Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer 2022

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:zap: Headmistress Jennie casts the House Points Charm! :zap:

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~ ADVANCED STUDIES PROPOSAL ~
Project Name: Striped Raglan Sweater
House: Slytherin
Brief Description: I’ve been expanding my knitting skills so that I can knit a sweater. Eventually, I’d like to make the perfect cardigan, but I need to start with something a bit easier. I’ll be using some of the yarn left over from the Doctor Who Scarf (and the not-quite-right colors that I had purchased), so the striping will be highly improvised. The pattern is the Ladies Classic Raglan Pullover by Jane Richmond. It’s not too complicated, with simple neck shaping, stockinette in the round, ribbed neck/cuffs/bottom edge. I’ll need to know how to do raglan increases, decreases, pick up stitches, sequester stitches, bind off in pattern, and ribbing.

ETA: yarn

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That’s a great looking sweater, can’t wait to see your take on it!

ETA: You are killing me with these beautiful yarn pics! I am on a yarn embargo until the stash fits back into it’s assigned spaces and these are so alluring!

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I knitted a very similar sweater as my first ever sweater! I barely knew how to knit and purl, and that was probably a good thing, because it made me fearless to try! If you can follow directions, most patterns are really not that difficult. The raglan sleeve decrease makes for a really pretty detail! Can’t wait to see!

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Class or Challenge Title: Divination
House: Slytherin :snake:
Project Name & Page Link: King Arthur’s Banana bread
Brief Description: Heating and cooling sounds like baking to me! I had a lot of over-ripe bananas in my freezer, and a few on the counter. Time for banana bread! I made a few modifications/changes:
Used gluten free flour
Added chocolate chips
Did not add honey, so the baby could try it (there was a mini loaf with no chocolate or nuts)
Did not add the preserves/jam, because I didn’t have any.
It was delicious. I ended up with three loaves because of all the bananas I wanted to use up.
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Hi Guys!! It’s AUGUST! WOW! Summer (here in the US) is flying by! Here’s the updated Iron Chef Challenge!

Japan :japan: Midsummer seems like the perfect time to channel this island country with some yaki udon, beef yakitori, or some green tea mochi.

Also - @tendstowardschaos - your AS proposal has been added to the log! Good luck!! I’m supposed to be attempting my first knitted sweater this year as well. But something tells me you’ll beat me to it! :laughing:

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Class or Challenge Title: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name & Page Link: Bluey Pinata
Brief Description: made 4 bluey pinata’s for my nephews birthday. We had all 4 main characters, with one side being the face, and the other side was painted like the back of their head.
Project Picture: REQUIRED!

Class or Challenge Title: Charms
House: Bluey Hufflepuff
Project Name & Page Link: dragon egg pinata
Brief Description: a giant dragon egg to hold treats and goodies. And of course, we used Alohomora at the end of the day.
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A new Headmistress and a new Book Club prompt have been posted!

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Can I abandon my Advanced Studies Proposal, @Abbeeroad? Work pants are just not really relevant to my now 100% remote job, and I feel like it’s just sitting on the list staring at me. :laughing:

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Consider it abandoned! If you change your mind, just re-propose! In the meantime, feel free to propose a new AS project (or 2!). :smile:

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@tendstowardschaos Wow, that scarf is just… :astonished: I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!

Challenge: Chapter 21 Hermione’s Secret
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Flower T for SmartDoll
Project Description: Last time I tried to make a SmartDoll T it was…not great. The neckline was the biggest problem, because sewing for dolls and sewing for people can be quite different. I was really intimidated to try again, but I have some delightful fabric I want to use, and I decided to do a practice run on some different fabric, first. After finding some FABULOUS tutorials on YouTube, I was able to make this today.
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Advanced Studies Friday Update
(What do you mean it isnt friday? Time has no meaning here! Right? No? Just me? ‘Kay, nice.)

I just ordered my soon to be 4 year old daughter’s “big girl bed” and now am really getting motivated to do my scary fabric craft for her little decorating makeover. She’s been on a floor bed and has chosen a (wee) loft bed (with slide, thank you very much Wayfair) so when we rearrange furniture and all that it would, no it WILL, be so nice to have her flag bunting ready to hang up, too.

That’s my current status anyway. Optimism. Haha

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Its always friday somewhere! :joy:

My besties says sometimes “its always X time somewhere”, which is true. But then one time he said “its always saturday somewhere”. I was tired and it took my way too long to realised what he said. But its a saying now :sweat_smile:

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Class or Challenge Title: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Rainbow Carpenter’s Wheel Wall Quilt
Brief Description: I used math to figure out how to make this classic quilt design into a small size, based on the amount of scrap fabric I had on hand. It’s made from the scraps of Ada’s baby quilt, and was given to our fertility specialist as a thank you gift.
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Class or Challenge Title: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Embroidered Quilt Label
Brief Description: I had to reteach myself how to embroider words with my 22 year old computerized sewing machine to make a label for my wall quilt!
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Class or Challenge Title: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Gift Wrapping
Brief Description: Getting anything extra done with Ada here is a bit of a miracle whenever I manage to do it. Usually what might have taken an hour, takes a few days, in bits and pieces. In this case I wrapped up rainbow suncatchers for several of the clinic staff, labeled them all, wrote cards, and packed everything up all pretty and matching. I love how “together” it all looks, when things aren’t all that together at my house right now.
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Class or Challenge Title: Detention - Repairo
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Dress Hemming
Brief Description: I managed to hem my 3 nursing dresses over the last two months. Now I’m not tripping!
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Class or Challenge Title: Detention - WiP
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Wreath Organization
Brief Description: I started this WiP a few months before Ada was born! Her closet used to be our household storage. Since putting her nursery together, I have been trying to make the most use of existing space, including the garage. (We had the hanging racks installed for bulky stuff.) But I figured I’d get the holiday wreaths off our shelving (which also serves as a pantry), and up on the walls. I ordered the wreath storage bags and Command hooks on Amazon, but hadn’t gotten around to putting up the hooks on the wall. Done!
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@MistressJennie the rainbow of fabrics against the black background is so stunning! :heart_eyes:

Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - September
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: YoSD Capelet
Project Description: I really love capes and capelets, and have always been intrigued by this set . Autumn is coming, and the weather here has been tipping us off that it might be sooner rather than later, so I wanted to knit a little capelet. I found this pattern on Ravelry, and decided to try some variations. This is my first, and it fits YoSD size (~26cm tall) dolls. I see a lot of these in my future, lol!
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Class or Challenge Title: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name & Page Link: Giant Scrappy Zipper Tote
Brief Description: This bag was essentially a giant zipper pouch. But, it’s huge, patchwork, quilted, and has a reinforced bottom, handles, and inside pockets. And it has a picture tutorial if you want to make one of your own (I haven’t written many tutorials, so sorry if I forgot something).
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I am posting something that took 15 hours, but is not yet done, if it’s not allowed, please let me know.

Class or Challenge Title: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name & Page Link: pattern from www.fandominstitches.com
Brief Description: i am slowly transfiguring paper and facric into a quilt, while practicing paper piecing, eventually i will do the HP project of doom quilt.
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What a great idea for wreath storage!

Action shot of my costume, (that I completed for advanced studies) my husband and I


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So. In. Love. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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