Thursday, January 31, 2008

Quidditch, Round 1

Just posting the Questions right now. I'll edit it to reflect my answers tonight after classes!


1. What was Harry dreaming about the first time he woke up with his scar on fire?
b. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill him

2. What is the problem with leprechaun gold?
a. It vanishes after a few hours

3. Why did Mad-Eye Moody turn Malfoy into a ferret?
c. Malfoy attached Harry when Harry's back was turned

4. Sirius warns Harry to be careful around Karkaroff because he had been a Death Eater. Which one of the professors at Hogwarts, who also used to be a Death Eater, is frequently bothered by Karkaroff?

5. Voldemort could have used the blood from any foe to make the potion that revived him work, but he held out for Harry's blood. Why?
c. The special protection Harry received from his mother would also pass to Voldemort

6. How old would Frank have been on his next birthday?
d. 77

7. Amos Diggory works for?
b. The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures

8. Who shared a carriage with the three friends on the way from the train to Hogwarts?
Answer: Neville

9. What date in October did the delegates from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arrive?
a. 30th

10. What color were Percy's dress robes at the Yule Ball?
a. Navy Blue

Picture Scavenger Hunt

Mr. Ollivander
Mad-Eye Moody
World Cup Tournament (the stadium, anyway)
Dark Mark

Friday, January 25, 2008

House Quiz 2

I missed the first quiz, and am struggling with this one. However, here is what I have so far:

1. RWIDZTAIR UANONETRMT - TriWizard Tournement

2. NRNAGIHAU RAHNIOTL - Hungarian Horntail

3. AEEMDY ONYOME - Mad-Eye Moody

4. ARTI KEESTRE - Rita Skeeter



7. NEPSVEIE - Pensieve

8. RMUEIIPS - Imperius

9. TREUEEBTBR - Butterbeer

10. ROFELIBT - Firebolt

I will edit this post as I come up with more.
*Edit* Finally got 8 and 10. Two to go. Its so tempting to look at other Ravenclaws' answers... but Ravenclaws don't cheat... that's a Slytherin's job =P

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Since everyone seems to be posting about their wand, I thought I'd include a picture of mine (US Quarter included for scale).

Its a sturdy wand, not very swishy. Eleven and two-thirds inches in length, Hazel with an Ebony handle and Fairy hair core. It comes from an American wandmaker, from The Wand Shop.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Class is in session - Tubular Bind Off

Classes have finally started, and boy are they keeping me busy! I'm once again loving Magical Theory and History, but Herbology just escapes me. I must have a black thumb rather than a green one!

Anyway, I did have a little spare time to find some more tutorials for you. Luckily this muggle computer my mum gave me lets me connect to the internet even from Hogwarts! Today its a bind off to match the cast on I posted previously - the Tubular Bind Off.

Much like the Tubular Cast On, I perform this cast off straight from ribbing, without the tubular stockinette stitch setup rows. I prefer it that way, but of course your experience may vary. Unfortunately, there are no YouTube videos for this one.

1. Text and picture description from My Fashionable Life. If I don't have my Monste Stanley with me, this is the guide I use.

2. Text only description, from a page full of useful information. Also include descriptions of different decreases, as well as the steps to the Kitchener stitch (more on that later, perhaps).

3. Text and picture walk through from KnitPicks.

4. Text and pictures from Crankygrrrrrl. This one includes how to join the cast off nicely into a round for socks/hats/what-have-you. Also, pretty bright colored yarn!

5. A slightly different text and picture guide. This one is all illustrations, not photos. Also, the technique is demonstrated with the piece off the needles.

6. Another text and picture walk through. I don't know if this one is as clear as the others.

7. A version from TECHknitting, that basically is Kitchener from two needles. It looks the same in the end, but this is not my preferred method.

I hope these help someone out there! I know that different people learn different ways, so even though these might seem repetitive, each other approaches the technique from their own perspective. If you don't get it from one tutorial, keep going down the list, someone else may describe it in a way that clicks for you.

Alright now, back to the books! If I'm going to have *any* knitting time before bed, I have to get finish this History of Magic homework... and make sure that the ink stains are off my fingers! I still need to master writing with quills =P

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Classes haven't started yet, because students are still arriving; I guess snow must be delaying some people's return from the winter holiday break. In the meantime, the Ravie knitters have put together a knitting night, and are already sharing patterns.

Unfortunately, while everyone else is wandering around relaxing and knitting before classes start, I've been holed up in the library working on my muggle Physics homework! I apparently missed some fun yesterday in our common room - the first years flooded it! Well, maybe it wasn't the whole pack of them, the gossip wasn't clear. One or more of them was apparently trying to get a glass of water without having to give up her seat on the couch, and sploosh! Still though... good on whoever it was for experimenting and pushing limits!

Anyway... apparently force = mass times acceleration. I wonder if Madame Hooch could help me measure the mass and acceleration of some of the Quiditch players? I wonder if you can quantify magic in Newtons?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


The course list came out today. I've got my required courses scheduled for me, of course:

History of Magic
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts

I've also arranged to get some private tutoring in Enchanted Kit Planning and Magic in Threadwork and Weaving. I learned to knit the muggle way, through books and the internet, so I've got a good grounding for both. I can't wait to find out how to knit magic right into the loops of my knitting!

This is going to be a busy year for me, though; on top of all these classes, my mother (a muggle) has decided that I shouldn't forgo learning muggle science and technology. She's decided that I'm going to be taking my laptop and cellular broadband card with me to Hogwarts, so that I can keep up my blogging to study English, and she's going to be sending Physics homework to me from her homeschooling group.

I guess its the best of both worlds, science and magic. But I wonder if I'll have any time to knit?!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Class is in session - Tubular Cast On

As a Ravenclaw, it should come as no surprise that I am a process knitter, not a product knitter. I've been knitting for almost 4 years, but I have very few FOs (Finished Objects) to show for it. For a project to get - and keep - my attention, it better be challenging me in some way.

Since I love learning new techniques, I thought I would put together some posts with links to tutorials, to spread the love around.

In this first collection, I would like to highlight my favorite new cast on for ribbing: The Tubular Cast-On! I actually learned it from Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook (which is far more likely to be found on my coffee table than my book shelf).

1. A very clear demonstration from YouTube of the Long Tailed Tubular Cast On. This is how I personally perform this cast on. However, since I only use it for ribbing, I *do* purl the purls rather than making the tubular stockinette as this tutorial describes.

2. Another demonstration from YouTube, without a voice over (unless you count the rooster in the background). I believe this was done by the Djinnj of LiveJournal's HP_Knitting community.

3. A text description using a provisional cast-on in waste/contrast yarn.

4. A text and picture description of the waste/contrast yarn method.

5. Another text and picture description of the waste/contrast yarn method.

6. Yet another text and picture description of the waste/contrast yarn method. The pictures on this one seem particularly clear to me.

7. The waste/contrast yarn method, this time from everyone's favorite free online knitting magazine, Knitty!

8. Part 1 and Part 2 of a text and picture tutorial for the long tail tubular method (as in # 1).

9. An interesting variant on the long tailed method, using two hands. The author calls this the Italian Tubular cast-on. Text and pictures at the top, scroll to the bottom for a video demonstration.

10. A text and picture description of the waste/contrast method, from Lucia. Also check out her sock-u-lators, by clicking on the Calculators (newer) link at the top of the page.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Hopefully I'll be starting off 2008 as a second year at Hogwarts!