Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lots and lots of FO's!!!

So I've got a lot of finished objects for you. I finished all my hats for my Quidditch class in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup group on Ravelry, which was to make 5-10 things the same. So, you could do toys, gloves, really anything, as long as they were the same type of thing, though they didn't need to be made from the same pattern.

 I managed to make ten hats, which means 150 points to Ravenclaw! This term I've really been trying to get as many points as possible, and it's been a lot of fun, if a little nerve-wracking.

 Hats are easy an quick, and I've discovered that I really like to knit hats flat, as apposed to in the round, which is just as good, but for some reason knitting them flat was great these past weeks.

I'm going to be donating about four of the ten hats to charity. I would do more, but two of them are tams for my job, and the other four are mini witch hats!

I personally love these mini hats, though that fact that I only got one cat to model one hat is very sad....Still, a lot of fun, and if you pin the red and the green on your head, it looks like horns, which I think is brilliant!

I've also made a TARDIS iPod cozy, for my brand new iPod Touch. I'll be completely honest and say that as soon as I finished it, I was more impatient for the iPod to get here, not so I could use the iPod, but so I could use the cozy! It's the first of many TARDIS's, and sure enough, number two (and three!) have already appeared.

Double-knit TARDIS earrings! I've always loved weird big earrings, as shown by my Radish earrings, and I really wanted to make these. I'm turning them in for Potions in the HPKCHC, as the subject is Skelegrow, and one of the options was to make something with a technique that is considered painful/hard, with double-knitting was listed among the examples. I seriously love them!

I also made some masks. The blue one is for Muggle Studies, as we are studying dogs as Muggle companions, and the only colors a dog can see is yellow and blue, so a yellow and blue mask.

The second is for History of Magic, and we are studying the Fey. I can't remember the exact prompt, but it basically, show your ability to recognize them, and Halloween/costumes would work.

I've also knit up a few black ghosts. I swear, black acrylic yarn is the most useful thing in the world. Every time I get it I use it up in a few days. It's the only thing that I feel must be in my stash at all times. I'm turning the big ghost in for Charms, which was all about camouflage, so the ghost disguises my teddy bear at the moment. The little one is I think going to my neighbor, who recently started chemo treatments, so my family is leaving her and her husband some Halloween treats, because they won't be home on Halloween this year.

Whew! That was long! Hope you stayed with me the entire time. I think we're pretty caught up. I'm going as Snape for Halloween, and currently my costume looks like this

Though I'm trying not to freak out too much. Oh, and NaNoWriMo is starting in 4 days....Yeah, freaking out about that. Very much freaking out about that. I have several deadlines coming up in relation to writing and homework and my job, which I all need to get done before NaNo. I'm breaking  my habit on nail-biting, which  means that I haven't bitten my nails in 10 days...yeah, good for me, yadda yadda yadda, but now I need to figure out a different way to release stress......

I haven't carved my pumpkin yet though, so maybe stabbing something will help :)

 What are you being for Halloween?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Back Again

Sorry I've been gone so long.... The past week has been one of recovery from the wool
 fest, and yet my room still isn't clean, I have not even started a project for my
job, (I knit for a local yarn store) and though I have several people signed up for
sponsoring me for NaNoWriMo, only two of them are on the actual sign up sheet. It's been nearly two weeks from the wool festival though, you say. I am trying to
ignore that fact.

 My To Do list today:
Get sawdust (I hate chores)
SOAK BEANS!!! (I have to cook dinner tonight. Again, HATE)
Book list needs updating ( I keep a list of all the books I've read.... I'm going to
see how I do this year, then try and beat it next year...)

  I also wanted to get outside, I need to start a project for my job, pay my mom back,
clean my room, and remember to post this.... And I got an iPod Touch, so naturally I am addicted for that, and I want to put more
music on it....that's what I'm writing this blog post on....

Ok, time to get out of bed, stop procrastinating, and start on that To Do list.....

(PS- I named my iPod LINDA - London Investigators 'N' Detective Agency. I've never
named my electronics before, and I think this is a great first name. If you don't get
 that reference, then stop reading my blog and go and watch Doctor Who, you poor
deprived person!!!!!!!!!)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wool Festival Pictures

Our local wool festival was a lot of fun. There was a lot going on.

The trees where a beautiful shade of yellow 


 The cinnamon roasted almonds where amazing

That is me, my sister, and Abbey in our booth. I'm the one wearing the mini top hat (Abbey makes them), my sister is wearing the kitty hat (she is recently obsessed with them) and then Abbey is wearing the hand-knit top hat with the flower on it.

 This is my dad wearing the kitty hat...from a distance he looked quite crazy

There were people with dogs

People shopping for yarn...

 There in the background is my can see my mom's yarn

Looooong lines around lunch time 
(in the far left you can see my sister sitting on a chair, waiting to get lunch for people in our booth)


 The Wine Fairy dress... it looks rather flat here, but it's amazing in real life

 Here are some of the stuff we were selling...most of that is Abbey's, though you can see my radish earrings in the middle there.

Some of Abbey's fascinators.....

 And I got a picture with this guy who was wearing a "Chicken Butt Hat". Brilliant!

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend. It's always my favorite time of year, autumn. With the leaves changing, and the wool festival, it's the only time of year I spend  a lot of time outside. What about you? What's your favorite season, and why?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

No sleep...but a lot of writing!!

I never fell asleep last night. I read for a while, and then I got back into The Right To Write, because with getting everything ready for the Wool Festival, I had slacked off on the writing exercises (some of which I haven't finished yet -- who knew writing down 100 things you are proud of could be so hard?)

I literally wrote all night. I started to work on my computer, on the stories that are on here, at around 2 or 3. I wrote up my sponsor sign-up sheet for NaNoWriMo (I'm raising money for my local library), and I worked on two other stories. One, which is looking like it is going to be multi-chaptered (oh, did I mention that they both are Harry Potter fanfic?) is about Harry's daughter (SPOILER) Lily Luna. Do you know how HARD it is to write a Sorting Hat song? I'm still not happy with that scene....

The other one is about Luna Lovegood, and Voldemort. It's a very dark story, (like, I get chills when I'm writing it, and I don't want to leave my room at night). I got the idea from the Almost Totally Random Pairing Generator: Version Dark Harry Potter  (which I TOTALLY recommend for all HP fanfics).

Lord Voldemort/Luna Lovegood/bloody dagger

Is what I got, and what I had been doing was that any story idea that I really liked I would copy down, along with a short sorta summery for what the story would be so that I could remember it later. I got:

Her hair was fanned out behind her head, where she had fallen. It was streaked with blood. Blood so red in contrast to her white hair.

Morbid, right? It gets better. (As in, more morbid.) I am not going to put the plot up here, as I'm going to publish it on FanFiction.Net soon (I am DreamingDragon37).

I really think it's one of the best things I've ever written, as far as writing quality. I was so excited when I finished at 6 a.m. this morning, I couldn't stop smiling. 

Today, I do not feel tired at all. I remember, at around 4:30 a.m. I looked at the clock, and and thought to myself, "You know, if I go to sleep now I will sleep all day and get nothing done. I'll just continue writing, try and finish this up."
 And so I finished. I feel so happy right now, and I have around five sponsers for NaNoWriMo. Everything is coming together (not that you can tell from my room --still, hurricane swept. In fact, it got worse).

Wish me luck.

Purple? Blue? And I thought they were the same because...?

Does that look right?

No, it doesn't. It is quite clearly the wrong color. Now how did this occur?

It is a dark night. I have a pattern that I wanted to make. I start it, and like it much more than I thought I would. I watch a movie while I knit it. I finish it, and pull it on. I can't wait for tomorrow, when I can make the next one.

Fast forward to the next day. I stayed up way too late, was woken up because I had to watch my brother while everyone else in my family went to start setting up the wool festival that happened last weekend (I'll post about that when I've sorted through the photos). So groggy me got up and decided to start the other mitt, only to spend ten minutes searching for the yarn, that has mysteriously disappeared overnight. I finally find it, and start. I knit on it all day, slowly and lazily working my way through the cuff, and starting to work on the cable section.
After dinner: I am in my room, watching another movie. I lay the current mitt against the mitt that is already finished, to see if they are the same size (sometimes my gauge will change when I knit a pair of things, and it really really really annoys me for some reason if one is slightly smaller then the other).

Nonononononononono!!!!! I need these tomorrow! I have to get up at 5:30 to go set up my mom's booth for the Wool Festival!!! It will be cold!!!! NOOOOOO!

OK, so maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. But not by much. Long story short, I decide to rip it out and start over on it, this time with the right yarn, and super knit to get it done. I did it! I had the mitts for the freezing morning, where they did nothing for my fingers but kept my hands warm, and I looked great with my Quidditch Mitts.

I am trying to ignore the fact that the second one is slightly smaller then the first one.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Dear readers.

I hope you aren't expecting a long and insightful post today, because I really just am not going to write one. I wish I had time to post a picture of this beautiful flower siting next to me at the moment. I don't.
I wish that I'd taken pictures of my recent knitting projects. I haven't.
I also wish I could tell you that I have posted a new story on FanFiction.Net. I haven't.

So what is the point of this post, you ask? You tell me. What do you think is the point of this post? Is it a bored teenager being very very very lazy? Is it a writer who should be writing but is instead lazing around? Is it a knitter who instead of writing or paying attention to the rest of the world is knitting?

I know that this was supposed to be a knitting blog, but as we haven't seen any knitting yet.....Don't worry, the local Wool Festival is starting tomorrow, and there will be plenty of pictures and more to show you. This is my favorite time of year, with the leaves changing, and that crisp in the air.

Well, I'll leave you now, and go watch a movie and work on that knitting that I may or may not be knitting.

Happy October!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I've been writing a lot lately.   

Not on my stories -- what I should be writing. No, I've been doing the writing exercises in this book I got at my library.  It's been a lot of fun so far, which surprises me a bit, because usually I don't really enjoy any of the exercises in writing books.

This one is different though. It's written in a way that is very similar to the Young Adult books that I read constantly. Friendly, fast paced, not boring in the slightest.
It is written with chapters placed like "invitation, initiation", as it says in the contents. It has a essay, and then a little writing exercise using something that was discussed in the essay. And the essays don't read like essays. I read them, and it doesn't seem like I'm reading something that's supposed to be instructional. It reads like a  story.

Also, the author lives near where I do, more or less. I would love to meet her sometime, she is such a amazing writer.

The book is The Right To Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life, by  Julia Cameron. I definitely recommend it.