Monday, November 29, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

Just saw it today and I want to see it again on the big screen. My pal's package is practically complete. I do have to replace one treat as the Slytherboy decided that he wanted it for himself. But at least the hand made item is complete. I have the yarn and needles. Just need the final touches and then it will be on its way across the state border. Yes, I said state border. My spoilee pal is not far from where I live so it won't take too long for her to get another package from me. Yes, I said another package. She was also my spoilee pal for the latest term of Hogwarts Little Bit of Everything Swap.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Week 9 - Pop Quiz

1. To which prison was Gellert Grindelwald sent after he was defeated by Dumbledore in 1945?

2. Who is the first casualty in The Deathly Hallows?
Charity Burbage

3. What does Draco Malfoy name his son?

4. Before Harry gains control of it, who is the master of the Elder Wand?
Draco Malfoy

5. Severus Snape’s Patronus takes the same form as which other character’s?
Lily Potter

6. Where do Ron, Hermione and Harry apparate when Death Eaters invade Bill and Fleur’s wedding?
Tottenham Court Road

7. Who does Harry send to search for Mundungus Fletcher and the missing locket?

8. Who destroys Salazar Slytherin’s locket?

9. What does Hermione use to destroy Helga Hufflepuff’s cup?
Basilisk fangs

10. Following the death of Lord Voldemort, who is named temporary Minister of Magic?
Kingsley Shacklebolt

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Week 8 - Anagrams

1. SPARSE VENUES = Severus Snape
2. GO UNLOAD LOVE = Luna Lovegood
3. A MOTH SEDAN = Thomas Dean
4. FLUSH CIGAR = Argus Filch
5. SLICK AIRBUS = Siruis Black
6. DUMB ANALOG = Ludo Bagman
7. A DRY MOO-CALF = Draco Malfoy
8. UNSNAP THE SKI = Stan Shunpike
9. PIT-A-PAT RIVAL = Pavarti Patil
10. AN OLD JEER = Lee Jordan

Monday, November 1, 2010

Slytherin Pride Swap

This lovely package came from Silksky, a fellow Slytherin. She lives in Massachusetts so she was able to get me some maple syrup candy from Vermont. I totally love that stuff. The chips were the first thing to be eaten. The stitch markers are just what I needed and I really love the yarn. I haven't picked a project yet but it will be fabulous no matter what I choose.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Week 7 - Photo Scavenger Hunt

Tom Riddle's Diary

Helga Hufflepuff's Cup

Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem

Marvolo Gaunt's Ring

Salazar Slytherin's Locket

Nagini the Snake

Harry Potter

Friday, October 22, 2010

Reducio Swap 12: Hogwarts Teachers

I got my package today from Isabelle the Insightful (who forgot to post a note in it...) Total love!!!


mellowcreme pumpkins from Hagrid (my favorite treat this time of the year)
chocolate from Lupin (to help with dementors)
notebook from Filch (to make note of any rulebreakers)
tea and a mini scarf from Trelawney (she had too much sherry while knitting)
a mini sock from Dumbledore (I love the little snake on it.)
a small bottle of extra virgin olive oil from Snape (he says I should lose the driver and meet him in his office at midnight)


Here is a closeup of the little snake on the sock. The penny is there for size comparison. And I have no plans to ditch the driver and meet Snape at midnight.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Have a Coke and a Knit...

So I got my pal's hand made project completed. I can't post a picture of it here just in case she might see it and that would ruin the surprise. Plus the small order I placed for her is now winging its way here. Hope she likes it. Meanwhile, I have been getting some work done on my OWL projects for the House Cup. Plus trying to come up with fabulous ideas for next term that will ignite the spirit of the Slytherins. Which reminds me, I need to come up with something to write for the Slytherin blog latter on this month. That is all for now. Smile everyone...until next time.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Week 5 - Which Witch uses Which Wand?

1. Vine Wood and Dragon Heartstring – Hermione Granger
2. Walnut and Dragon Heartstring – Belatrix Lestrange
3. Hawthorn and Unicorn Hair – Draco Malfoy
4. Hornbeam and Dragon Heartstring – Viktor Krum
5. Ash and Unicorn Hair – Cedric Diggory
6. Rosewood and Veela Hair – Fleur Delacour
7. Elder and Thestral Hair – Albus Dumbledore
8. Mahogany and Unknown Core – James Potter
9. Elm and Dragon Heartstring – Lucius Malfoy
10. Cherry and Unicorn Hair – Mary Cattermole
11. Yew and Phoenix Feather – Tom Riddle
12. Holly and Phoenix Feather – Harry Potter
13. Willow and Unicorn Hair – Ron Weasley (2nd wand)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Week 4 Quiz & Essay

Why does Harry accuse Remus Lupin of being a coward?
Because Remus wanted to abandon his child

Who is R.A.B.?
Sirius Black’s brother

According to legend, what would a person become if he could assemble the Deathly Hallows?
Master of death

What is Ariana Dumbledore rumored to be?
A Squib

What is written on Harry’s parents’ gravestone?
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Why does Krum want to fight Xenophilius Lovegood?
Because Lovegood wears Grindelwald’s mark

Why does Voldemort seek the Elder Wand?
To defeat Harry in a duel

Where did Dumbledore’s family live?
Godric’s Hollow

Whose eye does Harry see in his magic mirror shard?
Aberforth Dumbledore

What item does Harry steal from Gringotts?
The Hufflepuff Cup owned by Helga Hufflepuff

Where does Rita Skeeter get her information about Dumbledore?
From Bathilda Bagshot

What is inside the Snitch that Dumbledore leaves Harry?
The Resurrection Stone

Why does Dumbledore leave Ron a Deluminator?
To lead him back to Harry

Why has Hermione not read The Tales of Beedle the Bard?
She was raised by Muggles

What is Dumbledore’s greatest regret?
Helping Gellert Grindelwald

Whose mail did Snape open?
Petunia Dursley (Harry's Aunt)

What form does Snape’s Patronus take?
Silver doe

Why can the Sword of Gryffindor destroy Horcruxes?
It is impregnated with basilisk venom

What name is given to wizards who help Mudbloods?
Blood traitor

How do Harry and his friends enter the Ministry of Magic?
Through toilets

Who made Harry’s wand?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week 3 Word Association Game

Pumpkin Juice
Owl Post
Leaf Blower
Weasley Red-heads
Quaffle Quidditch
Hallow Tree
Mad Cow Disease
Dragon egg
Crystal rocks
Trees Forbidden Forest
Hermione "Know-it-all"
Hogwarts Castle
Burrow cool place to live
Dobby annoying
Horcrux dark magic
Ministry of Magic
Magic Hogwarts
Sirius constellation
Apple Pie
Juice Pumpkin
Candle Floating
Ghost Hunters
Snake Charmer
Wand Buttocks
Invisibility Cloak
Tent Bigger on the Inside
Spell books
Umbridge Psychotic Lady who wears pink
Dursely uptight
Prophet Daily Newspaper

Monday, September 27, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Week 2 Blogging...Run away, run away!!!

What 5 things would you not leave home without if you were going into hiding, camping, or running away and WHY.

1. The iPad... it can store books, patterns, and music.

2. A Towel

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)”

Douglas Adams (from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

3. A Sonic Screwdriver... comes in handy for many situations.

4. The Race Car Driver... to keep me warm at night. :)

5. A backpack with an Undetectable Extension Charm placed on it...that way I could bring whatever else I need.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome Week Homework

1.Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one).
Intarsia Bindoff (sewing)

2.Someone who was born in the same month as you.
Cassandra Goode (March)

3.Someone from a different country.
Saraid Swiftrunner is Canadian

4.A new HSKS Family member.
Caradoc Brocklehurst is a 1st year

5.Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps.
Hermione Bagnold

6.Someone who has a bigger stash than you! (And if your stash is the biggest, proudly say so!
Rowena Bladvak - 166 items stashed

7.Someone who both knits and crochets.
Emma Diggory

8.Someone who has the same favorite color as you.
Winifred Hornswaggle (blues and greens)

9.Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as you.
Siobhan Mooney - Halloween

10.Someone who has the same favorite fiber as you.
Perenelle Tejedora (alpaca)

My information...
1. I knit, crochet, sew, spin (with a spinning wheel), dye, and do beadwork.
2. I am a March baby.
3. I live in the United States.
4. I am NOT a new HSKS family member.
5. I have been here since HSKS3.
6. I don't even have most of my stash on Ravelry.
7. Yes, I knit (since 2002) and crochet (since 1986).
8. My favorite color is greens, blues, dark purple, black, blood red, camouflage.
9. My favorite season is spring and my favorite holiday is Halloween.
10. My favorite fibers include merino wool and alpaca.

So I had great fun running around (like The Doctor) getting reacquainted with my fellow students and meeting the newbies. And then after that I went to a muggle spinning event which was great fun despite the lack of magic. I did remember how to use a drop spindle after two years of non-use and actually ended up with some pretty consistent spinning. Anyway, that is all for now.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

House Cup News

Two more days until the beginning of the Fall 2010 term at the House Cup. Then the madness begins. I still have to swatch for the History of Magic OWL in which I will be featuring the Black sisters. But for now I will just relax in the 7th year dorm room with the Race Car Driver.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

HSKS11 Goodies

I'll edit this post later...

Monday, August 16, 2010

HP Knitting/Crochet House Cup

Sign-ups are now open for the Fall 2010 term. Sorting will be open until 11:59:59 pm, Pacific Time, aka GMT-8), on August 28th, 2010 with the results will be posted sometime on the morning of the 29th. Go here to find the sign-up information. Guess where I will be going for my 7th term?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Andromeda's Diary

Dear Diary,

Well, another summer camp has come and is about to leave. I still have to mail out my pal's package but I have been down with a summer cold this past week. I just have to get it all packed up and then get Nemesis (the family owl) to deliver it. My spoiler pal, Genevra, informs me that my package is on its way. I really am looking forward to that. She knows all about my strange fondness for that Muggle Race Car Driver. And speaking of him, I actually found a picture of him not in a firesuit. I was pretty thrilled. But then, I think he would look good in a t-shirt and a pair of sweatpants. Well, off to finish up my pal's package and get it ready for mailing.


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Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Potions Class

For Potions class, I have chosen to dye some wool with Kool-Aid. We actually had some in the house. I found a tutorial on-line that uses a crock pot. So here is what I will be dyeing. I believe it is Cascade wool. Maybe half a skein at the most. Plus I used Lemonade and Cherry flavored Kool-Aid.

First I started out by soaking the yarn in a crock pot with water and a little bit of vinegar. I set the crock pot on low, put the cover back on, and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Then I covered half the yarn with 1 packet of cherry and the other half with 2 packets of lemonade. All I did was sprinkle the Kool-Aid straight from the package into the pot. There are some spots were the two colors blended but that was just fine as it made a pretty shade of orange.

Once the water was clear, I used a spoon to turn the yarn over so the un-dyed yarn was exposed. I then used another packet of Cherry and 2 more packets of Lemonade.

Once the dyeing was complete, I turned off the crock pot and let it sit to cool for a little while. Then I placed the yarn in a colander and let it sit in the sink until completely cool. The yarn was then rinsed and then squeezed the water out. I then used a towel to get out the extra water in the yarn. The yarn was then hung up on a hanger and placed outside for drying.

And here is the final result... a lovely skein of yarn that I have decided to name "Tequila Sunrise". I might have to make a full skein like this.


W2 -Poppy Pluot
I2 - Emma Gorodok ( Almost Midnight in sock yarn)
N2 - Alexandria Lovegood
G2 - Amethyst Aurag
O2 - Hermione Bagnold with 621 in queue

Wotcher! It's Wingo!

So I blantently stole the title from someone else because I thought it was cool. :)

  • I have been in HSKS since HSKS3 so no I am not new.
  • I spin my own yarn and I have made stitch markers.
  • My patronus is the Raven.
  • Currently, I live in Hillsboro, Oregon just outside of Portland, Oregon.
  • I love Lemonheads, gummy worms, cinnamon red hots, and dark chocolate.
  • Last term I played Quidditch for Ravenclaw.
  • I own all of the Harry Potter movies that have been released.
  • I have 421 items in the Ravelry queue.
  • I have 2 siblings (1 brother and 1 sister) and 1 half-sister from my father.
  • I am a March baby.
  • The other big collection I have is Nascar stuff with most of it Jeff Burton. :)
  • I love Socks that Rock and Knit Picks yarns.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Between Two Towers...

The inspiration...Luna Lovegood of Ravenclaw.

Close up pictures of the yummy yarn that she sent me

Plus, here are the two little wizards with their goodies.

Dear Doctor...

...please, take me away!!!