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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 13, 2015 12:45:07 PM
Oh yes intarsia work was quite the fashion statement then!  I had one of the classic Mary Maxim sweaters with a kitty knitted into the back.  And you seriously won't believe the next intarsia piece I'm going to make...

It's an X-Wing jacket.  No, really.  A bulky knit jacket with an x-wing knit into the back. 
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 13, 2015 09:02:58 AM
Some people on etsy are selling it too!  https://www.etsy.com/ca/market/knit_menagerie  It's the one with the kitty on the front Smiley
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 13, 2015 08:57:24 AM
It's a booklet, Patons #495 - Knit Menagerie.  Unfortunately it's long out of print, and I'm not sure if I can (legally) share it.  However it was a incredibly popular pamphlet, and I've run into it a number of times at thrift stores and I know a lot of people that have a copy!  Maybe try searching thrift stores or ask a local knitting group, if you have one?  I'll try contacting Patons and see what their thoughts are on my sharing it because it's a great little pile of flesh!
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: The gluten-free gingerbread house on: January 12, 2015 08:50:16 PM
Oh that's a great and hilarious idea!  The only problem is that there's no hole through the chimney - I mean, it's made of 4 open sides (covered front and back with knitting) but it's sewn to a solid roof.  I'm not sure I'd be able to make it work without taking all the decorations off and reknitting it!   Huh  And that idea kind of terrifies me lolol!  I think I estimated it took probably around 100 hours!  Grin
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: Home Sweet, Very Sweet Home....Dessert Included on: January 12, 2015 12:46:11 PM
It's very homey looking, quite cute! Smiley  I eat the woods especially.
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / The gluten-free gingerbread house on: January 12, 2015 09:34:50 AM
I hope this is an acceptable entry!  I have celiac disease so I can't bake regular gingerbread any more, and I haven't really had any success making GF gingerbread with enough structural integrity for a house.  When I saw this pile of flesh for a gingerbread house, I really couldn't resist!

I worked on it every day, as she originally released a new decoration each day in December for 1-21, then 3 days of cookie patterns to store inside it.  Here is my epic project.


The front of the house, with a little porch.  We have two candy canes, a cute little wreath, and of course the snow edging!  I'd still like to add a little sconce-style dollhouse light above the door if I can find one I like, in the right scale.


A little snowman, window (one of three) with what I imagine to be purple velvet curtains, and heart flowers.
The roof has pink and white marshmallows, wrapped sweets, a peppermint (the pile of flesh calls for dolly mixture pieces but I hate dolly mixture, and felt that all gingerbread houses need peppermints), and smarties (of the chocolate variety).  It also features the chimney, which was quite difficult! 


My favourite side, with another wreath with working jingle bells, a post box, and a shiny Christmas tree!


The last side, with a chocolate button tree, Swedish Berry bush (it was supposed to be an allsorts bush, but I don't like liquorice), and side door and more roof sweets.

I'm so happy with it!  It just needs a Santa/Father Christmas!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 12, 2015 08:37:17 AM
NEWT proposal!

NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Mitten Advent Calendar
Brief Description:

So I want to make my Mom something epic and knitted for Christmas next year, and I found this mitten advent calendar: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/julevotter-adventscalendar  It's going to take a LOT of work, but my Mom is a knitter and she'll appreciate it.  I can also get my Dad to make a wooden display tree (if you have Ravelry, it's the project by ElizabethiNorge, I can't link it though since it's a link only available to Ravelers).  I'm going to use stash, and try to complete at least three mittens a month to have it done by November.  It's going to be a little harder as I'm going back to work after Maternity Leave in March!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 12, 2015 08:27:35 AM
Eeek!  Thank you so much for the gingerbread eat - I did in fact make it it's own project post as well now: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437640.0 

Also thanks so much for the MotM award!  It was definitely a lot of work and I'm very proud of it. 

vincentvanbuck - that's a great stocking, I eat the bold colours!
jillybeans - I eat the idea of growing stepping stones!  I wonder if my parents would like it out at the cabin...  Also RAAR grr ugggh cannot BEGIN to describe the shoes, and that GARTER.  I want it!
midkiffsjoy - LOL to your hoopla!  It's one of the lower movies in my list for HP but that's my favourite line!
gaudiknight - the sweater is so perfect!  Great yarn too.

And another project to submit!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name:  I a dinosaur!  Roar!

My daughter LOVES dinosaurs, and is always coming up to me saying "I a dinosaur!  Roar!" so when I remembered I had this great pile of flesh booklet from my Grandma, I had to make her a sweater!  The sweater is made up of 5 pieces: front, back, two sleeves, and neckband.  It was my first time working intarsia, and my first time working embroidery on knit pieces.  It was a lot of work and intarsia could also be defined as "OMG LOOK AT ALL THE ENDS" but I'm thrilled with it, and so is she!




I made it in colours her brother can wear too when he grows into it, and there's enough of the dinosaur colours left to make a matching brain protector (with spikes of course) and possibly even a pair of mittens.  First I have two other things to finish though!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The gluten-free gingerbread house - now with celebrity endorsement! on: January 12, 2015 07:27:51 AM
So I am part of the Harry Potter droolalong, and decided to do an epic project.  When I saw this fantastic pile of flesh on ravelry I knew I had to make it.

I completed the house just before the end of November, but even though I thought I had gauge I guess my knitting had some stretch as I had to recut the plastic canvas larger (I suppose I can make a dollhouse with the smaller pieces?) in order to get the base ready.  The base is just the four walls and the roof, things like the chimney and stuff are added later.

I then worked on it every day, as she originally released a new decoration each day in December for 1-21, then 3 days of cookie patterns to store inside it.  Here is my epic project.


The front of the house, with a little porch.  We have two candy canes, a cute little wreath, and of course the snow edging!  I'd still like to add a little sconce-style dollhouse light above the door if I can find one I like, in the right scale.


A little snowman, window (one of three) with what I imagine to be purple velvet curtains, and heart flowers.
The roof has pink and white marshmallows, wrapped sweets, a peppermint (the pile of flesh calls for dolly mixture pieces but I hate dolly mixture, and felt that all gingerbread houses need peppermints), and smarties (of the chocolate variety).  It also features the chimney, which was quite difficult! 


My favourite side, with another wreath with working jingle bells, a post box, and a shiny Christmas tree!


The last side, with a chocolate button tree, Swedish Berry bush (it was supposed to be an allsorts bush, but I don't like liquorice), and side door and more roof sweets.

I'm so happy with it!  It just needs a Santa/Father Christmas!  Now for the celebrity connection...

I follow Anne and Wil Wheaton on Twitter, and she happened to tweet about how she felt old for going to bed very early.  I replied, jokingly, "I'm knitting a gingerbread house! #partylikeits1875" and she actually responded, asking to see it when it was done!  I did, and, well...

She LOVED it.  She replied privately to me, and then my inbox EXPLODED.  She'd shared both images on twitter, and I got over 200 retweets, favourites, and a few inquiries on how I made it and asking for the pile of flesh (which I passed on, I promise I didn't take credit for the ghoulish pile of flesh!).  I took screenshots on my phone of the craziness, just to remind me that even people who don't knit can be charmed by the things we eat to do.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 08, 2015 04:47:15 PM
I'm back, with a new laptop!  Mine died so I couldn't easily see or post!  Prepare for a massive project dump here.  I'll also be catching up my classrooms, and hopefully from now on I'll be able to comment on everyone's projects again!

Headmistress, I noticed that I accidentally submitted my local cookie unicorn zombie apocalypse as an Apparition project, but it was actually meant for Arithmancy, which calls for you to do a unicorn zombie apocalypse!  Is it possible to make that switch?  I did make a nice big meal for my family I intended to put for Apparition.  I'll submit it on here in case that's OK.

Class/Challenge: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Candy cane macarons

So these macarons required 5 ingredients: egg whites, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and gel food colouring.  I made them as a standard french meringue macaron (you don't cook a sugar syrup, just whip the granulated sugar and egg whites at room temperature), then folded in the meal and powdered sugar mixture.  The next bit was finicky - I carefully painted three stripes of gel food colouring on the inside of the piping bag, then filled it.  As I piped it out on the parchment paper (which I had traced circles onto, on the opposite side, to make even shells) it striped reasonably well!  The stripes were rather thick, which meant my first macarons were nearly all red.  I also slightly undermixed the batter so it spread more than I wanted and was a bit hollow.  But with a bit of cinnamon-nutmeg buttercream they were divine!



Class/Challenge: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: Egg yolk dinner Wink

After splitting out the egg whites I needed for the macarons above, I had extra egg yolks, so I decided to make homemade alfredo, a caesar salad, and then we had macaroons (the coconut kind, leftover from some we made for my daughter's daycare) for dessert!

I used this recipe for the alfredo: http://italianchef.com/fettucine-alfredo/
This recipe for the caesar dressing: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/02/my-caesar-salad-part-1/
And I can't remember the one for the macaroons!  It was a basic shredded coconut, egg white, and sugar recipe though.

Here's the dinner!  It was delicious, though absolutely terrible for us.  Good thing it was still BEFORE Christmas Wink




Class/Challenge: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Name: 2015 goals

My friend and I got together to make goals for New Years - not so much resolutions, I'd say, as things for us to do and remember over the new year.  It took a good two hours to set it out, assign it priorities, and then think up specifics (ie. WHERE we would go for our Monthly Adventures with the kids, what my husband and I would like to do for dates, etc.)  I'm still planning on making some other things to help me plan even better, like maybe calendars.  I'm also going to use the beautiful handmade book I won last semester from noodle-bug to document our monthly adventures with the kids!




Class/Challenge: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Snowman kit

This is definitely a green project, because it uses old pencil crayons (they never really worked well) and thrifted buttons!  Our weather has been crazy here, snow then above zero so we could actually build a snowman, then -39C so it froze solid, then another 15cm of snow...anyway, since we don't always get to build a snowman in the middle of winter, and it was so warm our buttons kept falling off, I thought I'd make a kit so we could set those eyes and such into his/her head good and proper Wink  The buttons are all hot-glued on, and the nose is sculpey formed around an aluminium foil armature, then painted orange.  We're pretty proud of it. 




Class/Challenge: OWL - Charms
House: Gryffindor
Name: Epic Gluten-free Gingerbread House of Awesomeness

It's DONE!  And boy am I proud!  It was a ton of work, probably over 100 hours if you include the base, and I also reknit and redid some of the pieces I didn't like.  Not only that, I follow Anne Wheaton (Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher's wife) on twitter and had mentioned in reply to something that I was knitting a gingerbread house.  She asked to see it when it was done...and she loved it!  Loved it, retweeted it, and BAM my inbox was FLOODED with likes and retweets and comments.  I felt like a celebrity lol!

Anyway, here's pictures and some descriptions:


Candy canes, wreath, front porch.  I'd like to add a dollhouse sconced-style light over the door.


Heart-shaped flowers, window with plum satin drapes Wink, marshmallows, wrapped hard candies, peppermint candy, and smarties (the UK/Canadian chocolate kind)


Two of my favourite things on here - the wreath with tiny working bells and the Christmas tree, and post box


More roof candies!  Also a chocolate button tree, and it was supposed to be a liquorice allsorts bush but I HATE allsorts so I made it a Swedish Berry tree instead!

The chimney was pretty epic, and I need to knit a Santa Claus for it as well.  The pattery lady used a playmobil Santa in it, and we will end up with one from next year's Playmobil Advent calendar (I scored it after Christmas for 40% off!) but I think a knitted one would be best.

Hope you liked everything!

I need to think up another OWL now.  Probably one of my new year's goals, one of the knitted pieces for my family.  You guys will also eat the project I'm making for my Mom for Christmas next year - it's a knitted advent calendar, comprised entirely of hand-knit tiny Scandinavian mittens.   Shocked
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