Laura's Knitting Blog

This is the place I post pictures and information on my various fiber hobbies.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

SP10 WIP contest, pictures, and tagged

Well my SP10 hostess is having a contest where we post about our WIP's. The purple sock is "Almost Argyle" and kind of got shelved when I had surgery. The other is the back side to a hooded sweater I'm making for my cousin Abbie.Here is some of the yarn that I dyed this weekend, twisted into a skein. You can see the colors all blended together better here than the other pictures.
My sister made a Harry Potter tshirt, which I just had to photograph. I came up with the back side, and we are getting very excited about July! I made a tshirt of the Weasley Clock; I'll have to post a picture later.

Finally, I've been tagged to participate in the "7 facts" meme that is going around. Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog. I’ve been tagged by Hope.

1. When I asked my sister for facts about me she said "you have a very cute sister" but I will amend this to say that though I am fortunate enough to have a sister who shares some interests with me (such as reading and Harry Potter and knitting).

2. I have more books than some small town libraries. I love to read, and I love to collect books.

3. I think I have very good fashion sense and am very good at putting outfits together, yet I usually wear tshirts and sweat pants.

4. I love to swim, but I hate hot weather. I'd rather swim indoors. It's not that I don't like being outside, I just burn easily and I don't like being really hot. My favorite season is fall.

5. I own all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The demons are all cheesy and not scary, otherwise I wouldn't watch it. Real spiritual warfare absolutely freaks me out, and yet BTVS is very entertaining.

6. I watch more tv on DVD than I do on tv. I usually get into a show by dvd, and only watch current shows if I started out on DVD but they're still on air. This was the case with Gilmore Girls, Bones, Alias, House M.D., and Grey's Anatomy. I didn't even watch my first BTVS episode until after the show went off the air.

7. I am a nerd. A great big one. But usually I'm well liked, even in middle school and high school. I was never popular, but most people knew me and liked me.

It seems like everyone out there has already done this meme so I guess I won't tag anyone.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bond and Dye weekend

This has been a nice weekend thus far, I've watched a few James Bond movies (GoldenEye, For Your Eyes Only, and The World is Not Enough) and done lots of dyeing! This first picture is partway through the process.
And this picture is of 7 skeins that are drying. The two on the far right are different colors, but the rest are just different ways to dye the same colors. I tried some experimentation this time, and I think I like the two on the far left and the two on the far right the best.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Oh boy!

Life got so very busy all of a sudden! I'm taking an intersession class, in digital photography, so that has taken up a lot of my time. The arthritis walk was last weekend, and it was a great success! When I get final numbers in I'll post them, but I think we raised around $14,000! The only knitting I've done this week has been a camera case, but I'll have to post pictures later. As far as the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap goes, I'll do the trivia and things that I have time for, but I do have a life outside of blog land so I can't participate in every little trivia contest.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Quidditch round 2

1. Who is the Fat Lady's friend?
- Violet
- Rose
- Lavender
- Lily

2. When the Fat Lady was attacked by Sirius Black and fled her portrait, who took over for her as guard of Gryffindor Tower? Sir Cadogan

3. Usually when Harry is in Dumbledore's office, what are the portraits of previous headmasters doing?
- Humming
- Snoozing
- Giving Dumbledore advice
- Arguing with one another

4. Which one of the Triwizard champions did not go to the World Cup?
- Harry Potter
- Fleur Delacour
- Cedric Diggory
- Viktor Krum

5. Who did Harry give his Triwizard winnings to?
- Mr. and Mrs. Diggory
- No one, he kept them
- Professory Dumbledore
- Fred and George Weasley

The next two are anagrams. Rearrange the letters to get the correct words.
6. Live gong cram la man (two words) Minerva McGonagall

7. Owl or video Oliver Wood

8. What author's name appears on the book "Quidditch Through the Ages"?
- Albus Dumbledore
- J.K. Rowling
- Kennilworthy Whisp
- Newt Scamander

9. What does the Keeper do in a game of Quidditch?
- Keeps the brooms in good working order
- Guards the goal
- Keeps the score
- Holds the Quaffle

10. In the Goblet of Fire why did the Mad Eye Moody imposter put Harry's name in the goblet?
- He wanted Ron to be mad at him
- He wanted Dumbledore to expel Harry for entering the tournament
- He wanted Harry to be killed during the tasks
- He wanted Harry to win the tournament

Monday, May 14, 2007

so close! my knitting spot

Well I'm cutting this one close, this SP contest ends tomorrow! We're supposed to talk about our favorite knitting spot and post a picture of us knitting in it. My sister took the picture, and I hadn't started knitting yet, so my hands look awkward. This is my favorite place to knit because I have a table next to me with a small box of knitting accessories, and because I have an adjustable lamp right above me so I'll have plenty of light!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hogwarts trivia

Trivia #1
What's the name of this potion?
This potion has the colour of molten gold, and while exposed to the air, large drops will leap like goldfish above the surface without spilling. Felix Felicis

Trivia #2
Which book is this line from?
"Harry and Cho were now too embarrassed to look at each other, let alone talk to each other; what if Ron and Hermione started going out together, then split up? Could their friendship survive it? Harry remembered the few weeks when they had not been talking to each other in third year; he had not enjoyed trying to bridge the distance between them. And then, what if they didn't split up? What if they became like Bill and Fleur, and it became excrutiatingly embarrassing to be in their presence, so that he was shut out for good?" HP and the Half Blood Prince

Trivia #3
Who utters these words?
"Oh I am glad I'm not on duty. I wouldn't fancy having to go and tell the Irish they've got to stop celebrating." Arthrur Weasley

Coffee Swap Package!

I got my coffee swap package in the mail yesterday, and wow is it amazing! My pal sent two different kinds of coffee, Sumatra Organic and Organic Peruvian French Roast! She also sent chocolate chip cookies, a Green and Black's Caramel Chocolate bar, and an Almond Crunch Oatbar! ooh, but probably the best part was the yarn! Two skeins of Catalina chunky weight Baby Alpaca (so very soft!), a skein of Soljoy in beautiful reds, and a skein of hand dyed Sea Silk made by Hand Maiden fine yarn. I've never knit with silk before! This yarn is glorious! What an amazing package! Many, many thanks to Kerry, who was an awesome swap partner!

In other news, I got the book Charmed Knits last night and it looks so fun! I want to make broomstick and snitch socks! And I think I might make a hedwig owl! There is a really cool blanket pattern of Mrs. Weasley's clock, though that is a bit too much work for right now.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

HSKS quidditch trivia

Round One
1. Who isn't or hasn't been a Quidditch captain? answers in red
Cedric Diggory
Cho Chang
Oliver Wood
Marcus Flint

2. Who are the Gryffindor chasers? (books 1-5)
Hermione, Dean and Seamus
Alicia, Angelina and Katie
Fred, George and Oliver
Parvati, Colin and Neville

3. Who are the Slytherin beaters? (books 1-4)
Crabbe and Goyle
Flint and Montague
Derrik and Bole
Pucey and Warrington

4. What type of broom isn't made anymore?
Silver Arrow

5. The Slytherin team all ride the same broom, what is it?
Cleansweep Seven
Nimbus 2000
Comet 260
Nimbus 2001

6. Which of these is not a Quidditch team?
Pride of Portree
Appleby Arrows
Tudshill Tornados very sneaky on this one! I had to consult quidditch through the ages for it!
Caerphilly Catapults

7. Who is Head of Hufflepuff House?
Professor Binns
Professor Flitwick
Professor Sprout
Professor Sinistra

8. Which Hufflepuff student is reported to have been one of the only peple to have ever given Hufflepuff success?
Justin Finch - Fletchley
Cho Chang
Cedric Diggory
Lily Evans

9. In Book 1 who was the first Hufflepuff student to be sorted?
Hannah Abbott
Terry Boot
Susan Bones
Lisa Arygle

10. What is the emblem of Hufflepuff House?

And now for the images part of quidditch. I'm including links here.

Picture of Harry, Ron, and Hermione together
Sirius Black
Uncle Vernon

Friday, May 04, 2007

New SP and package

Well I got an email last week from my SP hostess that my original SP was no longer participating and that I have a new pal! Well today I got my first package from my new pal and it's awesome! She included some Tofutsies yarn that i'd been wanting to try ever since I saw it at Happy Cat Yarn Shop, and a wonderful smelling candle and candle plate. There's also a blue bag that is the perfect size for a sock project bag! She also sent a little knit zipper bag that's got gorgeous colors and will be perfect for notions! Finally, she sent a 6 pocket organizer that hangs on the side of a chair that will be perfect for keeping my knitting stuff within reach! Here's a picture of the package. THANK YOU SO MUCH SWAPPIN SISTER!