Sunday, September 27, 2009

HaR Care of Magical Creatures, EC1 and Complete


But TWO Diricawls


Which completes all eight creatures and all eight quizzes and as requested:

Hail Hail the gang's all here


Fantasia - September 2009 Dark is Rising

“When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.”

The Signs which Will hunts down in the book take the form of quartered circles, one each made of wood, bronze, iron, water (an opalescent stone), fire (gold), and plain stone. Craft something inspired by one of the Six Great Signs of the Light. A literal interpretation (a quartered circle), something decorated with that motif, spun fiber inspired by the materials used to make one of the signs, or whatever else your imagination may present.

Necklace done in the color of fire - Red, with the spark of gold threaded through it.


HPKCHC Care of Magical Creatures

Dragonsinger of Hufflepuff turning in her assignment.

I became the caretaker of a tiny niffler named Lucky Charms, Lucky for short.


While he was a well-behaved niffler and usually most obedient, it seems while I was in the process of finding him a bed, he decided that one of my necklaces was rather suitable


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HaR Care of Magical Creatures, Parts 6 and EC2

Dragonsinger of Hufflepuff submitting two more creatures

Centaur - which completes the regular credit assignments

And from the Extra Credit section

Monday, September 21, 2009

HaR House Challenge - September 2009

There will be a variety of House Colors projects to choose from - hats, mittens / mitts / gloves, and/or socks.

Use ANY pattern - as long as the finished object is in House colors.

Use ANY House’s colors based on what is in your stash (or need for gifts).

Multiple projects allowed, including the same type of item (e.g. 2 hats, 3 pairs of mitts, etc.)

And completed a Ravenclaw Beanie for my husband for the September Challenge :D


HaR DADA Part 2 - Completed

Dragonsinger of Hufflepuff submitting the rest of her DADA assignment

Skull Tapestry Panel



Amigurumi Spider



HPKCHC Charms Assignment September 2009

Aguamenti - The Water Charm

Aguamenti is the charm used to put out fires/ create water to drink. It is first named in Half-Blood Prince, when Harry is being taught how to perform this specific charm in Professor Flitwick’s class. Later Harry casts this spell in an attempt to create water for Dumbledore to drink after taking Voldemort’s potion and then to douse Hagrid’s hut after it is set on fire later.

So your task is to either

a) create something water related, be it colours, waves etc.
b) create something a little more literal like a goblet, something that imitates the jets of water or a fire hose (firemen optional but welcome and yes the professor knows where some minds will take this one and that is also fine :D)

Hufflepuff Water Bottle Sling!



Saturday, September 19, 2009

HPKCHC Herbology Assignment September 2009

Dragonsinger of Hufflepuff submitting her [X Marks the Washcloth](/patterns/library/x-marks-the-washcloth) made of Peaches and Cream cotton worsted


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HaR Care of Magical Creatures, Parts 4 & 5

Dragonsinger of Hufflepuff submitting two more finished projects for 5 projects and 8 quizzes now complete.

4) Norbert the dragon had a hot date with a Swedish shortsnout so he sent his cousin, Elbert the Romanian Red


5) Helga Hufflepuff the Unicorn - Yes folks, as rare as Unicorns are, the Hufflepuff breed is even rarer. Hard to find but easy to recognize by their Hufflepuff yellow and black colors. Huzzah Hufflepuff!!

HaR DADA Part 1

Josephine Gauntlets

Skull (though not felted as I abhor what felting does to the stitches and won't do felting)



Triwizard Challenge -Third Task

The Third Task - The Maze

In the third task, the Champions had to enter a maze of hedges which was filled with dangerous obstacles. Some of the dangers in the maze included a Blast-Ended Skrewt, a giant spider, and anti-gravity mist.

A second option for this Task would be to use a project requiring the deciphering of a chart and color changes….this could be a good choice for those who crochet!

A Team Jacob panel for a friend who's a Twilight fan from an originally created chart:


HPKCHC DADA Assignment September 2009

“What I Fought On My Summer Holidays” - It’s September! The month for the traditional back-to-school essay about what you did on your summer holidays. Explain and show an example of which spell you practiced, creepy creature you fought, or scary Death Eater plot you unraveled over the summer holidays. Extra points for house colors, making the prof laugh, or being especially awesome.
::looks around to make sure no one is listening::

It's a plot!!! I'm sure of it!!! *twitches* Six years we've been here battling it and the natives say its been going on even longer than that.

::covers ears at horrendous screeching::

Hear that? It's all day and into the night. It's worse at night. They scream so loud and its often especially during the night

In the night..

In the dark...

They're trying to conquer us!!!!!!! The town's split in half by them and getting to the other side sometimes is near impossible!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a race to get to the east side of town before they block all the gates. And it's not just summer, but all year -- every day -- all day --

Going to work, returning from work. Always a battle, a race to get to the other side of town.
*points eastward*

Da Trains Da Trains!!111



Sunday, September 13, 2009

Triwizard Challenge - Second Task

The Second Task - The Lake

The second task,required the Champions to rescue people who were dear to them from the settlement of the merpeople in the lake.

I thought long and hard on this Task…

The inspiration for this task comes from this statement…

Harry’s decent showing and ethical behaviour in this Challenge lead the other Champions to believe that Harry is, in fact, a worthy contender. Harry’s choosing to try and save the other hostages earned him extra points from the judges for “moral fiber.”

In this Task you are charged with showing the ”Moral Fiber” that Harry did! You are charged to knit/crochet something for someone who needs help or support or just a reminder that she/he is not alone in the world. Charity possibilities can be anything! You can even make something for that friend who is down in the dumps or that special someone who needs remembered during the Holidays ahead.

My friend has begun walking with her husband each morning for their health. Right now, she is also dealing with their adult daughter needing surgery and having to help with their grandson during her recovery. I made her this cowl for when the winter months come and the cold would try to keep her from walking


HaR Transfiguration September 2009

Temporary Transfiguration Homework

After mastering Permanent Transfigurations, the student will then move onto the more difficult spells for Temporary Transfigurations. As implied, these spells can be undone. There may be several forms an object can be transfigured into. Caution should be exercised before exercising these spells on a human. For our course, the spells will be restricted to clothing. The student may choose from the following patterns, or use their own pattern with teacher approval:

The [Convertible Cowl](pattern)


Which can be worn as a hood... However, somewhere in the uploading the photo never made it *sobs* so I have not photo of my friend wearing it that way

As a neck warmer

AND in our hot Oklahoma summers, when its too warm to wear it, it can even double as a centerpiece doily *grins*


HPKCHC Transfiguration Assignment September 2009

“Transfiguration is some of the most complex and dangerous magic you will learn at Hogwarts. Anyone messing around in my class will leave and not come back. You have been warned.”

Jumping right into the fall term with both feet, we will begin by attempting some of the most mystical and mysterious Transfigurations there are. This, students, is the process of blocking.

Blocking is a form of alchemical Transfiguration, that takes your knitting and crocheted items from mundane to ethereal.

Your assignment this month is to knit or crochet an item, and then Transfigure it, through blocking, into a work of art. Lace is always a good bet for a nice block, but really anything can be blocked - hats, socks, baby booties, sweaters, etc. The requirements are thus:

~You MUST post pre- and post-blocking photos of your item. Photos during the blocking process will earn you bonus points, as will House colors and large items, as always, and the professor’s whim.

~The item must LOOK significantly different after being blocked - stitches must be smoother, item must have a better shape, something like that.

Transfiguration Homework. The 12" square [Mandala](/patterns/library/mandala-2)

Completed and unblocked

Pinned and drying


Monday, September 7, 2009

Triwizard Challenge - First Task

The First Task - Dragons

The first task, was designed to test courage and daring. To Conquer your Dragon!

For the Ravelry TriWizards Tournament, your First task will also charge you to conquer your Dragon! Complete a UFO or WIP by the due date of September 28th. We all know that some UFO’s are Dragons and we must conquer them!

If you do not have a UFO/WIP then you are charged to destash and de-queue…Conquer your queue Slay that Stash…complete a project that you have longed to do but havent casted on yet!!! This can be any project that you already have the supplies and pattern for…it doesnt have to be one you have in your queue on Ravelry, but you must already have all the supplies and ready to cast on.


HaR Divinations Parts 1 through 3

Divinations assignments

I began with a cup of Ginger Snap Tea and found the following in my cup:


A stalk - person, female (length shorter than other stalks in the blend)
A boat - visit from a friend, safe refuge
A crescent - a journey

Having a female friend who lives in another town, I am h oping we can spend some time together before she moves and it seems according to this, we will as it seems a journey to her town is in the future. Knowing she is moving to a cooler climate than where she is now, I thought a nice lacy hat would be a good gift when I see her. Feeling that the leaves led to this pattern which employed v-stitches and shell stitches to achieve a lace effect. However, it seemed not quite right. Something was missing.

Perhaps an aura reading was in order. Doing so, I found a picot edging would add a nice finishing touch to the cap.

Yet still something was missing... pulling out my trusty crystal ball, I spent time focusing and gazing, trying to find the missing piece to make the cap just right.


Bobbles! Yes, definitely bobbles and so I added approximately 2" of bobble rows. Each row is an alternated stitch of bobble and single crochet.

Topped with that picot edging.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

HPKCHC Potions September 2009

While I enjoy wearing sleeveless tops or dresses during the summer, fans and airconditioning can cause me to feel rather chilled when I am inside. Also, when riding in a muggle friend's auto, their air conditioning blows directly on my arms which causes discomfort and chills (thank Merlin we have climate spells to control room temperatures!)

To keep my arms warm, I crocheted these [Josephine Gauntlets](pattern)


Totally surprised...

and totally honored that they would consider my work to be featured