Friday, March 15, 2013

Interview with Catsmousehold

First of all, introduce yourself! 
Hi I’m CatsMousehold and I live in Canada. I’m a stay at home sort due to various health issues and I Crochet and Knit to keep myself busy. I live with 4 cats, a puppy, a lizard, two parrotlets, a Pearly Conure, a Guinea Pig and the man of the house (MOTH)!

Can you tell us about your duties in the Cup and in Gryffindor? 
I wear two hats currently. I am one of the Inter-House Unity team who promote events between the various houses to get some mixing of people and the making of new friends. I do a bit of writing to add pizazz to the writing for I-HU events and make them a little more exciting :)

I’m also a Hall Monitor in the Great Hall, something I have quite a bit of fun doing! I am more of a back of the scenes person for that. I take the team’s ideas for the Hall and fluff and primp the writing. I poke my nose in now and again to participate in the Question of the week, but the others are more diligent about keeping order and answering questions. I’m always around so anyone can feel free to message me if they are feeling lost :)

What’s going on right now? 
This month (March) Gryffindor is hosting the Inter-House Unity event with Hufflepuff! So I check on that several times a day and try to herd Badgers together with the stack of Lions who are waiting in the wings! (Come on out of your Dens Badgers, we won’t bite! :)

What’s on your needles/hooks? 
Currently I’m knitting my very first ever knit pair of socks! I find it intimidating and being only through about 25 rows of the socks, having had to rip them half out, having had to tink back several rows…several times, they are every bit as daunting as I thought they would be!! But I love the yarn I’m using (Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes by Hermione Jean Creations) and watching where the colours land as the pattern progresses.

I also want to make a bunch of smallish things for at least 6 classes and I’m plugging along with those. I’ve been making blanket squares for Dumalaisuzu’s charity Knit a square, so I’m going to keep working at that.

What’s your favorite project so far this term? 
I think my Woozle is my favourite project this year so far :) I love rainbows and this turned out smashing and I think I did a fair job with the fit and finish. He’s adorable. I often give my stuffies away, but this one is MINE. [Editor's note: prize nominated woozle!]

Anything else you’d like to share? 
Having the house cup prompts gives my crafting a certain purpose and I really like the push. However, I wish there were more catagories that allowed WIPs. I think that the cup started to help folks finish WIPs, but if WIPs are only allowed in detention, one still ends up with the problem of motivation to get the WIPs finished! I have several really big projects that are sitting in favour of doing other smaller projects that I might not otherwise do but really fit “the prompt!”. Anyway you slice it, I love the house cup, and the people! Virtual friends are still pretty darn good friends! <3

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Blanket Skills!

This month we've seen some amazing blanket squares from our house! Here are some fun inspirations for those who are always trying to churn out squares!

Pinwheel Star Coasters
Celtic Knot Coasters

Desires Blanket

House Unity Mane
House Unity On The Huh

basic granny squares for KAS

knit a square #1

Baby Blanket Squares
Charmed Water Lily

Photo Collage
Teacher Thank You

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Knit-A-Square #1

knit a square 8 squares 2013

Quidditch Log Cabin Squares


Granny blanket

Four of a Kind

Square by Square

8 donation squares

Lotus Blossom Afghan Square


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Mimbulus Mimbletonia Square


Field of Flowers
Field of Flowers

knit a square 8 squares 2013

These are just some of the amazing projects that have been posted so far this month. Keep up the great work, Gryffs!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March Classes

March classes are posted, Gryffs! Here's a concise as possible summary of the prompts for you to refer back to throughout the month:

Pick any charm from the Harry Potter universe and craft a project inspired by it!

Option 1: Craft something inspired by the Mimbulus Mimbletonia
Option 2: Create something to protect you from Stinksap, or clean up after it
Option 3: Create something to help you overcome timidity.

Craft something inspired by at least two of the 7 colors in the visible spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)

Option 1: Something with wings
Option 2: Something to keep your feet warm
Option 3: Spin/dye sick weight

Craft a project inspired by Marcasite (something that blocks out negatives, or looks deceptive)

Option 1: Craft something soothing
Option 2: Use stash to work without a pattern
Option 3: Craft something to represent a Wolf's Bane potion.

Craft something inspired by a moke

Muggle Studies:
Option 1: Craft something that represents a muggle musical device
Option 2: Craft a protective cover for a musical device
Option 3: Craft something needed to operate a muggle musical device.

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