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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 26, 2017 02:30:00 PM
edelC - yum crabapple jelly!  A favourite of mine.  I can't wait to eventually own a house where I can plant a crabapple tree, and try and find a sour cherry tree that will survive my climate (unlikely, we have a very long cold winter).

Challenge: Detention - August
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Soft chocolate chip cookies

These are not breakfast food, as much as we'd all like them to be!  The recipe is from Gluten-free on a Shoestring.  I made it exactly as called for, except to use my small cookie scoop which holds about a tablespoon of dough, meaning I got about double the number of cookies!  Hey, no worries, they just went in the freezer unbaked so that we can have them fresh later!





Class: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Dad's 1898 Hat

The hidden secret in this hat is the fact that the headband is actually double thickness!  The hat pattern is here, and has a pretty neat construction.  You knit the headband sideways, with slipped stitches in the middle so it folds neatly in half.  Then you graft (or 3-needle bind-off in my case) the band together, pick up stitches along the top edge, and knit the crown in the round.  I did a few modifications - I added 4 extra rows to the straight sections of each ear flap, and subtracted 8 from the back of the band.  This made sure the flaps were plenty wide to cover ears and a bit of cheekbones.  I also slipped the first stitch of each row with the yarn in front, and changed the crown decreases slightly - after *k4, k2tog* I eliminated the plain knit rounds between decreases.  It looks a bit ridiculous on me, but I think my Dad will love it due to it's warmth.

32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Back to Hogwarts - Round 7 GALLERY on: September 24, 2017 09:32:28 PM
I didn't participate in the swap, but I'm sneaking in to the gallery because it's so awesome!
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 24, 2017 06:13:19 PM
noodle-bug  Shocked  All that boat work is amazing!  Narrowboats are seriously cool - my first introduction to them was in His Dark Materials.  Also the bright art!
Ant Bee Your stories gave me a chuckle, but I love the dryer balls!  I made some ages ago but need to make more, and buy some EO to drip into them.
Mistress Jennie  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy that t-shirt is awesome and hilarious

For me:

Challenge: Floo - Morocco
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Nebula Cable hat

One of my birthday presents was money to buy yarn at a recent fibre festival.  I was able to get my hands on a skein of Fairy Farts yarn, which is a yarn that has a small section dyed bright colours against a semi-solid background.  This leaves little bursts of colour all over the piece.  The Gregory Hat on Ravelry has gorgeous repeating geometric cables, and was perfect to use this with yarn, although it took some number finagling because at the given 120 st cast on the yarn pooled in precise columns - not the look I wanted!  I added a faux fur pompom taken off a key ring from Michaels.



Challenge: Iron Chef - Corn
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fresh tomato salsa

To quote Barbossa, this is more guidelines than actual rules (or recipes).  I diced about 8 large Roma tomatoes, one medium white onion, and added 1/2 can corn (non-creamed variety).  Then, all to taste, I splashed in a glug of olive oil, a good amount of red wine vinegar, a few shakes of salt and pepper, and a pretty decent amount of cumin and a small amount of coriander (ground coriander seed for the Brits, not leaves).  I don't like cilantro (aka fresh coriander) because it tastes like soap to me, so I left it out.  Definitely add some in chopped if you like it!  You can also add some black beans for protein.  Stir and serve with tortilla chips, I like the Scoopables kind shaped like wee bowls.

34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny Mitten Advent Calendar on: September 21, 2017 12:22:48 PM
Oh my goodness!  That's awesome!
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 17, 2017 10:33:26 AM
Erin that dress is amazing!  I LOVE that fabric so much!
Abbee those little canvases are just adorable!  I've been wanting to try some out but I can't paint!
Jennie that SHAWL.  My goodness.  I think you have inspired me to crochet a shawl!  I just need to get some yarn in the right weight (says the girl who just spent nearly all her birthday money on beautiful yarn at the fibre festival...)

And goooooooo Ravenclaw!
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny Mitten Advent Calendar on: September 14, 2017 08:21:22 AM
Thanks so much everyone!  It was an exercise in patience for sure.  I'm certainly not keen to make a third any time soon! Grin
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 13, 2017 11:03:24 AM
And now a new proposal!

Subject: NEWT - Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Geek Quilt
Brief Description:

My mom gave me a fantastic layer cake last winter full of geeky fabrics.  I'm turning it into a lap/living room quilt.  I feel like the "elements" part of the subject fits incredibly well because there are literally period tables on part of this fabric!  Here's the fabrics below for the top.  The backing is some more fantastic science/geek fabric that is going to include a pieced strip of the 4 leftover square I'm not using for the top (the pattern I'm using only needs 36 of the 40 squares).



38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 13, 2017 10:56:06 AM
NEWT Subject: SoAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mitten Advent Calendar
Project Page Link: Here
Brief Description:

I finished my tiny mitten calendar!  There are many, many symbols to look at, since the whole project is fair isle.  I did on average one mitten a day, usually in 2-3 sessions with breaks in between to let my hands rest (I knit fair-isle two-handed, Continental with the background colour in the left, English with the foreground colour in the right).  The pattern is here Julevotter Adventscalendar, and I knit it exactly except to add in a hanging loop.  Before starting the third row, I crocheted a chain of 20 in that row's colour (usually this was the first instance of the contrast colour, but sometimes it was the starting colour), slip-stitched into the first chain to make a loop, then slipped the crochet loop onto the DPN and knit 2 together (the first knit stitch and the crochet loop).  Then I didn't have to add one later or sew it in.

I'm pretty happy with it, though I wish that I'd been able to find a slightly heavier weight white.  My white was Regia, which is pretty fine sock weight, and the others were sock weight as well but just slightly heavier.  I means in particular the red mittens look a bit larger.



So that's one Christmas present done!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tiny Mitten Advent Calendar on: September 13, 2017 10:49:50 AM
I have been having severe chronic health problems for a year and a half now, some of the symptoms of which are trouble with hand coordination, muscle weakness, and fatigue.  To try and combat this I've been doing small amounts of knittng.  The Julevotter Adventscalendar is a great project because the fair-isle in particular challenges coordination, and the small project size makes it less frustrating to work on - I can usually complete a mitten a day (sometimes in 2-3 spread out sessions to recover between).

I'd already made one before I started the flare for my mom for Christmas 2015, but my MIL loved it.  I therefore made this set for her.  One Christmas present down!

I didn't make any alterations to the pattern, but I did make one addition.  Before starting the third row, I crocheted a chain of 20 in that row's colour (usually this was the first instance of the contrast colour, but sometimes it was the starting colour), slip-stitched into the first chain to make a loop, then slipped the crochet loop onto the DPN and knit 2 together (the first knit stitch and the crochet loop).  This created a hanging loop that I didn't have to sew in later.  They have been soaked, patted into shape to settle the stitches, and are now sitting with the hanging loops pinned straight (since they like to twist a bit being crocheted).

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 13, 2017 09:58:43 AM
Magpirate - I love all those friendship bracelets, I made them all through high school for friends, and still do sometimes!  The maille bracelet is my favourite though.

Mistress Jennie - LOVE those wine charms.  It makes me want to have parties just to have an excuse to make and use them!

Erinaquaheart - that wreath is super fun!

Moonflame - Hogwarts bash???  That looks amazing!

edelC - that Corn/bacon/leek soup looks absolutely delicious.

patty-o-furniture - Those games look like a lot of fun, but I am especially in awe of the marshmallow.  I craved them through both pregnancies and still love them!

jellybean89 - I love all your projects, and it is especially wonderful that they are for SPEW  Cheesy
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