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1  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 13, 2018 01:08:57 PM
Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Stitch Markers for Curiousfae

Brief Description:  For my homework I decided to go with something flexible, that contains a hinge.  Or rather a set of hinges!  I made a set of crochet stitch markers for curiousfae, each with a hinged earwire.
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Challenge: Quidditch - Match #4: Wimbourne Wasps
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Yellow Dishcloth Set

Brief Description:  Score for the Wimbourne Wasps!  Set of matching dishcloths in the Fire Blossom Pattern.
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Challenge: Quidditch - Match #6: Montrose Magpies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Black & White Star Dishcloths

Brief Description: Score for the Montrose Magpies!  Pair of star dishcloths, with inverted color patterns.  
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2  Re: Scissor Fob & Stitch Markers for sheepBlue and Curiousfae in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 12, 2018 08:38:31 AM
Update: Curiousfae & I recently swapped some yarn we had received in Darn Good Yarn's subscription box.  After sending extra crochet goodies to sheepBlue a few weeks ago, I couldn't not send extra goodies to her too!  So I added a scissor fob & some stitch markers for her as well.  A curious little fairy in reference to her username, and a set of stitch markers inspired by some of her favorite things including tarot, photography, gnomes, glamping, the Frog Prince, a K for her initial, a fae, paw print for her pup, rose, miniature fairy/gnome house, and a heart.   Smiley

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3  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 11, 2018 01:12:05 PM
Challenge: Detention August
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Repairing My Furin

Brief Description: Inspired by noodle-bug's recent mug repairs, I repaired my furin, a wind bell that a friend brought me from Japan.  Lots more info on the repair through the project link.
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Challenge: Iron Chef - Lemon
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Lemon Basil Scones

Brief Description: I have so much basil, that I've been looking for more ways to use it up.  The Iron Chef Lemon prompt gave me a great excuse to pair the two bright summer flavors.  These are nice and light and lemony, without being a sugar bomb. 
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4  Repairing my Furin (Japanese wind chime or wind bell) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mistress Jennie on: July 11, 2018 10:31:30 AM

A few years ago a friend of ours who is half Japanese and grew up for the first several years of his life there before moving to the US, went back to visit his mother's family.  He brought us back a beautiful iron bell, or furin.  Similar to a set of wind chimes, they are hung mostly in the summer in Japan.  Either indoors near a window or outdoor on a eve of the house.  The ringing of the bell is equated with the sound of summer in Japan.  Here's some info about them from an online travel magazine:  

For some people, the relaxing sound of the furin paired with the sound of the Japanese cicada eases the summer heat.  The furin has a piece of paper hung from the center of the bowl shaped bell. When the wind blows, the paper catches the wind and moves the clapper to produce the sound. Thanks to the paper, the furin is able to emit the gentle sound that everyone likes enjoy during the summer months.  Furthermore, the paper is used to enhance the feeling of a cool summer breeze. The paper allows us to visually see the wind. Even when the paper moves from a light breeze, you suddenly acknowledge the presence of the wind. It is the secret of how to feel cool even on the hot and humid days of the Japanese summer.

The bell has hung on our porch for about 5 years now, but recently the cotton string broke, which in turn let the paper float away into the wind.  I though about repairing it with new paper and cotton string, but noodle-bug drew my attention to another Japanese tradition, Kintsugi, or repairing broken pottery with gold, in order to highlight the breaks, rather than hide them.  Showing the beauty of the new life the object has received through repairing it.  (She's been repairing favorite broken mugs, and repurposing them as a mini garden for her narrow boat home!)

So I repaired mine with some treasured bits and bobs from my beading stash, including a stunning handblown glass focal bead (the black one in the center of the string), some round quartz crystals, picasso art glass beads, seed beads, bead caps & spacers, and a large crystal pendant I've been holding onto, awaiting the perfect project.  I'm not sure it will ring as often as it did with the paper wind catcher, but I do love the site of it repaired and rehung on my porch, with the beads highlighting its ongoing presence in our lives, and reminding us of friends we don't see often enough.
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5  Lemon Basil Scones in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mistress Jennie on: July 11, 2018 10:14:03 AM

My basil plant is going nuts, so I'm looking for more ways to use it up while I have it fresh!  This is my latest creation with it.

Lemon & Basil Scones

1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of 1 lemon
5 tbsp butter, cold, cut into small cubes
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon extract
5-10 medium basil leaves, minced fine
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp milk of choice (I used cashew milk)
Turbinado or raw sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix the 1/2 cup milk, lemon juice & lemon extract.  Add the minced basil and allow to sit for a few minutes for the basil oils to infuse the milk.

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, & lemon zest.

Using a pastry cutter or large fork, cut in the butter until the texture resembles a coarse meal. (Alternately, you can use a processor to do this Just pulse until you get small pea-sized lumps.)

Add the milk mixture to the scone mixture. Combine until dough just comes together.  Do not over mix.
On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into a disc shape, gently patting flat, about 8" across. Slice the disc into eight wedges.

Place scones on a baking sheet and brush with remaining tablespoon of milk.  Sprinkle the tops lightly with some of your sugar.  

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden on top and cooked through.

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6  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2018 03:04:17 PM
OWL Subject & Option: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1

Project Name: Cloud Waves Silk Shawl
Brief Description: This project has been over 2 years in the making.  I bought the kit in March of 2016, after some personal tragedy.  I had hoped to work on it while couch bound for a few weeks, but it didn't ship out until after I was back up on my feet.  After that I had a hard time looking at it for a while, so I put it off until November of 2016.  I started working on it, off an on since then.  Sometimes everyday for a week, other times I'd ignore if for a few months.  But I'm trying hard to stash bust & finish up WIP's right now, so I pushed myself to finish it over the last several weeks.  Special Thanks to the members of the Crochet Shawl Along here on Craftster, who encouraged me when I really needed it. 
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7  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2018 02:44:51 PM
Ok, after all that drama, here's the finished shawl!

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8  Cloud Waves Silk Shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2018 02:43:31 PM
I *finally* finished this project shawl!  I've been working on it off and on since November of 2016.  I am thrilled with how it came out, but don't think I'll be taking up a project with such a thin yarn and tiny hook again anytime soon.  It was tough on my hands.  The pattern is called Cloud Waves, and I bought it as part of a kit from Darn Good Yarn.  The yarn is their lace weight silk, in shade Enchanted Forest.   When I finished the prescribed 100 rows, I had a bit of yarn left, so I repeated the pattern until I ran out, giving me 110 rows.  I like to say I literally gave this project 110%!  It's 75" long, by 24" wide.  This was my first project that has needed blocking, and it certainly helped me get over my fear of blocking a delicate piece.  

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9  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2018 02:15:34 PM
Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Scissor Fob for sheepBlue

Brief Description: This was created as a tiny surprise for sheepBlue.  I was mailing her some yarn she couldn't get in her area, and wanted to add a few goodies to brighten her day.  Hopefully this will keep anyone from stealing her snips!
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Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Stitch Markers for sheepBlue

Brief Description: Stitch markers are a simple & useful project, AND they can be used in the creation of larger projects.  This set was also made for sheepBlue, and include references to some of her favorite things.
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Strawberry Basil Muffins

Brief Description: My dog woke me at 4:45 on the 4th.  Because jerks in our neighborhood were setting off fireworks all night on the 3rd, she was too scared to pee before bed, so she got me up before dawn.  So I made myself muffins as a consolation prize.  These were inspired by what I had on hand.  Namely strawberries in my fridge, and a nice full basil plant on my porch.  I also made some basil & garlic compound butter, but I'm not thrilled with how it came out.  Since the recipe called for using raw garlic, it's a bit too pungent and overwhelming.  I think I'm going to try using what I made up on some garlic bread (so the raw garlic gets mellowed a bit in the oven), and maybe try a new batch with either no garlic, or just a little of the pre-minced garlic in a jar that I keep in the fridge.  Huzzah for fresh herbs all summer long!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Match #2: Wollongong
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Strawberry Dishcloths

Brief Description: When I saw the pattern, I couldn't resist making some bright red strawberry dishcloths to help the Wollongong Warriors score.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Match #3: Tarapoto Treeskimmers
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Aloe Dishcloths

Brief Description: A set of light green dishcloths to help the Tarapoto Treeskimmers score.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Match #8: Pride of Portree
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Amethyst Dishcloth

Brief Description:  This project is a bit of a weird one for me.  I've been trying to stash bust, and I found a bag of bits and pieces of dishcloth yarn.  There was some of two shades of purple, a few bits of the same grey, and two partial skeins of white.  So I kinda made up my own pattern, inspired by the colors found in an amethyst geode, and dependent on how much of each color I had.  Since it's so scrappy, it's not as neat and even as I might normally make, and somewhere there's an extra stitch that made it a bit wonky, but oh well.  It's just going to get dirty while doing the dishes anyways, and now there's more room in my cotton yarn drawer.  
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10  Summery Strawberry Dishcloths in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2018 02:09:17 PM
When I saw this adorable pattern, I knew I had to make some dishcloths from it!  It's the Granny Strawberry Dischloth pattern, and is free from Yarnspirations.  The granny triangles are a breeze to make, but the leaves & stem are a bit more confusing.  In the end I mostly did what the pattern said and then just winged the last row which I found to be confusingly written.  

The yarn is Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie in Cherry, and Sugar'n Cream Scents, in Aloe Vera.  I hadn't realized the yarn was scented when I bought it.  I just liked that shade of green the best.  It's so subtle that I didn't notice it when I was working with it, and will be curious to hear how it smells while doing dishes.  I had so much green left, I ended up doing a few solid green, the round is the Fire Blossom pattern, which seems to have disappeared off the net now, and the square is one I made up for a friend, that I call Amber Ridge.  If anyone wants a copy of it, I'll write it up and post it.  

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