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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 24, 2017 04:19:42 PM
I just love your sense of humor, especially the tiny raptors!  Grin

Is it easier or harder on our Headmistresses with project dumps?  I would hope easier with linking!  .... either way *lets homework spill out of my Hermione bag*

TBH, it doesn't really make a difference if people do en mass dumps, or one at a time. Basically we have a giant spreadsheet with all the classes and challenges, and all the students - and we just fill it in!

Things that do make a massive difference (you guys are pretty awesome at this, i'm only posting as it seems a timely reminder given usual end of semester project dumps!)
* include all the information clearly in their post headers (eg, telling me it's a 'detention' prompt is naff all use unless you tell me which month it's for too - usually when we are tallying points we're not reading the details in your project notes, just the headers),
* fill all the requirements  (recipes are commonly forgot, and we won't count a project without one. Also sometimes pictures - occasionally people intend to come back and add pics but forget, or we do an update before they get a chance, so it's best to just wait and make the post when you can add pictures right then, or within a couple of minutes if on a separate computer)
 * if people are doing project dumps (even mini-ones), it's also really helpful if they can order them alphabetically by class or challenge title (eg Alchemy, Detention (march), Divination, Floo (Volcano),  Head's challenge (may), Transfig)  - as that's the order our spreadsheet is in, so alphabetizing minimizes our to-ing and fro-ing across the sheet (it really is giant!)

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 24, 2017 02:16:20 PM
Thanks for editing my homunculus post Jennie - I meant to pink-it-up myself and totally forgot Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Did he say diagonally? on: May 24, 2017 03:51:55 AM
Speaking of the end of term, we've had more amazing prizes donated for the feast!

Quote from: noodle-bug l :)ink=topic=451352.msg5426280#msg5426280 date=1484511601

Noodle's Notion Nest
Noodle-bug has donated...

A skein of fingering weight yarn, hand dyed in a gorgeous gradient by independent dyer Little Boo Yarns

Noodle-bug has also donated a Japanese Komebukuro bag kit, with all you need to make yourself a reversible bag in traditional style - including original kimono fabrics, drawstring, wadding and (of course) full instructions

*ships worldwide*

The Alchemist's Crucible
The Fabulous FibreAlchemist has donated
A cute-as-pie baby pheonix plushie

(Your Fawkes won't be wearing a Santa hat, since it's June y'all.)

THANK YOU to all our donors - You're part of what makes the HPC the great community it is!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 24, 2017 03:44:38 AM
Deputy Noods casts the homunculus charm - we are here!
Updates will appear on the front page late tonight UK time. However, since it's near the end of term I'm going to hide the number of points per house (to build suspense! Can you hear a very faint drum roll starting in the distance?)
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Potions dungeon on: May 23, 2017 04:37:00 PM
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 22, 2017 04:21:59 PM
Class: transfiguration
House: ravenclaw
Project: garter stitch stripes blanket square
I love how squishy, soft and bouncy garter stitch is, like a bunny!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Jennie, do you know where we are? 'Cause I have no frickin idea on: May 22, 2017 06:26:34 AM
There's a new floo challenge up on the board! Please note, this floo challenge will roll over into next semester, and be replaced in 2 weeks as per normal. You may attempt this challenge either this semester, or next, but not both - you can only do the challenge once Smiley

This week we are in...
Kyoto is renowned for being one of the last places in Japan to retain many traditions in their day-to-day lives and industries. For this challenge, please look into a Japanese tradition and take inspiration from it. Some examples are given below, or you may research your own and share what you learnt!

- there are many traditional Japanese crafts which you could incorporate into your work. Maybe try the sashiko method of pushing folded fabric onto the needle when stitching, make a hinamatsuri doll, or have a go at papermaking with plant dyes (like the washi tradition from which the popular tapes derive)
- there are many traditional Japanese patterns, such as carp, fans, and lotus flowers, and symbols from the Japanese zodiac which you could use
- copy the idea of fukusasa (decorating bamboo branches with lucky charms) by using a tree or branch local to you
- try making sushi rolls or mochi rice cakes
- take inspiration from the Happi tradition by making a headband which matches your favorite outfit
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 22, 2017 03:04:24 AM
Cute totoro stuff! The wrap is gorgeous, well worth the effort - I love the texture. And I love the tm patches
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Diagon Alley on: May 16, 2017 04:30:49 PM
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Deputy Head's Hole in the Wall on: May 16, 2017 04:09:51 PM
The good you can do

SPEW crafting is as a great way to help out AND earn yourself extra house points!

SPEW is crafting for a charity. This could mean making items that you can send to the charity for them to use directly (such as the hats which Midkiffsjoy has recently been making, donated to keep refugee children cozy) - or alternatively it could be making items which will be sold to raise money for the charity (such as through a craft fair or bake sale)

SPEW projects earn 10 extra house points each - which means that if you can combine SPEW with a class or challenge your project will earn 25 house points.
SPEW projects can also be submitted even if not combined with a class, and will still earn you the extra 10 points  Grin

Please note, crafting of gifts for friends is very lovely, but is not a charity action so is not SPEW Tongue

When submitting a SPEW project, please include a line in your project header to let us know where it is going;
In some cases it may not be sensible to give too many details (don't post the address of that women's shelter.... ) but you can use broad terms if necessary.

Some ideas for SPEW crafting...
These lists are not exhaustive! If you have ideas, please share them in the thread and I'll add them here

In your local community lots of places may be happy to receive donations of crafted items (I recommend that you contact a local resource before you start to make, to double check what they need and if they have any specific requirements about material used / size / etc);
- homeless shelters; hats, scarves, gloves, blankets or other warm items  for people sleeping on the streets
- maternity wards at hospitals; very small hats/ etc blankets to fit premature babies. Many places that care for premature babies also need knitted bonding squares to help pass pheromones between babies in incubators and their parents (this also helps the mum's express milk). Crocheted Octopus toys are also useful, as the tentacles replicate the umbilical cord and prevent emotional distress for babies in incubators.
- care homes: blankets, cushions and slippers to cheer up lonely folks and keep them warm.
- women's shelters: women's clothing / accessories, children's toys, bath and beauty products, housewares (blankets / cushions, etc)
- many areas now have collection centres for donations to refugees, accepting clothing and children's toys
- Animal shelters always need blankets, animal beds and toys
- Many places that care for eldery folk asks for donations of knitted 'Twiddlemuffs', which are used as therapeutic care for Dementia patients (details and pattern here)

Of course, lots of these items could simply be brought in a store - but please remember that to people undergoing a hardship of some kind, often just knowing that a stranger is out there caring hard enough to hand make them something can be a huge emotional support!

Use crafting to raise some money for your chosen charity or community resource
- through a bake sale or craft fair stall
- craft and donate prizes for fundraiser raffles or similar events.
- have a sponsored crafting event with some friends, such as a quilt-a-thon!
- Run a stall at a local fair making 'on the spot' personalised crafts, or teaching a simple craft; or run a game, such as 'How Many Meters of Yarn in the Blanket' (a variation on guess the sweets in the jar)

Specific charities who ask for crafted donations
Thanks to Pinkleo, LittleMiss and LesliesHappyHeart for many of these suggestions
Please let me know if you have a charity to add!

- Knit for Peace (UK based): knit assorted items to be given around the world, largely clothes for refugees or homeless people
- UK Hand Knitting Association Charity List (UK) database of various charities needing crafty donations
 - Innocent Big Knit (UK) accept tiny 'hats' to fit on innocent smoothie bottles, then sold to raise money for Age UK (helping the elderly). donations accepted from mid-autumn until end of Jan annually
- Wrap Pyjama Fairies (UK based) sew pyjamas for hospitalised children, using a special design allowing doctors to open the PJs to examine the child without waking them up - patterns and tutorials on their site
- Project Linus-UK (UK) blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children

 - Knit4Charities:  database of charities requesting knit items across Australia.
 - Uthando Project:  (Australia) Create dolls for the vulnerable children of Kwazulu-Natal
- Wildlife Victoria (Australia) yarn or fabric pouches which they use to 'home' kangaroo/koala/other marsupial babies who have lost their mum (pattern ideas on site)
 - Knitting for Brisbranes Needy (Queensland) Knit and crochet items for people who need assistance

- Blankets for Canada (Canada) crocheted, knitted, sewn blankets to Canadians who need warmth
 - Angel Hugs (Canada)  Craft a wide variety of clothing and blankets for those in need .

- Lion Brand's Charity Connection (Largely USA) database of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items
- Afghans for Afghans (USA based) blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks for the people of Afghanistan
 - Little Dresses for Africa (USA) pillow-case dresses for girls in Africa
 - Wrap Them in Love (USA)  Create quilts for children around the world.
 - The Red Scarf Project (USA) gives out red scarves to foster children; accepts donations between September 1 and December 15 annually
 - Knit a Square (USA) Crochet and knit items for vulnerable and orphaned children.
 - Teddies for Tragedies (USA) Knit or crochet bears, or sew bags for children who experience tragedy.
 - Firehouse Quilts (Colorado)  Sew snuggle quilts for firefighters to distribute to children who have been in an accident, house fire, or experienced domestic violence
 - Heavenly Angels in Need (USA) give baby cloths and memorial boxes to help families who have lost a baby, and children who have experienced trauma.
 - Infants Remembered in Silence (USA) baby blankets, caps, and prayer shawls for bereaved parents. Also accept scrapbooking supplies for parents to create their own memorial pages.
 - Bundles of Love: (Minnesota) handmade baby clothing, bedding, and care items for newborns in families who need assistance
 - Care Wear: (USA) Knit, crochet, or sew baby items for hospitals to distrubute
 - The Preemie Project (Iowa) Make items for critically ill infants and their families around Iowa.
- The Magic Yarn Project (USA) distribute fantasy yarn wigs to children who've lost hair through illness - they accept yarn, crocheted beanies (which they'll use as a wig base), assorted knitted and crocheted accessories, and of course wigs - patterns etc on their site
- Binky Patrol Comforting Covers for Kids (USA) distributes blankets to children born with chronic & terminal illnesses or drug addictions
 - Blankie Depot (New Jersey)  Handcraft blankets, hats, caps, toys, pillowcases, gloves, scarves, etc. for ill or tramautised children
 - Cards for Hospitalized Kids (USA)  Create hand made cards for kids in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S.
 - Case for Smiles (USA) Sew pillow cases for hospitalized children.
 - Quilts for Kids (USA) Create quilts for ill and abused children.
 - Caitlin's Smiles (USA) distributes arts and crafts kits & activities to hospitalised children
 - Ryan's Case for Smiles (USA) gives out bright cheery pillowcases to to seriously ill child in North America.
 - Mother Bear Project (USA) gives hand-knit and crocheted bears to ill children
 - Project Linus-US (USA) gives handmade blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children
 - Quilt for Kids (USA) distributes cotton quilts for children in hospitals, who have life threatening illnesses
 - Knots of Love (USA) distributes caps for chemo patients and blankets for incubated babies
 - Head Huggers (USA)  Knit, crochet, or sew caps for those who have lost hair due to illnesses or injuries.
 - Knitting Pals by the Bay (North California)  Knit caps for cancer patients
 - knitted knockers (USA) distributes knitted prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies
- Days for Girls (USA based): accept reusable sanitary items, given to women in the developing world to allow them to continue going to school & work all month long
- The Pink Slipper Project (USA) gives out  handmade slippers to women and children that are living in shelters for victims of domestic violence
 - Handmade Especially For You distributes scarfs to women's shelters. accepts donations of scarfs labelled with a message from the crafter to the recipiant, or yarn
- Threads of Compassion (USA) gives out handmade scarves to hospitalised victims of sexual abuse
- Enchanted Makeovers (USA) distribute homewares and toys to women's and homeless shelters
 - Hats for the Homeless (New York)  Knit or crochet hats, scarves, and gloves for homeless individuals in New York City.
 - Warm Up America (USA) Crochet or knit afghans, hats, scarves, baby clothing, or blanket squares for people in need
 - HalfKnits (USA)  Knit and crochet hats and blankets for those in need.
 - Shawl Ministry (USA) Weave, knit, crochet, or quilt shawls for individuals who need comfort and peace.
- Knit Your Bit (USA) honors WWII veterans by giving a cozy, scarves
- Partnering With Heroes (USA) gives out paracord braclets to service troops (instructions for making on site)
- Soldiers' Angels[/b] (USA) organises many programs to send care packages / handmade blankets to military personal
- The Ships Project (USA) sends handmade hats, slippers, and Cool-Ties to deployed military service-people
- Project 40 (USA - requires Ravelry account)takes knit / crochet blanket strips to be assembled into lapghans for nursing home residents
DOROT:  Craft a card for an isolated senior.
- San Rafael (USA) accepts knitted bird 'bowls' as homes for rescued baby birds  
- Comfort for Critters (USA) accept fleece / yarn pet blankets for use in animal shelters, and donations of yarn/fleece which thye distribute to old folks homes / commiunity projects for people there to turn into pet blankets
- Snuggles (USA) distribute blankets to animal shelters, knit / crochet / sew / no-sew patterns on site
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