Saturday, December 31, 2011


Good Day all you NQFY Gryffindor Hopefuls!  
Now you may wonder why I make this stretch between Hogwarts and Warthogs, but I felt this was the picture of empowerment! So here we go with a new term and many new opportunities.When I was new to the cup, I remember feeling overwhelmed and worried that I would ask a dumb question or seem silly to someone. Turns out, I did both!  So let's get some of those questions out of the way this week and in the weeks to follow.
  1. How do I grab all the badges I earn?  I like to open two windows and put one on my profile.  You choose edit my profile. In the other window, right click on the badges you earn, and pick save image. Go back to profile window, right click in the picture icon at the bottom and when the insert box comes up, right click, insert your image of your fabulous badge and don't forget to save.
  2. How do I make friends?  I admit I am not famous at this but I would recommend being kind, using lots of smiley faces and never ever ever tell someone they can't knit.  Cake and hot cocoa and other foods help too!
  3. How do I upload pictures of all my projects? Go and look here for the tutorial!
Now, for the being silly part.......................well, it's grand to be me :D

Ask the Head Girl

Hi! It's SK your head girl. My whole life I've always wanted to have an advice column so finally here it is... 
Yup that's right you guys can ask me questions and I'll give you advice. Any question about anything you ask I will answer. So you can either PM me your questions or email me. If you want to remain anonymous please LMK when you ask your question. This is going to be great!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Calling All Charity Knitters!

It's a new term, and it's also a winter term, and that means folks around the world are in need of some warm and woolie goodness! In the Gryffindor Tower there's a group of us that hang out in the Mungos For Muggles thread, sharing our charitable crafting ideas and cheering each other on as we craft for others!

If you joined up last term, you already know a bit about how this Gryffie group works, but for those folks who are joining our team for the first time, here’s a bit about how we work.

 Mungos For Muggles was formed when a small group of Gryffindors recognized a need - a need in the Muggle community for a bit of extra warmth during the winter months. It would seem non-magic folk have a real poverty problem all across the world - for some reason they can’t figure out how to keep everyone warm!

Thanks to our magical leanings, we witches and wizards have jumped in to help, forming a division of St. Mungo’s Hospital dedicated to warming up the Muggle community … and because of the inspiring number of Gryffindors with charitable leanings, a Gryffindor student chapter was formed during the fall term!

To participate, simply craft something for charity and turn it in for a class! Many Gryffindors already have charity projects they complete regularly, and charity groups they donate to often. If that’s you, just keep doing what you’re doing, and show up here to share your projects!

If you’d like to play along, but don’t already have charity projects or organizations in mind, have no fear! This term,

FlyKytten and adevinelife will be sharing regular challenges to help get the charity projects flowing off your needles and hooks, giving you a few extra badges to earn along the way while also helping earn more points for Gryffindor and also bring some much needed items to charities around the globe!

Get your needles, hooks and yarn ready to go - this term we charitable Gryffs are going to do some serious good!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Welcome Gryffindors, New and Old!

Congratulations on being sorted into the noble House of Godric Gryffindor! All the Houses are awesome, but there's just something about Gryffindor that feels like HOME, and I know I speak for all of Gryffindor when I say that we are more than glad to have you!

There are several things that make Gryffindor different from the other Houses, so I'm writing this as a sort of "Get to Know Your House" message. I'm including lots of links to make it easy to find your way around the Seventh Floor--the Ravelry group where we are located. You don't have to participate in all the activities; in fact, it's very hard to do so, but we do like to have options. ;) They are meant to encourage you to earn more points, but they are all 100% OPTIONAL. Note: Gryffindor House activities require NO extra crafting!!!! Anything you are already making for points should be able to fit in here. We're also sort of known for liking shiny badges, and more activities = more possible badges. So without further ado, here are our activities this term (in no particular order):

  • Chocolate Frog Cards: This seems to be one of the primary things we are known for. Hufflepuff has some too, but theirs aren't quite like ours. To get a Gryffindor chocolate frog card, you have to 1) be a Gryffindor, and 2) turn a project in for a class, Quidditch, and/or the Headmistress Challenge. Basically, you get a chocolate frog card for every class you complete throughout the term, as well as for completing Quidditch, and the Headmistress Challenge. AND you get entered into the Gryffindor prize drawing once for every chocolate frog card you earn. For those of you who'd like to keep track of all the chocolate frog cards you've collected, I've created a Gryffindor Chocolate Frog Card Master List here that you can download. I update it every month after the new chocolate frog cards are posted.

  • Marauder's Missions: These were developed last term, and they were so popular that students from all over Hogwarts came up to the Seventh Floor to play. This term, however, you MUST be a Gryffindor (or a NQFY/SoS) in order to complete a Marauder's Mission. You can do up to two, and you can do any mission solo or as part of a team. Joining a Marauder's Mission team is a GREAT way to get to know your housemates if you are new!

  • The Weasley Sisters Podcast: Yes, Gryffindor has its very own podcast, hosted by Head Girl StarKnits and Prefect NaturallyKnitty (who are sisters in real life)! They discuss all sorts of House Cup-related things, and sometimes they even have giveaways!

  • NEWT/OWL Study Group: A place for us to plan and chat about our Advanced Studies (including OotP Missions). We even have scheduled chat nights devoted to this (although we sometimes have a hard time staying on topic)!

  • Broom Cupboard: Links to projects that can be completed in just a day or two (because quite a few of us are procrastinators, and/or we get so caught up in the awesomeness of Quidditch that we forget we have yet to submit something for a class!).

  • Take Up the Gauntlet Challenge: A challenge/KAL we're doing this term for mittens, gloves, and fingerless mittens/gloves. If you're planning to make a pair for any point-earning activity in the Cup, please feel free to join us! Oh, and there will be badges!

  • Owl Post: RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) a fellow Gryffindor!

  • Swap: We have a swap every term! Another great way to get to know your housemates! And who doesn't love swaps?!

  • MCMCCM (Mission for the Collection of Muggle Cleaning Cloths for Molly): This term, we're helping Mrs. Weasley spice up her marriage by crafting as many dishcloths (and other muggle cleaning-related things) as possible during the first week of each month. (Oh, the things she does for Mr. Weasley!) If you turn EIGHT objects into one class (the same class, so ONE homework assignment; this is meant to maximize yardage bonus points), you'll be entered into a drawing for a Ravelry pattern up to $5. There will also be badges! (Did I mention we really like badges?)

  • Spin-Along with the Weasley Sisters: The Weasley Sisters (from the podcast) are hosting a spin-along! Get out your wheels and spindles and spin for at least one class a month! Spinning is an EXCELLENT way to maximize yardage bonus points, because you earn bonus points for the number of yards multiplied by the number of plies in your yarn.

  • Mungo's for Muggles: Gryffindors tend to be very charitable, so we have charity challenges every term (and you can earn... badges!!!!).

  • Sock Club: Whether your planning your very first pair of socks, or finishing the last stitch on your 697th, come join us for love, support, encouragement, help, or just to show off your socks!

  • Gryffie Gym: Our very own Certified Personal Trainer, Jajigirl, helps us find time to squeeze health and fitness into our crafting euphoria! Sometimes there are even prizes and--you guessed it--badges!

  • Gryffindor Shops: Our very own corner of Diagon Alley! Links to shops owned by your fellow Gryffindors, with AWESOME handmade Harry Potter merchandise (most of which is crafting related as well; hand-dyed YARN, anyone????)!

  • Language Practice (for International Cooperation): Interested in learning a new language? Need to practice that language you learned in muggle high school? Take advantage of the resources available here, including the love, support, encouragement, and help your fellow Gryffindors are always there to provide!

  • Writing Workshop: A lot of professors give bonus points for storytelling. Here's a place to get tips and help if you need it!

  • Blankets for Gryffindor Babies: Interested in contributing a blanket square (or two, or three, or four, or more!!!!!) for a baby blanket made especially for a future Gryffindor? There's a thread for that!

  • WIP the 1st! Challenge: Every month, Gryffindors earn a badge if they submit a Detention project on the 1st. Getting WIPs out of the way is a great feeling! There's also a special badge for those who turn in Detention all three months of term.

  • HoH Challenge: Our Head of House, Lupingirl, gives us a new challenge every month! You get a badge if you complete it!

I'm sure more House activities will be developed throughout the term. Participate if you want to, but please don't feel like you have to! We all have real lives, and nobody wants you to be overwhelmed! The House Cup is supposed to be fun, so do what YOU enjoy doing.

Again, welcome to Gryffindor! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

The one with the video. Episode 14

Mojo/No Mojo- 
Traveling Scarf Section 
Sewing- Christmas Quilt is finished!

dishcloths for teacher gifts, finished another 2 (4 total for this year)  brimmed hat for my brother Jared. 
1st stocking for my NEWT! 

 man socks 
 cathy’s socks 

NEWT~ (6 Christmas stockings, 2 handspun socks): 
Started Leah’s stocking& Lemon Drop socks for my NEWT.  Dishcloth (future detention/Cardio crochet) 

To spin or not to spin- 
 Allena: nope 

 Jessica: Still spinning this fiber from Pacasha, blue and white... planning on it being for detention :) 

next up... 
Cloudlover~  haunted vineyard! The Knit Girllls KAL/SAL


Our family Christmas pictures...



Jessica and Allena :

The Weasley Sister's podcast thread!

ASC yarn club
Blue Mtn Handcraft 
HP earrings 
Stitch markers 
9 month bat club 
12 month fiber club 
Jessica's fiber stash...Now on Rav! woo! go me :D

Random Interview With Aikaterini.

Hi there, it's that time again. Aikaterini contacted me b/c she wanted an interview. So lets find out a little more about her.
Baby Blanket
What’s your Rav name? Aikaterini
What do the muggles call you? Lori, Catherine, Ms. K (depending on who the muggle is)
What year are you in the HC? I think I’m a 4th year.
What you do in muggle world? I teach but right now just as a substitute.
Do you knit, crochet, or spin? Tri-craftual? Bi-craftual? I knit and kinda crochet (still learning). I would love to learn how to spin; I have a drop spindle but don’t understand it yet.
What’s your fave craft? (if you had to choose) Knitting
Do you have a fave project to date?  Oh gee… do you mind me having a few? I loved the baby blanket. It’ll probably be my go to baby blanket because it’s a lot of fun. 

I also loved working on the Afghan. My Aunt Toula started this afghan for her grandson Zachary but as the cancer made her weaker she asked me to finish it. My contribution is the bottom row, the 2nd to bottom row from the pink, white, and blue square left, and the left most column.
My headscarf was my first semi large scale lace project.  
After months of working on these socks it would be bad if they weren’t a favorite project wouldn’t it? I did really enjoy working on these Poseidon socks once I figured out the pattern though.
 Poseiden Socks
What Inspires You? In what way? All in different ways: my family, my faith, kids, the books I read, my friends, places I’ve been, movies I love, and probably a bunch of other things that I can’t think of right now.

Do you have a green thumb? Not as much as my mom but yes. I ascribe to my grandfather’s method of gardening… I won’t water it… I’ll do everything else but I don’t water.

Are you a good speller? I think so. I’m bad about not being able to ignore misspellings and grammar mistakes… it doesn’t always bother me but I do always notice it.

What kind of critters are you scared / nervous of? snakes!

Do you collect anything? What? I guess all of us collect yarn. I also collect books, recipes, and Willow Tree figurines.

What is something that makes you cringe? The pants below your butt thing boys are into right now. Kids trying to make themselves sound “gangsta.”

Do you have any weird habits? What? This is more a question for my dad. :-) He says not that he knows of… he’s usually pretty good about pointing them out to me.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? “what time is it?” Then I try to get up and start with prayers… but especially on days when I teach I sometimes sleep too late.

Now for some random randomness.
Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4. “of general interest. Although many of these topics are part” wow… that doesn’t many anything on its own does it?

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
watching Up with my parents.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Plotting and Focus Christmas Episode 13! ....

 Mojo/No Mojo-
 the knitterly: 
Lion sweater  
Traveling scarf section  
1 more star 

Bag for niece 
American Girl Doll Bedding  

star ornaments! finished another! (2 total) 

 another scarf section 
 man socks are packed 
cathy’s socks are also packed 
amigurumi is packed as well 
 debating if I should pack the tomten...

 Sewing- I found a Christmas blanket I am trying to finish it this week before we leave 

NEWT!!! (6 Christmas stockings, 2 handspun socks) ~ started with Gabes’ 

Started some socks for my NEWT. using this yarn:  
Dishcloth for teacher gifts... need to be done by... Thursday! (have 2.3 done... need 4) 

 To spin or not to spin-
none.. but i’m planning on bring some unprocessed wool to play with Jessica's drum carder and plotting my OWL. 

 started spinning some fiber from Pacasha, blue and white... planning on it being for detention :) 

  We’re sponsored this month by Younger Yarn A wonderful etsy shop full of yarn and unique wool roving inspired by her favorite things or favorite characters. Her yarn ranges from light fingering to sport weight, in various fiber contents. She has a wide selection of various combed top roving and now there’s even some beautiful batts in her shop! She hopes to inspire you too, stop by to find your own favorite to be delivered to your door. 

 Focus on planning - Advanced Studies! Be realistic but lets get thinking NEWTS, OWLs and OoTP!

Jessica ~
I want to go through and photograph all my fiber and get it into my rav, stash page... so i know what i have! anyone with me?!

 Wrock Song:
 Swish and Flick - Malfoy for Christmas 

on youtube
buy it on amazon


Cranberries in the Snow... cookies in a jar, for Teacher gifts!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Random Interview

It's that time again!
Random Interview time. This time I sat down with IceJewel and picked her brain for a bit. Here's what she had to say.
What’s your Rav name?
What do the muggles call you?
What year are you in the HC?
This Winter I will be a 4th year.
What you do in muggle world?
I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mama of 4 beautiful, noisy, tiring, sweet, onery, joyful children. I have a B.S. in Radio Broadcasting with a major-equivalent in Bible, and left the bustling world of horse and farm trade publishing to stay home with my kids. Yeah, it really wasn’t that bustling. More like moseying.
Do you knit, crochet, or spin? Tri-craftual? Bi-craftual?
I have been knitting since December of 2008, and am just now getting into spinning. I can crochet a chain, but it takes so long that it’s not really worth it. The project I had to use a provisional cast-on for (with a crochet hook) has been sitting in the naughty box for almost a year.
What’s your fave craft? (if you had to choose)
Right now it’s knitting. I also scrapbook, but haven’t done much of that since I picked up knitting.
Maxi Color

Do you have a fave project to date? (photos?)
One thing about me is that I am a terribly indecisive person. There is no possible way I can ever have just one favorite anything. Lucky for you I’ve only been knitting for three years. I think my top three are probably the two big projects from this last term and a scarf from spring term:
MaxiColor (HoM OWL)--The first dress I’ve attempted, the first actual garment that really turned out well, and my first large dyeing job. 
Red Macaws (BROOM)--This is the first pair of socks I’ve made that actually fit.  
Jackson (class)--First large beading and lace project.
Red Macaws
What Inspires You?
I think I have to say my children. I am one of those obnoxious people who only ever wanted to have a huge brood of children and pour myself heart, soul and body into my family. Most of my knitting is for my children, and what doesn’t go to them goes to my husband or our extended family. I have a whole lot of other stuff going on, and they are not the main focus of my life, but they sure take up a huge part of it and I definitely think they inspire me.
Do you have a green thumb?
I have more of a pale mint colored thumb. I try, I really do. And I love to research so I will spend months reading and learning how to garden just THE RIGHT way, and then I will screw it all up. I’ll get some vegetables, but not as much as I could if I actually enjoyed it enough to keep it weeded.
Are you a good speller?
I am an excellent speller. (And now I have to skim through what I’ve already done and make sure there are no mistakes…good. WHEW!) In fact I automatically catch misspellings and grammar mistakes in other people’s work; it’s just something I can’t turn off. I have to remind myself to give others grace; I never know what’s going on with them. If you catch a typo from me, it was likely typed on my phone. The Android auto-correct and I have a love/hate relationship going on; I’ll try to correct the mistakes and it will just make more and eventually I’ll just give up and spit some child-friendly swear word at it.
What kind of critters are you scared / nervous of?
I really, really hate what we call June Bugs. I think further south they might go by the name Mayflies. They just make my skin crawl.
Do you collect anything? What?
YARN!! Lol. Not much else, really. I used to collect scrapbooking supplies, and for a while after dh and I were married I went through a toy phase. I think I was trying to reclaim my childhood or something; I collected Beanie Babies when they were all the rage, and Barbies. Oh! Books! Of course I collect books. We homeschool, so the house is full of books! They’re in every room save the bathroom, and only because I don’t trust a 2 yo in a room with both a toilet and a book. ;) Sadly, though, I haven’t bought very many books for myself in years. There’s only so much spare cash, you know, and there is no yarn library (which is a pity, don’t you think?).
What is something that makes you cringe?
The sound of a fork scraping on a plate. It sets my teeth on edge and makes my jaw clench…oh, it’s terrible. Worse if I accidentally scrape it myself and feel the vibration.
Do you have any weird habits? What?Hmm….I count everything. Steps, tiles, whatever. I count to stay awake, to distract myself from something distressing, or to keep myself going. I’m in poor shape so you’ll see this most often if I’m climbing stairs--I count to focus on something other than my screaming muscles and overworked lungs.
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
I worry about the time. I know that if I get up before 6:30 I’ll have time for devotions and exercise and if I do, my whole day goes really well. But if I don’t the kids will interrupt me and I’ll lose my chance. If I don’t exercise I’ll be tired throughout the day, but if I don’t take time for devotions I turn into this sad, unmotivated lump who gets nothing done. Especially in the winter; I suspect it’s SAD but have never been diagnosed.
and now for the randomness
Is the glass half empty or half full?

Half full. Obnoxiously, constantly half full…even when it’s almost empty. Even when there’s no reason to think it should be full, I know that someday it will be full again.
If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
Besides Jesus? Maybe an author whose work I’ve really liked. I don’t know. I think people, in general, are much more interesting the way I imagine them than how they would turn out to be in realy life. But I think I would like to meet Michelle Duggar…I think she would probably have some really fantastic parenting advice.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

the one with Pacasha! Episode 12

Mojo/No Mojo- 
kinda a wip but I finished 1 of each pattern. I plan to make more.
star-in-a-star ornament

traveling scarf section! (not putting  a pic/link up for surprise reasons!)

hexipuffs, no picture; 

I want to resurect this sweater and finish it by the Knit and Crochet show in Pittsburgh in Feb 
baby sweater

ornaments, one is done i plan on making 2... 
Mudslide socks, (TdS #6)did a bit on the plane 

present for Mark
hat with ASC handspun: 
traveling scarf- no picture 

To spin or not to spin- 

nothing but I’m dreaming of my wheel. got my christmas present 1st shipment today. (roving club from pancake and lulu on etsy  I peeked.. 

 Jessica: meh... i want to spin. (and i totally did after we podcasted, some fiber that Pacasha sent me!)

next month’s fiber, Morandia’s 

finished up a 3 ply using one ply club fiber (herbology) 

 Sponsored by Younger Yarn!

A wonderful etsy shop full of yarn and unique wool roving inspired by her favorite things or favorite characters. Her yarn ranges from light fingering to sport weight, in various fiber contents. She has a wide selection of various combed top roving and now there’s even some beautiful batts in her shop! She hopes to inspire you too, stop by to find your own favorite to be delivered to your door. 

this is the contest yarn.... listen to find out if you won it!!!

yay for Allena!

 Questions: for Pacasha!
1. When did you start reading the HP books. (audio books included) 2. What book is your fave and why? 3. How’d you find the HPKCHC? 4. What is your Roll in HPKCHC? 5. How’d you get into WROCK and do you have a fave group? 
Shop Questions 1. How’d you start? 2. can you share your dyeing process or is that secret? 3. what does a typical week of work look like for you? 4. what’s this new special thing you have with Shayla Myst’s Alina Shea? (the yarn/roving called P.S.) 5. what’s your favorite base to work with? 6. how do you come up with the names or is that part of the inspiration? 

Q's from our listeners... is she a LotR fan and if so, who’s her favorite hobbit? Oh and I’d like to know who her favorite Dr Who companion is and why!  I want to know where she gets her fiber? and what is her favorite dye method? also, does she have a crapton of extra fiber in her basement? “what’s your favorite animal? do you have any pets?” how she feels about the usage of skiving snackboxes and other Weasley paraphernalia. Where she stand on House Elf rights? Or if she can give us hints on upcoming things she’d like to do? What’s your favorite number?! 
find out the answers by listening to the podcast! 

Wrock Song 
 Oh Christmas Tree by Big Whompy  - lyrics 

Other Links:

Jessica's CO yarn shop crawl!: ~ like 4 levels... very cute :) ~ way cool... lots of fiber! bought some bfl and sock yarn... ~ HUGE~! ~ giant sock monkey in there... too fun! super cute shop! got some square needles here and some sock yarn! awesome shop... tons of malibrigo... and some fiber. I got Lorna's Laces fiber from here.

I missed about 4 shops... but it's ok. how many shops can you hit in one day anyways?!

here's a few  pics of my loot!

and now i can give away the sock yarn.... ;P

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Charity Roar, Featuring Puffygryffinclaw!

I love it when a good charity crafting story brings me to tears - and that's exactly what Puffygryffinclaw did last week with her story of these cowls!

She's been using up some of her acrylic stash, holding it double to make these gorgeous (and simple to knit!) cowls for her church. In her words, here's what they're for:

My church group had several tables full of baby items as well as adult and youth items. Most of the adult items will be delivered this week to either one of the Family Shelters or a homeless shelter…in frosty Upstate NY, there are many who need our help to stay warm over the cold and snowy winters. Most of them don’t have access to much in the way of laundry facilities, so acrylics are the way to go.

My favorites are still the baby blankets…there is nothing quite as satisfying as knitting a blanket for a baby who may never get another hand-knitted item in his/her lifetime…love and a prayer in every stitch.

I love it! It's so easy to forget there is so much need around us here in the United States, and in places you forget to look. Your neighbors may struggle to pay for heat, and keep their houses colder to compensate. There are folks all around us in our own neighborhood who rely on our city's "heat fund" to help pay their bills in the winter and keep their houses warm. The gift of a simple cowl like this would make a HUGE difference!

Thanks for the reminder that we can always do tons of good in our own neighborhoods, cities and states!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Charity Roar, Featuring PennyIA

I'm amazed and in awe of what PennyIA did this year - she knit 100 Hats for charity! During fall term alone she managed to knit 20+ for donation - and above is a photo of all of them in a group!

While she's not convinced 100 Hats is the way to go for charity goals in 2012, I think we all need to stand up and give a HUGE ROAR for PennyIA and her amazing accomplishment!

The Word of the Day is..... Episode 11

Mojo/No Mojo
DADA - Mini sock - they come in pairs you know!
Muggle Studdies - Not so giant squid and WIP  bag for Reducio Swap
Potions Dahlia - given as a gift for the Gryffie swap!

Owl - Love those mittens!
OOTP  - Gabe's bloody wallaby!
Arm warmers - totally cool and they are a wand holder!

Magarthea using younger yarn’s  sleek string 

socks (tds #6) (no link)

To Spin or Not to Spin
Potions Owl -spun up 4.44 oz of the fiber and got 2 skeins at 9WPI a total of 149.11 yards.
The Knit Girllls SAL/KAL 358.19 yards at 15 WPI (fingering)

?! tkg KAL.... 

Other stuff:
We’ll be interviewing Pacasha later this month if you have any questions you’d like us to ask her please feel free to PM or leave them in the podcast thread.
A contest sort of... 
If you want to win the awesome yarn Jessica got from Pacasha you need to respond. There should be 17 people responding in the podcast thread by the 15th of Dec to win. There is a code word that needs to be used. Listen to find out what it is.  

Other Links:
Hitchhiker trilogy of patterns
monster book of monsters
the stuff we talked about from amazon. 

Wrock Song
I Open at the Close by The Sorting Hat

This month we're sponsored by Younger Yarn  
Go visit the shop to take home your favorite yarn, roving or batt!