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11  Re: Because we miss Harry Potter Swap! in The Swap Gallery by tasket.basket on: April 05, 2008 05:01:00 PM
I got a great package from ShardaeDobby!  I am really impressed at how she incorporated my HP and crafting interests into the items she sent.  One of my primary interests is House Unity (all the Houses working together, or being equally recognized), and that is a theme that ShardaeDobby wove throughout the package.  I also love reconned items, and she made me some!

All the goodies:

S.P.E.W. tote, reconned from jeans:

The acronym on the front is hand-beaded in Hogwarts House colors.  The back says "Knit the Revolution! <heart>, Hermione" (it's hard to see in the photo).  I had told Shardae that I thought that was a particularly "Hermione" sentiment, so she put it on the bag!  I love this.

Inside the tote:

A tiny box, decorated in all the House colors:

Inside the box are crochet bands (above) and Hogwarts House earrings:

I love these!  They are so pretty, and they are just the style of earrings I love to wear.  I am wearing them now!  And they have the colors of all the Houses.  I love that, too.

Crochet cuffs:

The little crochet bands and the cuffs are in the main colors of my two favorite Houses, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff!  I had been trying to come up with a way to express Shardae's two favorite Houses in one item -- something like Ravenclaw when you need to be wise, Gryffindor when you need to be brave -- but I couldn't work it out, craft-wise.  But she did, with "my" two Houses!

Hogwarts journal, front and back covers:

And the inside:

The first few pages are fact sheets on each of the four Houses: a quote from the books, House colors and symbols, well know members of the House, and so on.  The lines of the Sorting Hat's songs are on the tops of the pages throughout the book.  This is such a Ravenclaw item: when I opened up the journal, I could *feel* the research, lol!  And it's super cute.  I'm going to use it as a Swap Journal or as a general crafting log.   

The bag of candy (seen in the group shot) is also really cool.  My favorite fanfic is a parody of Veela!fic, in which peppermint candies are used to ward off Veela influence.  Shardae has given me a whole bag of Veela-deterrent (peppermints), convieniently labled, "In case of Veela Emergency, throw to victim.  Do Not approach Veela!" -- straight from the fic!  I laughed so hard, and I'm laughing again as I write this.

Thank you, ShardaeDobby, for a wonderful swap package.  You took my fannish interests and made them material, and so creatively.  I love everything.

Kitty approved!

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12  First Project Post -- Cotton Drawstring Purse in Knitting: Completed Projects by tasket.basket on: February 26, 2008 05:37:43 PM
Hi!  This is my first project post on Craftster (or anywhere).

I made this purse last summer while my DD was away at summer camp for the first time.  It was the first time she had been away from home for weeks at a time, and I missed her so much!  So I knit her this:

Brown Cotton Drawstring Purse and Matching Small Pouch

The purse can be worn in two ways:

with two short handles, as in the photo above, shown open in the photo below:

Short Handles, Open

or with one long handle, to use as a shoulder strap:

Long Handle

I used brown cotton worsted weight yarn for the body of the bag, and a pink-tan-white variegated cotton for the stripes -- I am pleased with how the stripes are multicolored, even though it was so easy with the variegated yarn!

The purse is about 7.5" wide (flat) and 8.5" tall.  The handle is 23" tall when worn long; the two short handles are 11" tall.  (It can be worn on the shoulder either way.)

And a little matching pouch!  The pouch is about 3.5" tall, 2" wide and half an inch deep.  The pink variegated was left over from another project, and the stripes plus this pouch used up the last of it.  The button is a wooden bead that made into a toggle.

I knit this up and sent it off with all my love in a care package last summer.  Back at home, it has mostly been used as a project bag.  (DD knits and crochets).

I hope you like it!   Cheesy
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