Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Finished! And with a week to spare :)

So here's a recap of this 4 month project:

Total singles spun: 4978y.
Total yards knit: 3013y.
Weaving: 424y

This was a Potions/Muggle Studies NEWT, where I’d turn a fleece into a hat, legwarmers and a skirt, some lovely yarn into a jumper, and magic some fluff into a shawl.

Fleece - 1.4kg of Finn/Corriedale/English Leicester/BFL (one fleece, four different grandparents)
1281y of yarn/ 1063g. 621y of 2ply and 660y of 3ply. (Singles - 3222y)
Number 84 - Jacks fleece

Hat - Sitka Spruce - 190y of the 3ply
SS Hat (NEWT 3)

Shawl - Phi - 648y of the m/s/s handspun
Spinning - merino/suri/silk. 878y of 2ply (1756y of singles)

Jumper - Stilwell - 1960y of Madelinetosh Vintage

Skirt - handwoven - 424y of 2ply (according to weight of finished skirt)
Skirt (NEWT 3)

Legwarmers - 215y of the 3ply

And it all fits! But as for it being a good disguise amongst the Muggles… well, I might stand out anyway, since it’s almost Summer here! :)


Cool Logic

A basic hat with a twisty rib. I called it Cool Logic because it came out of a class prompt (in the House Cup game on Ravelry) where you had to work out, with logic, how to get past a Snape-like logic puzzle. Puzzle below :)

Hermione got lots of points for her use of cool logic in the face of fire.


4.5mm needles
Madelinetose Vintage
Left cable = slip 2 to cable needle, hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle
Right cable = slip 2 to cable needle, hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle

Circular cast on 8 and increase (8 every other round) until 112 stitches.


KF&B x8
K one round
(K1, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K2, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K3, KF&B) x8
K one round

(K4, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K5, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K6, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K7, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K8, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K9, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K10, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K11, KF&B) x8
K one round
(K12, KF&B) x8

(Now you have 8 sections with 14st each = 112st)

Knit 22 rounds.

P2, K4 around (decreasing out 4 evenly) (108)

Round 1 and 2 - (P2, K4) x18
Round 3 - (P2, Left cable) x18
Round 4 and 5 - (P2, K4) x18
Round 6 - (P2, Right cable) x18

Repeat rounds 1-6 two more times (or three, if you like). Immediately after the last round 6, cast off in rib pattern using JSSBO.

Me, testing out the new logic center in my brain... Hey, I figured out the puzzle! lol.


Puzzle: (pinched from the game, here.)

As you file in from the Troll room, a barrier of purple flame roars up behind you. The only other visible exit is already blocked by a wall of black fire.
“Not to worry, there’s enough potion for everyone this time,” Professor Cillaspins reassures you. “I’m sure you all recall the test Harry Potter and Hermione Granger-“
“Why give Potter credit when Granger did all the work?” Professor Cattiekins mutters, a little acerbically.
“-encountered in this chamber,” Cillaspins continues serenely. “The logic puzzle and the array of bottles are preserved over there.” She indicates a glass case with a framed parchment and a row of assorted potions bottles.
“We all know the answer to that puzzle from our history class.” Professor Drake picks up the narration. “So we’ve provided an alternate puzzle for you here.” She steps aside, revealing a table containing three identical opaque potions bottles. They are labeled “Poison”, “Black Flame Freeze”, and “Purple Flame Freeze”.
“That doesn’t look like much of a riddle,” a seventh-year mutters from the back of the class.
Drake raises a single brow. “No bottle contains the potion listed on the label.” A worried rumble rises, then falls as Cattiekins casts a warning glare around the room. “You may each open a single bottle and sniff the contents. After that, you must tell us which bottle you would drink to move forward, through the black flames. To help you, we have scented each potion with a strong odor. Poison smells of peppermint, Black flame Freeze smells of new hay, and Purple flame freeze smells of roasting chicken. Explain how you would solve this puzzle, and craft something that requires logical thought.”

Monday, November 18, 2013

Grey and yellow

I like grey and yellow as a color combo, but I've had a fair bit of it lately. For some reason, I decided that, with my NEWT, 4 out of 5 knitting projects could be shoved into the last month. So I've been working on the Grey NEWT project fairly exclusively these last few weeks.

I did rebel briefly, to dye some stripey yarn

and I've been working on a red sock

(the only one of the four I was going to knit for my Order of the Phoenix Mission that might actually get finished)

and I may have started spinning this purple Texel

LOL. So exclusively grey.

Anyway, I've finished my woven skirt, and discovered that, not only am I a terrible sewer who knows nothing about fabric, but I can't take a picture of myself in a skirt. hehe.

At least it does fit! Here's the actual color, more or less:

The one that took me the longest, though, was the shawl/scarf called Phi

I haven't worked out the yardage, yet, but it's a lot of garter stitch with fingering weight handspun. It's soft and warm, and the curve and Fibonacci stripes appeal to me. Simple and a bit interesting, which is exactly what I was looking for, and my Slytherin friend Jennifer (KnittingVortex) designed it just in time for it to be in my NEWT :)

And this one, I finished today

a very slouchy Sitka Spruce hat. Original fleece color (pale grey, blocking here on a white balloon). Made the slouchy size but with an extra half of  "Chart A" in length, so it's longish, too. Couldn't get a decent picture of it on myself, so Jasmine eagerly volunteered.

Now, I just have to get some legwarmers done, and I'm finished.

NEWT number 4 is already in Planning. It's pretty simple. I'm going to use hand-dyed stripey sock yarn

to make seven pairs of socks at once. Seven Simultaneous Stripey Socks on two very long circular 2.5mm needles. FUN! Or madness. A combination of the two is usually good for a NEWT. hehe.

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