How people found this blog

Every November I have a few thematic topics I like to post. Today I shall start with odd phrases that brought people here along with a commentary where appropriate.

First up is a language I don’t speak but google assures me that the phrase/word translates to

Dumbness inverter Buffy

I can’t even begin to offer an explanation as to why that person was directed here since I don’t speak or write the language in which the search was conducted.

Next up, we have:

  • girl with yarn I like this one, I am a girl, I have yarn. I hope I was what that person was looking for.
  • eight flame dragon I got nothing here, I suppose I must talk about dragons somewhere but not one with eight flames.
  • wordpress confessions of a book This leaves me wondering if someone is writing a book or hopes to read the book, what would said book confess about WordPress?
  • snob Well, searching the entire internet for one word, well, needle meet haystack.
  • crochet piggy slippers I can’t even begin to express with words how much I want to run this search to find piggy slippers.
  • ist of words that are good to put in wordle Really? Isn’t this supposed to be your own set of words? Why would you use words that belong to someone else?

And that’s about it since the rest of the searches were relevant to the topics I write about.

Thoughts on Pottermore

When Pottermore was first announced and the contest began, I honestly wasn’t all that interested. I have the uncanny ability to become addicted to flash games. I did not need to lose days of sleep trying to beat a game that in the end wouldn’t change my day-to-day life. I certainly wasn’t going to wake up at all hours of the day to try to find and decode the puzzle, hoping I was quick enough to grab the limited number of slots for the day.

Once registration closed, I watched as beta testers were admitted and began playing. I admit, I was curious. A girl can live vicariously, can’t she? Many didn’t seem to understand the concept of beta and expected the game to have few, if any, flaws, rather than what actually occurred. The game had more flaws than could be tallied and the programmers/designers were scrambling to keep it stable. Even with all the flaws, I couldn’t get enough of the extras pouring out from the beta testers. The author had always told the public that she had created the entire magical universe and a backstory, more than could fit into the seven published volumes of Harry Potter and handful of extras that were course books at Hogwarts.

On April 14, 2012, Pottermore opened to the public and I enrolled. I didn’t note the specific time, but I would guess I started the registration process in the late morning/early afternoon. I didn’t receive my confirmation email until after 7pm and the last email with my final log-in directions appeared around 9pm. However, by 9 I had already been playing for an hour or more. I decided to log-in after the confirmation email to see if there was an indication of when to expect the next email. I was pleasantly surprised to find I could begin playing. I spent the evening hours, after Boo went to bed, reading all the extra information on Hogwarts and the inhabitants of the J. K. Rowling’s magical world. It was worth the wait.

Under an assumed identity, the site chooses names for the members, I have completed Book One, but I’m not very confident that I’ve found everything. I’ve been through many of the chapters multiple times and still seem to find something new. I’ve found many chocolate frog cards, a few potion ingredients, extra book as well as galleons for the bank account and other random items. There is an implication that I might need the things I’ve collected so for now I’ll keep them tucked away in my school trunk. For the present, we only have Book One but the information contained in it is enough to keep me patiently waiting at least 6 more months before I’ll start to wonder when Book Two will open.

Of the several multiple choice quizzes, I found my wand and was sorted. I also brought a cat to school, shocking to anyone who knows me. My wand is made from redwood with a unicorn core; it is eleven inches long and is hard.

From Pottermore:

Redwood wands are not themselves lucky, but are strongly attracted to witches and wizards who already possess the admirable ability to fall on their feet, to make the right choice, to snatch advantage from catastrophe. Unicorn are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair.

If you are looking for me and can’t find me, you now know where I’ll be. I took screen caps when presented with multiple choice quizzes so that I can try again for a different outcome if I find I need more adventure.

February 2012 craft projects

I’m starting the wrap-up early. I am still hoping to eek out 2 more finished objects but in the event I don’t, here’s the rest of my February projects:

My mother asked me to knit a pair of socks for one of my step-sisters, luckily her feet are a similar size to mine. These are purple, not as dark as the photo. I think next on my list of purchases is the lightbox for taking photographs. My only indecision is whether to create it myself or buy one.

Socks for my step-sister

I balled up the green yarn that I finished earlier this month, knit this monster and sent it along to a dear friend. This will be the beginning of a monster obsession. I’m bringing the monster book to another friend this week for her to pick some for me to make her. She loves to craft but has tremor issues that make fine work difficult.

A Dot monster for a friend

I have added to badges to my collection for my participation in Hogsmeade Weekend 2012 in HPKCHC on Ravelry. Once a year or so there is a trip to Hogsmeade, there is much crafting, storytelling and togetherness. I volunteered to help with one of the story telling areas, hence the Shrieking Shack badge.

Hogsmeade Weekend 2012

Gettings things done

I have finally joined HPKCHC (HP Knitting and Crochet House Cup with HP being Harry Potter) on Ravelry. I found this group several years ago, joined and then left. The rules seemed complicated, the requirements strict, and I wasn’t interested in that. Last Spring, I searched for HP related groups on Ravelry again and found several that were interesting, this one included. I joined two and started playing along in the game that had less stringent guidelines. After playing for 9 months I began to see the beauty in the complicated, strict requirements of the first game I found and left the small one for the larger one. I have not been sorted into the game yet, that will happen in March I believe and I’ll play officially in April.

The game is a fun way to motivate myself to start and finished every month, though there are ways to turn in works-in-progress for partial credit. I started playing in the middle of January and am planning to post at least once a month with my finished projects and badges to accompany them.

Socks for Granny


house unity yarn

monster chunk

HP Duel

Christmas 2011 socks for Linda

Breakfast foods

Badge earned for posting to classes in January and then posting in the NQFY Waiting Room (Not Quite First Year):

Badge earned for finding a partner and dueling in Care of Magical Creatures (duel-both make the same pattern, at the same while racing to completion):

Badge for completing 5 classes during the month of Jan:

Badge earned for crafting something that makes me happy and turning it in to Gryff Tower before required date (I made ribbit):

Spa Cloths pt 3

Here are the completed cloths after a good washing and drying. I’m quite pleased with the texture. I was a bit concerned that the size 9 knitting needle left too much of a gap in the woven rows but after the dryer it’s tightened up nicely. The three cloths are from a white warp with the lime green stripes as weft, 1 yard long. The set of five is lime warp with white as weft, 48 inches long.

I warped this on Monday so that I would have something to take with me to the surgery center while waiting for Boo to have his dental restorations completed. I was able to talk to so many wonderful people while sitting on the floor in the waiting room. One woman told me of how she learned to weave 30 years ago before she started her family. It brought back fond memories for her. Another gentleman spoke of his wife, who was in for hand surgery. He told of all the crafts she enjoyed doing before needing the surgeries. Several of the women behind the reception desk were staring over my shoulder unbeknownst to me as my back was to them. When my husband told me I had an audience, I invited them over and showed them what I was doing. I wrote down information for them, we may have new weavers.

Spa Cloths pt 2

When I warped the first yard I had intended to warp two yards not one but forgot to plan correcting when using my inkle loom as a warping board. This time I was smarter and measured 5 or 6 times to reassure myself that I was getting the size I desired. I used the warping board on the back of my 32″ Harp.

Christmas crafting 2011

Last Christmas I swore that I would make small trinkets throughout the year instead of saving up for the December frenzy. I started well, I made 12 or do dishcloths by March and felt quite proud of myself. I absconded with several of them to give away to another perfectly worthy recipient with the thought that I could whip up a few more quite easily. Here is is the end of November and I only have 2 in my Christmas box, 2. Do you know how far 2 goes? Nor far at all my friends, no far at all. I decided to get on the ball.

Here are three more. That makes two large and three small but I’m not even close. I need to pull out the crochet hook and make some nylon scrubbies. I did plan for those a bit, I brought 10 yards of that stick-to-everything nylon over to Granny’s one Tuesday and cut while Boo entertained her to keep her out from under foot. It was a hoot to watch Boo try to figure out what I was doing. I need to use a larger hook this time, I nearly sprained my wrists with how tight I worked.

Another shawl

I have been coveting a shawl from afar, the Evenstar Shawl. When we first met, I didn’t feel I could tackle a lace project of this magnitude. If all goes well, this pattern creates a 60 inch circle knit in laceweight with a bazillion beads and no, I do not feel I am exaggerating. I ordered beads from earthfaire so I know for a fact there are a total of a bazillion in the four tubes I purchased. When I finally decided that Evenstar and I were meant to spend some quality time getting to know each other, I chatted by email with the owners of the Unique Sheep in order to pick out the perfect colorway. I chose Herb Garden a four color gradience colorway. I have three 1 ounce balls and 1 two ounce ball (the lightest color) in a lovely green with dark olive beads for the edging. The darkest yarn color will be in the center and I’ll work my way out to the lightest for the edging/border. I started today and my goal is to finish by Feb. 29, 2012.

I don’t have too many places to wear a shawl but I really want to knit it. I may end up giving it away when all is said and done or I may pack it away for future use if I really can’t find a place to wear it.

Spa Cloths

Hello, my name is Debra and I’m an addict. It’s not one specific thing, it’s everything that I like. I have a difficult time drawing the line where I should stop. In April I looked at looms and picked a large one that would let me make nearly anything I wanted knowing that it could do smaller pieces. After meeting the Cricket, I’m addicted! Yesterday I warped one yard of yarn (times 71 ends) for a couple of spa cloths. As soon as I finished those, I put on a 48 inch warp and made more. Stay tuned for pictures.