Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Quidditch 3

1. When Hagrid returns to Hogwarts after being sent to see the giants with Madame Maxime, Professor Umbridge questions him on his late return to school. She suspects that Hagrid had been to the mountains, but where does he tell her he has been?
d. South of France

2. Professor Umbridge comes to Hagrid's Hut and searches his cabin one evening (as she believes Harry, Ron and Hermione are there visiting him at night when they are not supposed to). When she walks past the place where Harry, Ron and Hermione are hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, Harry holds his breath. True or false?
b. False

3. A stately-looking witch in an emerald green shawl is one of the members of the Advance Guard who rescues Harry from Privet Drive. What is her name?
a. Emmeline Vance

4. What is the name of the witch who was killed two weeks after the photo of the original Order of the Phoenix was taken?
b. Marlene McKinnon

5. Which two fifth year Ravenclaw students does Dumbledore choose to be prefects?
d. Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil

6. Which house was Rose Zeller sorted into?
d. Hufflepuff

7. What is the color of Murtlap's essence?
c. Yellow

8. Name the Ravenclaw girl who became prefect in Harry's fifth year.
b. Padma Patil

9. According to a healer's portrait at St. Mungo's hospital, which disease was Ron suffering from?
d. Spattergroit

10. Which book did Harry give Hermione for Christmas?
a. "New Theory of Numberology"

Picture Scavenger Hunt
Padma Patil
Hannah Abott
Dumbledore's Army
Cedric Diggory
(Extra 5 pts - What movie will Robert Patterson star in this December? Twilight)

Head Wrap Complete!

The head wrap for the Hufflepuff-hosted KAL is complete. I will post the pic as soon as I get it an a computer (Silly slow muggle way of doing things). I am wearing it today. Go Ravenclaw! It is shorter than the pattern calls for, but I think it is great. Just long enough for the ends to poke out under my (short) hair. It was finished (dry from blocking) this morning when I got up for class. I think it turned out great. The pattern was annoying, but I think it would have been a lot less annoying (and actually really fun) if I didn't switch colors so much. Next time I will find a good verigated yarn intead of switching between balls like I did. Plus bamboo is so slippery, I had to rewind the balls part of the way through because they had turned into two giants knots. Even a couple of spells didn't work. I tried Solvo Epistola, but that didn't even work (untie a mess). I had to do it by hand in the end. I think the spells really just made it worse. Scourgify just made the yarn cleaner. A bunch of dust and dog hair flew out, but that was it.

[Added later]

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Package for another Ophelia

My spoilee was Ophelia Crookshanks of Hufflepuff. And here is her package.

Here is the start of the package. A sewn bag that I painted (and sewed). The snake goes all the way around. Lantern Moon needles in a pink bag (because it was close to red and the blue didn't come in the size I wanted to get her). An adorable sheep tape measure. Snitch stickers. Stickers for scrap booking (she likes to scrap book). A kit to make a lizard. Lorna's Lace in Pine and Pewter. Slything tea cozy with an S snake on one side and the word Slytherin on the other side (I knit it on the day when I was recooperating from getting my wisdom teeth out). Some Twinings Irish Breakfast tea (both our favorite hot tea) and a tiny single serving of English Breakfast. Clotted Cream for her tea.

A printed copy of a hand-drawn picture of Kreacher. (When I asked, she said Kreacher (joke?) and Harry were her favorite characters so I drew them for her, but the Harry Potter picture turned out awful.) A needle felted Slytherin patch.

The pattern for Cookie A's Red Thread socks (so cute!). A blue and red note pad. (Her favorite colors are blue and red)

I asked if she likes bacon, but she only likes turkey bacon. (I have not had a chance to try that yet). But I made her a bacon bracelet (needle felted) that looks like this one (which is actually mine).

There may have been some other stuff, but I honestly don't remember!! Enjoy, my 'Puff friend Ophelia.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Like it, even love it, is not a strong enough phrase for my feelings on the lovely kit from Selena. I am overwhelmed by it. I am dying to start the socks, but I have promised myself I will finish a project before starting another. (I have a serious WIP problem... I shall soon be overrun.) If I don't finish some of these projects, I will not have enough room in my trunk to bring everything home, even with a bunch of well placed reducio charms.

I have about 14 inches of the head wrap done for the hufflepuff KAL. I plan to work on it as much as I can tonight. I guess I have to finish it between tonight and tomorrow. Maybe I will just kit as far as I can until tomorrow night when I have to go to bed and then Cast off. Me and my silly procrastination. The color changes are really screwing with me because I hate weaving in ends (and am horrible at it!!), but now that I have that cute little bird bag from Selena with the Clover Cutter and the large-eye blunt needles in it, it is not as bad. Plus I can use the point protectors to hold the stitches on while I fiddle with the colors. Only had one mishap, but this pattern is a little hard to rip back with the st going over other st.

And I am so so so excited to start that adorable squid. The colors Selena gave me are great. But I have to finish a pattern!! I should be able to cast on a sock or a squi by Thursday night.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Package is here!

I didn't think a package this awesome was possible. (Good thing I sent mine before I opened this or the inferiority complex may have been too overwhelming.) A wonderful kit from Selena Starfire. Amazing job. First, the box:

First hilarious thing I pulled out was a pig nose! With the following note:
Just in case you want to see what it's like to be an animagus!

Next I opened pulled out an adorable bag from Harry and Merry. It has a rain cloud and a sheep and it is light blue and yellow! I love it! Adorable. But I forgot to get a picture. It is pictured at the end, though.
Then I pulled out a River Knits Fine Yarns bag. It is a small bright yellow zippered bag with a big yellow bag inside.

Mini note cards with an adorable snail:

The funniest journal with the following note over top of it:
This is the most amazing example of Transfiguration I've ever seen!
And I agree. It is "The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Journal!!! 100 % receycled and odorless paper products made from elephant poo. How awesome is that! I laughed my head off. I laughed so hard, I forgot to get a picture, but it is in the final picture.

Got me some glowing connector bracelets.

Some Ginger Mints.

A cool foldy metal thing that I used to have when I was in highschool and I loved it and now I have it again!! Forgot to get a pic...

Here is the coolest bag ever.

I can't get a good picture of it because it is so crazy. There is a big part with a whole bunch of little legs coming off of it and another little bag coming out the top.
In one of the legs, I found this finger:

Then I tried to eat it:

But it is a pen.
Later I found a dragon necklace in another one of the legs!!
It also had some wonderful Trekking XXL yarn

And crystal bamboo US 1 dpns.
In the little pouch, I found this adorable bird bag

With AWESOME notions!! point protectors, large-eye blunt needles and one of those clover cutting things!! I have been meaning to get the needles and I have been wanting to get the other two.

Seriously, I am not done yet. I also got candy. A chocolate bar (my fave brand) with the note:
This is a great Muggle invention for helping you stay awake to do homework.
Endangered species brand chocolate - 70% cocoa dark chocolate with espresso beans!! Yummy yum. I usually get the 88% dark chocolate, but I might switch to this. Divine.
And a a beautiful Honeydukes box

With Candy in it - Jelly Slugs (which are gone now and replaced with a tummy ache), Bean Boozled (Jelly Belly's answer to Bertie Bott's every flavor beans, which I am saving for my two person Harry Potter party), and a giagantic jaw breaker.

Harry Potter stickers which I have already used to decorate my wonderful Muggle laptop.

3, count 'em, 3 sock patterns in Standard Book of Socks.

A knitting pattern for squids!!

There was also a bunch of other yarn. Some white and some black and a bunch of beautiful burnt orange.
Seriously. And then the whole box was filled with these amazing oragami stars. I am going to try stringing them together to make a garland or something.

My dog Nisa got really interested and came over to check out the commotion.

She got shooed away when she started licking stuff.
Then Ernie came over because Nisa wasn't allowed over here any more.

He was a good boy. And here is the whole shebang. Amazing.

Surprised much!!! I was. Holy cow!! Standing ovation. I would ask for an encore, but no need. My stomache is aching from this one - so much candy!! I am still wearing the nose to see if I want to be an animagus. I took a picture while I was eating with it on, but it looked like I was eating vomit so I left it out. (stroganoff - yum.)

No joke. I forgot this. Earlier in the quarter I got a tiny sock from her. Then in the package I got a tiny sock blocker. And yes they fit together and it is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Head Wrap Progress

Well, the first day I did 7 and a half repeats. There is going to be a lot of ends to weave in by the end because each repeat is in a different color. My stripe pattern is blue, orange, blue, and then stripes of blue and orange with the long stitches knit every other stitch in blue and orange, if that makes sense. I think it will look really great in the end.

I have fallen so far behind in keeping up with everyone's blogs though! I have 40 entries to read to catch up! Time Turner!

Ravenclaw Quiz

1. What is the literal translation of "Albus Dumbledore"?
white bumblebee

2. "Occlumency" is not, in reality, a word. However, it seems to be derived from a familiar real word that means "to block". What is that word?
Preoccupo in latin means to block. (Occupo is to grasp.)

3. Remus Lupin, the werewolf, has a name that is a double reminder of his traits. From what languages are his two names derived?
Lupin is French. I think Remus is Latin.

4. Percy Weasley's owl takes its name, quite appropriately, from the Greek messenger god. Who is this god?

5. Many of the creatures studied in the Care of Magical Creatures class or encountered by Hogwarts students are based on mythological animals while many others were made up. Name a mythological animal which is studied and/or encountered by Hogwarts students.

6. Harry is tried for the "crime" of using magic outside Hogwarts by the Wizengamot. From what culture is the name "Wizengamot" derived?
From Anglo-Saxon England (the Witan, also known as the Witenagemot)

7. The hospital in OotP is called St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Who was the real St. Mungo?
Saint Kentigern, the late 6th century apostle of the Brythonic Kingdom of Strathclyde in modern Scotland, and patron saint and founder of the city of Glasgow.

8. Dobby the house-elf gets his name from another kind of creature. In English folklore, what is a dobby?

9. Mundungus Fletcher is a disreputable little wizard with a penchant for trading in stolen goods. What exactly does mundungus mean?
Dust of unmanufactured tobacco leaves. (In the Navy, it is any useless or unwanted material.)

10. Harry's arch-nemesis throughout OotP is Professor Umbridge. Why is her name appropriate for her?
Umbrage means "shade or shawdow; a feeling of pique or resentment at some often fancied slight or insult."