CLOSED: Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule 2021/22

I’ve missed so many lovely projects.
@MistressJennie You are a canning machine, and they all look so tempting.

@tendstowardschaos that yarn looks great. I may be slowly tending towards spinning, but I will see how the dyeing of the yarn that is on the way to me goes first. And that quilt is just gorgeous

@plaidpineapple those pants are wonderful, the pockets!

@Noodle I am in awe of anyone who can do fairisle knitting, and for fun?!

Class Astro
House Ravenclaw
Project, The gentlemans wardrobe of the wayward bee. This was a big project to put some love into a very neglected little piece of furniture, it has it’s own thread here Gentleman's wardrobe of the wayward bee

but this is what it looks like now.

This is the before


:package: :owl: :gift: Pop Quiz: What do you guys think of a small version of the HP Holiday Swap? :gift: :owl: :package:

I’ve been so distracted with the pregnancy this fall, that I didn’t set up our usual HP Holiday earlier. It normally includes 2 weeks of signups and 4 weeks of crafting, and up to 3 partners. TBH, that’s just too much for my brain to handle right now. But I know a lot of folks really love the swap, and love adding to their collection of ornaments. So… I’m thinking of signups today, through the 30th. Then Sendouts on December 14th. Hard deadline. No late sends! Because if anyone is late, their packages won’t arrive in time, with the holiday rush the postal service expects. So because of the shorter crafting time, I’m thinking just 1 partner per person.

If people are interested and want it, I’ll set it up today. If this feels too rushed and like not enough time, we’ll skip it for this year, no hard feelings.

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Class or Challenge Title: Transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Christmas Stollen
Brief Description: my second year making gluten free Stollen. I have adjusted the recipe by adding more xantham gum to the gluten free flour, and letting it proof longer.
Waiting for the fruit to soak in the rum, waiting for the dough to proof, and finally waiting at least a week for the finished loaves to “ripen”, this is a lot of waiting.
(Loaves are currently wrapped up and sitting in the pantry shelf in the garage).
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Jennie you look glowing!

And omg that Rainbow quilt is stunning.

Quick project from me:

Class: SOAR
House: Hufflepuff
This cowl was knit using what is honestly the squishiest, smooshiest, softest yarn I’ve ever come across - it’s a cashmere, merino, alpaca blend, handdyed from a local artist. It’s a Christmas gift for a colleague who had been so lovely and welcoming in my new job that u wanted to say a special thank you to her. We share classes (I teach my specialist subjects, and she hers) so our kids know I’ve been making it and they are so excited for me to give it to her, it’s adorable


Oh I love this. Really beautiful highlighting and lowlighting. This would be a wonderful technique for a tablescape or a series of glass vases also.

Class: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Organising circular needles is usual a hot topic of chat amongst knitters. Ideally they want to be sorted by both lenght and diameter, easy to get in and out, not getting tangled or too squashed up…
I’ve previously used these plastic wallets, which works OK but they are so ugly, and a bit fiddly.

I saw on twitter a knitter who used these photo storage boxes and couldn’t resist. I’ll admit that there’s no sorting by lenght, but they are so SO much prettier and that makes me happy! And not so squished up, even where I have several needles in a size. A bit improvement if you ask me!


Ooohh @noodle I love that cowl.

Ooh, nice storage fix. I’ve never seen those little boxes that fit into the scrapbook cases.

House: Hufflepuff
Class or Challenge Title: Detention WIP
Project Name & Page Link: Flannel Blanket
I started this flannel quilt/blanket a couple years ago and then stuffed it away to be forgotten until recently. I have a stack of WIPs i really need to get done to clear up some room.


Class or Challenge Title: Book Club chapter 11
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Advent Calendar for kids
Brief Description: A little late but no other challenge has been posted so I’m taking the chance!!! I’ve gone from a mother of one to a mother of two, if we don’t count the puppy that is. This year I decided to make them advent calendars and made 48 bags that fit the different sweet bags we bought. I also made the tags and then finished them off.
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Class or Challenge Title: Apparation
House: Sytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Apple crumble pie -recipe-
Brief Description: I’d love to travel once to USA and travel through the country exploring it. One thing I think about when I think USA is apple pie, and as I had some old apples that I needed to either use or throw I made this pie. My son loved it.
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Class or Challenge Title: Iron chef November
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: baleadas -recipe-
Brief Description: I love beans and I just had to try this recipe, it was amazing I love it, and so does the others who has tried it
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You are ALWAYS free to post a project for a dated challenge (like Book Club), if a new one has not been posted yet. If for example, I am 3 days late, you get that bonus 3 days. And once I DO post a new one, you have until the end of that day to get the old one in. So for example, I’m about to post a new Book Club prompt now. And if someone else came along in an hour, they could still post the old one until the end of today. :smiley:


@imera that advent calendar looks very tempting.

I have been baking today

Class Apparition
House Ravenclaw
Project @MistressJennies moms orange and cranberry loaf. There were fresh cranberries in the shop so I took the opportunity to grab them and make this. It is delicious and the cranberries give it a lovely sharpness. The recipe is here, c&p from another thread

*Ok @Edel, my mum’s Cranberry Orange Bread. I have no idea where the recipe came from. She has it handwritten in a binder that she’s had since I was a kid. I have a handwritten copy I made of hers, when I moved out.

2 cups All Purpose flour
1 cup sugar (I usually use a scant cup, like 7/8 cup)
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (mom always used margarine)
1 egg, beaten
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup orange juice*
1.5-2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (chopped in half)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk together the dry ingredients, and add to wet ingredients. Fold in cranberries.

Class Potions
I made two kerchiefs and matching scrunchies for a miniature schnauser and a friend of my acquaintance. They wanted christmassy fabric.

Class Headmistress challenge november.

I made 20 pairs of earrings for a craft stall as a fundraiser for our cancer support centre. All sorts of designs and colours. Much like house unity, everyone is represented.

class chapter 11 book prompt

Just sliding in under the wire with this. Two friends and I are doing a jolabokaflod this year, we are giving one another books from our own library. to make them special I made these two fabric, reusable gift bags


A new Book Club prompt has been posted!


Class or Challenge Title: Detention - Stash
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Aunt Sukie’s Choice Quilt Blocks
Brief Description: For the Quiltalong, I needed to make November’s Block of the Month, before December arrived. (Especially since I was the person to nominate the block!) I couldn’t decide which pile of quilt blocks I wanted to make this block for, but then I bumped into a fat quarter bundle of bee fabrics, I had bought to make something with for my aunt, about a year ago, then forgotten about. I used two of the bee fabrics from the bundle, and some white and soft red were both scraps in my stash. These will be turned into a table runner, with another of the bee fabrics as borders/sashing, one as backing, and one as binding.
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Class or Challenge Title: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Prayer Shawl
Brief Description: My sister has had so much on her plate for a number of years. We live half a country apart, so I rarely see her. Therefore, I’m sending her a hug. The pattern is the Victorian Shawl, in Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend.
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Class or Challenge Title: Book Club - Ch. 12 The Patronus
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Wet Felted Cat Toys
Brief Description: My friend asked if I could make a few wool balls for his cats. I normally would needle felt them, but I thought I would give wet felting a go (it’s faster). My previous attempts with wet felting were less than stellar and it was a craft I tried a few times and never went back to. But, these worked out okay!
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The Headmistress Challenge for December has been posted! We are going with the oldie-but-goodie, Hagrid’s 12 Christmas Trees again. These prompts may seem familiar to you, since we’ve used them in the past. That is intentional, as they were written to cover a wide range of holiday crafting and cooking, to help you fill in all the million little projects we crafters make during Christmas.

But this year Mistress Jennie is giving you a bonus gift. Each one of these prompts can also act as a ‘Free Space’ or ‘Crafters Choice’. That means if you have a project you crafted, that doesn’t fit any current prompt (Class, Book Club, Headmistress, etc.), you can use any of the 12 Trees prompts to submit it under. No questions asked. (Provided it fits LC’s concept of a craft or cooking project.) 30 minute minimum work still applies. You can do this with one prompt, or all 12.

Consider these prompts a jumping off point, but in the end, go with your heart, and craft what you love, for those you love.


Apologies! I actually had that post written up yesterday, and I thought I hit the reply button to post it. But when I opened my laptop just now, I found it still in the editing window, waiting for me. Taunting me. Oh well, all the prompts have been in the Homework Planner for ages now, so none of them should be a major surprise anyways. LOL

Happy Thursday Friends.


I completely forgot to post the Iron Chef for December! Things have been a little crazy here this week - sorry friends!

:earth_americas: Iron Chef Around the World Challenge! :earth_africa:
This term we’ll take our taste buds on a trip! A random country will be selected each month to serve as inspiration for new recipes, dishes, and ideas. Whether you fun inspiration in a whole dish or a single ingredient, I hope you’ll join me on this tour of flavor. Complete all 4 challenges for a sticker surprise!

:angola: December: Angola: Take a trip to Africa with Angolan chicken stew, spiced coconut porridge, or pé-de-moleque.


Your pants are AWESOME @plaidpineapple!! I would LOVE to make a pair of my own someday. You rocked it and look fantastic!!

AND you earned 100 points for your house! :tada:

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Class or Challenge Title: Charms
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Elisenlebkuchen
Brief Description: a soft gingerbread batter cookie, prominent in Germany. These take a long time to make, especially since I cannot use store bought Oblaten, so I have to make my own gluten free Oblaten wafers.
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