Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sick Days

K's been out sick all week with a nasty sinus infection, the result of a really nasty virus. Her coughing got so bad, I was begining to think it was whooping cough again. Luckily, she is finally improving. I don't think my sanity could take whopping cough again.

This week wasn't all bad. We cuddled, we napped, we read books, we watched TV, and, of course, we crafted. We tired our hand at chinese brush painting. Katherine likes painting Coi.

And Pagodas.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Just needs some fringe.

I've been busy.

I pretty much followed the Gryffindor House Scarf Pattern on atypically.knit. For economy sake, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Claret and Gold. And for speed, I used my Bond Fashion Knitter with 50 needles in the bed. The Bond Fashion Knitter knits, and thats all. So the result is a long roll of stockinette stitch. So I folded the 50 stitch wide scarf in half and used mattress stitch to seam the long edge. My guage turned out to be 4 stiches per inch and 4 rows per inch, a bit bigger than the pattern. The final dimensions of the knitted scarf, minus the fringe is about 6 inches by 90 inches. I plan to make the fringe a bit longer than in the pattern to account for the increased length.

I made this scarf as a practice for a scarf I'm making a very special "Potter" fiiend of mine.


My design for a Harry Potter Crafts Logo won! The logo is on the group home page. So Cool!

And just look what an owl brought!

K LOVES the pigmy puffs! Ran off with them the moment we opened the package.

Very cool buttons! K's not gettin'em. They're mine! And...

A fat quarter of Polyjuice potion fabric!!! I have wanted some of this for years!

Thank you so much Jennifer! Made my day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Kitty by K

K's been home sick. She was home yesterday, waiting out the 24 hours after the fever was gone. I love those hours, filled with puzzles and books and pencils and paper. Lots of cuddles and conversation. Wonderful.

I found these this morning.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Egg in a Hole, With a Hat

Sick people need fun food.

I found the recipe on Too Many Chefs. As advised in the comments, I added the hat. Big hit.

What our cat does for a living.


And why...

I See Sick People.

K and Hubby both have fevers, sore throats, and terrible coughs.

Fleece blankets and heating pads for everyone.

P.S. 4 Days and I might be able to walk again. But who's counting.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

6 Days and Counting!!!!

I may be able to put weight on my foot again in next Friday!

6 days and counting!

I can't wait!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Hide the Bat.


"Cat Man Do" a short film is by English animator Simon Tofield.

Only Three Days, and She's Taken Over


Three days of watching Mommy play with her new Fashion Knitter and K had to try it. And what does she do first? Gryfindor, of course. Her own pattern, naturally.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Look what I got!

Maybe a year ago I bought a Bond Fashion Knitter, at WalMart for less $27 + tax. (Original price, $88.00!) Never really had time to do much with it. Having time in abundance at present, I sent my dear Hubby into the basement to dig it out. Once I got the hang of it, not hard really, I made this scarf in less than an hour.

I didn't even get a chance to wash or block it. K proclaimed it HER "Scroll Scarf" and scarpered with it.

Silly little muggle.

Scarlett's new venture.

Scarlett, owner of the lovely blog, As I Knit, is launching a new Etsy shop: Go Scarlett! She is running a contest to name her new venture and giving away fabulous handmade prizes. I haven't seen them yet but, I have seen her work on Harry Potter Crafts and let me just say, I'm in.

The drawing will close midnight Friday, January 11, 2008 and she will announce the winners the next day. You can find all the details here.

Click on over and give her a name, why don't cha.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Another Mandrake!!!!

Just after posting about K's Mandrake costume, I did a little search and look what I found:

Isn't it cute! I found this picture on a lovely blog, Life is Just Ducky. I forgot I had posted the label on Harry Potter Crafts and Madam Malkins Yahoo Groups years ago.

There is also a brief discussion of K's costume on the Leaky Cauldron.

Too Cool!

My Little Mandrake

A few years ago, just before K read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone," she wanted to go to a Harry Potter costume party at the local library. She wanted to dress up as something fun and she was just entering that age when girls essentially communicate through high pitched squeeing.

Happy = SQUEEE!
Surprised = SQUEEE!
Upset = SQUEEE!

So, naturally,

Imagine a library filled with little Harrys and Rons and Hermiones, all chasing a tiny mandrake and trying to pull her out of her pot. And every librarian in the place laughing hysterically.


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008

Skele-Gro Label

Janice on Harry Potter Crafts said she liked my little Skele-Gro and that she was inspired to make her own. I thought I'd give her a start and post the jpg I created for for the label (took me a ton of freeze framing to finally figure out the wording!)

Happy Crafting Janice! Can't wait to see it!

Harry Potter Crafts

Have you joined Harry Potter Crafts group on Yahoo yet? Wonderful group of people. I, a legendary lurker, have actually posted multiple times. Everyone is so nice and so talented and so willing to share. Lovely.

There is a challenge going on at the moment: design a new logo for Harry Potter Crafts. As I have had an enormous amount of time on my hands of late, being I am not yet ambulatory, I thought I'd give it a try.

The design is based on the wonderful "Tales of the Beedle Bard" by J.K. Rowling. You can see just a teasingly few images on They bought, at an auction for charity, the only copy that was up for sale. You can read about the volume on this page.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Favorite quotes

My old favorite quote:

"Isn't sanity just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean, all you get is that one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, well, the sky's the limit!"– The Tick (comic book)

That one still sings to me but, I think I have a new favorite:

"Sucess is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

Oh that's good.