I Need to List More!

Seriously I do.

For those that don’t know, I have an Etsy shop seriously lacking in items. I want to list something everyday or at least every other day. Here’s what I have for today:

Caution! This is My Beverage Cozy

Caution! This is My Beverage Cozy

Let me know what you think! Please leave comments or questions! 🙂

Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup

I love the Harry Potter books, as I stated in my last post. Well, I was on Ravelry last night and saw that Quietish suggested that I join this group.

Wait…what’s Ravelry, you say? You don’t know what Ravelry is? Well, it’s a great place for all you knitters, crocheters, dyers, spinners and designers! We can share patterns, buy patterns, post blogs, share experiences, join groups, learn new techniques, marvel at others abilities and that’s just to start. You can also keep track of your yarn, hooks, needles, and craft books! I love it! I still have to add a lot of my supplies and books! I have to get them more organized first. XD

Anyhoo, that’s what Ravelry is in a nutshell. If you want to join Ravelry you have to request an invite, which is on their front page. It’s simple and easy, but you do have to wait a couple days. Please leave comments below if anyone thinks I left something out please, (which I most likely have) as I’m kind of still knew to it all.

So, I’m on Ravelry and I get an invite to this group. I think it’s looks really cool! There are rules and if you want to join the HPK&C House Cup, please read them so you know what to do!

Basically you get sorted into a house and you’re given assignments by the different professors. Obviously they’re knit or crochet assignments. Each person gets points for what they’ve made and at the end of term one of the houses wins. I believe the top winner of each house wins a prize. I could be mistaken though.

Doesn’t that sound like fun? I think it does, but I also love HP. 😛

I’m probably leaving out a bunch of other things they do, since I just joined last night. If you love HP and knitting or crochet (and are a member of Ravelry), why not join this group? Well, yeah, if you’re too busy, there’s always the next term. 😀

If you’re not a member of Ravelry (and love knitting and crocheting) why not request an invite? It’s really a lot of fun!

Leaky Lounge Enchanted Eggs Contest Craft_Along!!!

I love the Harry Potter books and am a member of the Leaky Lounge and a Transcription Elf for PotterCast.

Now that you know a little bit about my background involving HP (I’ll go into more detail in a future post) I’m going to tell you about a contest that is going on right now!

Yes, it started on April 1st. Sorry I’m so late letting you guys know about it. If you feel any better I haven’t started yet either. Actually since I’m a staff member I’m probably not eligible for the prize anyway, come to think of it, lol.

There are just two rules: 1.) The entry must be egg shaped. 2.) It must be Harry Potter themed.

That’s it! So if you love Harry Potter, like I do, come on and enjoy the fun! 😀

If you want more information click here. That’ll take you to the Enchanted Eggs Contest CAL thread.

If you need inspiration or an idea, please click here for resources.

My Wrists Don’t Like It When I Knit…

…or do they?

I just recently switched over to continental knitting. This is basically knitting with your left hand instead of throwing the yarn with the right. I ‘m so glad that I finally sat down and taught myself how to do it. The hardest part about it was purling for me, but after doing it over and over it was easy. Now, I’m almost up to speed, but I do need to practice more.

Right now I’m knitting a ribbed scarf so I can practice both knitting, purling and switching over from them both. It’s going well.

Purple Ribbed Scarf

I plan on knitting some more. I’m going to teach a few friends of mine how to knit either this month or next. We’re going to make a little party out of it. I’m definitely going to teach them continental knitting though, which will probably work best anyways since a few of them already know how to crochet. The whole flow of the yarn is still coming from the left, so I’m thinking it’ll be an easy transition for them.

I’ve always loved knitting, even though my wrists complained. But now they don’t have to. Yay! 🙂

Chicken Steak

I’m close to Philly and most of my life I’ve eaten steak sandwiches. I love them. I, for some reason, never liked them with cheese on them. What’s weirder is I love cheese. I’m just not fond of my steak sandwiches with cheese. That’s also why I don’t call them cheesesteaks. I prefer mine with fried onions. 🙂

A typical cheesesteak sandwich

A typical cheesesteak sandwich

Why am I talking about this now? It’s because I had chicken steak for dinner. No, not chicken fried steak. That’s a whole other yumminess. Oh, why not beef, you ask? I stopped eating beef a while back ago. I also stopped eating cheese too. I’m dairy free. That’s doesn’t matter anyway because I wouldn’t have put cheese on my chicken steak anyway. I’ll talk about being dairy free in another post at another time, though.

There’s really no point to this blog. I haven’t had chicken steak for a while and I was wondering why because I love it. It’s funny, when I was younger I thought every major city in the U.S. had steak sandwiches and people selling soft pretzels on the street. I love Philly food!

I prefer to make them myself or order from someone nearby. I know, I’m a bad Philly girl. Then again, I can’t really be called a Philly girl because I never lived in Philly. Just the suburbs of Philly.

I’ll probably talk about soft pretzels in another post as well. They deserve their own post. Yes, they’re that great.

So, what are some of your regional specific foods? Does your city have one? Let me know.

Cilantro Please Don’t Die

I bought a cilantro plant from the supermarket yesterday. It’s already drooping today. It’s probably going to die. 😦 I don’t know why I bought it, I have a black thumb. Every plant I’ve tried to take care of usually dies. I had second thoughts about buying it, but I did anyway.

Well, I did make some really yummy guacamole today though. I’m really hoping it’ll last so I don’t have to keep buying cilantro. If anyone has any plant tips for my poor plant leave a comment.

Amigurumi – Why I love it…

Well, I forget exactly how I first found out about amigurumi. I’m on the internet quite a lot, so I was probably searching for crochet techniques or something. One day I came across it. Amigurumi!

What is Amigurumi? It’s a Japanese form of crochet. You basically crochet in a spiral, rather than in rows. I learned to crochet in rows a long time ago, so amigurumi really intrigued me. I learned how from looking at this one website (which I can’t find at the moment) and from Crochet Me.

It’s funny, since last year amigurumi has become more and more popular. That’s one of the reasons why I can’t find that first website. It’s gotten buried in google search. The other reason being my computer is down at the moment and that’s where the link was saved. >_<

Anyhoo, why do I love amigurumi? Because you can make pretty much anything as long as you imagine it. It’s absolutely great! My first attempt at ami is this bunny here:

The Bunny

The Bunny

I just figured it out as I went along, undoing and redoing stitches until I liked what was created. This ended up being one of the first things I put on my Etsy shop as well, and also my first sold piece. It went to a baby. 🙂

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to improve my amigurumi. I’m trying to make things that people haven’t seen before. Right now, I’m working on a pattern for a werewolf and also a Blast-Ended Skrewt. If you don’t know what that is, then read Harry Potter. 😛 I also have other things in the works. If anyone has anything in mind they want to see as an amigurumi please feel free to let me know.

So, again, the reason why I love amigurumi is because your mind is what holds you back or what brings you forward. Whatever you think of in your head you can make into amigurumi. It may be difficult, but it’s so much fun to figure out!

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