The beginning ….
Sweltering heat & humidity, Miles in the background, windows open, children playing, sounds of summer outside on the street, what else was there to do but enjoy and start Flax?
- Finish upper body by: 7.12.2014
- Finish remainder of body by: 7.21.2014
- Finish sleeves by: 7.28. 2014
- Weave ends and block by: 7.29.2014
- Submit for grading 2 days before deadline!!!!
As Tracey said — “may your needles be on fire”; here’s hoping they are! Cause in my head I can hear my cousins, Ann & Sabs, “you can do it DaisyMae!”
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!!! 😀
- 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!