School’s Out – Planning Podcast Episode 225

 

Planning Podcast:

New announcement https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/hp-knitting-crochet-house-cup/3727989/1-25#21

Newts:  

Spring, 2018 N.E.W.T. Timeline:

June 1-30: 75% benchmark for 125 pts

July 1-31: 100% final benchmark for 250 pts

All requests for significant changes must be submitted by May 31, 2018.

Owls:

June 1st – 30th: Midterm 50% submissions are accepted.

July 1st – 31st: Final OWL submissions are accepted.

OOtP:  

Spring 2018 Schedule

May 27 Missions launch!

July 1-22 Missions return

Quidditch:

Match 4

Jun 11 – Jun 25

Excitement is high on the pitch as we head into the semifinal matches! While only four countries remain, Japan, UK, Canada, and USA, we’ve had so many opportunities to learn about the different arts, crafts and cultures of all the countries participating this year. Referees ilex and chinareader spent a great deal of time discussing the history of Chinese fireworks, especially as everyone seems to have brought some for their victory celebrations. A rather heated argument broke out between some Quidditch fans earlier over the differences between alpacas and llamas. Fortunately the Peruvian team was able to help calm the debate, and also gave a fascinating demonstration of traditional Quechua weaving. While all of this was going on, Referees Cillaspins and freemiki enjoyed their walk through the team tents by examining and discussing artwork from many countries.

For this match: Show off your team pride by showcasing a traditional art or culture of your team’s country.

 

Arithmancy

This month, we’ll study the great Mathemagician, Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci. In his book Liber Abaci, published in 1202, he introduced Western Europe to the numeric series now known as the Fibonacci Sequence. Simply put, the Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers in the series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…, and so on. The Fibonacci Sequence is closely aligned with another mystical number, ϕ, known as the Golden Number, or Divine Ratio.

Task: Craft something based on the Fibonacci Sequence. Please be sure to explain the connection.

Non-RAV crafts welcome.

Astronomy

This month, we want you to be inspired by not only our own Solar System, but all of the spectacular sights that can be viewed from your telescopes

Prompt: Craft in the colors of the Planets, Moons, Nebulae, Galaxies, and other Celestial Bodies visible in the night sky.

Non-Rav Crafts will be accepted in this class, no prior approval is needed

Please read the FAQ in post 1 for more information.

Charms

The Wand-Lighting Charm and the Wand-Extinguishing Charm

For homework, please craft something inspired by either the Lumos OR the Nox charm. Lumos may inspire you to craft in light, pale, or bright colors or to use lightweight materials. Nox may inspire you to craft with deep, dark colors or work with heavier weight materials. Whatever your choice, please be creative and be sure to tell us how your submission was inspired by Lumos or Nox.

Non-Ravelry crafts will be accepted if they fit the prompt; prior approval is not required. Please review the non-Rav craft guidelines before submitting your project.

Remember to tell us whether you practiced Lumos or Nox, and how your project reflects that practice

DADA

One of the most carefully guarded, and also well known facts about Professor Lupin is that he was a werewolf. Some found it distasteful that a dark creature could teach Defense Against the Dark Arts

We feel that his struggle to control that side of himself, as well as his actions towards Harry and on behalf of the Order of Phoenix is precisely why he is worth our dedicated study this term

For your assignment this month, craft something inspired by werewolves or the moon.

If you aren’t making a physical representation of a werewolf or the moon, please describe in your post how you were inspired. We are not studying Legilimency this term.

Non-Ravelry crafts will be accepted this month if they fit the prompt; prior approval is not required

History of Magic

This month our class will be studying Molly Weasley.

Such an interesting witch. Perhaps these bright students recall when restoration and order had to be established at Number Twelve Grimmauld Place (the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix). It was a fast paced event with many moving events, situations, and challenges. There was great difficulty and strife during that time for the members. Molly Weasley was just the witch to calm that storm She is the matriarch of the Weasleys, in addition, she played a formidable role in the Order of Phoenix, She ran Number Twelve Grimmauld Place with efficiency, certainty and compassion. She adeptly organized the cleaning of the house. She also made certain that all those who entered were well taken care of during their stay. She was forever cooking, especially when she was fretting or angry. She is an extraordinary multitasker, which made her the logical choice to organize and manage Grimmauld Place. For instance, she can read a cookbook while actually cooking. She has been known to sweep and dust simultaneously. Creating clothing is another activity that she enjoys. Often, she sews garments for her children to wear at events. Her garments tend to be made out of several colors, which rarely match. She is able to make several items at once. She also uses multiple techniques to create a piece of clothing. For example, she once made a quilted jacket with a crocheted edging. Molly Weasely is a witch of multiple talents and willing to attempt new adventures while thinking outside of the box.

Your homework this month is to demonstrate your understanding of Molly’s ability to multitask and embrace the more eclectic things in life

Create an item that Molly Weasley would create with either two or more colors OR two or more techniques. The two colors or techniques should be included in ONE ITEM. You’re welcome to turn in more than one item, but at least one of them must include two colors or techniques. Please tell us the techniques you used when turning in your homework (if you chose this option). Techniques can be different crafts or different stitch patterns (just to name a few).

Please read the FAQ in post 1 for more information.

Non-Ravelry Crafts WILL be accepted for this class

Magical Law

Magical Law can be as basic as understanding the Law of Knowledge. This month we will be studying aspects of the Law of Association; and is broken into 2 parts, Law of Similarity and Law of Contact.

The Law of Similarity : Like things produce like things.

The Law of Contact or Contagion: things which have once been in contact with each other- continue to act on each other at a distance even after physical contact has been severed.

Both of these laws affect our lives. Examples of the laws: Harry Potter was placed in his Aunt’s home for protection. As they were “blood” family the law of Similarity was also in action. And the Law of Contact: Often used the most in Alchemy, and Potions; A single drop of the River Lethe represents the entire River.

For this Month will be focusing on the Law of Associations. For your homework please select one of the following:

Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers – craft something that shows the law of contact i.e. 2 colors, or one color and beads representing contact. Please use separate colors not variegated yarn.

Spinners – Spin something showing the Laws of Similarity AND the Law of Contact by using fiber that contains at least 2 different fibers types or 2 different colors.

Dyers – Law of contact please showing at least 2 colors. Also please remember per HPKCHC rules we need a complete description of your dyeing process or the process in photos.

Non Ravelry crafts will be accepted – please show the law of contact in your craft. At least a 2 color project.

Muggle Studies

This month we’ll be studying muggle inventions around cleaning. As you can see we’ve let the dust gather a bit. Let’s start with Arthur’s favorite shall we? This is not your ordinary mop! This particular mop inspired Arthur and Molly Weasley to develop one of their most famous cleaning spells, Spritzer!. It converts any dry mop to a wet mop. However, it does have side affects, anything you clean using it will briefly turn purple. This is another example of Muggle ingenuity that has pushed our magical community forward and we have the Weasleys to thank for it! Arthur was also known to dance with the mop on occasion.

For your homework this month, you’ll help us clean up this room using this muggle tool and the Spritzer spell.  

Craft something to assist with spring cleaning.

Non-Ravelry crafts will be accepted WITHOUT prior approval

Potions

This month we will be focusing on the Weasley Twins’ Bruise Removal Paste and its magical properties

Your homework this month will be to craft something in less than one hour or craft using the colors yellow (for the color of the paste), purple, or black (for the color of Hermione’s brilliantly purple black eye). If you craft using the color options, please use more than 50% of your chosen color(s). You may use one or more of the three colors to satisfy the requirements of the prompt.

Non-Ravelry crafts will be accepted if they fit the prompt; prior approval is not required.

Regular Podcast
Mojo:
Jessica –

Allena- Vest -BLOCKED!! https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/suavest-dragon
Muh Muhs shawl https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/muh-muhs
Soap saver https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/soap-saver

WIP’s:

Allena Dishcloths
The socks that never end
Jessica-

You Spin me Right Round:

Allena Plyed entrapment started at PGH just needs a bath
FINISHED Spinning some Jacob and Merino Wool from Roving acres
Finished Processing some suffolk cross with my new drum carder!!! Played with some old fiber

Jessica-
EEW Mini-
FINISHED
Carded up some fiber form a lady named Helen- in the process of spinning it for her. https://www.ravelry.com/people/naturallyknitty/handspun/spinning-for-helen

SIP~
Mini turtlemade- NK rolags, clockwork angel- onto the second 2oz set of rolags
Standard turtlemade ~
Schacht matchless- fiber for helen
Sidekick-

Sewing:

Allena – Sewing bags
Friendship is Magic Mystery club https://www.etsy.com/listing/618116309/friendship-is-magic-mystery-box-1-month3
Boxes include a skein of yarn from GypsyStardust Yarn and Fiber , a project bag from StarKnits, a set of stitch markers from One Sly Fox and a small item that fits the monthly theme.*** Color-ways, fabric prints and stitch markers are exclusive to the club and won’t be available till after the club completes.
Jessica-

Gym:

Cardio Challenge Starts June 18th
https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-weasley-sisters-podcast/3788266/1-25#1
Allena-
Jessica-
Binge-ing

Allena-
Friend me on Good Reads
Reading: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99383.Blood_Rites
On hold :
Finished: American Gods https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30165203-american-gods

Watching- Finished
Watching: Flash, parks and rec, Into the badlands, Fear the walking dead, Grimm,

Jessica-
Reading: women of the otherworld. Bitten, on Stolen now.
Finished – Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce

Watching:

Random Randomness!
Allena
StarKnits

I think i’m going to do stash dash with The Knit Girllls
New loom and weaving book
Slytherin Mini Swap
Phat Fiber May
Prize Patrol – https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-snake-pit/3775976/326-350#326

JESSICA :
Naturally Knitty
Mini Deck
Dining room!

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Heat is for the Birds Episode 224

 

Mojo:
Jessica – Truban’s sweater! https://www.ravelry.com/projects/naturallyknitty/chip
Water bottle slings -4 of them. https://www.ravelry.com/projects/naturallyknitty/water-bottle-sling-2
Woven dish towels https://www.ravelry.com/projects/naturallyknitty/2nd-attempt-at-kitchen-towels

Allena- Vest -needs blocking https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/suavest-dragon
Slytherhugs

WIP’s:

Allena
Muh Muhs shawl https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/muh-muhs
Lets tak about the HMC finish it between May 10th and July 24th
Jessica-

You Spin me Right Round:

Allena Spinning some Jacob and Merino Wool from Roving acres
Processing some suffolk cross with my new drum carder!!! LOVE IT
finished

Jessica-
EEW Mini- kickstarter
FINISHED
NK sw merino- 8oz. https://www.ravelry.com/people/naturallyknitty/handspun/naturallyknitty-superfine-merino—etsy-shop-reject

Carded up some fiber form a lady named Helen- in the process of spinning it for her. https://www.ravelry.com/people/naturallyknitty/handspun/spinning-for-helen

SIP~
Mini turtlemade- NK rolags, clockwork angel
Standard turtlemade ~
Schacht matchless-
Sidekick-

Sewing:

Allena – Unicorns – magical law
Baby bibs Charms
Sewing bags for blue ridge fiber festival https://www.blueridgefiberfest.com/
Jessica-

Gym:

Cardio Challenge
Allena- LOL
Jessica-
Binge-ing

Allena-
Friend me on Good Reads
Reading: American Gods https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30165203-american-gods
On hold :
Finished: The Others

Watching- Finished Humans season 2
Watching: psych, parks and rec, Into the badlands, Fear the walking dead, Grimm, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures

Jessica-
Reading: Beka Cooper series
Finished -Song of the Lioness, Immortals, Daughter of lioness, Protector of the small- Tamora Pierce

Watching:

Random Randomness!
Allena
StarKnits

School Festival
End of School
Madi in AZ for a month
Totally forgot to propose mission
Mystery Club with Gypsy Stardust Yarns and One Sly Fox only 25 available $50 per box pre orders starting June 1
Prize Patrol – https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-snake-pit/3775976/326-350#326

JESSICA :
Naturally Knitty
Chicken Coop
Bistro Set
Mini Deck
Planted Garden

We’re Back… Sorry We Took so Long! Episode 223

 

Planning Podcast:

New announcement https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/hp-knitting-crochet-house-cup/3727989/1-25#21

Newts:  

Spring, 2018 N.E.W.T. Timeline:

May 1-31: 50% benchmark for 75 pts

June 1-30: 75% benchmark for 125 pts

July 1-31: 100% final benchmark for 250 pts

All requests for significant changes must be submitted by May 31, 2018.

Owls:

May 1st – 22nd: OWL proposals may be submitted. OWLs may only be started after they are approved by the relevant examiner.

June 1st – 30th: Midterm 50% submissions are accepted.

July 1st – 31st: Final OWL submissions are accepted.

OOtP:  

Spring 2018 Schedule

May 10 (noon POT) – May 20 (midnight POT) BROOM window is open

May 27 Missions launch!

July 1-22 Missions return

Quidditch:

Match 1

May 3 – May 6

The 32 teams competing in the World Cup have assembled for the first round matches. The smells wafting from the various team quarters are enticing, as the teams cook their special dishes. Referee ilex takes a peek into the British quarters to see an elegant tea service laid out, small cakes enticingly arrayed on platters. She starts to call Referee freemiki over, but Freemiki is following the scent of some exotic spice, seeking out the team that will be enjoying that fragrant dish. Referee Chinareader rushes up, holding a bag full of Nanaimo bars, exclaiming, “Look what the Canadian witches brought! I haven’t had these for years!” Head Referee Kadollan sighs, looks longingly at the special treat, sniffs the air for a moment, and says, “I don’t know. This is all so wonderful, but if I’m going to be at peak performance for the match tomorrow, I need to have comfort food, like my grandmother made.”

What is the comfort food that will help your team win?

For this Match: Prepare a food item your team’s country is known for — a main course, a snack, a dessert, or a drink.

You may earn 5 base points for this match. Earn a bonus point by including in addition to the picture of the finished food item, either 1) a picture of the ingredients you used to make your food item or 2) a link or reference to the recipe you used (or a typical recipe for that item). (HPKCHC yardage points are NOT in play.)

Be sure to specify the country you are cheering on by making this food.

 

Arithmancy

Task: Study one of the recurring numeric or mathematical forms, phenomena, or patterns found in nature, and create something inspired by that form.

Please remember to identify the numeric/mathematical concept that inspired your work. Added bonus for including a picture of your natural inspiration.

Non-RAV crafts welcome.

Astronomy

The ceiling is open to reveal the night sky filled with shimmering stars.I know many of you are familiar with constellations, but it in no way diminishes their grandour or majestic beauty.The constellations you can view on any given night are dependent on both the season and your location. Many prominent wizarding families name their children after constellations. One example of this is the Black family, and by extension, the Malfoy family. You may recognize some constellations amongst their names, such as Andromeda, Draco, and Scorpius. for your homework, we want you to capture the glittering nature of the constellations.

Prompt: Craft using beads, stellina, or glitter.

Please see the FAQ in Post 1 for clarification.

Non-Rav Crafts will be accepted in this class, no prior approval is needed.

Charms

Welcome class. We are studying an interesting but useful charm this month – the Muggle-Repelling Charm. As you may have guessed, this charm is very effective for keeping Muggles away. The incantation for this charm is Repello Muggletum and should be fairly easy for you to remember, because it says its name. You may recall it was used with great success during the Battle of Hogwarts. No Muggles were harmed because they were nowhere near the area, having been repelled by a simple charm.

** For your homework, please craft something that would repel a Muggle.** And make sure you tell us why or how a Muggle would be repelled by your submission.

If you choose to include them, please put any photos of real creepy-crawlies (bugs, vermin, etc.) behind a spoiler tag – instructions on how to do this are included in the FAQ.

Non-Ravelry crafts will be accepted if they fit the prompt; prior approval is not required.

DADA

This term we are focusing on Professor Remus Lupin who was a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor here at Hogwarts many years ago. Spells and Dark Creatures are both important in studying Defense Against the Dark Arts. This Dark Creature is called a Red Cap. Red Caps are found where blood had been shed, such as in the dungeons of castles, the potholes of old battlefields, or simply in holes underground.

For your homework this month craft something that is red OR has holes in it.

History of Magic

This month, we are studying the famous Auror Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody. Mad-Eye is considered, by many, to be the most famous Auror of all-time. Even though he was no longer an Auror, having retired earlier, he joined the Order of the Phoenix again during the Second Wizarding War. His mantra became ‘Constant Vigilance’ as he knew he must always be watching for evil doings if he hoped to prevent them. His constant vigilance lead him to be somewhat paranoid. It could be said that his paranoia is, at least in part, responsible for his famous abilities.

Craft something that requires constant vigilance to honor Alastor Moody’s mantra. Please explain how you were constantly vigilant when turning in your homework.

This will be something that requires your constant attention to complete. It will vary individually.

Needle-based non-Ravelry crafts WILL be accepted without prior approval.

Magical Law

For our first study we will take a look at Magical Law as it pertains to personal possessions. As we learned in the published canons of Hogwarts history, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore had an interesting Last Will and Testament leaving objects of historical and personal value to 3 of his students.

Our question to you this month is: What would you leave (and to whom) in your will?

For your homework this month:

Please craft the item or a representation of the item or items for this class. If you are proving a representation please be sure to tell us HOW it represent the original item.

Creativity will be rewarded – have fun with this assignment!

NR crafts will be accepted without prior approval provided they meet the prompt guidelines.

Muggle Studies

Occasionally we assist muggle construction workers with particularly difficult projects. I remember the first time I saw the workers using these delightful gadgets. The thermos is much like a flask, but is built with insulating layers, keeping the beverage inside warm, or cool, for many hours.

For your homework this month, craft something to help keep you or an object warm OR craft something brown to represent tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. Rav-crafts ONLY

Potions

Welcome students. This term in Potions class we will be studying Potions for Healing. We know that here at Hogwarts students have multiple opportunities to injure themselves, their collaborators, and innocent bystanders. So we plan to arm you with antidotes. This month we will be studying the Wiggenweld Potion, which can awaken a person from a magically-induced sleep, such as the Draught of Living Death. It is a complicated potion to brew, with many steps and many ingredients that must be added in just the right amount at just the right time.

Now for your homework we ask you to practice the multiple steps and composition of the Wiggenweld potion by crafting something whose fabric is multifaceted, where ‘multi’ means 3 or more. Knitters, crocheters, and weavers should think about multiple stitch and/or multiple color patterns. Dyers should use multiple steps in their dyeing process, which may also include multiple colors. Spinners should make a multi-ply yarn.

Regular Podcast

Mojo:  

Jessica

Allena-  bunny nuggets  https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/bunny-nuggets

 

WIP’s:

Allena  

Sauvest Dragon  https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/suavest-dragon

Slytherhugs

Socks for andy

Jessica-

Truban’s sweater

Weaving dish towels

You Spin me Right Round:

Allena     entrapment fractal spin

Plying yarn from recycled sweater

finished    

Jessica-    

EEW Mini- kickstarter

FINISHED

Sock yarn- heel and toe .

SIP~

Mini turtlemade- NK rolags,  clockwork angel

Standard turtlemade ~  

Schacht matchless-

Sidekick-

Sewing:

Allena  – PGH and Allentown, Powhattan

Jessica-  

Gym:

Cardio Challenge   

Allena-  LOL

Jessica-  

Binge-ing

Allena-

Friend me on  Good Reads

Switched my reading challenge to 100

Reading:   The Others

On hold :  

Finished: Mercy Verse

Watching-  Finished Into the Badlands, Series of Unfortunate Events

Watching: psych, star trek voyager , parks and rec, Jessica Jones 2, Fear the walking dead, lost in space, tomorrow people,

Jessica-

Reading:

Finished -Mercyverse

Finished – Keeper of the Lost Cities (1-4) Chloe is starting to read them.

Finished – Devil’s Isle trilogy (audio booked the first two- read the last)

Finished – Curse Workers Series- Holly Black

Now what?!

Watching:

Random Randomness!

Allena    

StarKnits

PGH, Allentown, Powhattan

Lots of stash enhancement

JESSICA :

Naturally Knitty

Crafters Retreat- made a bunch of rolags!

Extending the chicken run

End of the Term Episdode 222

Mojo:

Jessica
Allena- bunny nuggets https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/bunny-nuggets

WIP’s:

Allena
Sauvest Dragon https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/suavest-dragon
Bunny Nuggests https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/bunny-nuggets

Jessica-
Leah’s sweater

You Spin me Right Round:

Allena
finished Blue and Green BFL
Fiber enhancement

Jessica-
FINISHED

SIP~
Mini turtlemade- NK rolags, clockwork angel
Standard turtlemade ~
Schacht matchless- NK merino- kinda felted ;(
Sidekick-

Sewing:

Allena – PGH and Allentown
Jessica-

Gym:

Cardio Challenge
Allena- LOL
Jessica-

Binge-ing

Allena-
Friend me on Good Reads
Switched my reading challenge to 100
Reading: Through Mercyverse in order… On Iron Kissed
On hold :
Finished:
Meddlign Kids https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32905343-meddling-kids
The Quiche of Death https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/139176.The_Quiche_of_Death
Lake Silence https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35463752-lake-silence
Acceptance https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18077752-acceptance
Burn Bright https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35294265-burn-bright
Watching- Finished rewatch Jessica Jones 1 and Defenders
Watching: psych, star trek voyager , parks and rec, Jessica Jones 2

Jessica-
Reading:
Started The Dresden Files- on the 3rd book. Grave Peril

Watching:
Orphan Black
Stranger Things

Random Randomness!

Allena
StarKnits

Homespun, IKS
Easter

JESSICA :
Naturally Knitty
I just been out of it this month.

Planning Planners Episode 221

Planning Podcast:

Newts:
Winter, 2018 N.E.W.T. Timeline:
March 1-31: 100% final benchmark for 250 pts
All requests for significant changes must be submitted by January 31, 2018.

Owls:
March 1st – 31st: Final OWL submissions are accepted.

OOtP:
Proof of Completed Training Sunday, March 4th – (midnight (POT) Sunday, March 18th.

Quidditch:

Deputy Headmistress Challenge:
19 February-16 March: Crafting Our Commitment to Physical Health
More info to follow
Points: The non-crafting challenges are worth 5 points each, with no bonus. The crafting challenges will be worth 15 base points, plus bonus points given by the DHM as she sees fit. There will be no yardage bonus.

Ancient Runes
This month, for your homework, you are going to be creating your own personal rune
Prompt: Create your own pattern, design, or materials.
Please see the FAQ in Post 1 for clarification.
Non-Rav Crafts will be accepted in this class if they fit the prompt, prior approval is not required. Please review the non-Rav craft guidelines before submitting your project.
FAQ
Q: What do you mean by make your own materials?
A: Spinning and Dyeing of all varieties; making a spinning wheel, carving a wooden tool, making stitch markers, etc.
Q: What constitutes our own pattern?
A: Anything you came up with yourself, published or not. We are looking for personal patterns, not modifications.
Q: What constitutes our own design?
A: Adding your own colorwork to an existing pattern, making a collage, painting an original scene, etc.
Q: Does the pattern have to have been designed his month?
A: Yes, the design aspect is part of the prompt.
Q: Do I need to turn in the pattern, as well?
A:No, as long as you say you designed the project yourself this month, that’s fine.

Art History
The Fountain of Magical Brethren
There are two distinct parts to the fountain; the golden statues and, of course, the fountains themselves. The golden figures were of a wizard, witch, centaur, goblin and house elf. Any coins tossed into the fountain were collected and donated to St. Mungo’s Hospital
Craft something inspired by gold OR by water

CoMC
Fluffy Just like the three headed dog Cerberus that guards the underworld in Greek mythology, Fluffy cannot resist the sound of music!
This month, we want you to be inspired by music and present us with the result of your inspiration. We just need to know why it was inspired by music. Were you listening to it while crafting or can your item be used for musical purposes or make you think of music ? Don’t forget to add your explanation! We’d love to know which song inspired you.

Divination
Lithomancy is the art of using gemstones that each person feels an affinity for to forecast the future.
Lithomancy most commonly uses 13 gemstones to make a reading, with various ones assigned to represent the planets, the elements, and the spirit. Again, these categories are assigned by the person to the gemstone. Everyone loves shiny and bright but each person will have their own favorite size, shape, and color or colors of gemstones that they feel most strongly about.
Task: Craft an item or items in the color and/or shape of your favorite gemstone. Remember, should you choose to craft multiple items, whether they be square, hexagonal or another shape entirely, all will need to be similar in both size and shape.
Non-Rav crafts will be allowed without prior approval.
Flying
broom improvements
This month, we want you to choose one broom improvement to study and make a project relating to it Would you rather… Be comfortable? Or be able to stop quickly?
For your homework this month, we would like you to craft one of the following:

something to cushion your broom – an item that is squishy and/or soft that will keep your bottom happy. Spinners and dyers, please create a worsted or heavier yarn.
OR

something speedy that will stop quickly – a project that is no more than 100yds and/or less than 6” in size. (All dimensions. Items in the round must be no more than 6” wide when lying flat.) Spinners and dyers can produce mini skeins.
Non-Rav crafts are being accepted without prior approval as long as they fit the prompt requirements.

Herbology
This month we will be focusing on things in the botanical world which are thought to be associated with good luck or protection.For your assignment this month, craft something inspired by a plant that can protect you from bad luck OR craft a representation of a botanical that is designed to stave off bad luck.
Spinners: Craft something using wooden equipment.

Muggle Studies
muggle uniforms
Craft a garment that may be used to protect.
This may be a physical barrier or a brightly colored item to increase the wearer’s visibility. Some examples include: hats, mittens, cowls, socks, vests, sweaters, ear muffs, etc. Please note, fingerless gloves/mitts will NOT be accepted as they do not provide protection for the entire hand UNLESS they are made in a BRIGHT COLOR.
Spinners; Spin a utility belt! These need to be sturdy, so thick yarns are a must! (Bulky+).

Transfiguration
Conjuring
TASK: Conjure a rabbit!
Knitters, Crocheters, and non-RAV crafters: Your project should include a 2-D or 3-D image of a rabbit.
Spinners, Weavers, Dyers: Your Project may include angora rabbit fiber (real or faux), or the natural colors of a rabbit.
Please sure to explain your process, and your outcome.
Non-Rav crafts accepted without prior approval.

Regular Podcast

WIP’s:

Allena
Order mission vest
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/the-professor-vest
Sauvest Dragon https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/suavest-dragon

Jessica-
Leah’s sweater

You Spin me Right Round:

Allena
finished the handpulled roving Jessica sent me
Started BFL from OC

Jessica-
FINISHED

SIP~
Mini turtlemade- NK rolags, clockwork angel
Standard turtlemade ~
Schacht matchless- NK merino- kinda felted ;(
Sidekick-

Sewing:

Allena – Homespun, IKS then PGH and Allentown
Jessica-

Gym:

Cardio Challenge
Allena- LOL
Jessica-

Binge-ing

Allena-
Friend me on Good Reads
Reading: On hold :
Finished: Authority https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18077769-authority

Watching- Finished
Watching: psych, star trek voyager , parks and rec, cedar cove, some gossip girl

Jessica-
Reading:
Started The Dresden Files- on the 3rd book. Grave Peril

Watching:
Orphan Black
Stranger Things

Random Randomness!

Allena
StarKnits
New car… blerg/awesome
Madi home for spring break
Anniversary-weekend
Fiber club
Yarn club
Planner

JESSICA :
Naturally Knitty
I’ve just been out of it this month.

February Blues Episode 220



WIP’s:

Allena
Order mission vest
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/the-professor-vest
Sauvest Dragon https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/suavest-dragon

Jessica-
Leah’s sweater

You Spin me Right Round:

Allena
finished
Started the handpulled roving Jessica sent me
Stash enhancement
Jessica-
FINISHED

SIP~
Mini turtlemade- NK rolags, clockwork angel
Standard turtlemade ~
Schacht matchless- NK merino- kinda felted ;(
Sidekick-

Sewing:

Allena – sewing for shows, cutting a collab with keri from Youghany Yarns
Jessica-

Gym:

Cardio Challenge
Allena-
Jessica-
Binge-ing

Allena-
Friend me on Good Reads
Reading: Authority https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18077769-authority
On hold :
Finished: Annihilation https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17934530-annihilation
C is for Corpse https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89656.C_is_for_Corpse
Speaking in Bones #18 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24338293-speaking-in-bones

Watching- Finished
Watching: psych flash, star trek voyager

Jessica-
Reading:
Started The Dresden Files- on the 3rd book. Grave Peril

Watching:
Orphan Black
Stranger Things

Random Randomness!
Allena
StarKnits

Ocean City MD
New fabric (bunnies)
Simba 😦

JESSICA :
I just been out of it this month.

Naturally Knitty

Sweater Weather Episode 219

Planning Podcast:

Newts:
Winter, 2018 N.E.W.T. Timeline:
December 22: Last day to propose a NEWT (Proposals that are not approved by December 31 will not be approved)
February 1-28: 75% benchmark for 125 pts
March 1-31: 100% final benchmark for 250 pts
All requests for significant changes must be submitted by January 31, 2018.

Owls:
February 1st – 28th: Midterm 50% submissions are accepted.
March 1st – 31st: Final OWL submissions are accepted.

OOtP:

ACTION! Sunday, Jan. 21st
Proof of Completed Training Sunday, March 4th – (midnight (POT) Sunday, March 18th.

Quidditch: Match 3, January 30 – February 8

For this Match:
1.’Bulk Up’ by crafting with, or spinning, chunkybulky weight yarn or thicker. OR
2.’Slim Down’ by crafting with, or spinning, fingering weight yarn or thinner.
You can earn 22 base points as well as bonus points for awesomeness. Yardage bonus points are NOT in play.

Deputy Headmistress Challenge:
Each challenge will end at NOON, POT on the designated day.
Challenges begin at midnight POT.
11 January-8 February: Crafting Our Commitment to Lifelong Learning.
More info to follow
12-15 February: Improving Our Bodies
More info to follow
19 February-16 March: Crafting Our Commitment to Physical Health
More info to follow
Points: The non-crafting challenges are worth 5 points each, with no bonus. The crafting challenges will be worth 15 base points, plus bonus points given by the DHM as she sees fit. There will be no yardage bonus.

Ancient Runes
The name ‘rune’ itself, taken to mean ‘secret, something hidden,’ seems to indicate that knowledge of the runes was originally considered esoteric, or restricted to an elite. The Muggles didn’t name the Magic community, of course; how could they? When the Latin alphabet became standard, runes were used less and less. Consequently, knowledge about runes got lost in the following generations. But nevertheless, people continued to be fascinated by runes, and used their imagination to interpret them or to make up new ones.
For Homework this month we want you to use your imagination to work with runes from your own realm of fantasy.
Prompt: Use your imagination to modify a pattern, overdye, or spin a complex yarn.
Non-Rav Crafts will be accepted in this class, if they are needle based.

Art History
For homework this month –
Buck the system and craft something without using a pattern (or heavily editing a pattern) OR Craft using at least two of the colors in the Impressionism paintings we featured in class
Non-Ravelry crafts WILL be accepted without prior approval.

CoMC
A fox that lives a thousand years turns into a Kumiho. Kumiho are known to have 9 tails. They can shape-shift into other forms, but even in a shifted form there is still something persistently fox-like about it, either in form or in nature
we are going to focus on how Kumiho are made. Given the average attention span of an 11-17 year old, 1,000 years might be too long an observation period, so we are asking you to
Invest at least 5 hours (which feels like a thousand years to a teenage Hogwarts student) crafting your homework this month.
Or craft using a specific craft/crafting technique, Kumihimo. Non-Ravelry crafts will be accepted too.

Divination
This month, we are studying Pyromancy, which is divination by means of fire, smoke, and ash.
For your prompt this month, Take inspiration from the flames, smoke, or ash. You may craft in the colors of fire, smoke, or ash, or show us the patterns you saw in the flames, the smoke wisps, or the ash piles.
Non-Rav crafts will be allowed without prior approval.

Flying
This month we are going to study a hapless Greek wizard who flew too high. His name was Icarus. Icarus built a pair of wings with sealed with wax but flew too close to the sun with regrettable results.
For your homework, we would like you to stretch your wings a bit by challenging yourself with a daring or difficult (to you) technique or craft (be sure to tell us how you are stretching your wings) or to craft in solar colors (red, orange, or yellow).
Non-Rav crafts are being accepted without prior approval as long as they fit the prompt requirements.

Herbology
For this month’s homework, craft something that represents the phrase “go bananas” by crafting something that is a little crazy:
-crafting in yellow (must be at least 50% yellow). No rotten bananas here, that’s a different lesson!
-craft something crazy big (must be at least 100 yards)
-craft something crazy hard by crafting a new to you technique or a technique that you find difficult
-spinners can spin chunky weight or thicker
Non-Ravelry crafts will be accepted if they fit the prompt

Muggle Studies
For this month’s prompt, craft something that represents or is inspired by Muggle home improvement or is more than 50% green or brown (to represent lawn care or woodworking). To reduce confusion, non-Rav crafts will not be accepted this month.

Transfiguration

Vanishing is the act of making something cease to exist. Vanishing can be used on both animate and inanimate objects. The more complex the object, the harder it is to vanish it.
Task: For this month, practice the Vanishing Spell in your crafting:
Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers: craft a project that vanishes at least 100 yards of yarn.
Spinners : Vanish enough fiber to spin at least 100 yards of finished yarn.
Dyers: Dye at least 100 yards of yarn.

Regular Podcast

Mojo:
Jessica
Kitchen towels
drapes

Allena-
Rainbow Cowl https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/gap-tastic-cowl

WIP’s:

Allena
Order mission vest
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/the-professor-vest
Sauvest Dragon https://www.ravelry.com/projects/StarKnits/suavest-dragon

Jessica-
Leah’s sweater

You Spin me Right Round:

Allena
finished Rainbow spin https://www.ravelry.com/people/StarKnits/handspun/rainbow-spin
Started the handpulled roving Jessica sent me
Jessica-
FINISHED

SIP~
Mini turtlemade- NK rolags, clockwork angel
Standard turtlemade ~
Schacht matchless-
Sidekick-

Sewing:

Allena – rope bowls and bags for the show
Jessica-

Gym:

Cardio Challenge
Allena- last week I just danced with Bella 1 time
Jessica- dancing! Just dance
Binge-ing

Allena-
Friend me on Good Reads
Reading: Speaking in Bones #18 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24338293-speaking-in-bones
On hold :
Finished:
Bones on Ice #17.5
Bones Never Lie #17 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19322169-bones-never-lie
Swamp Bones #16.5 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22840650-swamp-bones
Bones of the Lost Temperance Brennenan #16 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16130559-bones-of-the-lost

Watching- Finished Stranger Things, grace and frankie
Watching: psych, missing, flash, star trek voyager

Jessica-
Reading:
Started The Dresden Files- on the 3rd book. Grave Peril

Watching:
Downton Abbey- finished
Orphan Black
Stranger Things

Random Randomness!
Allena
StarKnits

Show in Ocean City MD this weekend.
Car is dead
Flu

JESSICA :
Trying my hand a bullet journaling!

Naturally Knitty