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1  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: December 08, 2019 10:58:51 AM
I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that you can make those amazing cards. Like, what? Seriously? You maaaaaaade that?!? amazing.

Hey, guess what?! I finally made a thing! My daughter has this little wee doll wearing like a built in old-timey bathing suit and now that its winter I get a chill every time I look at the poor half-naked thing! So, while we were lazing about today I brought out two remnant balls of yarn (from some leg warmers made years ago and maybe a Jayne Hat) to make the poor thing a bunting.

I feel much better now. lol
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: December 08, 2019 10:53:22 AM
Class/Challenge: Detention: Stashbuster
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link:. N/a
Brief Description: My daughter has this little wee doll and now that its winter I am chilly every time I look at the half-naked little thing! So, while we were lazing about today I brought out two remnant balls of yarn (from some leg warmers and maybe a Jayne Hat made years ago) to make a bunting for her. (Mas cold, put on a sweater!) It took several starts and frogs to get things to work with the amount of coordinating yarn I had on-hand. Even though it's just a silly thing for my one year old to play with I still wanted it to look decent, you know?
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All cozy now!
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3  Molly WeasleySweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ant Bee on: November 24, 2019 06:27:00 PM
tl:dr- I've made the leap from Christmas ornament sweaters to adult human sized ones and felt brave enough to make my first post here in the "completed projects" section because this is one of two of the projects of which I am most proud.  

For the recent Madam Malkin's HP Wearables for all Occassions Swap I was lucky to be partnered with MistressJennie. I had been leaning toward a nice slippers pattern, but then in a conversation MJ let slip that, as far as HP dreams go, she had secretly always hoped that Molly might knit her a sweater one day as if for an American cousin.

So OF COURSE I had to change my plans and make her a sweater, right? I mean.... I've made several of those wee ornament ones so... it's a great idea!

Well, sure it wasn't a TERRIBLE idea, but it certainly wasn't a quick one. I decided to make the sweater from Alison Hansel's CHARMED KNITS book. First, I've never bothered to make a swatch before but this was for a special person and I had to do so here. Several swatches later I finally settled on a set of needles to go with the yarn I had ordered. My life isn't much conducive to leisurely knitting sessions so it took longer than I would have liked. I ran into trouble a few times. First, the sizing was a little tricky. As she is petite, I cut 6" off the length. Then I somehow managed to stitch the two body panels together... wrong... and had to painstakingly unpick the seams and do it again. Then the sleeves. I tried to follow the pattern for decreases but also adjust for a shorter length. And failed spectacularly. lol.

The sleeves were way, way too long. They were too long for me and I am at least 8" taller than my partner. After much fretting I admitted that I had to frog 11 1/2 inches from each sleeve. That was a blow, I won't lie. I don't even know how that got that long in the first place. I had never done a rip-back-but-not-all-the-way maneuver. That was nerve wracking. But I did it, and both the sleeves and I survived. (Edit to add: I should say they weren't a foot too long each, but rather I had to go back that far to have any kind of graceful decrease.)

After the sleeves and collar were completed I worked the initial on the front in duplicate stitch. I had chosen that method over working it into the panel so that if it fell in a wonky way when worn or if she hated the font she could pick it out and add in another letter 'J' more to her liking.

And finally, it was completed and then off on its way to her. You can imagine my relief when she received it, loved it and it fit!

Thanks for looking!
Link to Jennie's post and pics: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=459451.msg5544493#msg5544493
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: November 22, 2019 10:49:46 AM
Gaudi- your wee dresses never cease to amaze me. Such tiny things! My ogre hands would be useless at this magic.

Audania- Sweat pants and hoodies?! Boooooo!
I'm sorry the fledgling is stretching those particular wings. Hang in there!

Jennie: So sorry you aren't feeling well. I'll send the house elf (Paid, has benefits, calm yerself, Hermione) over with some soup. Check the fireplace. Don't be startled and throw a pillow at her. Also try not to notice if she seems to be stealing that pouf...

Erin- looking great! You've totally got this in the bag. Smiley

My A.S. update:
I have gone and brought out the supplies. I bought the stuff while on a yarn cruise to Alaska in May of 2015. I proposed the NEWT in February... I might actually get the party started before 2020! That's only a five year holding pattern, that's fine... ugh.

I picked up the yarn for my crochet afghan that I was working on from a chart back in April (on my Love to Do list) and am in danger of losing any spare time to her- it is supposed to be a gift for a friend and the NEWT is a hat for myself so... But I am going to try to start the actual knitting tonight!

Happy Crafting!
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: November 18, 2019 06:18:12 PM
Class/Challenge: Alchemy
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link:. Pumpkin Chili  https://juliasalbum.com/pumpkin-chili-recipe/
Brief Description: ... a recipe using tinned foods This meatless meal uses easy canned beans and pumpkin puree, although if you are a fancier cook than dump it in and run me you could jazz it up as you see fit.
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Class/Challenge: HM: The Burrow
Project Name & Page Link:. Weasley Sweater
Brief Description: For the Autumn Madam Malkin swap I had planned to make a pair of slippers for my swap partner and then in a convo she mentioned that her dearest wish was a Weasley sweater and Im just sleep deprived and foolish enough to think I could pull that off by the deadline even with a one year old in my presence 24/7. (Insert memes of everyone laughing here.) So, I channeled my inner Molly and one million years later (and way past deadline, le sigh) the poor dear got her swap item and Merlins Beard- it fit and all! May she wear it in good health for many Christmases to come. Smiley
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I didn't get a good pic of it all finished but here is an in-progress shot and all packed to go. You can see an action shot if you pop over to the Madam Malkin's swap gallery.

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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: November 18, 2019 05:07:05 AM
Imera I love those fabrics, great eye!

I finally have a project to post. I'll have another soon,  my last swap item has been received so that will be coming soon. Go Slytherin!

Class/Challenge: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link:. Door Knob Cozies
Brief Description:  Something that helps make you more comfortable in a tricky environment  
One of the pleasures of an old New England home built by a former resident (My Great- Grandfather built this house a neighbor walking her dog called to me as I sat on the porch one day.) and altered by others over time is that it can be a tad quirky. Some of the floors are pitched and roll (do NOT drop airsoft pellets!), there is no wardrobe closet in the master bedroom, and at some point in her history someone decided to build a first floor bathroom just outside the kitchen door off of the enclosed porch. The unheated, enclosed porch. So you actually leave the main heated part of the house and skittle around the doorway into the bathroom. I did mention this is New England, right? So. winter is a thing. Oh, and I should also mention that the only shower is in that bathroom so its not like youd really avoid using it for long, either. (I mean, baths are great and that claw-footed tub upstairs is charming, but...) Now, we do have a space heater that we can run on the porch to make trips to the outhouse bathroom a tad less arctic but I hate to run it overmuch. The bathroom has heat, so once youre in its fine. So to solve the problem of freezer-burning our hands when we touch the old metal door knobs I made cozies out of some stash cotton from Lily Sugar n cream yarn and random ribbons that were already close to the right length. I made the pink one first from a pattern online but it was decorative so the granny square design lets too much metal peek through and attack. I made the second and third up as I went and the third one is the best so i might go back and redo the pink one so that they all work to my intentions. Of course I didnt take notes so therell be a naked door knob while I work- If you visit, wear gloves!
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7  Re: Madam Malkin's HP Wearables for All Occasions Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ant Bee on: October 08, 2019 08:51:41 AM
That mandrake's face! love!

And that shawl! Someone in this house needs that pattern! lol

And now prepare to be amazed... Mistress Jennie's package to me has arrived and it's uhhmazing!

There was some serious spoiling going on here and I haven't photographed it all, I did get the two handmade pieces though (I'm embarrassed to say I am still finishing her item to ship so I didn't let myself play too much yet.)

Here's the first pic, a tshirt with green glittery print that is soooo pretty! There are some extras around it (socks, some ornaments for my Christmas obsession, a time turner necklace and Ravenclaw's Diadem in multiples... ) but not the candle and the table runner- the runner was from Noodle in a previous "I want to live in the Burrow" swap.)

Then there is this magnificent beast!

I can't even. It's amazing! And the yarn is so nice, too! and the tassels! Gah! There are no words!

Thank you so much!!

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8  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: September 17, 2019 05:52:53 AM
Love the mittens!

I actually managed to use up some stash! I had made a little knit dress last year and had yarn leftover so I worked up some slippers for Easter time (my kid has feet that seem to be the wrong shape for all the shoes I find out in the "real world" lol) and I still had yarn left over! So this month I finally finished a little whimsical hat to go with. I don't know if I will be so cruel as to put her in all 3 pieces at once, haha, but maaaayyybeeee. haha!

So I finally used up the last of the 3 skeins of this yarn. I then signed up for a swap to use up some more only to be partnered with someone for whom I needed new yarn! haha. So the score: 1 ball gone, 9 skeins in! haha!
Happy crafting!
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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: September 10, 2019 10:09:23 AM
Class/Challenge: FLOO: Madam Malkin's
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Baby pixie bonnet
Brief Description: This baby topper could have fit several prompts not the least was the one where things are HARD! I had to frog this knitting so.many.effing.times! I made the mistake choice to free-hand make the hat up off the top of my head as I tried to use up the last of the yarn. It was an adventure! But she looks adorbs in it and I'm amused with the result. It is from the yarn that I used to make the wee dress (now worn as a tunic top) and the easter mary jane slippers. My goal to use up all my loose stash is still to be met, but at least I'm one ball closer!
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And the three pieces together:
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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: July 28, 2019 01:17:43 PM
Class/Challenge: House Unity: Ravenclaw
SPEW: WUA Blanket Square
Project Name & Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Another stash yarn square for my summer project of whittling my stash to all fit into one cupboard and to send out my remnant yarns into the world to do some good. This yarn color is called denim and is made up of yarns of blue and silver/gray (Ravenclaw movie colors).
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Class/Challenge: Floo: Fortescues
SPEW: n/a
Project Name & Page Link: Kitchen cloth
Brief Description: I am giddy with anticipation of the holiday season and have decided to start making things now so that I can be relaxed in December instead of panic-knitting. (I wrote that plan and then laughed and laughed seeing myself 5 months from now panic-knitting like nobodys business.) This is a kitchen cloth for dishes and the like.
Alphabet: K is for Kitchen
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