This one has been waiting for awhile! I made it several months ago but knew I was going to give it to Susan for her birthday, so I wanted to wait until I had actually presented it to her before posting the pics. So, presenting, the Little Leaves Lace Wrap!
This is another one of those knitting projects that uses a fairly simple, easy-to-memorize lace pattern that ends up looking really elegant and more complicated than it really is.
I had actually purchased this yarn with Susan in mind, back when she still lived in Florida. It’s very lightweight yarn that could be worn in warmer temps. Which means that she can use it anytime now that she’s in a more temperate climate.
Though these colors feel somewhat beachy, I think that they suit Susan really well regardless.
I hope she enjoys wearing it!
Today brings yet another stash-busting HPKCHC project: the Wolfsbane Neck Warmer, made for Potions, naturally.
This yarn is really soft and will be very comfortable to wear.
I also finally used the remote we bought months ago for the DSLR. I’d been doing a bunch of DIY around the house all day, so please ignore any bits of paint you may notice in my hair. I’m happy to report that the remote is super easy to use! I didn’t figure out all of its functions yet, but I was able to hook it up, throw the camera on a tripod, and take some pics without any hassle. It would be handy to have a mirror so I could see how the knitted object is sitting. There is probably some kind of gadget that will show you what’s in frame, right?
This month’s HPKCHC Muggle Studies prompt was to make a protective cover for a device. I chose to make a cozy for Susan (or her husband, depending on what they decide)’s Kindle Fire.
Because knitting stretches sideways, it looks rather skinny here, since I don’t have the Kindle on hand at the moment.
More stash-busting, this time in the form of a striped hat.
I only had a really small amount of this yarn left, and I wasn’t sure how far it might stretch. I started off thinking this would be an adult hat, but about half way through I realized that there wasn’t going to be enough yarn. So I adjusted the pattern as I went and made it into a hat for a bigger baby/smaller child. The ribbed edge is very stretchy, so it can probably fit a variety of sizes. It’s shown here on the model I use for newborn hats but would definitely stretch to fit a larger head if desired.
I was able to retain some of the slouchiness of the original pattern and used up almost the entire skein – I only have a couple yards left, which is really cutting it close. The brief for this HPKCHC challenge (Herbology) was to make something that will help you overcome your shyness or timidity. I thought that this self-striping yarn fit since it is a pretty bold pattern.
As this hat is for a baby or child, I’m looking for a home for it! If you know a kid you think might like it, let me know and I’ll send it your way.
This project is one of those that ends up being so right in every way: it knits up quickly and easily, it used up some yarn in my stash, and the finished product is lovely and something I think I will wear.
I made this for HPKCHC Charms, hence its namesake, Alohamora. This is some leftover yarn that has been sitting around for years waiting for me to find a use for it. Elizabeth Benson’s Intriguingly Posh Neckwarmer pattern to the rescue! The yarn is 100% merino and is super-duper soft. I also love the variegation in this colorway – you wouldn’t necessarily think, “this purple yarn needs some maroon in it,” but it works perfectly. I chose to highlight that little bit of color with the buttons (which were a splurge at Joann for $.47 total – thank you, Coupon Commotion!). Best of all, this is just garter stitch with a couple of button holes at the start and took just a tiny amount of time to complete. This one’s a winner!
Today brings more hot stash-busting action!
This is some lovely sock yarn that was waiting to be finished up. I saw this pattern on Rav for a camera strap cover and thought it was a terrific idea. My camera strap was okay, but plain and utilitarian. Now it’s snazzy!
I wasn’t sure what the self-patterning would look like on such a small item, but it worked out very neat. The light purple lines work their way around the strap with sections of dark purple.
Now I’ll feel super stylish carrying my camera!
For HPKCHC Herbology, the assignment in February was to make something with protrusions. My mind immediately went to Neville Longbottom’s notorious Mimbulus Mimbletonia plant.
I think this project worked out to fit the prompt quite well! Though these protrusions aren’t exactly boil-like and thank goodness no stinksap is involved, I am pleased with it.
I was able to use up nearly every last bit of this yarn, with only about 10 yards left, if that. Pretty good!
The HPKCHC Divination prompt for February was to make something inspired by one of the colors associated with the four houses at Hogwarts. I chose Lapis Lazuli, so I could use up some more of this lovely blue bamboo/wool yarn.
I think they turned out quite well! I’m pleased with these very spread out cables, since they work well with a longer glove like this.
This yarn is also super-duper soft, so these will be very comfy to wear.
February’s Potions challenge was to craft something that represents what your personal Amortentia would smell like. For me, this would include the smell of cookies baking (vanilla), but also something fresh and clean and like sunlight shining on you.
This cowl is part of my continuing stash-bust. It’s very soft and completely washable. It is a very loose weave so it’s airy and light. If you’re interested in it, let me know and I’ll send it your way!
The second game of Quidditch is on in the HPKCHC, and the assignment this time was to pair up with another crafter and each make the same pattern but each modify it in some way. I partnered up with a student from Slytherin (interhouse unity!) and we agreed to both modify and make this Bunny Dishcloth.
Of course I thought, how can I make this pattern more nerdy and cool? So I charted out a quick TARDIS and set to knitting. It quickly became clear that the TARDIS was going to end up looking squished. And then it became clear that I was going to run out of yarn before I finished. (Note: remember when I said I wasn’t knitting any more dishcloths and was putting the remaining yarn in the Goodwill bag? Well I couldn’t bring myself to donate it and had to knit it up myself. I can’t bear to let any yarn go unknit, apparently.)
So, this being a modification challenge anyway, I decided that it would be a badge-shaped dishcloth. I bound off at what looked like the right place, and then undid some of the beginning rows to make a flat edge. It’s not a piece I’m particularly proud of, but it will still be useful because really, a dishcloth can be whatever shape and it doesn’t matter at all if the motif isn’t what I had pictured. So, you win some, you fail some. I’d count this as a half-fail.