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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 31, 2012 10:04:13 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Shirt Called Charlie Brown
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Brief Description: Muggle children used to be very fond of an animated character called Charlie Brown; sitting in front of the moving picture box and watching this poor loser try to put on a Christmas play used to be a cherished part of the build-up to Christmas for Muggles (in America, at least). Charlie Brown always wore the same striped yellow shirt, and I've made a loose replica for a little wizard of my acquaintance.
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 31, 2012 09:51:43 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention with Snape
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: First Attempt at Hairsticks
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Brief Description: Several years ago, when I made a few sets of wooden knitting needles from dowels, I also cut and sanded down dowels for two pair of hair sticks that I never made. (And an additional set of knitting needles.) There was too much time spent sanding these things down to discard--really, they're nearly as smooth as a baby's bottom. Last week or the week before one of my beloved old, wooden, commercially purchased hair sticks cracked. None of the stores I visited had any, so I figured I had to make some. I filched some chopsticks from a Chinese restaurant before I remembered these ready to paint and tip ones. They're colored with metallic bronze Sharpie and tipped (poorly) with copper polymer clay. I like the bronze color, but I need to do better with the top part on my next pair.
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I'll be seeing people in Detention next semester.
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 31, 2012 09:36:27 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fibonacci-striped Square
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Brief Description: I used the Fibonacci sequence to select how many stripes of each color to use on my small afghan. I found this Gryffindor colors Jiffy Lion Brand (how apropos!) yarn in a thrift store ages ago, finally decided it wanted to be a back-of-the-couch afghan this winter, and finally made it this summer. I ran out of gold yarn on the last set of stripes and, multiple trips to stores later, discovered the gold color had been added to the clearance section of LB's website; anyone who wants any should buy it now.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Timely Reminder
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Brief Description: Medievals liked to make pictures with a "memento mori" (remember you will die) lesson to them. I figure moderns could use the reminder too, but I'm not much of an artist. I made memento mori sachets stuffed with dried rosemary from my (now dead!) rosemary bush; rosemary is for remembrance, according to Shakespeare, old herbals, and some modern research.
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The back of the sachets have another reminder.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bad Omen/Good Omen
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Brief Description: I wasn't going to do anything for Divination, but then I got interested in the wording of the assignment--a good or bad omen. I assume it meant one or the other, but I got interested in the idea of something that could be both. And I thought of crosses and crucifixes. They were originally a device of tortuous execution and the object of horror and shame, because of the pain, death, and criminality they would be associated with. But under Christian thinking they became associated with good, because Christians believe that a particular death on a cross became the pathway to life--that the worst thing that could possibly happen (God took on human flesh and humans brutally murdered him) became the best thing that could happen. Since then crosses and crucifixes have taken on cultural associations with goodness, such as the power to turn back vampires in classic horror fiction.

I made a purple bookmarks (purple has an association with Jesus' Passion in Catholic culture), one with a cross and one with a crucifix. (The cross one was a gift to departing co-worker and earned me a hug!) I also made a purple cord dangling crucifix for my rearview window, sort of an alternative to the more common looped over rosary.

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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 27, 2012 08:17:34 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Sorting Hat
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ravenclaw Zipper Pull
Brief Description: Fun with Shrinky Dinks again. I made five Ravenclaw crest charms, each a little different, and some generic Hogwarts ones. I was given a blue windbreaker recently--not something I would have chosen myself, but it's okay--and my favorite Ravenclaw crest is becoming a zipper pull on it.
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Sorry for the crummy picture. I'm kind of in a hurry. I hope to post some more photos of projects, if weather doesn't intervene (bad weather can affect owl delivery and other magical messaging systems), but I wanted to make sure I got the Sorting Hat one in.
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 12, 2012 06:20:29 PM

House: Ravenclaw

I was thinking about a Chudley Cannons shirt, but then I decided to show my support for an American team: Texas' own Sweetwater All-Stars, mentioned in Quidditch Through the Ages as a team that has broken through to international level play.

One of my microwave corn bags had no case and this is a pillowcase for it. I was working with some pretty narrow scraps, but I think it came out okay; those chalk marks where I spaced out the lettering will come off in the wash. Here's the picture of the back, along with a Ravenclaw cellphone case I crocheted last night (rather tight on my phone, unfortunately).

Go Ravens!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 11, 2012 10:56:18 AM
I'm afraid I'm a poor Quidditch player, but I gave it a go anyway.

~*Beater (20 pts): Don't get beat by something new, try a new-to-you technique or material.

I needed a new belt and it's hard to find women's belts that I like, that fit, and that aren't totally shoddy. I've been meaning to sew a simple D-ring belt all summer, but when the Beater challenge came up I decided to try making version of the Tunisian crochet belt that I saw on the program Knit and Crochet Today. It was my first time trying Tunisian crochet (aka Afghan stitch and a few other names), and, although there were a couple of false starts, it was fun to do. I like the grid-like texture it makes on the right side. I enjoyed making it so much I made my belt a good seven inches too long and had to unravel!

~*Seeker (20pts): Get the Snitch or die trying.  Craft something with a snitch

Not sure what to do, I decided to do something I hadn't done in a few years: play with Shrinky Dinks. I'd never used the Crystal Clear Shrinky Dinks at all, only the classic Frosted kind, so I just experimented a little with markers and a touch of acrylic paint and made some Snitch charms.

~*Broomstick (20pts): What would quidditch be without a broom?  Craft an item featuring a broom or inspired by your favorite broomstick.

More SD charms. As you can see, these aren't sleek racing brooms. I went more for the family broomstick; the darker one especially seems designed to cater to the ample-bottomed witch or wizard. The little one is obviously a toy broomstick.   Cheesy

[ETA my house name.]
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 04, 2012 10:29:20 AM

House: Ravenclaw
~*Chaser (20pts): Craft something red, like a quaffle.

I never could get the hang of any Muggle sports as a child, but here's my try at being a Quidditch Chaser:

A bit of serendipity here. I recently found a broken earring someone had lost with a bunch of little lightning bolt charms on it. Unless I come across some tiny bottles ("capture lightning in a bottle"), I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the rest.
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: August 04, 2012 10:21:55 AM
Class (or House Pride Item): House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hufflepuff Joins the Rest

This may be the teensiest bit dorky, but years ago, before the final book, I made "scarf" bookmarks for each of my Harry Potter books. Mostly Gryffindor, but the other houses got one each, except for Huflepuff. No slight intended: I admire the Hufflepuff spirit of We'll take everybody who is willing to do the work; I just didn't have any black thread and was waiting for some to turn up in the thrift store. I eventually gave up and bought some new and now, inspired by this craftalong, Hufflepuff finally joins the other houses.

The Huff marker will live in The Goblet of Fire, the only book with a major character from Hufflepuff.

And I figured as long as I had the thread out, I'd make some more. I'm always losing bookmarks (other than these HP ones) and one was intended to become my portkey on a nearby Muggle campus (cleverly disguised as a lost bookmark in their school colors) if life and poor planning hadn't intervened.

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: July 22, 2012 08:03:28 AM
Class: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Water, Water, Everywhere

While I was waiting for more materials for my arithmancy project to arrive by post, I started toying around with my Charms homework. My favorite way to take water is to first make it hot and let tea leaves steep in it, so I thought I would make a cosy for my tea press out of this yarn whose color reminds me of water. (Moda Dea Cartwheel in Sea Blues.) I made the pattern up as I went. I hoped when I started it would look a bit like a stylized waterdrop. That didn't work out, but I'm happy with it.

However, while I was working on it things went a little Fantasia-ish, in that it occurred to me that I needed other watery kitchen stuff. For starters, other people had gotten all but a couple of the scrubbies/tawashi I made a year or two back. So I made a pile just for me.

I only meant to make two or three, but they're mildly addictive so I had to stop myself at eight. I also did two mint tawashi I haven't seamed up yet; other people got ALL the mint tawashi I made before.

Then it occurred to me I still didn't have one of those handy-dandy button loop towels for drying my hands. So I made a solid blue one with a crocheted top, then two fishy-print ones with knit tops. All three toppers were made up as I went. Conclusion: I'm still bad at crocheting back and forth, and I think if I ever make these again I'll make sewn toppers.

Also, tea cosies are fun and I want to make more.
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *twist trial* in Craftalongs by wifeofbath on: May 31, 2012 06:36:42 PM
Class: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Probably-Not-Approved-by-Professor-McGonagall Post

Brief Description & Project Pictures: I transfigured two old tops.

An old blue tee-shirt with a stain became a new pair of simple underpants in Ravenclaw blue. Probably the only interesting thing about them is that there's no elastic in the crotch. I've taken to sometimes leaving leg elastic out of the crotch area, as it not only saves elastic, but feels kind of light and airy.

A secondhand knit shirt in an unflattering shade of red that I was given became underpants with a subtle message for the only person who ever sees my underpants in RL.

Sadly that picture makes me think of an old Groucho Marx bit where he speaks to Margaret Dumont of his vision of them in their little dream home: "I can see you bending over the stove--but I can't see the stove." Embarrassed
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