Friday, December 31, 2010

It's almost that time again!

Well HSKS has finished and we are taking a hiatus until Spring but HLBOE is getting revved up and ready to go. This year I will be head of house for Gryffindor. There are only three of us in our house but that's okay, we'll be a busy three. Three Musketeers we will be.  This year's theme is something for the kitchen. Can't wait to get started.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It came, It came!!!!!

Oh my goodness, the most awesome package was on my front porch today from Acromantula (daisymum)  Look at all the awesomeness. First off everything was in a Gryffindor bag and inside was some lovely yarn, a needle case, a small project bag and a mesh bag with soap. And needles and notions. So many circular and round items to represent Tom Gaunt's ring. I love all of it and don't even know where to start...... Oh, Oh and do you see the popcorn, chocolate, tea and coffee.

Here is a close-up of the needle case all opened up it is so totally awesome and all my favorite colors.

Acromantula did such an awesome job stalking me.  You don't even know.  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wool, Wool, and more Wool

Well I finally started the hand-made item. I needed to buy wool as I am doing a felted project and I still didn't find all the right colors. But I did get enough to get it started.  Once I get past the set-up phase then I am hoping it will go quickly as I am getting down to the wire.  But I will get it done. I don't sleep much :-) and I am really hoping she will like it.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Time Flies.............

Whew crazy busy times,  Muggle life so get's in the way, but things are starting to fall together. I am hoping to make the early send period for sending out my package, but if not it will be real soon there after. I think I have finally decided on something felted. Don't want to reveal too much but if it is half as nice as I envision then it will be perfect.  Well off to knit.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wow we are almost at the half-way mark

We are at the half-way mark and things are plugging along. I still haven't decided on Ambyr's hand-made item but I have all the other stuff coming along quite nicely I think. Gonna stalk some more before I make a final decision. 

Well I lost the duel by about an hour, but I was forced to try a pattern that has been on my to-do list for quite sometime now and I think it came out quite cute. Definitely one I will try again.

Well off to do some stalking.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wow! another Week has gone by

Another week and I still haven't made a final decision on my handmade item for Ambyr. Oh, all of the rest is coming along nicely but as for the hand-made item, still not sure which way I wanna go. I have about three or four different ideas. May do more than one.

Well it's a three day weekend and Hubby and I are going to the Huntington Gardens and Library on Monday and I am hoping to get some inspiration.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week 3

Well it has been a busy week in both my Muggle and Magical World. I haven't had time to do any home-work assignments but I have been busily planning my package and a RAOK and all kinds of fun stuff.  I am off for a weekend retreat and hope to get lots of knitting done.  Well I really hope Ambyr likes what I have planned for her.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Another Week !

Wow I can't believe another week has come and gone. Where did it go. Well I didn't get the homework done but I am remembering to blog.

I have several ideas for my handmade project and I am still pricing it out but I am hoping to be able to accomplish 2 of them.  As for the other goodies, well those are almost already picked out and finished.

Can't wait to start dueling and sending out a RAOK but right now I am off to scrapbook.  Next week will see lots more getting done.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week 1, Getting to Know you.......

Getting to know all about you..................

Well it's time to get started and start getting to know everyone. So what can I say about me. I love to knit. I also do some crochet. I love to be on my computer, either on Facebook or Ravelry. My all-time favorite color is red. I also like most jeweltones. I like all colors really. I like wool and wool-blends but I can find a pattern and use almost any kind of yarn that I find, yes, even fun fur.  I LOVE Popcorn, plain, air-popped. Eat it everyday.  I also like milk chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels. Candy corn.  With exception of popcorn, my snacking goes by my mood.

I will be married 22 years in January. I have one teenage son. We go camping once a month and we have had annual passes to Disneyland since 1989 and we go often. 

So my answers to Wisty's 10 questions......

  1. Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one). I knit, crochet, bead, scrapbook and sew.
  2. Someone who was born in the same month as you. Born in California, USA
  3. Someone from a different country. hmmmm, you know where I am from
  4. A new HSKS Family member.  Nope not new
  5. Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps. This is my fourth
  6. Someone who has a bigger stash than you! (And if your stash is the biggest, proudly say so! I have lots and lots of yarn.  about 6 cupboards full.
  7. Someone who both knits and crochets.  Me, I do both
  8. Someone who has the same favorite color as you. Red
  9. Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as you. From Halloween to New Year's is my favorite season
  10. Someone who has the same favorite fiber as you. Wool and wool-blends are my favorites.

So Happy Stalking!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

HSKS 12 Begins!

Well the new term begins. This term we are separated by houses and we are searching Horcruxes. It is time to banish Voldemort once and for all.

I have been selected as head of Harry's Horcrux Hunters!  Our colors are Scarlet and Ebony. For short, I call my family the 3H crew!

I am really looking forward to this term and hope to have lots of fun!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tyto is on his way

Well summer camp is almost over and Tyto my owl is on his way to take Clara her summer kit. I sure hope she likes it.  Gearing up for next term. It has been a fun Summer.  Getting lots of knitting done.  Now to get started on Christmas.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Another week, whew! where does the time go. Well my homemade item for Clara is done but man-child came up with some embellishments that I feel must be made, but they are easy and should go quick. The hardest part is done. Now to finish the shopping and put it all together.

and!!!! I won this weeks drawing for a free gift from Hermione. I sooo cannot wait to see what I get. It's like Christmas :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

It's all Magical

HSKS Update: Wow! week three already. I need to get my tukis moving. I have the pattern picked, the yarn selected and pulled out of my stash and the shopping list for the extras, now just gotta get caught up and moving on it. I love the pattern and if it comes out cute then I think a few of my  "muggle" family members may be getting one for Christmas.

HLBOE Update: Again, got the pattern picked but I need to yarn shop for this one.  It's another easy but looks like time consuming knit. Thankfully, I have a little more time for this one.

Well I've made weekly contact with all the peeps I need to make contact with. Now back to my job as an auror for Defense against the Dark Arts.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


OH, OH, I got a WINGO

W-4 Catriona LeStrange lives within a 100 miles of me
I-4 Lizzie Wychwood is from another county-the UK
N-4 Rowan Dragonsinger loves chocolate just like me
G-4 Ambyr Phoenixfire has played Quidditch
O-4 Wisteria Lovegood owns all the Harry Potter Movies

Now for some tidbits about me.
  • I have seen every Harry Potter movie in the theatre
  • My patronus is an Otter
  • This is my 4th HSKS swap
  • I own a collection of thimbles and "Gus" the mouse from Cinderella
  • I have been on multi-day camping trips, I camp on the third weekend of every month as a matter of fact
  • I have been on a "commuter" train, used to take it to work daily
  • I like Chocolate and Popcorn for snacks
  • My favorite brand of yarn is Berocco
  • I have been to "Hearst" castle. if that is really a castle
  • I have played Quidditch
  • My birth month is June
  • I speak Spanish
  • I make stitch markers
  • I own all the Harry Potter movies (and watch them often)
  • and I brought my owl "Tyto" to camp.
Good luck everyone!

Friday, July 16, 2010

First week of Camp!

Whew! first week of camp is almost over already, oh boy.  I have been stalking Clara and I have the pattern picked out, now to just find the perfect yarn..... We are going "muggle" camping this weekend and I intend to do some "treat" shopping for some items local to include in my package.  I hope she will enjoy it all.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

HSKS-Summer Camp has begun-Whoo Hoo

Well it's gonna be a very Harry Potter Summer between the new term of HLBOE and HSKS Summer camp. I am also the new Gryffindor Prefect for Hogwarts at Ravelry and busy running my own group Once Upon a Time.  Muggle life is busy as well but I love my Harry Potter and I love my swaps.  Well so one of the assignments is "getting to know me"  so as suggested, I am posting some of my favorite things.

  • Knit or crochet or both? I mostly knit, but I do enjoy crochet amigurumi
  • Brands you would like to try but don't have easy access to? Oh, I am near several local yarn shops, Michael's and Joann's, so I have alot of access, but I tend to buy cheap for myself. The good stuff comes from my spoilers and I am happy with whatever they choose to send.
  • Favorite fibers/least favorite fiber? I don't like tofu yarn. I don't use much cotton either.
  • Favorite colors/least favorite color? I don't care for neons and baby colors, all other colors are lovely. Jewel tones are my favorite and of course RED is my all time favorite color.
  • Yarn weight preferences? DK or sport
  • Favorite project? I make socks, mini-socks and beannies, but I will try most things at least once.
  • Favorite gadgets? kacha row counters
  • Favorite designers? I have so many, I have faved several on my ravelry page
  • Salty or Sweet or...? Sweet
  • Tea or Coffee or...? Both, either.
  • Allergies? None
  • Other things you like, i.e., buttons, pens, fabric, stitchmarkers, etc.  I use simple silver rings for stitchmarkers, but I like small scissors and always need tape measures.
  • Currently Craving? Popcorn, I live on popcorn
  • Where you might have wish lists (Loopy Ewe, Amazon, Etsy) not really, I love Knitpicks but with so many yarn and bookstores, I usually find what I need when I am out and about.
  • Measurements (feet for socks, wrists, head circumference) Size 9 feet, probably medium for head and wrists
  • Whatever else you'd like to share! I go camping once a month with the family, have annual passes to Disneyland and I have a new bike that I have been enjoying. In addition to Ravelry, I am hooked on

Well time to go stalk my partner now.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It came, It came!!!!!

Yay! my package from Catriona was on my porch when I got home today and look at all the goodiness. She picked my favorite character Luna, whom I just love because she has such a kind and pure heart. There is a felted bag to keep a small dragon.  My Smudge has already settled herself in and gotten comfortable.  A manual for New Wizards, boy I could have used that for some of my homework this last term.  Cork necklace and radish earrings to keep the Nargles away.

And look at the snitch bracelet. There was also some great stitch markers, yummy, yummy yarn! tea candles, lip balm, lotion, a puzzle.....oh it keeps going.... a sock inspired-Nagini tote pattern and some harmony circluars.

Thank you Cat soooooooooooo much! I love it all!

Friday, June 4, 2010

A few more weeks.

wow term is almost over.  I am almost done with Emma's package. I'm finishing up my sock project then I can start putting it all together. I was hoping to have it out by the early send period but my Muggle life got in the way. Plus, I'm shipping international so I have to wait til payday to send out.  But it's gonna be grand. Well tomorrow I am playing Quidditch for Hufflepuff.  Well must go and post the weekly points for our house and get our supplies ready for Quidditch. Oh I hope I have enough ink in my printer.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Well, I am actually bloggin early this week. We had a Quidditch match on Sunday and got whooped. Man I think we would have had better luck against the Whomping Willow!  The Ravenclaws played an excellent game though and deserved the win!  We had a Hufflepuff and Slytherin helping us out as well.

Another week, my package is coming along well and I am starting to get anxious to send it out. I'm still waiting form some stuff I ordered on-line and I am going to pick up a frew "treats" next week during my trip to San Francisco but I certainly hope Emma likes it all. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Week 7

Whew! just made it.  I was waiting to blog as I have been busily working on my handmade item for Emma. I got the main part done and now I just need the embellishments, which I will work on tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon is out second Quidditch match. We have several people unavailable but thankfully we have had volunteers from other houses. And of course I can play if we need someone to fill in.  Well my package is coming together but I am starting to feel the panic that I might not get it done in time. Got a sewing project to finish too.  Well, time to do those embellishments. Will post pictures in our Common room as soon as I'm done.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Weekly Blog

Whew! almost forgot to blog this week. Didn't have time to get to the Potions homework though. Been busy in Muggle life.  I have everything purchased and picked out for Emma's handmade item, just need to get started.  I did start another preemie hat for our SPEW project.  I am liking this pattern so far and will post photos when done.  Well we have another Quidditch match next weekend. Need to get my team amped up and ready to go.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Weekly HSKS Blog

Wow another week gone by. Where does the time go?  Well we had our first Quidditch match on Saturday and were doing really well but low and behold, the Hufflepuff Seeker, Rowan Dragonsinger, caught the snitch and Hufflepuff won the game.  Good game though and you couldn't ask for anything more.  Well as for our dueling matches, Havelock ended up in the hospital in the muggle world and will most likely have to forfeit and Intarsia put up a good fight but her opponent got the best of her.  But its okay cause we gavea good show and represented Gryffindor with pride.

Well Emma's package is coming along. I ordered something special that came in the mail today and it came out really really nice. Can't wait to send it. I ordered something similar for me too.

Been working on baby hats for our SPEW project and everyone is doing a great job in that area as well.  Well I guess that's it for now. Will post more later and maybe some photos too.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

HSKS update!

Well another week has come and gone and have I gotten started on my handknit item for Emma? Nooo, I know what I'm going to make and I have the yarn and pattern all ready to go. Just need to get 'r done.  I have ordered a few custom items that I think she is going to love and can't wait till they arrive.

Well being Head of House is work but so much fun. My Gryffindors are a quiet group of students, hmmm, wonder what shenaningans they are up to.

Well off to get work done in my muggle job!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekly Blog

Well with vacation last week, I completely forgot to blog.  What a bad example this Head of House is making.  Will not happen again. Well I posted this weeks homework and hopefully all will finish and some will find it fun.  Need to get started on Emma's projects.  I have all the patterns picked and downloaded, now to shop for the supplies.  Alas, my muggle world is keeping me quite busy.

Monday, March 29, 2010

First day of classes

Well it's finally here, first day of classes at Hogwarts.  I am a third year student this time around and have been recently named Head of House.  I have a lovely prefect, Cassandra Goode, hopefully the two of us can keep our merry band of lion cubs happy and having a good time.

So we begin with assignment number one.  To describe why I picked the characters that I picked.

1-Luna Lovegood, she has such a pure heart.  She sees the good in people and the world as having a glass half full. She is not afraid to be different and does things she loves and enjoys no matter what others think.
2-Remus Lupin, he is a tortured soul with his curse as a werewolf and wants so much to lead a normal life. He is afraid to love (Tonks) for fear that he will hurt her. But they do resolve those issues eventually.  And you can always have fun with a werewolf theme.
3-Sirius Black-my all time favorite, HP character and actor period.  He is misunderstood, falsely imprisoned but always true to Harry and the order in-spite of his family connections and their pure-blood mania.  Besides, who can resist a big fluffy black dog.  Hmm, don't know if I can ever forgive JK for killing him off, but ah well, what doesn't kill Harry makes him stronger.

Well off to class now, don't want to be late for Potions.  Professor Snape is in an unusually foul mood today (ha, as if anyone can notice one from the other).

Monday, March 22, 2010

Back to School!

Well the start of term is finally here. I arrived early to set-up the dorm room and make sure all was in order. I am really anxious to see who will be coming back to school this year.  Cassie and I will have our work cut out for us keeping everyone on track and on assignment as it seems when we all get together we just want to visit and chat and have all kinds of fun.  We are doing character themes this year.  I am thinking our first assignment will  be to post why we picked who we picked and what we like about that character. I will have to start thinking about my choices and post something myself.

Well ::::looks down at watch::: time to set up cookies and start tea.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Back to School

Well it's almost here! Time to head back to Hogwarts. Monday is class sign ups. Hmmmm, I wonder if I'll finally get assigned Defense of the Dark Arts? Can't Wait!