Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Some Beautiful Projects

The month is winding to an end, Gryffs!

 If you're like me, you're barely holding on you have so much work to do. Never fear. For the stressed among you, I have a pageant of beautiful projects lined up today. So make yourself a nice cup of tea, curl up with a blanket, and take a moment to admire some of these lovely Gryffindor projects!

AndiSocial turned this:
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into this:
Veselka Yarns Handspun Rainbows

Ketronya knit up this beauty:
Queen MabQueen Mab

Glittergirl94 whipped this up:
The buttons are beyond precious!

Naturallyknitty wove a beautiful scarf:
OWL scarf #6

And f1bercat made these lovely socks:


Alright, Gryffs! Do you feel a bit calmer, or more ready to take on the last little bit of the month? Every project helps, so lets all work hard and see if we can get one last turn in done!

Note: There are too many beautiful projects to count this month! These are just a few of the most recent ones. If you want a real treat, take a stroll through the class threads!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meet a Firstie: DorothyJean

First off, I asked DorothyJean to tell us a little bit about herself:
I live in BC :) Always have. I am pretty quiet. I played soccer for 30++ years, and have started playing box lacrosse for the past 3 years. I facilitate coaching courses and women and leadership workshops. My “tickle trunk” weighs about 30 lbs and has lots of toys, play doh etc for use in my courses :) I like to play while I learn and love seeing adults realize that they are playing and learning :)

How long have you been crafting? What crafts do you do? 
I have been knitting for the past 4 years and I like lace knitting which is kinda weird ‘cause I like box lacrosse which is a full contact sport - came home from box lacrosse practice and was jumping around because my yarn had arrived in the mail. I also taught myself how to sew so I could make my kids pow wow outfits.

How did you find the HPKCHC? 
I was wandering around Ravelry looking at patterns and how people were putting the patterns together and kept noticing the HPKCHC group - so I searched it out and found it :)

Did something in particular attract you to roar for Gryffindor? 
Umm the colors- I like the idea of the chocolate frog cards too.

Do you have a favorite moment/scene/character/etc in the HP canon? 
I like them all, I like the idea of one world existing within and around another world.

What project or FO are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of In Dreams and Evenstar ‘cause they are lace and my Brown sweater - it’s my first try at Northwestcoast design.

What are you looking forward to most this term? 
Completing my WIPs and my sweater for my Owl. Oh, and finding small projects to make to go into a “gift bin” that I want to toss projects into. I have a large family (6 sisters and their families) with lots of birthdays during the year.

Do you have a favorite fiber-crafting celebrity? A movie star crush? A secret love for underwater basket weaving? 
Umm, have you seen the movie “Tokyo Drift”? I really want to learn how to drift. I got in trouble with my son because I was going to try with my van and my son said that the van doesn’t have the suspension to handle it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Meet a Firstie: Hartmoon

First off, I asked Hartmoon to tell us a little bit about himself! 
Hey, I’m Hartmoon, or Kyndyll(pronounced kendall), I’m coughs 40 years old as of december 1. living with my partner and our furbabies: DJ(Damnhait Jivanti)- a 12 year old german shepherd and Bedlam- a black shorthair cat. I just moved to Fitchburg, Ma, but I’ve lived a lot of places: South Carolina (where I grew up), Georgia, TN, Buffalo NY and now here.

How long have I been crafting?
Goddess, it seems like forever, I have done drawing, painting, building and painting miniatures, chain mail, Calligraphy, beadwork, .. and tried a lot of other things. I’ve been trying to learn how to knit for a few years.. and just recently picked crochet back up (aunt tried to teach me when I was a kid), and have recently started to learn about working with spindles. 

How did you find the HPKCHC? 
Pretty sure I found my way here through a teammate on NerdWars and some of the Vendors in the PhatFiber box. December was a crazy month for me.

Did something in particular attract you to roar for Gryffindor? 
I loved it in the books, course I have a love of Gryphons anyway, but the way it’s portrayed in the books really felt like someplace I could fit in well.

Do you have a favorite moment/scene/character/etc in the HP canon? 
Not really, there’s lots of wonderful scenes.

What project or FO are you most proud of?
My first pair of fingerless gloves I made for Ashke, my Partner. First time I actually finished a pair, and he uses them.. and knock on wood so far no allergic reaction. (He’s allergic to wool so I made them with pure alpaca).

What are you looking forward to most this term? 
Meeting new people, trying out new techniques , learning more about HPKCHC.

Do you have a favorite Do you have a favorite fiber-crafting celebrity?
Stephen West, I love his patterns.. even though they’re intimidating as hades right now, but I’m going to attempt one of them as part of my OWL, I hope.
Movie/ Media Stars: Ken Watanabe, Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, and Geriant Wyn Davies 
Authors: Jacqueline Carey, Anne Bishop, J.K. Rowling, Lynn Flewelling, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and Starhawk
Those that have Passed: Andreas Katsulas,

If I recall right, you’re a dude? So how do you find being a male knitter? Do you have a favorite comment that you’ve gotten? 
Yes, I’m male, it’s been an interesting path .. specially since I apparently confuse a lot of people.. not sure it’s a favorite comment, but I’ve gotten “OMG you’re a GUY?!?!?!” on more than one occasion. It’s been an interesting path because so many people in ravelry are female and usually take for granted that others here are too, but I’ve found people here very welcoming and there are getting to be more and more of us here and in knitting in general.
Since I’ve already mentioned it in chat, thought I might share it here also that I’m Transgendered. I’m legally male now, but I was assigned female at birth, and have gone through surgery and medications so that I can pass as male now.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Secret Swap!

Sign-ups for the Secret Valentine Swap are now open!

 If you go to the thread, you can enter until January 25th. Partners will be assigned on the 27th, and the swap deadline will be February 11th.

The rules of the swap are fairly simple. Knit/sew/crochet something valentine themed for your partner, and put together a package with some fun extras (valued at no more than $10) to send to them. When you receive a package, post some pictures and a thank you note to show everyone how awesome your partner is, and the person who receives your package will do the same.

Swaps are a lot of fun, and can help you to get to know some more people in your house! If you're too busy to make this swap's deadline, Gryffindor will be hosting a Spring themed swap, as well! That one will be open for sign-ups between February 22nd and March 8th, and has a mailing deadline of March 25th.

So how about it, Gryffindor? Are any of you excited to start swapping?



Keep Calm and Be A Gryffindor
xo+Keep Calm and Carry On

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Meet a firstie: AbideYe

Today's guest is AbideYe! 

First off, I asked him to tell us a little bit about himself: 
My name is Brian and I am an almost 26-year-old male knitter from Fayette County, West Virginia. I am Deaf as a result of Bacterial Meningitis at three years of age and am married to my lovely wife, Laura. We have three furbabies: Charcoal, Lehi, and Rose. I was born in West Virginia, raised in North Carolina, and moved back to West Virginia at the start of high school because of my father’s illness. I am also adopted. When I say mother or father I am actually referring to my maternal grandparents who adopted me when I was diagnosed with Meningitis.

How long have you been crafting? What crafts do you do?
I’ve been crafting for almost two years on and off. I mainly knit, however I do keep trying to crochet (although it tends to be an epic fail) and I am still trying to learn how to spin (spindle and wheel, the latter I am hoping to purchase one day.)
How did you find the HPKCHC?
Well, I walked into the Forbidden Forest . . . LOL! Actually, I did a Rav Group search for Hogwarts and it popped up. So I looked over it and saw that it would be a great way to improve my knitting skills and challenge me.
Did something in particular attract you to roar for Gryffindor?
HEART Dobby! Also, being new to crafting, I felt that I needed bravery and pride, so Gryffindor was my pick.
Do you have a favorite moment/scene/character/etc in the HP canon?
Actually, my favorite character is Dobby. My favorite scene is when Harry and Voldemort are “battling” in the graveyard and the priori incantatem (the big WHOOSH) in which Lilly and James appeared to Harry. It made me cry, because even after death they were there to protect Harry.Ask me which scene I hated the most, I will start crying. It is when Dobby dies. I’m crying right now remembering it.
What project or FO are you most proud of?
Probably my wife’s fingerless mitts that I made, oh, almost two years ago and my hat, if I can find it again.
What are you looking forward to most this term?
Being a Gryff. No, seriously. I like, stalk/live in the Lion Pride Chat. I’m practically there eight hours of the day. Actually, I’m quite excited to see the limits in which I can push myself and to see what I can craft.
Do you have a favorite fiber-crafting celebrity?
My favorite fiber-crafting celebrities consist of: Eunny Jang, Staci Perry, Kerin Dimeler-Laurence, June Hemmons Hiatt, and Elizabeth Zimmermann. Of course there are many more, but those are the main ones.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Inspiring Gryffs

How has everyone's first week been? Hopefully the projects are coming along well, and January is treating you nicely. Today we'd like to highlight some projects that Gryffs have turned in so far! Let these offer some inspiration for those stuck on how to interpret a prompt, unsure what they want to do for their second class, or just looking for some pretty things to stare at!

Name: Ozzma
Option: Number 1, something that screams
My Screaming Hat
I love the colors in this hat! They certainly catch your attention, like the prompt suggests!


Name: Pinkleo
Option 2: use variegated yarn

Spring Brook Squares

Blanket squares are a great way to work in a few extra classes this term! There are lots of places that accept donations to put together charity blankets, or you can keep them stashed away somewhere until you finally have enough for a blanket of your own!

Muggle Studies: 

Name: Dobarah
Option: Fulfull a broken promise

Headbands are another great option for a quick project! Dobarah promised one to her daughter before the new year, and used this prompt to make good on it!


Name: LateClemetis
Option: 2, Dream big!

Selbu Snow Globe

The prompt to go crazy and do ignore practical considerations may be a little intimidating, but this project is great inspiration for ways to push the boundaries!

Care of Magical Creatures:

Name: Knitwit685
Option: 2

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Small toys can be used to fulfill almost any prompt if you're creative! I love these little guys.


Name: EmilyMartis
Option: 4, Dye to grab your attention!

Blue Green Overdye

EmilyMartis has a great step by step on how she dyed this lovely yarn in her kitchen! If you've never tried dyeing, you should consider it this term! It can be a lot of fun.

I hope this has inspired everyone to keep having fun with their knitting this term! Smaller projects can be a lot  of fun, and make for great turn ins! What class is next up on your queue?

Friday, January 4, 2013

What I did for December Break (part 5)

Head Girl, jrf1977, stands in the Seventh Floor Common Room catching Gryffindors as they file towards the Portrait Hole and out for breakfast the first day of Winter Term classes.   Themes are handed over, most with smiles, as the students think about the fun they had over the December break.  As she gathers up the Themes, Jen casually scans some of them, smiling, too, at the fun projects everyone worked on.  She stops suddenly, her eyes on one particular Theme, her smile slowly disappearing.  She looks thoughtful, then, setting down the pile, runs upstairs to her room and begins rifling through her stash of yarn she has packed for the Winter Term's crafting. 

1. What is your favorite project you worked on during December
2. What was your favorite gift you made (if any)
3. What was your favorite gift you received
4. What was the best thing you ate

1. I really like my Melvin the Monster that I made for the 600 Monsters group on ravelry.*  I also made a Christmas ornament for my Grandma…

2. I only made one gift so I guess it would be my Snowball Buddy.*
3. I received a lot of spinning fiber from my parents.
4. The best thing I ate was probably the Goose.

1. cold pine shawl*

2. These little skirts came so cute - I made 3 different ones.*

3. my best friend and I took a trip to a local yarn store 30 min from my hometown in Watkins Glen, NY, where we used to go hiking before I moved and she bought me a skein of a yarn in a colorway you can only get at that store.
4. Once you move away from your hometown, there are local small restaurants or in this case pizza places that you can’t get away from that area - On my way into town I stopped and got me a slice of Pudgies Pizza : )- (next time I am in town I am soooo getting a southside sub shop sub : ))

1. My Celtic Purse*

2. My Montgolfiere socks* for my sister
3. 4 alpaca fleeces from my husband
4. My "Sour Cream Pound Cake"

1. I was pretty busy during December, but I enjoyed cranking out many dishcloths in the evenings.
2. I ended up giving it to my husband early, but I made him a Gingerbread Hat with brown Fisherman’s Wool. Really happy with the way it turned out!
3. With the help of my MIL, DD (4) picked out her favorite yarn’s for my Christmas present!
4. Dark Chocolate candy with lemon

1. I’d have to say it was the “Tony The Toy-Box Monster”* that I finished up for Detention

2. I loved making the Daphne & Delilah* monsters for my DD. (Shes gonna be 9 in February!)
3. Everything I received was AWESOME! My 3 faves: (1) a handmade book from my DD that she made in Class, (1) sterling silver locket from my guy that opens in half, then each half opens to reveal the 4 slots for photos, when fully opened it becomes a 4 leaf clover. ;) (1) yarn yarn yarn from my momma to create a monster for me!!
4. Mmmm… PIE!!!

1 & 2.  I loved knitting my brother a retro ski hat.* It is pretty much a replica of the ones he wore in the early ’80s, in the same colors and everything. Plus it was out of yummy Malabrigo Twist, my favorite yarn for gifts, because it is soooo soft and lovely

3. Awesome quantities of gift cards!
4. Our family always makes the most amazing sugarlicious sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them…although I need to lose a few pounds every January as a result!

1 & 2. This would have to be crocheted snowflake ornaments* - it started for KnitPurlGurl’s family and then I could not stop

3. All of them- although the Hand crank emergency radio is in the top 3.
4. My Mum’s homemade white roll out cookies frosted and sugared- my Birthday gift from my Mum. Made me home sick.

1. My Swirl Hat*, because it was the last Christmas present I had to knit and finishing it was a huge relief!

2. The Insulate Hat* that I made for a friend who is Dr Who obsessed. I almost kept it.
3. Charmed box set
4. Chestnut and cranberry wellington

1. Advent Calendar Scarf 2012
3. My dragons (I collect them and I got 2!), Santa’s (I collect them too) and a LYS gift certificate
4. umm, so many things, chocolate, turkey, stuffing!

1. learning spinning with all of my yule gifts
2. the scarf I'm still *coughs* working on for my mother
3. over twenty oz of top/roving.. but it's close,  second is misti alpaca magic flute skein I recieved
4. My partner made fried dough for sunday brunch and we had friends over...

1. I was so busy hopping around the castle (Gryff’s Countdown to Christmas, Hufflepuff’s Craftpocolyse and Slytherin’s Surviving the Season) that I barely had time for actual crafts. I made some mitts* made out of purple Alpaca. Soft as a cloud. And I started an Advent Scarf of Doom.*


2. A crazy quilted Christmas stocking for my brother
3. a yarn swift
4. Coquilles St Jacque a la Parisienne. I make it only once or twice a year because it takes about 3-4 hours and is incredibly rich. Sea scallops and mushrooms in an outrageously delicious bechemel/cream sauce, topped with cheese and baked in the oven. It is typically New Year’s Eve dinner.

1. Favorite project--scarves for gifts
2. Favorite gift I made--pumpkin spice bread baked in a jar
3. Favorite gift was old watch parts and jewelry bits to make new jewelry from
4. Best thing I ate was cheese enchiladas

1. I would have to say making knit and crocheted bangle bracelets* because I had just finished an afghan that took me two months to make. The weaving in the ends was torture! These were quick and painless in comparison!

2. The afghan…although it wasn’t really a gift. It was raffled off to a lucky family member at our 23rd annual cookie exchange as per family tradition
3. My little sis has promised me “a year of yarn”…so she will select and send me yarn each month from one of my favorite yarn brands. How exciting is that?! Also dad provided money for a yarn swift…that rates high on the favorites list as well.
4. . I love when my aunt makes mashed potatoes and turnips using my grandma’s method. It’s just not a holiday unless I have some! But I also did have a heavenly vanilla bean cupcake.

1. The Hestapeysa sweater* I knit for a 7-year old girl

2. The Caloosa* I made for my 92 year old mother. It was my fall OWL.

3. Kate Davies’ new book Colours of Shetland.
4. My own mock-mince pie.
5. I changed my mind. The favorite gift I made was the Jekyll Island Peek-a-Boo Cloche* I knit my DD. Terrifically clever pattern, and super-warm in alpaca.

1. Not a lot. I’ve been working on some costumes on and off, but haven’t had the energy or time to really get to work.
2. I made two sets of horns and a shirt for a friend. She loved them, and they look adorable.
3. A gopro camera. They’re pretty indestructable and awesome. They used them on the show deadliest catch, and we’re planning a TON of shoots and videos. It’ll really help my group out.
4. Faygo Cupcakes! Delic!

1. My Gryffindor circus shawl*, turned in for detention. 

2. My advent calendar! I didn’t do a ton of knitting, but that bit of crafty goodness was my pride this holiday season.
3. TKGA level 1 kit. I am so so so excited about this.
4. … I would say it was toss up between the 10 lb rib roast my partner and I cooked for the two of us for Christmas dinner (lots of yummy leftovers) which was smashing, or the marzipan-stuffed dates dipped in chocolate for New Years. Nom a nom!

Later that day, f1bercat and Jen crawl back tiredly through the Portrait hole together.  f1bercat stops in surprise, but quickly covers it, nodding in a friendly manner at Sirius Black.  He is sitting with James Potter on one of the couches, knitting with new yarn.  The two girls don't look at each other, but, as they begin to climb the stairs, they fist bump.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

What I did for December Break (part 4)

f1bercat sits on Lily Evan's bed watching the upper-classman unpack her trunk.  The two girls talk about the December Break Theme assignment as Lily waves her wand and her clothes wisk their way from the trunk to the dresser drawers.

Suddenly, f1bercat stretches out her hand, and snags something colorful in mid-flight.  It's a ... hat?

"I know this hat," f1bercat declares.  "James Potter knit it last term.  I helped him pull up the stitches here with a crochet hook, when he dropped one."  She examines the hat more closely.  "Not a bad blocking job, though he could have woven in the ends a bit neater."  She looks knowingly at Lily.  "Best thing you got for Christmas this year?"

Lily, refusing to blush at the younger girl's smart words and knowing look, winks and says, "The amount of time and effort put into handknits makes this type of gift even more special.  I wouldn't want anyone to think that I am not Knit Worthy."

What did the other Gryffindors get as presents?  And what projects did they work on during the December Term Break?

1. What is your favorite project you worked on during December
2. What was your favorite gift you made (if any)
3. What was your favorite gift you received
4. What was the best thing you ate

1.  The Poppy hat I made for my niece from my own handspun *

2.  Probably the two Dwarven Battle Helmets I made for my Dad & BIL.*
3.  My sister & her family went to the in-laws first, so we’ll open presents on the 28th. But I did buy myself a Spanish Peacock Tibetan Spindle
4.  So far, turkey! But I hope to get our traditional Christmas pudding made for our Christmas celebration with my sister’s family (old English recipe from my Grandma with apples, carrots, raisins & currents.)

1.  I think my favourite project I worked on during December would be this little sweater ornament*… pure fun!

2.  My favourite gift I made… ooh this one’s hard!! I loved several things I made. I think I will choose the hats I made for my son, his girlfriend, and her cute little 8-year-old boy. They are all fans of Mississippi State Football so I made the hats in the team colours.*
3.  Oh I really can’t pick a favourite gift I received! Everything was so wonderful… I have the most thoughtful husband and son!
4.   Oooh… the best thing I ate at Christmas was the strawberry cheesecake my brother made… he is famous for his cheesecakes!! :)

1 & 2.  I haven’t completed any of the gifts I started for people, nor have I really made any progress on anything this month :( I was so busy getting ready for the big dinner, and so distracted by our pregnancy that things haven’t really been on track for me.
3.  the best gift I received was a potkukelkka (kicksled)
4.  the best thing I ate was the turkey dinner I coooked for 16 people (because I was so relieved it turned out!)

1.  I pretty much only worked on my NEWT, which is a single-project proposal, a sock-yarn square blanket.*

2.  Haha, I only planned for one…and still didn’t even start it. I owe a friend a Gretel hat, hopefully sometime before it stops snowing here.
3.  I bought a Kindle Paperwhite for myself, but then my dad bought it off me and gifted it to me.
4.  Hmm…I ordered a food gift-set and it was all yummy. Sausages and prosciutto and ham…

1.  My favorite project that I worked on was Tangled River* by Woolly Wormhead :) I was so happy when I got that finished up!

2.  I made a hat for my mother in law and I hope she likes it :)*
3.  I haven’t received any yet :) We are having our big Christmas Saturday with the in laws :)
4.  TURKEY! I love turkey =D

1.  I made a pair of dark green Cupcake Mittlets for a surprise swap in another group.*

2.  I gave my MIL the Rowan Leaves lace shawl project I made in order to complete a Mission for the OOTP. (She loves it!)
3.  Favorite gift: 2 skeins of fingering weight alpaca from my sister.
4.  Best thing I ate? Hm. Pondering. I think the gingerbread cookies are my favorite. Also pizza the day after Christmas!

1 & 2. The only thing I got to work on or finished in December was the Monster Book of Monsters- I think you know what I am talking about! LOL! No crafting at all got done in December other than the Monster.*

1) project and 2) gift was a Christmas stocking for my grandson*

3) My daughter made me a Sock Monkey pillow (extra special because I just taught her how to sew this month)
4) Favorite thing I ate - pumpkin soup

1.  My favorite project I worked on during December was probably my OWL project that I didn’t get finished on time. It was the my Velvet Morning cardigan and I just have one end left to weave in to turn it in on Jan 1st. It is so awesome and I love it to death.*

2.  My favorite gift I made was A’s Mario Transformation hat. It wasn’t necessarily the most fun to do - a ton of duplicate stitching… but it turned out really awesome and every time he puts it on he says “Mario-rific” and I get a smile.*
3.  My favorite gift received (and technically given as I got one for everyone in the family) was the Roku. I’m using it right now to watch Knitting in Circles podcast and really love it.
4.  The best thing we ate was my ‘special’ desert that I bought at the grocery store… it was an enormous fudge brownie that we divided up into four pieces and have been enjoying a little bit at a time.

1.  toss up….still working on both… lace roses*  &   if the world ends*

2.  Loop scarf:  sparkly yarn!*

3.  Fiber
4.  A holiday apple pie like thing… full of baked apple, pear, and cranberries and cinnamon!

1.  A shawl that’s not finished yet!
2.  I love the ducky socks* I made for my mom (although that was during the fall term) and I really liked the Christmas Monster I made for a friend’s 3 year old

3.  I got Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines, which I can’t wait to have time to read!
4.  My grandma’s roast beef

1 & 2.   My favorite thing/gift I made was my first pair of afterthought heel stripey socks for my husband*

1.  My baby girl...growing inside me and due in April.  This seemed to be the only thing my body wanted to work on this month. :)*

2. Last year, I knit several people gifts and made everyone in my family a set of coasters with pictures of them and my daughter on them...it was a lot of work and while MOST of the coasters were appreciated, some of the knits were not.  Those people have been put on the no-knit list for the rest of their lives and I decided I would take a year break on knitting people things.  Especially while I wasn't being very productive knittingwise during my 2nd trimester.  I have a very short list of special people who I know will appreciate knit gifts that are on the list for next year...or really throughout the year too. :)
3.  Time with my family for the holidays!  It is my daughters last Christmas as an only child..and next Christmas will be so different again with a new baby that I wanted to cherish the time we spent together this year.  Not that I'm not looking forward to next year too! :)
4.  PUMPKIN ROLL!  My MIL came to town and she made some pumpkin rolls...I had been dreaming about them since she started talking about them at Thanksgiving! I've had it several times with coffee for breakfast and it is so yummy!  I watched her make it and I may actually have to make it myself soon.

1.  I really didn’t work on much… just some last min teacher gifts… my fav of those was the Drop Stitch Cowls *
2.   sweater for my SIL, it was my order mission… and it turned out perfectly, and fit her like a glove!*

3.  I got a new reed for my loom, which means I can now weave with yarn that’s thicker than fingering weight… can’t wait to try it out on some handspun.  I also got some roving!*
4.  well I’d say it was Christmas dinner… it was so unplanned but it worked out wonderfully! We had braised venison shanks on top of mushroom risotto and a side of green bean bundles (wrapped with prosciutto; a salt cured ham) that were grilled. YUM!… and a glass of red wine.

To be continued...

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