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1  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: Today at 02:43:21 PM
Go pottermouth, go!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Finished is better than perfect! Malia bag CAL on: Today at 02:41:50 PM
Very cute!
3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: Today at 12:22:49 PM
P.S.  My mom got her shawl, and she actually didn't complain about it meaning she's old.  Apparently she loves it.  Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: Today at 12:21:47 PM
If anyone was still thinking of signing up for the Darn Good Yarn subscription, Zelda gives a coupon code in her new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAw4iYe-IS8&t=1s

And she's picking 2 people out of the comments to get a free first month if they haven't signed up already, and 2 $10 gift cards to folks who are already subscribers.  Zelda is adorable, and her sheer enthusiasm for yarn and crochet make me happy.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tealberry Moon Shawl on: Today at 06:17:38 AM
Thanks guys!
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / Re: A Rainbow to Follow the Rain on: April 25, 2018 03:02:07 PM
Thanks racky!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 24, 2018 01:26:42 PM
Those lobster rolls look amazing!
 And that shawl is just beautiful! It makes me giggle when you say you just *whipped it up*. That had to take many many hours!

Well, it was a 'whip it up' scenario compared to making an afghan.  It took 1 week, working a bit a day.  I got a little more done on the weekends, but not that much more than during the week after dinner.  It really did work up very quickly.  Maybe 12-15 hours? 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! on: April 24, 2018 07:59:51 AM
Challenge: Floo - Panem
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Links: Connecticut Lobster Rolls

Brief Description: I currently live in the South, and I've learned to love many things about it, including the food here.  But at heart, I am, and always will be a New Englander.  I find myself frequently missing not only eating regional favorites from that part of the country, but also just *seeing* them on menus or finding them on the sideboard at a potluck.  When Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug posted this challenge, I thought seriously about making something from cloth, since my hometown of Manchester, NH was a mill city (that eventually surpassed it's namesake in England in production!), but I quickly realized I couldn't let the opportunity pass to make some classic New England foods.  So I went with something I can't get, or get easily, down here.  Lobster Rolls!  While most of New England serves cold lobster salad dressed with mayo, in grilled split top buns, I've always preferred Connecticut style rolls, which warm the lobster in melted butter, and top it with chives and a slight dusting of paprika.  I actually had to replace real lobster with faux lobster, because I couldn't find the pre-cooked, shelled & frozen variety here (which is everywhere in NE), and was unwilling to murder a live lobster in my home.  And though I tried hard to find NE style hamburger rolls, they just don't seem to be sold anywhere else.  These buns of joy have cut sides much like sliced bread, which allow you to butter and grill them for extra crispiness.  To the rest of the country, and world, I say: You guys are missing out on these.  Also, please note that these should be served with Cape Cod chips, or nothing at all.   Wink
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Project Link: Whoopie Pies

Brief Description:  When planning my lobster roll adventures, I decided I needed to make a New England style dessert too. Namely my mom's Whoopie Pies.  Important note: there is controversy over who invented the whoopie pie, with a good claim being made by the Pennsylvannia Dutch.  It is also possible they originated in Massachusetts, but whatever their origins they quickly made their way throughout New England, where they became immensely popular, and are considered a traditional treat.  They were even declared the state treat or Maine.  They have been making their way into the rest of the country in the last decade or so, but I have found any available down South are too sweet and too gooey.  The cakes should be chocolatey, slightly dry, and not overly sweetened, so that the buttercream frosting provides the punch of sugary goodness.  I will note that this batch came out ENORMOUS!  I borrowed a disher/scoop from my neighbor, so I could make pretty, uniformly sized whoopie pies for you all, but the disher was so big, the batter only made 7.5 pies, rather than the 20 my mom usually makes!  (The photo shows just 5, overwhelming a dinner plate.) I used my mom's recipe that I grew up with, which came down through my grandmother, but quite honestly, I can't believe I'm going to say this, but....  I'm not willing to share it!  So instead, I've provided a link to a very good alternative recipe, from New England Magazine.  If you want the original, come visit me, and I'll make you a batch, and give you a hand written copy. 
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Class: Unicornicopia - Advanced Rainbow
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Project Link: Tealberry Moon Shawl

Brief Description:  This was whipped up for my mom, who seems to be cold a lot over the last few years.  She claims that once winter sets in, she's cold deep down in her bones until summer.  When I saw the yarn, I knew that she'd love it as she loves all of the colors in it.  They include red-violet & teal, which are both tertiary colors, along with a mix of taupe, tan, and cream, which are a shade, tone, and tint (respectively), of brown.  Details on pattern, yarn type, etc through the link.
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9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tealberry Moon Shawl on: April 23, 2018 02:55:32 PM
Thanks always!
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) on: April 23, 2018 01:56:27 PM
Jennie, that shawl is gorgeous!  Cheesy Definitely worth the splurge.

I did the math, and I only spent $9.02 for the 2.6 skeins of yarn.  Not bad. Smiley
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