23 September 2009
The colorways are Unicorn, Bride of Frankenstein, Sleeping Beauty, Korrigan, Minotaur, Tales of Wensleydale, The King's Robe, Poison Apple, Dark Crystal, The Wicked Witch, Snow White, Gandalf the Grey, Rapunzel and a few that seem to be nameless including my very favorite from Counting Sheep Farm on Etsy (rose cormo and alpaca with rainbow firestar).
I also got some awesome little extras. I love the egg patterned needle case. My favorite DPNs are already in there. There are some amazing rustic mother of pearl buttons waiting for a project, a Knitcircus magazine and three stitch markers.
I'm going to have to hope for fast fingers again next month when the theme is Masquerade.
22 September 2009
How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Part 6
With about 10 yards to go I felt my Bubble Head Charm dissipate. I grabbed one last gulp of oxygen and sped for the surface. I was able to out pace the swarm of angry squids and make the surface before my air ran out. I hauled myself and my bag of ocean treasures on to the sandy shore shivering from the cold of the deep despite the warmth of the day.
The first order of business when I arrived home was brewing a batch of Pepper-Up Potion to ward off the chill. After about 10 minutes in the cauldron I notice it was about ready to boil over.
I lowered the heat and stirred in a clockwise direction until the foaming subsided.
As I continued brewing and adding my ingredients it begin to rise again in a more controlled fashion.
Then the final touch…finishing up with 9 counter-clockwise stirs with a crystal rod and a quick blast of heat and ta da….
16 September 2009
As I’m looking for my quarry I think back to my father and stepmother’s visit earlier in the Summer. Why oh why did my Muggle stepmother have to see my camera case made from a transfigured squid? Of course she loved it and wanted me to make her one for Christmas this year.
It had to be a squid of all creatures. My relationship with the children of the Great Squid is on a level with Ron and Harry’s with Aragog’s children. There had been my fierce battle with the squid that refused to have eyes. Then last term I had gone and made that darn camera case for Muggle Studies. The spell I found in a book in the Hogwarts’ Library worked in essence but it required quite a bit of improvisation on my part to get good results. I had hoped never to attempt it again.
By choosing a body of water far from the Hogwarts Lake I though perhaps they wouldn’t be ready for me. I was wrong. All of a sudden a teaming cloud of the slimy little buggers rushed me. I began to Stupify them as quickly as possible. When the sand around my feet was littered with rubbery little bodies the rest began to flee. I chose a lovely Ravenclaw blue one and with a flash transfigured him into the requested case. Another little flick and its eyes were bronze buttons.
Into my bag it went and I kicked off the bottom and made for the surface as quickly as possible. I’d been under a long time and wasn’t sure how much longer my Bubble Head Charm would hold.
Behind me I could see the Stupified squids begin to stir…
14 September 2009
I touched down on the sandy bottom. As I looked around cautiously for a glimpse of my quarry I noticed some thing the color of coffee and cream off to the the left. It was a large ridged seashell. I thought it might serve as inspiration for something so into my bag it went…
This cowl uses the Caterpillar Abstract Cowl pattern. The yarn was Sheepsdown in cream dyed twice with coffee, once with mortant and once with out, for a three toned yarn. I really like how the dyeing turned out and the whole thing smells a bit of hazelnut coffee.
11 September 2009
As the darkness closed around me it occurred to me that I had better warm up my spell work for the battle to come. Transfiguration has always been my strongest spell work and luckily that was what I would need when I found my quarry.
Looking at the dark water that rippled with indigo and bronze shadows with brief flashes of silver light I was reminded of the Ravenclaw Common Room at night. I flicked my wand and reached out to grab a swath of sea water and fold it into my bag.
Just ahead I could see the sandy bottom…
It was rather rumpled by the time I returned to shore but with a little blocking I had a new shawlette made of sea water and darkness to remind me of my adventure.
04 September 2009
When I found the sandy bottom what did I find but a fascinating plant that had a large bubble of air trapped at the base of each leaf. Remembering my lessons from last term I wondered if it was some sort of Gillyweed that had evolved from being a shore plant to a completely underwater habitat, perhaps cultivated by merfolk.
Into my bag a specimen went. Then I headed further out to sea towards a patch of dark water…
How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Part 1
After my many adventures in the Hogwarts Lake I decided to visit the Deep Ocean this summer. I cast a Bubble Head charm and headed down into the water. Just a few feet below the surface I encountered a rare sight…Ghost Jellies! These jellyfish take their name from the fact that their coloration so closely mimics the water they are nearly impossible to see until they sneak up on you.
I really wanted to capture one of these unique creatures so thinking about my past Charms lessons I cast Geminio on my air bubble. Bubble in hand I carefully inserted the tip of my wand and cast Aguamenti filling the bubble 3/4 with water. Into my makeshift aquarium my new friend went and into my mesh carrying bag.
Then I resumed my descent…
This project was submitted for a Charms class on the uses of Augamenti in the HPKCHC at Ravelry.