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231  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 24, 2013 08:19:48 AM
I watched a CBC documentary about chocolate about a year ago and decided to try and buy more fair-trade chocolate.  Thankfully Cadbury produces both delicious and fair trade chocolate now, although we can't really budget in chocolate very often!  I'll definitely check out HPA further as well - our only charity at the moment is MSF because again our budget is really tight, but maybe I can find a chapter I can volunteer or craft for!

I finally have something else to add as well.

Challenge: Earwax beans
House: Gryffindor
Name: Jingle cuff

I was inspired to make my daughter a new toy when I saw this challenge!  It's just some jingle bells sewed to a sort of scrunchie-style cuff I made.  The bells are left over from a bag of them I bought to make a little wreath for our gate before Christmas.

She more wants to chew on the bells when she's holding it, but she loves to hear the sound when I shake it!
232  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 18, 2013 12:13:03 PM
Oh my, I hadn't realised we could run a NEWT and OWL at the same time!!!!  (Fabulous job btw pinkleo, jennie, and everyone else!).  Although it's already started, I have a sweater I've been working on since December (with a long break for Christmas) that would qualify!  I understand if I can't use it as an OWL since it's already started, but it will fall within the guidelines if so Smiley

OWL Proposal:

Class: Transfiguration, option 1: turning a large amount of supply into one craft.
Name: Framboise sweater

My friend gave me some Cascade Eco + for Christmas early in November when we went out to visit her.  I've actually been swatching it and false-started some projects since then, but I finally decided to knit the I heart aran sweater since shawl collars look really good on me.  I've had to do some adjustments, as Cascade Eco + is more like a light bulky than a worsted-to-aran weight yarn and I'm knitting it in the round (why seam when you don't have to?) but it's going well so far!  It should take me just over 3 weeks to finish the sweater, though lots more if you count all those darn gauge swatches and false starts!  I'm crossing all my cables without a cable needle, as it's a lot faster and then there's one less thing for the baby to grab.

Sorry it's a slightly odd photo.  I was trying to capture the colour accurately!  This is close, although it's a bit more jewel-toned than that.  My grey shirt kinda blends into the snow there though!
233  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 17, 2013 12:06:34 PM
I haven't been doing anything small crafty for awhile, as I'm working on a sweater for myself (plus my other little crafts just won't fit into the class guidelines right now!) but I thought I'd post a picture of my daughter wearing the sweater set from summer semester (yes, shameless cuteness-sharing).

We had what we call a "bonspiel thaw" the last couple days, so we decided to go out and enjoy it!  I'd change how the yoke was made on the sweater next time, tightening up the neck quite a bit.  It fits through the chest but the neck and shoulders are a bit gapey.

@PenguinSoup: see if you can learn how to cable without a cable needle to make these sweaters!  It's sooooooo much faster, though it's hard to do on anything bigger than a 6-stitch cable.  That's how I'm making my current aran sweater.

As always, marvelous crafting everyone!  I'm sorry I can't comment on everyone's things, but now that baby girl is starting to walk a bit I'm forever baby-chasing!  Who knew that impending toddler-hood could eat into so much craft time?

234  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 15, 2013 08:30:02 AM
Thanks for the recipe Jennie!
On that note, I've been wanting to update a post I made last semester, and guess now's a good time to! 

I made toothpaste https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413509.msg4921053#msg4921053  that was way too intensely salty.  I ended up forcing myself to use it for about a week and couldn't stand to use it after that.  We'll I finally found all the ingredients for another recipe, a tooth powder instead http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/the-benefits-of-brushing-with-tooth-powder-and-a-make-your-own-recipe/ and have been using it.  I like it.  I made it peppermint with essential oils and peppermint leaf.  I still have to really think about using it over the toothpaste tube my DH uses, but it's an acceptable alternative for me.

As a dentist's daughter, I just wanted to let you know it's still a really good idea to use a fluoridated toothpaste at least once a week, unless your water is fluoridated to protect your teeth and enamel! Cheesy  Especially because tooth powders are a bit more abrasive.  I'd hate for you to get cavities!
235  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 11, 2013 07:40:38 PM
Love all the advanced studies, and that great venom bottle!  I want you to decorate my basement Cheesy


Here's my NEWT, with a penny for scale.  It's quite tiny work as it's 28-count aida.  The border is just over a quarter done, not including outline stitch.  I wasn't very smart about how I did the "vine" work, since it's going over top of where I'll need to work outline stitch.  I have to decide whether to pull it out later or try to work underneath >.
236  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 09, 2013 09:03:04 AM
Is it Game of Thrones Jennie?  If not it's very reminiscent of it!  (That and my city right now...)
237  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 06, 2013 06:28:35 PM
NEWT Proposal (OWL upgrade)

I'm going to be upgrading my Ancient Runes OWL proposal (it was my first, but put on hold with permission so I could do my Muggle Studies one!) to a NEWT!

It fits the criteria from the Fall Semester for OWLs, as it requires a complex chart with many symbols.  I worked on it for a month and a half before putting it aside, and since it's only 1/4 done, it'll definitely fit the 3 month +  requirement for NEWTs!  It's a birth announcement with Beatrix Potter characters reading or holding books bordering the edge.  I'm stitching it on 28-count Aida, since I couldn't find fine linen easily.  It matches the nursery decor we've been doing in Evie's room, and I'd really like to have it finished by her 1st birthday near the end of March. 
238  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 05, 2013 03:20:29 PM
Eeee!  I'm so going horcrux hunting! 

I'm going to pick up my old OWL again - a Beatrix Potter birth announcement sampler.  I was wondering though, headmistress, if I could up it to a NEWT?  I've already worked a month and a half on it, and it's going to take at least another month and a half to finish, possibly more.  It's fairly complex.

Hope everyone had wonderful holidays!
239  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 20, 2012 06:48:12 PM
Wow Jennie, all your stuff is great!  I'm totally going to steal the onion soup thing Cheesy  I love your bookmarks too - I'm going to be PMing you... Wink
240  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 20, 2012 02:07:20 PM
That time turner is AWESOME!  Keep a tight hold on it because I'm going to...


*shakes wand*

Huh.  Guess I need more practice.
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