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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: May 31, 2014 09:04:01 AM
jenleahlyn I'm so sorry to hear about your health - I hope everything goes well!

I have another hexie project in this bunch, and I forget who it was (noodle-bug maybe?) who suggested a fabric swap but I'm all for that!  Fabric swaps can generally be done for just over the price of a standard letter, so they're a lot of fun!  Maybe we could even make it a full swap? 

Here's my final few projects for the semester:

Challenge: DA - Department of Mysteries
SPEW: Not sure - it isn't a charity, though it's a friend in need!
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tutu 2!

Our friends have a few months of financial difficulty ahead, due to her in-laws (for whom she works) not having a contract at the moment and not being able to pay her unexpectedly.  Their daughter of course just went through a growth spurt, AND summer finally arrived.  This means she has no shorts!  I had enough yarn left from the first tutu to make a second, so I made this and will include a pair of shorts to go underneath for a fun little summer outfit. Her daughter adores fru-fru outfits so it'll definitely go over well, and our daughters will match as well!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Hexie bookmark

I made this hexie  bookmark for my mom for her birthday, using scrap pieces - so it's basically fabric that was going to be thrown away, rebirthed into a useful bookmark!  I hope she likes it - she quilts too so I thought it was perfect for her.  It's actually ten 0.75" hexies sewn into two lines of 5, then stitched back-to-back.

I have one more project that's for the strawberry bean, but it needs a photo first!  It's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic related though Wink
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: May 08, 2014 09:24:28 PM
More projects!

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name: Butterfly tutu

I'm not sure why I called it the butterfly tutu, maybe because the colours of the yarn are similar to a lace colourway I've used called Papillon?  At any rate, for me this falls under the "luxury" part of the prompt, because ruffle scarf yarns are normally too expensive for me.  I was able to get this one really on sale though, and the DK yarn it's knitted with is leftover from the sheepie sweater I knit wayyyy back in Summer 2012 for the very first semester of the craftalong!  There's even enough yarn left to make another one.

Class: HoM
House: Gryffindor
Name: Hexie cushion

My mom gave me this English paper-pieced kit, and I LOVED making it.  The hexies are all pieced by hand, then appliqued down by hand as well.  I found the work of making the hexies and setting them up very "zen" and relaxing, and I can do it while the baby is asleep on the nursing pillow in my lap Wink

Class: Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Name: Spring dress

I found this very sweet pillowcase set at the thrift store, and knew it would make a beautiful spring dress.  I added the lace, then stitched it up the sides and at the neckline.  My daughter plays pretty rough-and-tumble so I didn't think the drawstring shoulders you usually see on dresses would work very well for her, since they'd threaten to come untied all the time.  Luckily the dollar store had the perfect shade of grosgrain as well!

Challenge: May detention
House: Gryffindor
Name: Chunky knit pants

More photo prop knits for my friend.  They're made out of chunky wool so are actually quite heavy.  I started the pink pair back before Sam was born, but only had one ball each of yarn and that wasn't enough!  I finally finished them a few days ago.

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: April 22, 2014 05:16:37 PM
Great stuff guys!  I'm sorry I haven't the time to comment on it all (baby boy, while smiley a lot of the time, has also developed mild colic) but I check and admire every day.

Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
Name: Rainbow Eggs

We coloured eggs for the first time this year, and decided to try a version that made a "tea egg" look.  I boiled the eggs, my daughter and I cracked them with the backs of spoons, then we let them sit in coloured water tinted with gel colours for several hours in the fridge.  Some colours worked better than others as you can see, partially because a two year-old is a little over-enthusiastic with the cracking Tongue  They also didn't peel very well, I always have issues with the membranes sticking to the whites.

Challenge: Dumbledore's Army
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: Women's shelter
Name: A little luxury

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to have to go to a shelter, and how much suffering must have happened to get there as well.  I'm hoping this crocheted wash cloth and luxury soap will bring at least a little moment of happiness to someone who's really struggling.  I'm hoping to make more as well!

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ring sling

Well I wouldn't be able to get ANYTHING done, never mind crafting, without a baby carrier!  Little man needs a LOT of holding, way more than his sister ever did, and with a toddler all by myself 2 days a week (she's still in daycare 3 days to keep her place for when I go back) I wanted a carrier that was faster to put on and adjust than my Maman Kangaroo wrap.  This fits the bill, although it's not his favourite carrier (he prefers the wrap).

Challenge: Detention
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ladybug sweater

This project was banished to the UFO pile months ago, and I finally picked it up again so I could justify doing a few NEW projects instead.  Sadly, even though the wool was superwash and it said specifically to wash it in the machine, it felted slightly after these pictures were taken so I need to make sure it still fits!

Oh, and an extra photo of little man in one of the sweaters I submitted as a project last term!

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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: April 13, 2014 02:43:23 PM
Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Dreaming of Paris
While my sister was visiting to meet her new nephew, we decided to make macarons.  Ive never been to Paris, but biting into a true French macaron is a wonderful experience.  They werent too difficult, and considering I didnt bother sifting my ingredients OR aging my egg whites they went together surprisingly well!
Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Puppy Cake
It was my daughters second birthday a few weeks ago, and although were not a dog family (Im both allergic and afraid of them) she has something of an obsession with dogs (which she calls puppies).  Despite the adorable plans I had for rainbow birthday I caved and themed it with puppies instead.  The picture is based off a design on one of her favourite shirts.  Definitely uses two techniques and mediums cake/icing, and standard/star tip decorating!
Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Sams Shadowbox
I made my daughter a shadow box with some of the items from her birth in it, and since we knew we wanted another baby at some point I bought a second one at the same time.  I was able to put Sams together a few days ago.  It has my hospital bracelet and one of his, as well as the card that was on his bassinette.  I would have put his little hat in but our hospital uses donated hand-knit hats and it was absolutely huge.
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: March 20, 2014 07:44:56 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm sorry I haven't been on, but I have a good excuse...

This is our newest addition, his name is Sam!  I will put up a picture of him in a few of the projects I made soon.  I'm hoping to be back crafting shortly!  He was born on March 9th so I haven't had any real opportunity yet.
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: February 25, 2014 07:12:33 PM
I'm so sorry I've been remiss as a professor lately everyone Sad  Real life has just gotten completely out of hand, I haven't even really been crafting! Between the 3 weeks and counting of prodromal labour with baby, and trying to finish work, and get the house ready, it's just gotten away from me.  If I've missed putting your craft into the classroom post and you'd like it listed there, please PM me and let me know!  The points are still counted by the lovely headmistresses.

I'll still be here next semester doing a bit of crafting, but taking a professorship leave of absence.  I hope to be back in Summer semester once we've adjusted to being a family of 4!

I have one single craft to submit before the end of term:

Challenge: Bertie Botts' Tomato Bean
House: Gryffindor
Name: Little Boy Blue

This is another sweater to surround the new baby with love and snuggles.  It's heavily modified from a ravelry sweater I liked, done in greyish-blue baby yarn.  I had to rip it back once, when it was complete past the raglan increases, so it took a lot longer than expected!

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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 31, 2014 09:05:05 PM
Congratulations to all the new WotWs, and especially to Ant Bee for getting engaged!  I've caught up the Charms and Herbology classrooms as well.  Pinkleo, shingles SUCKS!  I had it on my right sciatic nerve at 24, and my husband had it on his chest two years ago.  Feel better!

Third trimester continues to suck the life out of me, with very frequent contractions.  I'm now 35 weeks so it's ok if he comes early, but I have a project I really want to finish at work (and a training course on the 11th and 12th).  So buddy you either need to decide to just arrive, or stop pretending to and let Mummy get some sleep Wink

Advanced Studies Friday:

I haven't worked on my OWL in awhile, as it's not a priority with all the baby stuff I'm trying to finish.  My cross-stitch birth announcement NEWT has made progress though!  I've got the pattern graphed out in Excel, including the colours but without the little "stats" section at the bottom which includes two little butterflies.  I've also matched the potential colours using my laptop and the PDF version of the DMC colour chart, but I need to see if they'll work once I'm at Michaels to pick up the floss.

I have one item to turn in!

Challenge: DA - Reductor Curse
House: Gryffindor
Name: Wee stitch markers

I needed stitch markers I could use on large knitting needles, and were also light.  I was tired of my heavy key-fob style glass beaded ones weighing on my wrists and getting caught up in the yarn.  Once I had my awesome plier set to make my charm bracelet, I knew I could do it!

Each stitch marker is well under 3", and I used the reductor charm to shrink down flowers and stars tiny enough to add as decoration!
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 11, 2014 08:50:16 PM
OK peeps who have been with us the whole 7 "years", prepare yourself for something I'm sure you never thought you'd see again...

BEHOLD!  I have finished the birth announcement of epicness!

Class: January Detention
House: Gryffindor
Name: Beatrix Potter birth announcement

For those who didn't start way back in 2012, I proposed a NEWT of a cross-stitched birth announcement for my daughter.  It proved to be much more epic in scale than I expected, and I put it on hold twice before finally setting it aside in discouragement.  Well a little while ago I had no inspiring crochet or knitting to do, so I picked it back up and finished it!

There's probably well over 100 hours of work in here, including graphing out the stats and completely seam ripping to (finished!) characters and redoing them when I realised they were misplaced.  It's done on 28-count aida, so it was very small and finicky.  I altered some of the backstitch slightly because even one strand was thick on the 28-count, so a few little details got modified or left out (like I had to move some of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle's prickles, and adjust some of the fingers on the mice, etc.).  Overall I'm really pleased!

Now I'm just in time to rest before starting one for her brother... Roll Eyes Tongue  I'd like to do Classic Pooh, but the one I found and loved is a kit that is no longer available.  I'm seriously trying to pick a pattern out by using photos I've found online and graphing it in excel.  Anyone seen any Classic Pooh cross-stitches around?
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 05, 2014 12:26:28 PM
Those marshmallows all look wonderful!  Do the eggs get cooked up by the heat of the sugar syrup?  I'd love to try to make marshmallows but I'm wondering if I should wait until I deliver.

I love the swanky rat cage as well, and the various hats and mittens!  It's COLD up here in most of Canada, and it sounds like a good portion of the US is about to get blasted too.

I have a few more projects to turn in, all of which I totally love (I'm a perfectionist so I'm not always 100% happy with my crafts).

Class: Arithmancy NEWT
House: Gryffindor
Name: Snowflake Afghan

This afghan was something entirely new for me, I've never made a whole afghan, and I've never crocheted anything larger than a little baby blanket before!  It went pretty well, though when I was in the hospital in December I ended up having to rip out nearly as much as I crocheted, because I kept making mistakes - I blame the medication Wink  It's quite large, though I wish it was wider.  I used up a full ball of Lion Brand's "Pound of Love" in white.  I have woven in the ends, but have not cut them yet as I had to use less than a meter of another white acrylic to finish the very last row of the last repeat.  It's not very visible in person, but because it's a photo prop I'm not sure if it'll stand out there from the studio lights.  Just in case, I want to know where the ends are so I can rip out the last repeat if need be.

Challenge: DA Shield Charm
House: Gryffindor
Name: Squish cowl

My aunt gave me some crazy soft yarn called Cascade Eco Duo, and I was looking for a reasonably fast project.  It's very drapey as it's 80% baby alpaca/20% baby merino, and with our temperatures into the -30C's with windchill I thought one of those big cowls you can double over would be perfect!  It's just a long chain joined in the round, worked in HDC.  It's so very, very buttery and soft, and incredibly warm from the alpaca.  I love it!  I have two balls left, which is enough I think for mittens AND a slouchy beret too.

Challenge: Protean Charm
House: Gryffindor
Name: "My Favourite Things" charm bracelet

The wonderful Mistress Jennie donated a prize last semester, and I was lucky enough to win a personalized loaded charm bracelet kit!  I gave her a big list of all the things I love, colours, I like, etc. and she built me an amazing kit!  I had SO much fun making the bracelet, and am now addicted.  It's OK, I have a huge stash for everything else so I can move some of my "allowance" into beads and charms Cheesy

It's perfect for the Protean charm because although it's a pretty bracelet to look at, some of the charms have hidden meanings.

There are flower and star beads because I love both things, and they are all in my favourite colours.  The charms are:

tea set, safety pin, book, measuring tape, kitty, squirrel, music, owl, fish, lightning bolt, sweater, scissors, and stand mixer.

Most you could probably guess from looking at them that they are something I like to eat, drink, or do, but a few are hidden: my husband's favourite animal is a squirrel, and I'm sure it would be his patronus.  Fish USED to be my daughter's favourite animal, but now she's completely abandoned them!  I'm going to be swapping it for a dragon, to represent Smaug.  The music is because I have my Grade 10 RCM piano certificate, and took voice in University as well as belonging to the Unversity's Mixed Chorus.  The safety pin isn't for sewing, but because I have one (soon to be two) child(ren).

Challenge: DA Fred and George Fight Back
House: Gryffindor
Name: Pecan Apple Spice muffins

Muffins wouldn't normally be a big project for me, but at 7 months pregnant, with a toddler, and needing to cook up one of the stir-ins before I even make the muffins it starts to get that way!  Plus, the first batch was so delicious I ended up cooking another batch of the apples up so I could cook another batch of muffins, so it ended up being a pretty epic project.

For one batch I cut up one granny smith apple, diced it finely, and cooked it over medium-low heat in a skillet with butter, cinnamon, ground allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and some maple syrup.  Once they apple were just starting to soften I took them off the heat.  Then I chopped up a handful of pecans, somewhere between a rough and fine chop.  I stirred these into my muffin batter, and then added in more of the same spices and baked!

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: December 23, 2013 05:55:45 PM
Although I'm not feeling well enough to do crafts that are off the couch, I'm going stir-crazy just sitting here.  So I decided to make my daughter a crown!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Toddler Crown

This crown is both gold (admittedly not shiny though) and is 100% pure wool!  I altered this pattern to be small enough for my little girl's head (she's pretty tiny), which meant I had to reinvent how to do the fancier points in the centre of the crown, which I basically just winged.

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