Class or Challenge Title: House Unity Challenge House: Slytherin Project Name & Page Link: Gryffindor Sleeveless Tunic Brief Description: I picked this pattern out to use a gorgeous length of linen in Slytherin Green, and I made this mock-up in Gryffindor red. And, I hate how it looks on me. Great pattern, though. It would make a fabulous maternity top. I even took out some of the fullness and it’s still too much. I can see it working with a drapey jersey knit, but Summer-weight wovens are a no-go. Might try that some time in the future…woven fabric for the yoke, jersey knit for the rest. Project Picture:
Class or Challenge Title: Stash Challenge House: Slytherin Project Name & Page Link: ‘Bloody Baron’ handspun yarn Brief Description: I’ve had this wool in my stash for about a year. The dyer didn’t completely exhaust the dye in this lot and, when I tried to split the roving, pigment went everywhere. I knew I could salvage it, but put it on the back burner. Once the weather permitted, I took it outside and gave it a thorough rinse and let it dry in the sun. That did the trick and here is the first skein of finished yarn. Still needs a bath, so I’m not sure of the weight or yardage, but it’s about 100g of chain-plied, and will probably end up close to DK-weight. Project Picture:
Class or Challenge Title: Arithmancy House: Slytherin Project Name & Page Link: Silver Handspun for a sweater Brief Description: I have four colors of roving from SSS that I bought to spin for a sweater…still unsure as to which colors will ultimately be used. That will really depend on how consistent I am able to spin them! Getting better, but I’m still all over the place. Project Picture:
Class or Challenge Title: Quidditch - Bludger House: Gryffindor Project Name & Page Link: Pat’s Star Quilt Block (pattern) Brief Description: This block was a little tricky. I think half the problem is that the directions are 3 pages long, and put the cutting requirements at the bottom of page 3, but start page 1 with you cutting down those cuts into subcuts. Basically starting at the top with Step 2, going all the way through to the end, then ending with Step 1. I honestly didn’t bother trying to read their badly written directions. Instead I laid all the pieces out according to the picture, then sewed together sections in the order they obviously had to go in to make it work. Annoying pattern, but I love the resulting block. Project Picture:
I love that wreath idea and the tutorial is great!
I notice that one may have 2 Advanced Study Projects going, so in the name of procrastination I present my second proposal:
~ ADVANCED STUDIES PROPOSAL ~ Project Name: Christmas Countdown Garland House: Slytherin Brief Description: I am going to make a countdown calendar of (probably) knit stockings to use each year in my house. The project will include at the least 24 small knit stockings and some means of stringing them up and possibly also tokens with letters/symbols on them. The goal is to mix up the tokens each year and wrap seasonal books that are labeled with corresponding design/letters/whatevers so we open up and reveal a new one each night. The books might get mixed in with activites written out or small gifts, not sure yet I’d have to count my books.
Class or Challenge Title: Quidditch - Seeker House: Gryffindor! Project Name & Page Link:Peach & Raspberry Jam Breakfast Bars Brief Description: I’ve been searching for the perfect breakfast bar recipe. Something healthy, and tasty, that’s not a sugar bomb, and contains some protein and whole grains. Sadly, these were not good. The base & crumble topping (which are the same batter) kinda tastes like dense, pulpy cardboard. Looks like I’m still searching for my perfect breakfast bar recipe. Project Picture:
Yeah. I tried one again this morning, before heading to the pool for my workout. I thought ‘They couldn’tn be as bad as you remember. Just power through.’ I got through half of one, and it was a struggles. So then ended up in the trash today. I hate wasting food, but they were just sooooo bad. And I’m a person who always alters recipes to be a little more healthy. Swapping out some oil for apple sauce, some of the AP flour for whole wheat, cutting back the sugar called for. None of that bothers me at all. Not sure why these were so flippin’ terrible. LOL!
Class or Challenge Title: Iron Chef Ostara Cook the Rainbow Challenge - July: Salad or Soup House: Slytherin Project Name & Page Link:Cowboy Caviar
**Brief Description:**This is one of my favorite Summer salads! I made it for our family’s Independence Day get-together. I do mix up the recipe just a little, so I’ll post my typical ingredients list, depending on what’s available at the grocery store. I left out the jalepeno this time around, and used yellow bell peppers instead of red/orange.
~ ADVANCED STUDIES PROPOSAL ~ Project Name: House: Brief Description: I plan to make these Hufflepuff mittens for myself! They are knit with fingering weight wool, and have a lot of colorwork, so it will not be a quick project, but they look amazing, and I hope I can do them justice!
Class or Challenge Title: Astronomy House: Slytherin Project Name & Page Link: Pink Agate Rosary Brief Description: This rosary is for my 5-year old (he destroyed the last one because he didn’t like the color, despite choosing the beads himself). He wanted pink, so he got it. Dozens of tiny, bright pink orbs should make him happy. Still, I’m going to put it up for him until he actually knows how to use it properly. Project Picture:
Oh thank you! I guess I’ll keep the Muggle Studies afghan since I’m still working on that, and I’ll keep the mitts, since I’m working on those. The book nook can go. I still plan to make it, but I haven’t done much yet. Maybe I can add it after I finish one of the others.