Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I see in your future....


a free crochet pattern!

This month's Divination class for the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup on Ravelry told us to:

The second month of Rotation #1 finds us in murkier waters, studying the art of Divination.

Many students will find it difficult to develop their ‘inner eye’, so we will start with a basic lesson on reading tea leaves. So please grab a cup of tea and try not to break the blue china, as it is my favorite.

To demonstrate an understanding of Divination, please make:

Something coffee or tea-related
Tea cozies, mug cozies, tea cup pincushion, tea/coffee dyeing then knitting/spinning something, etc.

OR

Something that can be interpreted as a good sign or a bad omen
An amigurumi grim, four leaf clover washcloth, etc.

While an outstanding natural ability in this subject is always rewarded, as Ron and Harry learned when they took this class, a good story goes a long way toward gaining extra points in Divination.
Well, tea cup pincushion practically leaped off of the page at me, and I knew at once that I had to make one. So, make one I did. I just finished it, and I am loving it!

I hope you all enjoy it, as well. You can find a link to the PDF here. Until next time, my peeps!

Hugs & chocolate~

Jenn

Monday, June 15, 2009

Weekly Weigh-In Results!

I haven't posted my weight loss progress for a while now. I don't really know why, either, as I sure haven't digressed from my plan.

When I got sick, in 2003, and came out of the hospital (finally) I was weighing in at 185. During this journey, 185 has been my magic number. I felt like once I reached that weight I had finally shed the shroud of gloom that being sick had left on me would be gone forever.

This morning I am proud to report that I weighed in at 184.7!!

*happy dance*

That's right, folks, that stupid illness that controlled me for so many years has now been completely and forever AKd from my life!! I foresee blue skies ahead, and a new hairdo, which is my gift for reaching this mini-goal.

Hugs & chocolate~

Jenn

x-posted to my LiveJournal & Fitting It In.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Another day, another free pattern!

That's right, O'Crafty ones! This time I tried my hand at designing an illusion pattern. Over twelve hours later, I have a finished product.

Wanna see? Alright, then - you don't have to ask me twice (or once for that matter!).



Deathly Hallows Illusion Cloth - PDF Download is here!

Keeping in line with yesterday, I've also decided to offer this one up as a free pattern. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 1, 2009

H is for Hufflepuff

Well, it's upon us folks - another summer of Harry Potter. What could be better, you ask? Nothing comes to mind.

To start off the summer right, I've designed some Hufflepuff themed gauntlets for the HPKCHC that I'm participating in on Ravelry. It's loads of fun, and has been a real boost for me in the imagination department!

Without further ado, I present for your knitting pleasure my pattern for "H is for Hufflepuff". I hope you enjoy, and if you find any mistakes please let me know!


Supplies
1 skein Caron Simply Soft in Sunshine
1 skein Caron simply Soft in Black
1 set of US5 (3.75 mm) DPNs
Yarn needle
Stitch markers

Gauge
5 stitches and 6 rows per inch (2.54 cm)

Chart



Instructions
Cast on 40 stitches using the long-tail method, place a stitch marker, and join in
the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Work 6 rows in (k2, p2) ribbing.

Knit 10 rows in Sunshine (MC).

Knit 2 rows in Black (CC).

Knit 3 rows in MC.

Knit 2 rows in CC.

Work the chart, being sure to keep the stitches loose and twisting
the yarn every 5 to 6 stitches when working the center "H" area.

Knit 2 rows CC.

Knit 3 rows MC.

Left Thumb Gusset
Knit 7 sts in CC, place marker, m1, k1, m1, place marker, knit the remaining
stitches.

Knit 1 row in CC.

*Knit 7 sts in MC, place marker, m1, knit to next marker, m1, slip marker, knit the
remaining stitches.

Knit 1 row in MC.**

Repeat from * to ** until you have 13 stitches between the two markers.

On the next round, k7 in MC, slip 13 gusset stitches onto waste yarn, cast on 1
stitch, knit the remaining stitches.

Knit 2 rows in MC.

Right Thumb Gusset
Knit 32 sts in CC, place marker, m1, k1, m1, place marker, knit the remaining
stitches.

Knit 1 row in CC.

*Knit 32 sts in MC, place marker, m1, knit to next marker, m1, slip marker, knit
the remaining stitches.

Knit 1 row in MC.**

Repeat from * to ** until you have 13 stitches between the two markers.

On the next round, k7 in MC, slip 13 gusset stitches onto waste yarn, cast on 1
stitch, knit the remaining stitches.

Knit 3 rows in MC.

Work 6 rounds in (k2, p2) ribbing.

Bind off loosely.

Thumb
Place the stitches from the waste yarn back onto the DPNs, distributing them
evenly and picking up one stitch where one was cast on.

Knit 1 round in MC.

With MC, k2tog, k10, k2tog. (12 sts)

Knit 1 round in MC.

Work 6 rounds of (k2, p2) ribbing.

Bind off loosely.

Weave in all ends and block lightly if desired.