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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 26, 2017 06:24:03 PM
Btw Thank you Noodle-bug!!!!!  I'm very new to plying so I'm not used to my homespun actually looking like YARN.  I usually stop at weaving thread.  Especially Navajo plying.  This is my first time trying it.  It takes more hands than I've got to keep three strands straight with even tension and everything.  I kept having too ask ALS to restart my wheel for me.  *giggle*  All the props go out to the plying masters.  It's not as easy as it looks in you tube tutorials.  O.O

I hope everyone is staying safe with the hurricane coming in.  Right now Houston is not the place to be.  Sad

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Cup #1 Finchburg Finches
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cotton wash clothes
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Brief Description: All of the wash clothes have disapeared so, to practice knitting, I decided to knitted a bunch of white cotton wash cloths, all the samenities size, shape, and color..  3 are waffle pattern and 4 are pictured.  There's a heart, a sheep, a butterfly, and a dinosaur.  The dinosaur was the trickiest because it's not symmetrical and I had to read the pattern from both sides which I have no practice with.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Cup #2 Patonga Proudsticks
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Flag Dress
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Brief Description: My '69 Horsman needs clothes, so I sewed her a patriotic U.S. flag dress.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Cup  #8 Woolongong Warriors
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Halloween Dress
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Brief Description: I sewed a Halloween dress for my Horsman doll, but the waistline and hem line were too long.  So I played with the pattern till it was perfect (which you can't see because I wasn't up to dressing her today, but take my word for it, it fits right this time.) I added a really cute tiny black ric rac around the neckline and hem line.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Cup #12 Thundelarra Thunderers
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Day Dress
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Brief Description: I would not have picked this fabric pattern, but it came with a bunch of other fabrics in a fat quarter bundle.  I think it makes a nice little day dress, even if I wouldn't have picked it.
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2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 26, 2017 05:27:58 PM
Fred's grandma taught him how to crochet.  A huge plus to his overall total awesomeness because he untangles yarn for me and winds yarn balls on top of rebuilding tractor engines, but his family is really big on *blankets*.  We are so overrun with blankets I'm about to start cutting them up for diaper covers and rompers.  I told him crocheted toys are really big right now.  He went ugh.  I think he's stuck on the ones we had in the 70s/80s.  I may need to order him a book. 
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 26, 2017 03:25:02 PM
Colors in person are much nicer than in the pictures. 


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: The Artic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: All cotton washcloth mitt
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Brief Description: I have a knitted wip to work on but it's been so long since I've knitted that I needed to just knit to get back into practice so I decided to knit a couple of washcloths.  I somehow managed to make one WAY too long so I folded it over, whip stitched the sides and made an all cotton wash cloth mitt.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hulk Yarn
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Brief Description: a for Christmas last year Santa got me a subscription to The Spinning Box so each month I'll get an assortment of fiber to spin.  Last month's theme was super heros.  This fiber is called The Hulk.  The Hulk whomps at least as hard as the Whomping Willow, and is known for his dramatic transformation from Dr. Bruce Banner into The Hulk.  For this project I trasformed this squishy 60% merino 40% bamboo fiber into spun singles and then again into a Navajo plyed knitting yarn.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Yak fiber yarn
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Brief Description: One of The Spinning Box themes was desserts.  One of the fibers that came in that month's box was Carrot Cake.  It is a corriedale, merino, yak, muga silk, starbright blend.  Yak is a very hard to come by spinning fiber.  There just isn't alot on the market to get because not a whole lot of people raise yaks, and of those who do very few shear them.  Yaks just don't make what you'd think of as "alot of spinning fiber" so having any yak fiber to spin, even in a blend, is a very rare occurrence.  I was very excited to get to spin this small amount of fiber.  I then Navajo plyed it into a small bit of knitting yarn.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Baby yarn
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Brief Description: One of the fibers in the super hero themed Spinning Box was called Rainbow Parents.  It was an unassuming Jacob roving of soft pastel blie, pink, yelloe, and green.  It spun up easily, and I ball plyed it into a 2 strand, very lofty, knitting yarn.  Fred has informed me I need to spin more so he can crochet a baby blanket. 
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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 18, 2017 04:07:38 PM
OMG MOONFLAME.  Your dangly charm IS SO SPARKLY!!!!!!!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Happy little bobbins
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Brief Description: I started and then got really excited and couldn't stop making bobbins.  "Lively, busy, fun" meant using the rectangle pieces out of the assorted bag, and painting them yellow.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Oil table lamp stand
Brief Description: When I was growing up our farm regularly lost power.  We still do occasionally.  Everytime we do we fire up the oil lamps, but we put them on tables which isn't very efficient.  Everytime we use an oil lamp I think about how much further the light would go if it was up higher, like a table lamp, or a lampstand.  So why don't they make oil lamp stands?  Did they?  I don't know.  I've seen hanging oil lamps but never a lamp stand.  I ordered a replacement oil lamp bracket bowl, and bought a used table lamp.  I dismantled the table lamp.  I had to drill out the bowl's bolt hole using oil so the bowl, which is cast iron, wouldn't crack.  I managed to use the all thread rod that came with the lamp to bolt the bowl to the top of that lamp.  IT WORKS.  My theory is sound.  Now to run with it......  
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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: July 31, 2017 09:40:11 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle worthy Excuse Office Floo Power (Denmark)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Halloween Town doll dress
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Brief Description: I picked Denmark for my past Project that I didn't turn in.  I wanted to but I've not been well so I didn't have the energy.  I thought about it the whole second week.  I sat and thought about it all the last day.  I tried to work on it, but I just didn't have the energy so I just gave up.  The project itself is a Halloween dress for a vintage 60's Horsman doll I found in a thrift store that needs lots of clothes, inspired by St. Helen's, Oregon, where Halloween Town was filmed.  They annually reassume the identity of Halloween Town, the location of the story Halloween Town which is one of our favorite Halloween movies.  The waistline is too low and the skirt is too long, but not bad for a first try of a pattern I had to resize just for her.  I even need to take up the sides so I added a sash in the back.  I need to start taking notes on my patterns. 
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: July 03, 2017 09:48:02 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder:New Mexico
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Redwork Panel in Yellow
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Brief Description: Redwork is a particular style of monochrome embroidery done in Turkey Red embroidery floss that came available only in the early part of the 20th century.  It was all the rage at the time.  My piece of Redwork is done COMPLETELY in pansy yellow.  Bwahahahaha
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7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 30, 2017 09:33:08 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: June/Invisibility Cloak
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jumper
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Brief Description: It turns out AnnoyingBabySister has gone 7" since I started sewing the girls dresses 2 years ago.  Those are barely shirts now.  In fact, while going through their wardrobe in preparation for Summer programs we discovered they've outgrown over HALF of their clothes.  So, I need to sew some more.  First out of the tub was a grey men's shirt of cotton/linen content.  I intended to make a skirt but AnnoyingLittleSister saw a jumper on Pintrest so I tried to make it.  Not too horrible for my first try *cross fingers*.  If nothing else a very usuful item of play clothes. 
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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 19, 2017 01:16:15 PM
I couldn't figure out what to do for Muggle Studies, but then I had an idea.....

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cream Filled Cupcakes
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Brief Description:  For my hidden element I made cupcakes with whipping cream piped into the center. 

Yellow Cupcakes
1 box of Pillsbury Yellow cake mix, 1c water, 1/2 butter, 3 eggs

Set oven for 350f.  Spray cupcake pans.  Beat water, butter, eggs, and cake mix together.  Spoon batter into pans.  Bake at 350f until they pass the toothpick test.  Refer to chart on box for approximate time.  LET COOL.

Whipping cream
3c whipping cream.  1 1/2c sugar.  1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Pour chilled whipping cream into mixing bowl.  Mix vanilla into whipping cream on low and then add sugar slowly.  Mix on low for several minutes.  Mix on high until the whipping cream becomes whipped cream. 

Assembly
Place cooled cupcakes on a plate.  Use a piping bag to pipe whipped cream into cupcakes.  Top cupcakes with whipped cream.  Add toppings if you wish.  In this case I sprinkled crushed buterfingers on top.

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 19, 2017 08:19:33 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures Class (CoMC)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dormant Box
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Brief Description: When your mushroom block has had a few flushes and you want to get a few more you put your block in a safe, dark space (like an empty cabinet) for a week before soaking it in water.  I don't have an empty cabinet.  I don't know anyone who DOES have an empty cabinet.  So I built a dormant box for my mushroom blocks.  I used a clear plastic tub that I already had.  I tried to cut the vent hole with my box cutter but the tub walls are much thicker than the lid and it went bad quickly.  I wound up using a drimel cutting blade and then using the box cutter to clean up the melted edges.  I drilled holes and bolted on a vent cover with window screening so nothing can get inside to damage my mushroom blocks.  Lastly I painted the outside of the box, the lid, and the box latches black so no light can get through.  It's a safe, ventilated, dark place for my mushroom blocks to go dormant.  COMPLETELY safe from Nifflers.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: The Moon
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hackle
Project Page Link (if available):https://yarnzombie.wordpress.com
Brief Description: I've wanted to build a hackle for a long time but I couldn't find nails long enough.  Then I found a lady on Pintrest who used hair picks!!!!  The only hair picks I could find were orange so I painted my hackle's bar green so they look like orange tulips.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spinning Wheel Bobbins
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Brief Description: Decades ago I wanted to learn how to spin, but had no idea how to access how.  Then I met people who knew how to drop spindle, and I was was afraid to learn.  Then I learned how to drop spindle and I was afraid to learn how to use a spinning wheel.  Then Netchez got me an Ashford Traditional and I built it the maidens and flyer it was missing.
But I was still very much afraid to build bobbins.  And I NEED bobbins.  Somehow, during the move up to the big farm, I lost 3 of my 5 bobbins.  We stopped by the weaving store and they don't carry any bobbins that would work for an Ashford Traditional.  I looked online and their price had gone up (though not as outrageous as the bobbins for some *other* wheels).  So I gave up and tried to make bobbins.  These four are made from wooden pieces that came in an assorted bag.  I cut, and drilled the dowels myself. I glued them all together, painted them blue, because mountians always make me think of blue, and then tried painting mountians on them. Now I'm ready for Tour de Fleece.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Whoopie Pies
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Brief Description: I've been in the mood for whoopie pies so I made some.  

Whoopie Pies

Cake
1 Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake Mix
3 tbsp water
1/2c butter
2 eggs

Heat oven as directed in chart on box.  Grease cupcake pan.  Stir ingredients.  Spread in cupcake  pan.  Bake as directed in chart or until cup cakes pass the toothpick test.  

Whipped Cream
2c Heavy whipping cream
1c sugar
Food dye

Pour heavy whipping cream into mixer bowl.  Add food coloring to suit.  Mix on low.  Slowly add sugar.  Mix on low for several minutes.  Mix on high until it becomes whipped cream.

Assembly

LET CUPCAKES COOL.  This is important so your whipping cream doesn't melt.  Cup your cupcakes in half and spoon huge dollops of whipping cream between the two halves.  Serve.
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 02, 2017 11:36:36 PM
It says I posted at 11:30 pm, but I posted at 1:30am.  Huh??
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