April 2, 2015

Deathly Hallows Dish Cloth Tutorial

Hey guys! I'm super delighted to show off this tutorial I did for a friends blog. She is doing a series of guest bloggers called "Stretch Your Skills 2015" or SYS 2015 for short. There are all sorts of crafters doing all sorts of tutorials that are meant to grow your skills in a variety of crafts. I LOVE this idea cause you KNOW what a craft pusher I am. Any how my tutorial is for a pretty basic dish cloth. You lean a basic single crochet granny square, and if that sounds too easy, I also teach you how to embellish it with surface chain stitch and a picot edging. Check out the tutorial here. Its a download for easy access. And please be sure to check out Alidas whole blog. Shes awesome and this was such a fun challenge for me to get to participate in. Thanks!

February 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Harry Afghan Block 6

6! 1/2 way there!!! you can find the other 5 blocks i've done for this over here. 
This was a CAL (crochet a long) for the coffee/ yarn shop i own in Diagon Alley with some other witches called Starknuts. you can learn all about it here.  you can find all the patterns here

This Particular blocks pattern can be found here on Ravelry or here on the interwebs. This one worked up perfectly as is. no modifications needed

January 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Harry Afghan Block 5

Woo! heres another one done- you can find the other 4 blocks i've done for this over here. 
This was a CAL (crochet a long) for the coffee/ yarn shop i own in Diagon Alley with some other witches called Starknuts. you can learn all about it here. you can find all the patterns here

This Particular blocks pattern can be found here on Ravelry or here on the interwebs

Modifications to make this a 12" block: 
I followed the pattern to round 8 & then did the following:
Round 9 - repeat Rnd 8 doing 6 sc, hdc, dc, tr.
Round 10 - repeat Rnd 8 doing 7 sc, hdc, dc, tr.
Round 11 - repeat Rnd 8 doing 8 sc, hdc, dc, tr.
Round 12 - Round 9 of pattern
Round 13 - Round 9 of pattern.

January 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Harry Afghan Block 4

ok so its been like a year since i worked on this but you know how big projects go. they come and go and hopefully some day, be fore you die, you finish them.. you can find the other 3 blocks i've done for this over here. 
This was a CAL (crochet a long) for the coffee/ yarn shop i own in Diagon Alley with some other witches called Starknuts. you can learn all about it here. Hermione Jean designed this CAL and modified the patterns as needed and it was a LOT of work. Im so proud of her and thenkfull that she did all this. we've kind of let Starknuts fall through the cracks. it was a little  hard to get people to play along with things because you had to sign up for livejournal etc etc.Anyhow you can find all the patterns here

This Particular blocks pattern can be found here on Ravelry or here on My friend Jens blog.the original is a 6" version.

January 24, 2015

Summer Camp Swap

So about a million years ago (about a year and a half) I played in the Hogwarts Kit Swaps summer camp swap. its been so long that i cant really remember what the theme was but i think that we we all split up into summer camp cabins and you were supposed to make them a kit that coincided with the name of the cabin. i DO remember that the idea was to send them something for THEM to craft to pass the time over the summer.
First things first you need snacks for crafting so i sent a potions card and ingredients  to make Toads in a Cauldron. The crafting part of this kit i made was based on Kreecher (my pals cabin was Grimmauld Place). My friend from gryffindor house Stacey Designed these awesome badges that i turned into shrinky dink charms. I included all the other fixins for making stitch markers like beads and findings.
 
I found these tins at Michaels for less that $1 each and designed and printed the labels on sticker paper. one tin for each element of the stitch marker materials. I also sent some pretty yarn that matched the color scheme, a lego toy for her son to build his own flying ford anglia and an autgraphed picture of Gilderoy Lockhart. i just mounted that photo on two fancy pieces of cardstock and the image i found on the internet and just printed it on photo.
My spoiler sent me this amazing Gryffindor themed kit! There were needles, yarn, and a pattern to make these Gryffindor Lion Shadow Mittens. they look really challenging (not being a very advanced knitter and all) but im gonna give them a try cause they are super spiffy and i want them on my paws!
She also sent some lovely gryffindor colored buttons and this awesome fox mug. I love everything and I know i said oodles of thanks over of the group page but i felt like its not officially official until i share it over here. a very belated extra thanks to Mafalda for this wonderful package. :0)

January 16, 2015

Gryffindor Rag Quilt

As I promised heres the Gryffindor quilt that I made for Andy. I gave this to him for Christmas this year and learned a few MORE things about making these. So there he is, knocked out, on christmas morning, next to a pile of fever fudge and nose bleed nougat from his rabidly jealousy inducing trip to HP World this year. I DIIIIIIEEEEEE of jealousy....die.
These rag quilts could not be any easier to make. Here's the tutorial that I used to learn. I made one with t-shirts that you can find here and heres a link to the Hufflepuff blanket version.
So, things I learned: just like last time it took multiple washings/ dryings (more then the t-shirt version for some reason). Shedding is rampant in the dryer but that's good cause it means it's fuzzing well, so have a roll of packing tape or a sticky roller handy. I got a LOT less shifting of the layers when I changed the pressure of my presser foot from 3 down to 1. This means that the presser foot isn't smashing the fabrics down to the sewing machine so hard for anyone that's a new sewer. For me this is a dial on the left hand side of my machine. I also discovered that the higher quality quilting cottons fray WAAAAYYY better than the cheapy stuff I put on the back which was also 100% cotton but much thinner. 
Ok that's it! Hope everyone had a happy christmas or merry yule or whichever holiday delights you partake in!

January 14, 2015

Hufflepuff Rag Quilt

  
A bit over a year ago I made this quilt for a friend. These rag quilts could not be any easier to make. Here's the tutorial that I used to learn. I made one with t-shirts that you can find here and I discovered that this Hufflepuff blanket required 2 washings to get fully fuzzy. also you probably do NOT want to wash your blanket with anything else for a few washings cause it sheds like CRAZY for a while. She loved it and I'm totally obsessed with making these. come back later this week to see one I made for a fellow Gryffindor.