Saturday, 15 March 2008

Quiz Answers

Busy busy busy in my house - eldest son's 10th birthday yesterday and today his friends arrive for a sleepover. I'll be lucky to sit down at all never mind look for the Snitch but here are my answers to the quiz so at least I've done my bit for Ravenclaw!

1. When Rita Skeeter prints a bad articles about Hagrid in the Daily Prophet, which Professor teaches Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class while he is away?
c. Professor Grubbly-Plank

2. What was the article Rita Skeeter wrote about Hagrid called?
c. Dumbledore's Giant Mistake

3. When the school champions were being chosen from the Goblet of Fire, whose name came out first?
c. Cedric Diggory

4. What is the spell Ludo Bagman says to magically magnify his voice when he commentates?a. Sonorus

5. What kind of dragon did Cedric have to face in the first task?
b. A Swedish Short-Snout

6. Who raised the trophy after winning the world cup?
b. Troy and Quigley

7. How many bedrooms did Mundungus Fletcher claim to have?
d. 12

8. For what did Moody mistake his birthday gift of a carriage clock?
b. A basilisk egg

9. What did Mr. Ollivander produce for the end of Cedric's wand?
a. A bunch of flowers

10. The dark mark is on Snape's left arm.
a. Yes

Picture Scavenger Hunt
Amos Diggory
a Basilisk
Mundungus Fletcher (like this picture the best!!)

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Can't Owls Carry A Lot?

My HSKS 4 Swap Package arrived yesterday, I took photos and everything but we had a power cut in the afternoon and after that my computer just refused to recognise the camera was waiting to download. After several re-boots this morning, it is now OK and I can present to you my fantastic parcel from Millicent Brocklehurst!

Here it is in the box......

And here is what was inside the box - that box was like the Tardis - it held an amazing amount!

Two Sock Bug Sock Patterns, A set of Harmony DPNs, Stitch Markers, Fleece Artist Merino Sock Yarn, Tazo Tea, Stitch Holder, Post It notes, Jelly Beans and Dark Chocolate. What a lucky girl I am. And just look at that fantastic bag - very strong and exactly the right size for a Sock Project. Millicent has been very clever indeed, she's a typical Ravenclaw.

Here's a close-up of the stitch markers, handmade and from Etsy - the first thing I have ever had from Etsy, aren't they lovely?
And here's a close up of the yarn - blue and bronze, perfect! My first ever Merino and first ever Fleece Artist yarn. I'm looking forward to trying it but it will have to wait - I am test knitting the updated pattern for Sydney Socks and have a Master Coriolis on two circulars to finish first!
Here's a close-up of my lovely new bag. I haven't seen this pattern before so I'm off to Ravelry to find out what it is.
Thanks again CentyB - 100 House Points to you.....

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Bettna, At last.....

Excuse the threads hanging down off the jacket and the lack of an 'on the body shot' - I was in a rush and didn't have time to wait for Husband to come home and then ask him....
I really enjoyed knitting something that looks nice, knitted up quickly and that I am able to wear. I would knit another Bettna but not another Kureyon anything as there aren't really any other colourways I like and I think I prefer the more tweedy stripes of Silk Mountain....
Washing the Noro was scary though. I had already picked out a hundred pieces of thorn, straw, twig and other vegetable matter as I was knitting but when I put it into the water I was shocked to see so much more coming out. There was quite a lot of dye and also some very fine black particles that looked like metal dust. It took 3 rinses to get the majority of it out and was very time consuming.
Drying the jacket also took forever as I can only let it air dry and it's still cold and damp here - not exactly sweater drying weather. (Any tips of drying methods for damp, cold climates gratefully accepted.)
Anyway, just the loose ends to sew in and then I can wear it and I'll finally start to feel a little warmer for a change.

HSKS4 Ravenclaw House Quiz

This one's tricky as I have to use my Creative Spells (not good at those, even on a good day). I've probably taken this way too seriously as I have really tried to make my spells sound genuine.....

Conjure up the correct spells for the following activities.

1. Do my homework for me. Pensum Scholasticum

2. Tidy up my bedroom. Cubiculum Elegansis

3. Make a delicious chocolate cake. Chocolato Delicioso (did you know there is no latin word for chocolate?)

4. Make my professor stay in bed today. Professorius Somnium

5. I would like breakfast in bed, please. Alimentum Dormitorius

6. Stick all my Quidditch opponents' feet to the floor. Adglutino Inimicus Pedimentis

7. Give everyone the giggles. Giggleum Ridiculum

8. Dye some yarn in my favorite color. Perfundo Versicoloris

9. Unravel the mess I've made with my yarn. Extrico Lanatus

10. Knit my Prefect the perfect bag! Texere Minerva Brea (bit of a cheat since there is no Latin word for Knit - Texere is Latin for Weave!!!)

J.K.Rowling eat your heart out!