Saturday, April 19, 2008

Finally! Pictures!

Behold! The goodies I got from my lovely swap partner from the swap! Thank you so very much! You see here a booklet of simple sock patterns from Patons, the Knitting Answer Book, Knit Picks Options needles, Classic Elite Alpaca Sox yarn, and a felted bag! Yay! More pictures on my Flickr!

Monday, March 31, 2008


Yeah, so, canvas. Canvas would seem to be good stuff... nice and sturdy. Its care tag says "Dry Clean Only" but I always figure thats more of a guideline than a rule... surely nothing bad will happen if I toss it in the wash, right? I mean, I did pink it first, to keep it from fraying...


Canvas apparently frays like the nerves of a mom with 1 hours sleep and two-year-old twins... even when pinked. I lost 4 inches off the total width I bought due to fraying, which I hadn't counted on. On the plus side, at least the fabric has a really nice hand now... I'll just have to buy more (which, of course, is not in the budget =P) and wash it again, taking into account how much I might lose.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Winding Down

Blarg. I missed posting last week. I hope no one minds; it was Spring Break and I didn't get on the PC much at all.
I received my package in the mail from my lovely and generous swap partner. I've borrowed a portable light box from a friend so I can take nice photos of the package, and I will post them as soon as I find the camera and get them taken.
My own package for sending out continues apace. As always, I've decided to be ambitious with the bag portion, to really push my sewing skills. Wish me luck so that I don't fall on my face!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quidditch Round 3

1. When Rita Skeeter prints a bad articles about Hagrid in the Daily Prophet, which Professor teaches Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class while he is away?
c. Professor Grubbly-Plank

2. What was the article Rita Skeeter wrote about Hagrid called?
c. Dumbledore's Giant Mistake

3. When the school champions were being chosen from the Goblet of Fire, whose name cam out first?
b. Viktor Krum

4. What is the spell Ludo bagman says to magically magnify his voice when he commentates?
a. Sonorus

5. What kind of dragon did Cedric have to face in the first task?
b. A Swedish Short-Snout

6. Who raised the trophy after winning the world cup?
b. Troy and Quigley

7. How many bedrooms did Mundungus Fletcher claim to have?
d. 12

8. For what did Moody mistake his birthday gift of a carriage clock?
b. A basilisk egg

9. What did Mr. Ollivander produce for the end of Cedric's wand?
d. Silver smoke rings

10. The dark mark is on Snape's left arm.
a. Yes
b. No
Both, according to
In chapter twenty-five of the Goblet of Fire, when Harry gets stuck in the stairs and Snape and Moody come along, Moody makes some statement. I forgot what it was, but it was something pertaining to the Dark Mark on Snape's arm. Snape suddenly grabs his right arm; therefore the mark should be on that arm. But later, he shows Fudge the mark on his left arm...

Picture Scavenger Hunt
A Basilisk
Mundungus Fletcher
Amos Diggory

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

House Quiz 5

Experimental Magic Theory Homework

1. Do my homework for me. Exercio Expletious
2. Tidy up my bedroom. Purgo Cubiculum
3. Make a delicious chocolate cake. Coceri Torten
4. Make my professor stay in bed today. Quiesco Insegnante
5. I would like breakfast in bed, please. Deporto Ientaculum
6. Stick all my Quidditch opponents' feet to the floor. Pedi Radix
7. Give everyone the giggles. Adfero Hahota
8. Dye some yarn in my favorite color. Imbuo Atra
9. Unravel the mess I've made with my yarn. Extrico Fonal
10. Knit my Prefect the perfect bag! Plesti Crumens

A some Latin, a little bit Romanian, a little bit Hungarian, a tiny bit Serbian... (yay for InterTran)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

House Quiz 4

1. What colorless and odorless potion forces the drinker to tell the truth?

2. If the spell to Apparate goes wrong and leaves half of you behind, you have been what?

3. Who wrote the Standard Books of Spells Grades 1 and 2?
Miranda Goshawk

4. What is it called when brother wands meet?
Priori Incantatem

5. Name the charm used by Ludo at the World Cup to amplify his voice.

6. For what is the charm Aparecium used?
To make invisible ink visible

7. What charm requires the use of a Secret-Keeper?
Fidelius Charm

8. What color should the Strengthening Potion be?
Clear turquoise

9. What plants are used in preparing a confusing potion?
Sneezewort, lovage, and scurvy-grass

10. What condition is cured by Glumbumble?
Hysteria, caused by consuming Alihotsy leaves

11. What poton makes a werewolf safe so he can keep his mind when he transforms, and what substance makes it useless?
Wolfsbane Potion makes a werewolf safe(r). However, sugar makes it useless.

12. When does Fluxwood, an ingredient used in making Polyjuice Potion, have to be picked?
At the full moon

13. What color should a Shrinking Solution be?
Bright acid green

14. What potion is made from asphodel and wormwood?
Draught of Living Death

15. For what are Jobberknoll feathers used?
Potions affecting the memory, such as truth serums and memory potions

Monday, February 18, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

1. With whom does Ginny go to the Yule Ball?
a. Neville

2. When Harry arrives at the Burrow and Mrs. Weasley makes them all dinner the night before they leave for the Quidditch World Cup, what does her wand turn into?
a. rubber mouse

3. Since some of the sixth-year girls didn't have any quills on them, what did they think Krum might sign their hats in?
c. lipstick

4. How old does the Quick Quotes Quill say that Rita Skeeter is?
a. 43

5. What color cloak is Wormtail wearing in the Riddle house?
b. Black

6. What color is "Mad Eye" Moody's magical eye?
d. Blue

7. What color are the robes that Rita Skeeter was wearing when Harry meets her at the Weighing of the Wands ceremony?
b. Magenta

8. What does Sirius Black tell Harry, Ron and Hermione to call him when speaking around anyone else?
b. Snuffles

9. Which team beat Wales, disqualifying them from competing for the Quidditch World Cup?
c. Uganda

10. What does Madame Maxime say is the only thing her steeds will drink?
c. single-malt whiskey

Picture Hunt
Goblet of Fire
Madam Maxime
Dragon from first challenge
Viktor Krum
Madam Pomfrey