K and I have been taking the dogs to obedience class the last month or so. Hermione hasn’t had any training that we know of, and Coraline (and we) could use a refresher.
It’s going quite well! Hermione is learning to sit (she’s so stubborn about it!) and stay like a champ (a relatively slow-moving champ, but she’s making progress). Coraline totally remembers her training from before and we’ve been challenging her to more difficult “leave it”s and other tasks that require more focus. Both the girls are very food-motivated, so we generally make them earn their dinner at class and when we do practice at home. We started out loading up a ziplock bag with each of their kibbles (of course our very special Bostons require special food – Coraline is allergic/sensitive to a bunch of stuff and can only eat a specific type of limited ingredient food that we’ve determined doesn’t cause her to break out in hives, and Hermione is actually on an rx kibble that is super neutral and doesn’t upset her delicate constitution). But we found that the ziplock-in-pocket system wasn’t working out very well so we asked awesome seamstress and embroiderer Susan to make us some treat pouches. She really came through! They are awesome!
I forgot to take a pic of K’s, but it has Godzilla on it and is awesome. Mine is, naturally, Hufflepuff. Eff yeah Hufflepuff!
How incredibly cool is that?! I just heart it so hard.
Here you can see how awesomely it works – it fits right on my belt and is SO HANDY for doing training. Susan has a lot of experience with this type of thing so of course it’s perfectly designed and functional as well as looking cool as hell. I am in serious danger of asking Susan to embroider everything I own with this Hufflepuff crest.
I’ve been wanting to make myself a Hufflepuff scarf for quite some time – years, probably. I finally pushed it to the top of my to-make list and now it’s done!
I looked at a number of pattern choices before deciding how to make mine. I mostly followed the Hogwarts Scarf MkII pattern from The Come And Go Room, with a few small alterations.
I knew that I wanted my scarf to be primarily black, as that goes with my general style and wardrobe. I like the way it turned out: the gold stripes are a nice accent, but it’s not too overwhelmingly bright.
As you’ll notice, I didn’t make my scarf as long as those in the movie (14 sets of trapped bars) or even in the pattern (10 sets of trapped bars). I went with nine sets of trapped bars, since that seemed to be a good length for me while maintaining easy wear without too much likelihood of tripping over it or having it flapping around too much. As it is, the scarf is quite wide so it doesn’t need to be doubled up to provide a good warm layer. The 1×1 rib makes it nice and stretchy as well, and I think it’ll be nice and warm.
I also made the fringe a bit longer than recommended because I thought it would look nice. The original movie scarves have quite a short fringe that is just in the color of the main scarf body, but I chose to alternate colors for a little extra flair.
I’m quite pleased with how it turned out! It took quite awhile to knit (compared to my usual, anyway) because the 1×1 rib is a slow-growing stitch pattern. I’m excited to start wearing it!
Here is my first officially finished project of 2013: The Ericka Scarf
I started this in late December, but then put it down to work on some other projects and ended up finishing it on the 2nd of January. Then of course it required blocking (not really required, actually, but I chose to block it to show off the stitch pattern).
I really do need to get some blocking wires. It would make this process so much faster, and it would result in even edges rather than the slightly wavy ones I ended up with. Don’t get me wrong – I still love the way this scarf turned out, just a note for future improvement.
I think my inclination to block was proved a good one, don’t you? The fabric has a really nice drape (thanks especially to the little bit of nylon mixed with the wool in this yarn) and I think that adds to the pleasing-ness of the variegated colorway.
All in all, a success! I was able to use this as detention homework for the HPKCHC since it was a WIP when the year started. Ten points to Hufflepuff! And another lovely scarf to add to the relatively small collection of things I’ve made for myself.