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521  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 20, 2015 04:22:02 PM
To be honest I don't think a specific thread for HPC members craft room projects is really warrented; to me, one of the biggest things about this particular craft along is that it's all sorts of craft types. I'm sure there are craft alongs that are just one craft type, and of course there are the themed forum boards so you can always look there SatT.

Treemoon, that looks like a great OWL! I'm looking forward to seeing the declutter charm in action!
522  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 17, 2015 05:22:15 AM
Jen, I love that embroidery!

Edel - how upsetting! After all your work. I wish I had an idea to help (well, I have an idea where you drink a strong rum and coke, I think that might help...) - your plan to turn it into a feature sounds great through, I'm a big fan of using 'disasters' as springboards for creativity

523  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 14, 2015 04:28:48 PM
Class: charms
Spew: refugee action
House: ravenclaw
Project: tea stained parcel tags
I had to make a vast supply of tea to stain these labels, to use in the charity fundraiser I'm running at work: a gift wrapping service Smiley

Challenge: headmistress challenge Dec, 1/5
House: ravenclaw
Project: panettone bread and butter pudding
Now a festive tradition in my house!

Recipe:
Slice a fruit panettone. Butter each side of every slice and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Layer vertically in a bread tin, adding a handful of dried fruit between each layer (I use raisins, peel, and cranberries)

Make up a thin custard as follows, adjusting amounts so that you'll have enough to fill your bread tin.
In a ratio of - Per 2 eggs; 330ml single cream, dash milk: 50g sugar: 2 teaspoons each cinnamon & nutmeg
Warm the cream, milk and spices.
Whisk the egg and sugar
One spoon at a time, Stir the warm liquids into the egg

Pour the custard over the bread - all over so it soaks in everywhere

Cook on gas mark 4 for about half an hour or until custard ask set. a bigger tin will need longer so cook it in a ban Marie to avoid the edges burning

Challenge: head's challenge Dec 2/5
Spew: refugee action
House: house
Project: brown paper and wax seal wrapping
I'm planning to offer a few designs of embellishment for the parcel wrapping service - the picture is the demo model so people know which they prefer Smiley these feature twine with a wax seal and hand stamped labels, it's been the most popular one so far


Challenge: head's challenge Dec 3/5
Spew: refugee crisis
House: ravenclaw
Project: washi tape and brown paper
I picked up some nice washi tapes cheap, a few different patterns  - This wrapping style seems more popular with the straight boys Cheesy


Challenge: head's challenge Dec 4/5
Spew: refugee action
House: ravenclaw
Project: oh deer!

the deer stamp is a woodblock so not easy to see exactly where you're placing it; if I can get just one perfectly straight I'll be happy!

Challenge: head's challenge Dec 5/5
Spew: refugee action
House: ravenclaw
Project: tissue wrapping
With raffia and hand stamped labels - for more difficult to wrap items!


I have a couple more design ideas bit need to put together demo versions before they go on sale Smiley just under 50 raised in the first day (but that includes a backlog of parcels to wrap so I went take anymore tomorrow)
524  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 14, 2015 01:22:26 AM
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. What a terrible thing to do to another person!
Your ornaments are beautiful
525  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 09, 2015 01:24:44 PM
And a little OWL submission...

Subject: astronomy option 1
House; ravenclaw
Project;
This cowl is the same as one I made for our lovely Jennie earlier in the year - in fact I mis estimated my yarn yardage by so much it's made from my excess! (And I still have half a ball...)
It's a starmap of the equatorial band, with every bead repenting a star. This one more belongs to my friend Claire, who's promised to pay me in cream tea Smiley
526  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 09, 2015 01:13:52 PM
I can't believe we're so far into the term and I'm only just adding my first project! I have a couple of bits but I haven't had a chance to photo them yet... Any way, here's a start;

Class: SoAR
House; ravenclaw
Project; tree decorations
When I went to get my tree decorations, I found that my fried orange slices weren't as dried as I thought and had gone all fuzzy! I soon put that right by doing more and stringing them up. While I was at it I strung a few other ornaments as some of them were new and didn't come on ribbon. Jets the finished tree; my housemates helped me decorate which was lots of giggly fun but had maybe resulted in not quite the degree of aesthetic care that I would normally go for - but a lovely way to learn to step back from my perfectionist tendencies
527  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Animal hoods (mouse, bear, Fox, rabbit...) lots of pictures :-) on: December 09, 2015 12:28:49 PM
Ok guys the pattern is up! Get thee knitting!
I find these knit up pretty quickly - I'm a fairly slow knitter but an adult one only takes me a couple of evenings in front of the telly Smiley I hope you enjoy making them and please share any pics, or ideas for other ear shapes Smiley
528  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Animal hoods (mouse, bear, Fox, rabbit...) lots of pictures :-) on: December 04, 2015 10:56:38 AM
Pattern!

Ok, confession: I never really wrote down what I was doing to make these, I just always sort of wing it. So I've had to sort of retrospectively work out what I did to write this Smiley

Also, I've never written a pattern before so please let me know if anything is unclear or wrong, all feedback very appreciated!

This will be the most recent version - I've made a few changes since the first one I knitted (the one I'm pictured wearing) so the result from this pattern will be more like the ones that Bibi & Otto are pictured wearing.

Materials:
 - Size 9mm circular needles or DPNs
 - chunky yarn. I use Lion Brand Wool-ease Thick & Quick (I particularly like the shades Oatmeal, Marble and Barley because they have a little fleck in them I like) for an adult size I've needed around 200m, around 110m for a child and for a toddler only 70m.
 - if you want, also a little bit of contrast colour yarn is nice to add detail around the bottom

Pattern
adult size in plain text, child* in green and toddler in red

*I'm thinking a 'child' like a 7 or 8 year old - for slightly older / younger make yours a bit bigger or smaller. Ditto for a teenager make a slightly smaller version of the adult! Where I'm uncertain  I always err on the size of bigger because if it's baggy it looks cute and is still cozy (plus they'll grow into it), whereas too small is basically useless

There's nothing to stop you scaling this down to a baby size, but tbh I'm not sure about putting something like this around a babies head & neck - they probably wouldn't enjoy it much and it could well be dangerous. Thus I wouldn't recommend it

For the hood
Cast on 58 (54, 48) , join to work in round
P 4 (3, 3) rounds
K until piece measures 5 (4,3)   inches

~~~~IF you are adding contrast colour, then do it after the P rows, like this...
k 1 round main colour
k 1 round contrast colour
k 1 round main colour
k 1 round contrast colour
k 1 round main colour
*k1 stitch main colour, k1 stitch contrast colour* repeat between * for one round
rejoin main pattern, K every round in main colour until desired length is reached as noted above  
~~~~

k 29 (27, 24) (ie. half the stitches in your row). Place marker. P3 (2,2). k rest of round.

k to 3 stitches before marker, P 6, k rest of round  
repeat this row 2 more times (3 in total)

@@@@@@@@
For Child and toddler size hoods:
(I recommend adding in decreases here because I've noticed that younger children don't seem to like having the hood to floppy around their face. It's maybe not as cute to have it a bit tighter, but the kids seem to enjoy wearing it much more  Roll Eyes kids older than about 9 or 10 don't seem as bithered so I don't do these additional reductions for their hoods)
these two rows are the same for both toddler and child sizes

k to 8 stitches before marker, k2tog, k4, P4, k4, k2tog, k to end of round
repeat this round once more

you should have 50 / 44 stitches remaining
rejoin main pattern
@@@@@@@@

k to 3 (2, 2) stitches before marker, P 3 (2,2). Turn work

the rest of the hood is knitted flat Smiley

Row A: K 3 (2, 2), P 52 (46 ,40), K 3 (2, 2)
Row B: P 3 (2, 2), K 52 (46 ,40), P 3 (2, 2)

Repeat rows A and B alternately until hood section measures about 15 (12, 10) inches, finishing with row B

K 3 (2, 2), P 23 (20, 17), P2tog, P2, P2tog,  P 23 (20, 17), K 3 (2, 2)

hood finishing...
Turn hood inside out (WS facing); using Kitchener stitch, join first and last 3 (2, 2) stitches together. Turn hood right side out (RS facing) and join the rest of the stitches with Kitchener stitch

Yay! the hood is finished Smiley Now to add ears

Basic Ear pattern
I use this for bear / polar bear / mouse ears - anything is just round ears like that

cast on 3 stitches
K all
P all
K1, M1, K1, M1, K1 (5)
P all
*K1, M1* 4 times, K1 (9)
P all
*K1, M1* twice, K5 *M1, K1* twice (13)
P all
for child and toddler sizes, cast off here
adult size only, continue:
*K1, M1* twice, K9 *M1, K1* twice (17)
P all
cast off

for bear / polar bear / similar - make 2
the cast off edge then becomes the upmost edge of the ear - shape the ear around your hand a bit to get it to curve like an orange peel slice, and sew it to the hood in whatever position you desire Smiley

for mouse or any ear with contrast colour inside - make 2 in main colour and 2 in contrast colour. Sew one of each colour together - wrong sides together with a line of chain stitch in the main colour along the cast off edges, and sew in place on the hood

Pointy Ears pattern
I use this for cat / fox ears - anything with a slightly pointier ear like that

cast on 2 stitches
K all
P all
K1, M1, K1 (3)
P all
k1, M1, K1, M1, K1 (5)
P all
*K1, M1* four times, k1 (9)
P all
*K1, M1* three times, K3, *M1, K1* three times (15)
P all
for child and toddler sizes, cast off here
adult size only, continue:
K2, M1, K11, M1, K2 (17)
P all
cast off

make 2
the cast off edge then becomes the upmost edge of the ear - shape the ear around your hand a bit to get it to curve like an orange peel slice, and sew it to the hood in whatever position you desire Smiley

Floppy Rabbit Ears
cast on 6
knit stocking stitch (K a row, P a row) for 8 (7, 6) inches
k1, k2tog, k2tof, k1 (4)
k1, k2tog, k1 (3)
cast off

make 2 in main colour, 2 in contrast colour
sew one of each colour together wrong sides in with a line of chain stitch all around in the main colour, and sew them on Smiley


Please if you make one share pictures!
and if you come up with other ear ideas or patterns share those too!

I've never written a pattern before so I hope it makes sense, please let me know if I can clarify anything Smiley
529  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: December 04, 2015 10:36:28 AM
Socks aren't difficult really - for the most part (the leg and foot sections) are just plain knitting the same as a scarf would be Smiley and even the heel and toe aren't really too difficult really - to be honest my first pair I didn't really understand at all, I just blindly followed the pattern! I'd recommend finding a good starter pattern on ravelely or somewhere and just diving in Smiley
530  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: December 03, 2015 03:39:30 PM
Oh my word, I'm so sorry! I'm the worst! (And apparently the last few days I'm getting everyone mixed up with magpirate!

Midkiffsjoy, you rock - sorry I'm such a numpty, I was even looking at your post while I wrote!

Fixing it now...
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