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1  Re: Craftster Meetup ~ April 26-28, 2019 in Asheville, NC! in UNITED STATES by Mistress Jennie on: April 16, 2019 09:21:39 AM
Updated Workshop Schedule

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2  Re: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 15, 2019 09:20:16 AM
A new Floo Challenge has been posted....

Roller Coaster!
A roller coaster is a type of amusement ride that Muggles invented that includes an elevated railroad track designed with terrifying tight turns, steep slopes, and sometimes inversions.  People ride along the track in open cars (usually screaming their heads off!) at amusement parks and theme parks around the world.  They are beloved by children and thrill seekers, and shunned by those with delicate stomachs.  For this challenge please craft something that includes spiral shapes as part of its design; something that you are terrified but also excited to make, such as a very difficult pattern; or something that will make the recipient scream with delight.

***Please remember, you have until Midnight tonight, Headmistress Time (CST) , to post the previous Floo Challenge!***
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3  Re: Haunted Mansion Grapghghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: April 14, 2019 11:39:56 AM
Hey BeaG.  Great question!  While I was working on this, I was posting in the Beyond the Basics Crochet thread, and explained a bit there, how I was doing it.  Here are a few of my post from there:

Woot!  I made a thing!  I used the video tutorial at the end of this post: http://thecrochetcrowd.com/crochet-tapestry-graphghans-tutorial/  (There are 2 other videos on that page, that are used to demonstrate points/differences between various types of graphghans.)  My practice square is 20 stitches by 20 rows.  I think to get the minimum right level of detail on the image I'm using, I'm going to need to do an afghan that's 175  x 185 stitches, which should give me a 50" x 52" afghan.  

I knew you'd be able to figure it out soon enough, Mistress Jennie! Your sample looks pretty good, too! Will your actual project be multiple colors? I always wonder how to add in new colors without having to carry every color. I know it has something to do with bobbins, but I haven't found a good tutorial for it yet.

My actual project will be two colors.  Mostly.  The face design on the wallpaper is black, on a purple background, but the eyes are supposed to be white.  The technique I'm going with is specifically for 2 colors, so that you aren't trying to carry a bunch of strands, and you can avoid bobbins.  I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to handle the eyes yet, but they are only about 270 stitches, out of the 32,930 in the afghan.  Plus while I'm using some Red Heart Super Saver (yuck) for the afghan, I'm using a bit of stash Caron Simply Soft for the eyes.  It's a bit thinner and softer than the Red Heart, so it might not be too hard to carry 1 extra strand for such a small space.  Especially since you don't carry the spare color all the way across for every single stitch.  If you are done with a color for a while, and you will be picking it back up in roughly the same area you can drop it to the front of your work, and pick it back up on the row above.  The eyes are in a small (& contained) area so I think I'll be able to drop the yarn for the remainder of the row.  Here's a pic of the wallpaper design:

So yeah, I basically followed the directions on the third video in that link, but cheated a bit to add in a third color for the whites of the eyes.  I carried the unneeded color along, until I needed it again.  In the vast areas of purple, when I would not need the black again until the next row, I was able to drop it in front, and pick it back up when I came back across.  So theoretically, I should have had just a few black ends to weave in at the beginning and end of the black portions.  But I ran into a small snag.  The orchid yarn was great.  Nice and even in texture, and fed cleanly from the skein.  But the black was a hot mess.  It varied in thickness, sometimes with big huge snarls or blobs in it.  At those points I cut the yarn, removed the lumpy portion, and started again, leaving two new ends to weave in.  So I ended up with more ends than I should have, but it really wasn't that bad.  Maybe 20?  But certainly not 2 for every row.  The other problem with that was since the black yarn was somehow thicker, it caused the portions of the blanket where there were 2 strands to be a bit, pudgy?  To balloon out a bit, and the portions with nothing but purple to pull in a bit.  If I were to do it again now, I'd experiment with using a .5 mm larger hook in the all purple areas to combat that.

Really, just start with the practice swatch they give you.  It helps a LOT to do it along with the video.  Because you *think* you know what you're doing, but realize quickly that you're missing some tiny vital step that they video clears up for you.

That is an amazing work of crochet art!

Come to think of it... I too want to make a multiple color single crochet blanket and I too was wondering:
How did you work with multiple colors? Did you carry the black behind the other for entire rows, or just for multiple separate sections? Or did you have a gazillion loose ends to weave in?
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 13, 2019 11:43:07 AM
Challenge: Floo - Sloan Museum
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Shifter Knob Cover & Striped Seatbelt Cozies

Brief Description:  For this Floo Challenge, I decided to go with the romance of the open road, and make something to improve the comfort of myself and my friends on my upcoming road trip to Asheville.  I made incredibly soft seatbelt cozies, to keep the belts from scratching our necks on the long car ride, and a shifter knob cozy, because it's just damn cute.  In case anyone else wants some for their car, I posted the pattern for the striped belt cozies on the project post.
Project Picture:

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5  Crocheted Car Accessories - With free Seat Belt Cozy pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: April 09, 2019 05:53:07 PM

My husband & I have been a 1 car family since we were dating.  Somehow, this always worked for us.  For a while we worked near one another during the same shift, later I walked to work and he took the car to his job, and after that I started working from home.  This helped us save money, and was good for the environment, but over the past year it has been hard.  With his job further away from the house, and me often handling our errands and things like taking the dog to the vet, it seemed time to get a second car.  He got a Fiat 500e, and I inherited our cheerful little red Prius-C, whom I promptly named Miss Scarlet.

Since it became mine, I've been wanting to make it a bit more 'me' that I did when it was a shared vehicle.  So I have been working over the last few weeks to create some crocheted accessories for it, including a steering wheel cover, shifter knob cozy, and finally some seat belt cozies.  The steering wheel cover was made from Sylver Santika's Steering Wheel Cozy pattern with I Love This Cotton! yarn in black, burnt sienna & strawberry violet.  If you give the pattern a go, be sure to pay close attention to the pattern, which requires specific gauge sizing, and three different hook sizes.  If you're not careful about the gauge, you could end up with a cover that is too loose and slides around while you drive.

I made up the pattern for the shifter knob, without paying much attention.  The center circle is a granny circle, similar to the one found HERE. After that I worked a few rows of sc in the round, and finished with 2 rows of dc, in which I didn't connect the ends with a slip stitch, but rather simply turned the work and crocheted in the opposite direction, decreasing as necessary to try to get the right size for my shifter knob.  There was some trial and error, and frogging of stitches, before I got it to the right size.  I actually sat in the car in the garage for a while, stitching in the car so I could keep testing it!  Cheesy  Once I was happy with it, I put it onto the knob, then used the tail of the yarn to stitch those last two rows closed around the shaft.  The yarn was the same I Love This Cotton!, with the addition of the color pewter.

Finally there were the seat belt cozies.  Being very short, I often have problems with seat belts cutting into my neck, and so I created some nice soft cozies to keep from being scratched while I drive.  I went with a fun striped pattern and mismatched buttons to increase the crafty girl vibe.  I've written out the pattern below.  (You can also find it on Ravelry HERE.)

Striped Seat Belt Cozies

-worsted weight yarn in 4 colors (I used I Love This Cotton! in black, pewter, burnt sienna & strawberry violet)
-4.5 crochet hook
-yarn needle
-five 1/2 or 5/8 buttons per cozy
-hand sewing needle
-button thread

Skill Level: Easy

Ch = chain
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet

Notes: Written in US crochet terms.  When changing colors, you can stitch over the tail of the new yarn, leaving less ends to weave in.

Color A: Black
Color B: Red
Color C: Grey
Color D: Purple

Row 1: With color B chain 22. Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc in each st across. (21 hdc)

Row 2: Change to color A. Ch 2, turn work, hdc in same st and each st across. NOTE: Ch 2 does NOT count as hdc from here on. (21 hdc)

Row 3: Ch3, turn work. Dc in same st, ch 1 and skip next hdc to form buttonhole. Dc in remaining sts across. (20 dc & 1 ch 1 sp)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn work. Hdc in same st and each st across. (21 hdc)

Row 5: Change to color C. Ch 2, turn work, hdc in same st and each st across. (21 hdc)

Row 6-8: Repeat rows 2-4. (21 hdc; 20 dc & 1 ch 1 sp; 21 hdc)

Row 9: Change to color D. Ch 2, turn work, hdc in same st and each st across. (21 hdc)

Row 10-12: Repeat rows 2-4. (21 hdc; 20 dc & 1 ch 1 sp; 21 hdc)

Row 13: Change to color B. Ch 2, turn work, hdc in same st and each st across. (21 hdc)

Rows 14-16: Repeat rows 2-4. (21 hdc; 20 dc & 1 ch 1 sp; 21 hdc)

Row 17: Repeat row 5. (21 hdc)

Rows 18-20: Repeat rows 2-4. (21 hdc; 20 dc & 1 ch 1 sp; 21 hdc)

Row 21: Repeat row 9. (21 hdc)  

Finish off and weave in ends.

Sew on five 1/2 or 5/8 buttons. Fold over your seat belts and button closed.
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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 02, 2019 11:37:18 AM
A new Floo Challenge has been posted....

***Please remember, you have until Midnight tonight, Headmistress Time (CST) , to post the previous Floo Challenge!***
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 02, 2019 11:22:52 AM
A new Headmistress Challenge has been posted!

Enchanted Galleons Challenge
April 2-30

Hermione Granger used a Protean Charm on a series of Galleons, and gave them to members of Dumbledores Army.  When she altered the serial number on her coin, the enchanted coins would then change to match hers.  For this challenge please create a series of identical items, or transform disparate items into a group of the same thing.  For example you could make 3 dozen identical cookies, or you could raid your bead stash and make 10 different sets of earrings.
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8  Stones for Wear! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: April 01, 2019 02:15:48 PM

Tired of your boring wardrobe of skins & furs?  Liven it up with decorations for you!

To make I dig hard mud from riverbed.  Roll into small lumps.  Put hole in each with bone needle.  Bake beside fire till hard as stone.  Put lumps on piece of leather string or dried vine.  Wear around neck!
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9  Rock Cakes Good in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mistress Jennie on: April 01, 2019 11:54:17 AM

Rock cakes part of balanced breakfast.

Belly make loud noises?  Fill with food!  Make Rock Cakes!

Mistress Paleozoic's Good Rock Cakes
1 3/4 c grains that has been dried and pulverized into powder
1 1/2 tsp potash
1/3 c rendered fat
1 T honey
1/3 c dried berries from vines or bushes
1/2 c cacao chunks
1/4 tsp dried & ground cassia bark
1 yellow musa berry, mashed
1/2 c nuts, ground down to thick paste
1 tsp juice from sour yellow fruit
1 unborn bird

Create fire.  Put blob of rendered fat on your favorite flat baking rock.

Mix dried grain powder, potash, cassia bark, and rendered fat.  Squish until fat in small bits.

Mash yellow musa berry.  Add nut paste, sour juice, and unborn bird.  Mix with stick.

Add dried berries and cacao chunks to squishy paste.

Mix wet stuff with dry stuff.  Stir hard, but no break best stick.  Use hands.

Put blobs of dough on flat baking rock near fire.  Heat good.

Modern Translation...

1 3/4 c AP flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 c butter, cubed
1 T brown sugar
1/3 c dried cranberries or raisins
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 c peanut butter
1 tsp lemon juice
1 egg

Heat oven to 400 and lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper.

Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and cubed butter.  Breaking up the butter into tiny bits.

Mash the banana, and add peanut butter, lemon juice, and egg.  Mix well to combine.

Add cranberries or raisins and chocolate chips to wet mixture.

Pour wet mixture into dry.  Stir to combine. 

Drop large spoonfuls onto baking sheet.  (You should have enough for about 14 cakes) 

Bake 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
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10  Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Mistress Jennie on: April 01, 2019 09:21:44 AM
A few days ago I bumped into some utterly adorable dolls by Humble Toys on Instagram (aka Humble Toys on Etsy).  One in particular made me think of our very own kittykill, so I tagged her in it.  We both adored their sweet little mischievous expressions, and I soon started thinking of making one for myself, but every idea I had was about how I'd make one for kittykill.  Which fabrics I'd pick for a doll of her, how I'd style the hair, what accessories I'd crochet for it, etc.  

I quickly realized that what I'd really love would be to do a swap, in which we craft dolls based on how we see one another!  Would a Craftster friend choose to go with my own light red hair, my purple glasses, or my propensity for striped socks?!?  
(Doll by Humble Toys on Etsy)

Or would they create something I couldn't imagine, such as a little Strawberry Princess?

(Doll by Humble Toys on Etsy)
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