Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dress can be found at:

Hat can be found at:

Note that embellishments are my own, not part of the pattern.

Friday, September 25, 2009

HLBOE Duel, 2nd term

Finally received my mittens from the 2nd term of the HLBOE duel. Very pretty slate blue color. Also got an extra skein of yarn so I can make a hat to match. And even better, a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans!! And the most amazing card with some tiny knitting on the front.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Extra Credit for Runes, term 2, HLBOE

The pattern is called Flourish, and it is available on the web.

Part of my 'loot' from the Reducio 7 swap ... Aboard the Hogwart's Express

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Free A House Elf

In order to free a House Elf, the Elf must receive a gift of clothing. In History of Magic, HLBOE (a Raverly group), students were asked to create a sock to free a House Elf.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The aliens have arrived!!

At only 1 1/4" tall, however, I don't think they'll be taking over the world this week. ::grins::

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Another tiny dragon ........

This darling little dragon was made using LDHenson's Plush Posable Dragon pattern. You can find her Etsy store here: LynneDhenson.etsy.com

This is the 3rd in my series of dragons from this pattern .... there will be many more to come, as I currently have both felt (which the pattern calls for) and some fleece (to experiment with) in nearly every color of the rainbow ... and a few combinations the rainbow never thought of!

The pictures don't show it very well, but for the upper body & wings I used a felt with an embossed pattern on it, then used water-thinned glue to add glitter to these pieces. I also added extra glitter to the face & upper head area as well as the ridges on the wings.

I do make a few alterations to the basic pattern. For one thing, I wire the entire leading edge of the wing, not just the inner half. This gives me the ability to pose the entire wing. I use the heavier craft wire that comes on a spool - I usually get it at WalMart, but I've seen it at Michael's Craft Stores and I'm sure other craft stores carry it as well. It's easy to bend & form.

I also added wire to the legs to give them more stability & so I could use the wire to help attach her to the branch. On this one, I allowed the wire to extend beyond the toes as I knew I'd be putting her on the branch & I wanted to be able to use the wire to help stabilize her. I use a doubled pieced piece of wire, tucking the curved end up as high as I can into the leg, then spreading the ends apart to hide in the toes. I don't stiffen the legs as the pattern calls for, nor do I use a turned seam - I use a blanket stitch like I do for the rest of the dragon.

I added a bit of commercially packaged sphagnum moss to the branch as well.

The pattern requires some of the parts to be stiffened. If you use glue, use the clear glue - Aleene's has one in their line which I use & it works perfectly, without changing the color of the felt/fleece. Don't water it down too much, tho - if you do, it won't stiffen the felt/fleece enough to hold the shape needed, especially the head/horn pieces.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mini knitting ........

These were fun, made using very small amounts of yarn that would otherwise have been tossed out because they weren't long enough to make much of anything else.

They were actually knitted on size 0 needles (I tried the toothpicks ...... ) and then slid onto the toothpicks.

I actually knitted a different pattern into each tiny swatch. These will be used, eventually, as photo accessories for my stitch markers.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Recently, someone on one of my Ravelry groups posted a link to a pattern called 'Barbie's Ragg Socks' ... yep, a sock pattern sized for Barbie!

So, of course, I had to try it out .... and here it is. Knitted with 6/0 needles & 3 strands of embroidery floss.

Yes, I'm nutz .... I thought you knew that?