Harry Potter Made Me Do It!

I’m not going to lie, I’m a slow crafter.  In part due to commute and by consequence sheer tiredness and in part just because I’m slow.  But I have to say, since I’ve joined the Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup forum on Ravelry, I’m actually cranking out at least one F.O. per month.    Knowing that I want to get sorted and that after sorting, my participation contributes to my house win (or loss), boy oh boy, I suck up those prompts at the beginning of the month and sure enough, I’ve been making things that I actually like and can use.

For June’s project, I chose clouds and cloud shapes from the Divination class.  As a side note, I love that these prompts are interpretative so in addition to making something useful, I get to use my imagination or creative interpretative skills to make sure my projects matches a prompt in order to be graded.   This cloud image was my inspiration:



And I made this:


I used crochet to try to mimic the cloud texture, the main colour to mimic the sky colour and the project to mimic the “squishiness” of the clouds.

For the past two months, I’ve been looking at the projects submitted and many people do blanket squares, hexi-puffs and dishcloths as their interpretative project.  While nothing is wrong with these and I’m absolutely sure at some point I’ll do all of those except for the hexi-puffs, this month (July), I want to push myself to do a different type of project.  Something that involves a technique I’ve never tried or at least only done once. Something that’s practical and usable to boot.  I already have a project in mind and aim to start and finish it this weekend but you’re going to have to wait to see it!  😛

I picked June’s project because I want all the items I make for the class to be usable, not be just for class purposes.  My blocking pins are usually strewn every which way and I wanted a pretty way to display and contain them.  I figured with this, I’d have something interpretative, pretty but absolutely functional.  Win, win & win I’d say!!!  😀


Project Details:

  • Name: Naalepuder
  • Designer: Liselotte Weller
  • Yarn Used: Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend
  • Modifications (accidental): Didn’t stuff the project with too much polyfill.  That allowed me to get a more petal-ly floral shaped pincushion as opposed to the rounded one the designer made.
  • Difficulty: Easy enough for a beginner crocheter

As for how this post connects to its title — credit that to my friend Erica.  She’s been on me to do more; she thinks there’s a master yarn crafter hiding somewhere inside.  Her comment when I tell her about the completed craft projects — “well at least your Harry Potter obsession is good for something”.  I guess she’s right — Harry Potter really is making me do it!

14 thoughts on “Harry Potter Made Me Do It!

  1. QuaintrelleNoire July 16, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    OMG, that pin cushion is so cute. I wanna make one of those to store my straight pins when I start sewing.

    • Nicky July 20, 2014 / 10:26 am

      I’ll be happy to show you how if you need help with the pattern!

      Are you taking any sewing classes?

      • QuaintrelleNoire July 21, 2014 / 6:33 pm

        Not fomally yet. I just bought a sewing machine so I’m starting to read the manual & learn the mechanics. I already got a bunch of projects in mind once I learn the basics.

        • Nicky July 21, 2014 / 7:24 pm

          Yeah!!!! 😀

  2. Rae July 3, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    Adorable pincushion!! Can’t wait to see your secret July project 🙂

    • Nicky July 6, 2014 / 8:08 am

      I can’t wait to start and finish it. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while now but this weekend I got caught up in more gardening and haven’t knitted a stitch yet. Going to try to get going with these projects this afternoon.

  3. Toni July 3, 2014 / 10:39 am

    FUN!!!!! I’ve always wanted to sign up for the challenge, and hopefully will get a chance when I have time to be back on Ravelry more. You’re off to a great start so far!

    • Nicky July 6, 2014 / 8:07 am

      You should. It would be awesome to see you in any one of the groups! 😀

  4. kate July 2, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    that is just way to cute! sounds like a fun group 🙂

    • Nicky July 6, 2014 / 8:06 am

      Thanks Kate. It really is a fun group. Definitely makes me compete with myself more to get stuff done.

  5. Preeti July 2, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Haha, love the back story 🙂 That pin cushion is the most adorable, fluffy little thing!

    • Nicky July 6, 2014 / 8:06 am

      It’s funny that I wasn’t really feeling it when it was done but for the past week, it’s been a cheery addition to my crafting table.

  6. savethestationery July 2, 2014 / 8:42 am

    I freaking love this! You are awesome 🙂 Keep up the good work.

    • Nicky July 6, 2014 / 8:09 am

      Thanks Asha! It’s great fun so far. 😀

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