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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 21, 2017 02:21:55 PM
Challenge: Floo - Morocco
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Literally Dead Shirt

Brief Description: This was made for kittykill in a recent personal swap.  It is a silhouette of a skeleton, set against a dark background, and was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo!  Note: I did not design the skeleton itself; it was stolen from a google image search, and I replaced the text with one that would cut better on my machine.  I'm not actually sure who the original designer of the image was. 
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2  Re: Virus Shawl Crochet-Along (& Virus Blanket, Virus Poncho, etc!) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 19, 2017 09:13:35 AM
I discovered most of a ball of the same Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Petunia in my stash that I'd forgotten all about.  I bought it because I had made a pussyhat for a friend, and used some that Ant Bee sent me, but I was shy of finishing the hat by just a few rows, so had to buy another skein.  After finishing a full ball of the blue/green Dragonfly color, which was 5 full rounds of the pattern, I decided to do a round with the Petunia to break it up.  I really like the contrast, and the purple-pink and blue-green make one another pop.  I have 5 more balls of Dragonfly, but I may have to pick up another ball of Petunia in order to do another 2-3 contrast rounds as it gets bigger.  But not bad for using up stash!

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3  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2017 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: September 16, 2017 07:01:32 AM
I received an AMAZING package from FiberAlchemist!  Please excuse the delay in getting pictures up.  I'm usually much more prompt than this, but I've had a hell of a week that has seen me in a walking boot by one doctor, and another order a sleep study, and I had family visit.  Anyways, let's see the stunning stitching that FiberAlchemist did!  I mentioned I'd love something for the mantle in our new house, and she took that to heart.  When I unwrapped these new friends, I thought 'Oh wow, I wonder when FA got an embroidery machine...'  Then I realized that they were hand stitched!  The stitches are so tiny and so perfectly precise, that it took me far longer than it should have to realize she stitched them by hand.  Seriously blown away by Fiber's exquisite work.  I knew I had to display them with other fun props, even just for the photo, so even though I don't usually decorate for Halloween until October 1st, I pulled out all my decorations and put them up already, just to show these off longer.

Here's Lady Skeleton, with the rest of my Halloween decor now clearly relegated to playing a supporting role to her stealing the show.

And a detail shot of her stitching.

And here's the Right Honorable Mr. Skeleton, faithfully guarded by his pet frog.

And a detail shot of his stitching.

Side by side, as they were eternally meant to be.

And the two of them on opposite ends of the mantle, classing up the place. 

And I shouldn't have been surprised that we were totally on the same wavelength, because she also sent me some awesome Halloween tea towels for the kitchen!  (I don't think I even mentioned that I have a secret adoration of cute tea towels, but let's face it, FA just *gets* me. Wink)  AND she sent me an awesome candle from the Candle Crate, Mrs. Weasley's Kitchen!  

Thank you so much FiberAlchemist!  I absolutely adore my new friends on the mantle, and I always adore craft for and swapping with you.  You are such a joy.
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4  Re: Virus Shawl Crochet-Along (& Virus Blanket, Virus Poncho, etc!) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 16, 2017 06:03:30 AM
Pictures of the virus blanket that I started on Thursday...  I happened to have 6 skeins of this yarn that I had bought 2 years ago to make a sweater, but having made more crocheted garments now, I don't think the sweater will fit me well, or be very flattering.  Since I wanted to try something else in the virus pattern without spending more money, this seemed like a good alternative.  After doing the shawl, the blanket is so simple.  After the first round I turned the video off and just kept going.

Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly, and the hook is a size 6mm. 
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5  Re: Virus Shawl Crochet-Along (& Virus Blanket, Virus Poncho, etc!) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 15, 2017 12:06:38 PM
My first virus shawl, completed yesterday, September 14th, 2017.

I used Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn, in the colorway Prism, and 4.5mm hook.  Here's a shot of the end of the yarn skein before I started:

And here's a closeup of the shawl to see how the color was distributed:
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6  Virus Shawl Crochet-Along (& Virus Blanket, Virus Poncho, etc!) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 15, 2017 11:59:20 AM

Virus Shawl Crochet-Along

What is the virus shawl?
The virus shawl is a popular crochet pattern for the shawl, that has also been adapted into a poncho pattern, a square blanket pattern, a rectangular blanket pattern, and much more I'm sure!

Why is it called the virus shawl?
Good question! I have actually seen two different reasons for this.  
#1. The pattern spreads out from the center of the top, like a virus spreads through the body.
#2. The pattern became so popular, that it 'went viral' like a funny video or cat meme.

Why should we all crochet-along?
To share photos of our work, support one another, and pass on tips & information about the pattern!  Smiley

Shawl Video Tutorials
The pattern is in the public domain, in the form of a crochet chart, available HERE from woolpedia.de.  Scroll down to the 3rd shawl on that list, and you will also find links to videos teaching you to hook it right handed or left handed.  These crafter in the woolpedia videos does have a German accent, and if you have trouble understanding here, there are numerous other crochet vloggers have also created videos about the pattern, so feel free to watch any of them that you feel comfortable with.  Here are a few:
Virus Shawl by Jonna Martinez video is done with US crochet terms
Virus Shawl by Bella Coco video is done with both UK & US crochet terms

Shawl Borders
Shawl Picot Border
Border Variation #2
Shawl Straight Edge Border
Shawl Fishnet Border

Poncho & Blanket Variations
Square Virus Blanket Video Tutorial
     V-Stitch Border for Virus Blanket
Rectangular Virus Blanket Video Tutorial
2 Pointed Virus Poncho Video Tutorial
4 Pointed Virus Poncho w/ Collar Video Tutorial

Completed Projects here on Craftster
Mistress Jennie's Virus Shawl
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 14, 2017 12:50:32 PM

HPC Quidditch Cup
Summer 2017

This semester saw another great battle for the Quidditch Cup.  We had 16 players participating who created 137 projects!

But who won the coveted cup?  Let's look at the scoreboard....

Hufflepuff had 7 players, who scored 765 points, for an average of 109 points per player.

Slytherin had 2 players, who scored 270 points, for an average of 135 points per player.

Gryffindor had 2 players, who scored 285 points, for an average of 142 points per player.

Ravenclaw had 5 players, who scored 805 points, for an average of 161 points per player.


Congratulations to Ravenclaw House on their victory!

And let's take a final moment to congratulate our MVC's, our Most Valuable Crafters for the game!  Each of these ladies helped lead their teams by scoring the most individual points on each of their respective teams; Ms. Moonflame of Hufflepuff House, Ms. ErinAquaheart of Slytherin House, Ms. Mistress Jennie of Gryffindor House, and Ms. noodle-bug of Ravenclaw House!  Here is a special badge for you four.

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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 14, 2017 11:23:18 AM
Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Virus Shawl

Brief Description: A scant 5 or 6 years ago, I was a rather timid crocheter.  I could make a rectangular scarf, in nothing but a double crochet stitch.  I was afraid to try something with more variety of stitches or a more complex pattern, until pinkleo urged me to give an afghan a shot.  Then I was afraid to try something round.  What if it came out all wonky?  But I finally tried, and found it wasn't any harder.  I was afraid to try an item of clothing, until finally I did, and it worked just fine.  But even after all these adventurous forays into more complex crochet, I was still utterly freaked out by the idea of working from a chart.  I had ALWAYS worked from written directions.  Even looking at crochet charts left me confused and out of my depth.  But for a while now, I've been curious about the pattern for the virus shawl, which was written in German, and many folks in the English speaking world had been making by following the chart.  I wish I could say I worked just from the chart for this, but what I actually did was print the chart, then find a video of how to make the shawl on youtube.  I crocheted along with the the video, with the chart right beside me on the table.  As she went along, I started to understand, and by the time the video ended, I was able to work fully from the chart.  I would liken in to learning to 'read along' with an audio book.  So strike that off the list of crochet fears!  The shawl was made with 1.5-1.7 skeins of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn, in the colorway Prism.
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9  My first Virus Shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: September 14, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Finally got around to giving the virus shawl pattern a try!  I know I'm late to the party, but what are you going to do?  I started by printing off the chart, then pulling up a video on how to crochet it on youtube. I used the video to help me learn to read the chart, and by the time the video was done, I was able to work solely off the chart with the repeating pattern.  I've always been afraid of working from charts, so this was a big help.  JonnaMartinez on youtube also has some great videos on making the shawl, along with variations for adding a decorative border, or making a virus poncho or blanket.  I liked how clear her videos were, so if you're thinking of trying this, take a chance to check her channel out.

The shawl was made with 1.5-1.7 skeins of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn, in the colorway Prism.  It is a worsted weight yarn, but I found it veery thin for worsted.  I used a 4.5mm hook.  It is hard to see in the pictures, but it has an electric blue metallic strand running through it. I bought the yarn months ago, specifically for this project, but had put it aside to finish some other projects that came up, including a pussyhat and a baby blanket, both made with Caron Simply Soft Party, which also has a metallic strand.  In working on those I became very frustrated, because the metallic strand frequently broke, and was finicky to work with.  So when I finally got around to this shawl, I was afraid the metallic strand would behave the same way.  I was pleasantly surprised!  It behaved much better, and I had no breaks in it at all, over the course of the entire project.  I would highly recommend the yarn.

I think I might make another one, since this one was so much fun.  And just for reference, this last photo isn't distorted.  The shawl is laid across my king size bed, so you can see just how long it is.  I made it to cuddle up in while working in my studio, which can get cold, so I wanted it plenty big!
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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 11, 2017 11:31:14 AM
@jenleahlynn: your Quidditch submission on  Sept 6th has not been counted, because you didn't list WHAT quidditch prompt you were submitting it for.  Match # & team name are needed for points.  Please fix your post, then let me know it is done, so I can give you points.

class/challenge- quidditch
project- woodburn with watercolor
I recently bought a woodburner and I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with it. I bought and inexpensive package of wood tiles to play with. straight lines are easier for me than curved lines with the woodburning tips. I laid out a geometric shape and traced it with the tool, then used watercolors to fill in the sections.

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