will fit over my becoming-substantial baby bump, so I thought I'd stencil a little baby skeleton on a black shirt. It took quite awhile to cut out all those wee pieces, and even then I had to fix up where the paint had bled underneath. But here we go!
Advanced studies Sunday! My OWL is going well, the little sweater is knitted and blocking right now. It still needs buttons and possibly eyes on a few of the owls. I've cast on for the hat as well.
I was talking to Mistress Jennie and I think this project will work for Fear of a Name, but it's OK if it's decided it won't!
Challenge: Fear of a Name: House: Gryffindor Name: Failed felted SPEW slippers
So my supervisor at work is really awesome, and took in a runaway kid that's good friends with her daughter. He's running away from a bad family life, so they're having to completely support him financially. As a thanks to her for doing this, and also for helping me out with some of my field work, I offered to make her a pair of felted slippers.
Now, this is a pattern I've used before, so the pattern isn't new to me. However, our very tight budget means I couldn't go out and buy all matching yarn to make them, so I dug through the stash and came up with 3 different yarns that went together to make the slippers. I made sure they were all 100% wool, so they should have felted correctly. I've never mixed and matched yarn when felting before, so it was a new experience for me. Plus, felting is ALWAYS scary because you just never know what's going to come out!
The slippers were pretty epic to make. First I realized I'd miscounted the first sole so had to rip it out. Then when I was nearly finished the tops (which are attached to the soles) I noticed that three sole stitches had slipped off the end of one needle, which meant I had to completely rip out the tops and start again. After that, my daughter sat on a needle and snapped it totally in half. I had to rip back a few times on the second slipper, and also search again for enough yarn to finish the outer soles. After two and a half weeks I finally finished them, sewed them together, and tossed them into the wash to hope for the best.
One wash in, the soles had felted slightly with no felting on the tops at all. I took them out of the pillowcase I'd washed them in to try and let them felt around more. Second wash - more sole felting and no top felting. Finally chucked them through one more wash and the dryer, and utter disaster. The soles felted SUPER tight (completely unuseable) and the tops fulled slightly but nothing useable either. They are now only good for the trash pile, because I can't salvage the yarn for anything and there's really nothing useful I can do with the mangled soles
Lesson learned: it's a waste of yarn not to use matching types when felting. Also, try felting a swatch to see what happens.
She'll be getting a pair of CROCHET slippers sometime later.