Posted by Nina on May 4, 2010
Life at Hogwarts is sure to be exciting this year! I have been selected to be the Gryffindor enabling roving reporter for our class newspaper! This means that I get to not only enable fiber and stash buying, but I get to teach and advise too! I hope this will be a great learning experience for me as well as for my fellow classmates.
While the news of my reporting is exciting, I have a rather frightening thing to report to you but it ends well so do not be too worried! You see, the first class I was to finish this term was Charms. I was to study the lapifors! spell which turns a small rabbit statue to life. Well.. I got distracted while in class (big surprise, right?!) and my lack of attention to my spell turned a beautiful little blue sodalite statue into an angry bunny!
Don’t worry though.. once we coxed the kitchen knife out of his hands and convinced him we truly meant no harm.. he was much more likable! I have grown quite fond of him and have promised to try and conjure a friend up for him in Potions class so that he isn’t so lonely at night in the castle.
He now is doing quite well and he has been enjoying the lion cookies and the fire whiskey in our common room… don’t tell the professors! I don’t think fire whiskey is allowed on the castle grounds, but friends tell me they have nicked it from Professor Hagrid’s cellars.
I hope all is well with you at home and you are all not missing me too badly. I will see you all soon. Please send treats with my OWL upon receipt of this letter.. I sure miss Grandma’s peanut butter cookies!
CherrySprinkle of Gryffindor
Pattern: Albert the Absent-Minded Monster by Rebecca Danger
Needles: US 5 – 3.75 mm Addi Turbo Lace Circs
Yarn: Bernat Baby Bouclé in Spring Breeze
Date Started: May 1, 2010
Date Completed: May 2, 2010
Posted by Nina on Apr 28, 2010
I’ve just signed up for my 2nd year at Hogwarts (aka. HPKCHC)! Last term I had very little time to do anything but knit… and I literally finished my OWL on the very last day of term! This time.. I am going to plan my time much better and get everything done on time! I will not be having sleepless nights this term, oh no, I will be budgeting my time much better!
This term there will be spinning, there will be weaving, and there will be lots of knitting and crocheting! What you see in the photo above is my OWL proposal.. this year I will be attempting (and succeeding!) in a Care of Magical Creatures OWL by hatching a dragon! Do you see my trusty book that I have borrowed from Professor Hagrid? I will be hatching a Siberian Ice Crest dragon.. more on this later.. but I give you my swatch!
What? Stop laughing! It’s going to be a dragon! REALLY! IT IS!!! That is it’s head… oh dear, I am really not helping matters here any, am I? Just trust me, it’s a dragon.
Posted by Nina on Mar 31, 2010
I’d started this project in January with a deadline of March 31st to finish. I had to spin the batts I purchased to make the yarn and then begin to knit. The shawl was started for a little project badge in the Harry Potter Knit & Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC) group. I finished it with only hours to spare! I did 8 center repeats of the pattern with the 9th being the edging. I cannot tell you how much I love this thing! It’s so soft and has subtle shimmer when the light hits it and it’s just entirely too beautiful!
I would have finished an entire day ahead of time but I knit without lifelines and I had to rip back an entire days worth of knitting so that cost me a lot of time.. but I did it!! I made it!! and all for this little badge, worth 150 points in the group!
Posted by Nina on Mar 27, 2010
This adorable little thing will keep your hot beverages hot and your cold beverages from sweating! It took just a couple hours to knit and used very little yarn. I opted not to knit the bottom so that it would fit any mug. I also used crochet loops to attach around the cup handle instead of ties. I just love the cable work! It’s a great little project and would make nice stocking stuffers I think.
Pattern: Cabled Mug Cozy by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence
Needles: Knit Picks Options US 8 5.0mm
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Aran
Started: March 27, 2010
Completed: March 27, 2010
Posted by Nina on Feb 24, 2010
I’ve finally found a solution to my problem! I often wear my hair up or back in a ponytail because it’s so long.. but living in Michigan doesn’t always make it easy, especially in the winter, to stay warm when you wear your hair up.. and I don’t know about you but… putting a hat over a ponytail is uncomfortable and it looks ridiculous.. I’ve known about the calorimetry pattern for awhile but never had any desire to knit one before, especially since they are so popular.. but I decided if you can’t beat ‘em – join ‘em.. now I see what all the fuss was about! They are warm and pretty and they don’t interfere with buns or ponytails at all! I knit mine up in black acrylic yarn with a celtic knot button.
Since I have been testing recipes so long, I turned to a cookbook for a quick and easy no-brainer dinner.. and who should come to my rescue but Sarah Kramer.. this is ‘the joint’s cheeseburger pizza’ recipe from La Dolce Vegan. You know how to make a cheeseburger right? well there you go.. you know how to make this pizza lol.. it’s exactly what I needed during this crazy month of little time! It’s delicious.. tastes like a real cheeseburger and this was the first time I ever got Vegan cheese to melt!! win-win! Thank you Sarah, for giving me some much needed rest and kick-ass food!
Posted by Nina on Feb 23, 2010
I’ve got a friend who has written a pattern and plans to submit it to KnitPick’s for you to be able to purchase! Since I have had a lot of experience crocheting I offered to be the tester for the advanced user. I had to go up a needle size and make about 2 extra rows to fit but over all, everything worked out exactly the way I wanted it to! I had no idea what the pattern would look like when I offered so I was pleasantly surprised that it was a beautiful cap!
I’ve chosen this beautiful gold color simply based upon my hair color lol. I thought the gold could compliment my red hair and fair skin pretty well.. and the button I used for the center is a beautiful clear button with glitter in the very center totally encased inside the button. I love the little bling! I need my husband to take some shots of me wearing this.. hopefully this weekend for my Ravelry project page.. anyway, I did not find any errors in the pattern and the most complicated thing about this pattern would be using magic loop for beginners.
During the olympic events at Ravelry, I joined in the flying camel or spinning event.. I have been working like crazy to finish projects and spin so here are two yarns that I spun super fine and plied with Rowan Kidsilk Haze mohair.. it ends up being a light lace weight yarn and each skein is over 270yrds. When I say I have been busy, I mean busy! I am now afraid that I won’t finish everything I need to before the end of the month.. but I am still working to finish 33% of my Nightsongs shawl and finish up the Imbolc shawl I started a long, long time ago!
Posted by Nina on Feb 14, 2010
We had a wild and crazy Valentine’s day.. nothing went quite as planned but we had a wonderful time. The morning started off with our gift exchange.. Sergey did really good this year! I got roses and lilies and a little blue box from Tiffany’s! I’ve never gotten anything from Tiffany’s before.. inside was this beautiful aquamarine bracelet.
This year I decided to knit him a little gift and when I saw this breast pillow, I couldn’t resist making it for him! The hardest part of the project was finding skin and nipple colored yarn.. I mean can you imagine having to explain what you’re making when the people at the local yarn store ask you what you’re going to do with the two balls of yarn you’re buying? Everyone thinks its hilarious.. I don’t know what he plans to do with them but for now they sit on his desk lol
After the gift giving and romancing, we headed to Panera Bread and had a quick bite to eat and headed back home to snuggle on the sofa and watch a movie. We had a pretty good evening at home, just the 3 of us… and Bella found out that she likes popcorn.
Posted by Nina on Jan 31, 2010
First up we have the Green Autumn (Druid Mittens) by Jared Flood. I love these mittens more than words can say.. however, I have found that the yarn I chose has left a lighter dyed band around the center of the mitten and I am obsessing over it. I think I might have to knit an additional mitten to mask this. I finished the pair this morning at about 8am. The pattern has amazing texture exactly like you would expect from Jared. I made a few modifications to the pattern. I decided to mirror the chevron pattern around the cuffs of the mittens as well as the cables on the thumbs.
Next we have this beautiful yarn! I purchased these two batts from Uniquely Yours. These were the New Year’s themed mystery batts (I purchased them without seeing what they would look like) for the spin-a-long. I don’t think there are very many of us spinning these batts and so far, mine are the only yarns posted on the contest thread! I had planned to spin these two yarns together so I made them very thin but once I finished them I loved them separately so I plied the black base with black nylon thread and the white base with white gold metallic thread.
I’ve over taxed myself in January. I decided to do all 6 HPKCHC classes, a new years themed spin along, plus working on my HPKCHC OWL project. I finished 6 projects, 2 skeins of very beautiful yarn, and have done a lot of knitting! February I have committed myself to the Ravelry olympics games to finish off some of my works in progress (event: wip dancing) and spinning (event: flying camel).
That about sums up January for me! oh yeah, and some fantastic food in there too! Celine & Joni’s new book is going to be incredible. Every recipe I have tried is turning out to be my new favorite! Last nights dinner was ‘beef’ & broccoli bowls.. I lacked the seitan so I used tempeh but was FANTASTIC! I think I might make another batch to eat on all week lol.
Posted by Nina on Jan 25, 2010
Remember when I joined the Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup group on Ravelry and I said I would share a little more about it with you? Well.. now is the time! We are sorted into houses at the beginning of the term (3 months) and each month a class listing is given and the more classes you participate in the more points your house earns.. and you are also competing for some real prizes! I have met some really fabulous people there and they are cheering me on to reduce the size of my knitting queue and finish up those works in progress (during the Ravelry olympics of course!) and I have created some of the cutest little things for the first round of classes!!
First up we have this super cute flying spaghetti monster… I made him for potions class. We were instructed to create something dangerous or something that Dumbledore would love.. I think he fits on both accounts.
Next was this really cute cupcake for Charms. We were instructed to create something to make the professor smile.. well being that I was sorted into Gryffindor.. our house decided to create a secret food fight where we would all make cupcakes and food items to turn in all at the same time (I lost count after 18 of us turned them in!) and later that evening we would storm the Slytherin dungeon and start the food war all over again! I made a white cake with lavender frosting and a cute little cherry on top with rainbow sprinkles.. it now functions as a soft toy or pin cushion.
Last but not least we have this adorable little apple cozy I made for Defense Against The Dark Arts.. we were instructed to create an item that represents your resolution for the year.. it represents two for me.. start & finish projects on my queue and to stay healthy! I spent most of 2009 either ill or injured and I figured the old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ might not be a bad thing to start with!
You probably won’t see me again until the end of this month while I am busy finishing up class projects and spinning like crazy for a contest!
Posted by Nina on Jan 4, 2010
Now that the holidays are over and life is starting to return to its normal speed, I finally have things to blog about! I finished these beautiful Mrs Beeton’s on Christmas eve. I was never a big fan of wrist warmers or fingerless mitts but I think these are fantastic. Not only do they keep your hands warm by preventing wind and snow from going up your coat sleeves but they look really festive and are super soft! My husband says they look like anemones.. I guess that makes sense why I love them so much because I have always found anemones to be quite beautiful!
I took a trip to one of my local yarn stores to see if I could find some yarn for something to cast on and knit quick to wear on Christmas and I found this beautiful angora yarn and I love the pinkish taupe shade mixed with bright white pearls and fur. I love them so much I plan to wear them to my dentist appointment today.. nothing like a soft hand knit item to calm your nerves.
I also signed up for the Harry Potter house cup championship on ravelry.. it’s sure looking like a lot of fun! I hope this group and the olympics will help me finish off those WIP’s (work in progress) and break down my queue.. it’s 29 pages, 862 projects long! I’ve been sorted into the Gryffindor house and have begun working on my projects for classes.. more on this later! I also signed up for a fiber pen pal and met an awesome woman from the group. We weren’t paired together but I think we’ll swap together anyway! We have a lot in common!
Mrs Beeton by Brenda Dayne
Knit on Addi Turbo Lace Circs. US 5 / 3.75 mm & US 7 / 4.5 mm
Yarn: Lion Brand Fun Fur Solid (White) & Sublime Yarns Angora Merino (#0041)
Started: December 22, 2009
Completed: December 24, 2009
On Ravelry @ CherrySprinkle