I promised a craft update this week, and in between dance rehearsals, that has been keeping my mind and hands busy, which is a good thing. As otherwise, I'd be a puddle of worry by the end of the summer. ;-)
Summer is always Harry Potter time in my house, and we re-watch all of the movies and I continue on my quest to read the entire series. This summer, I'm reading Half Blood Prince. I'm going to be honest and admit that I could not finish Order of the Phoenix last year, and I feel super guilty about this. 😬 From what I hear from others, I am not alone in my feelings that, although the story was compelling, this particular book was just far too long. I kept reading, and reading, and reading, and my Kindle progress would move up a single percentage point. 😂 I think I got to about 70-75% when I finally gave up. It just wasn't holding my interest, and consequently, I wasn't picking it up enough and my progress got even SLOWER. Half Blood Prince is going WAY better, and I'm already quite absorbed in the story.
When we start re-watching the movies, I start wanting to create some Harry Potter crafts. And so here we have Hedwig:
|Pattern is Hedwig the Owl, by Erin Shirley, available for free!
Anne, who was clamoring to bring this Hedwig up to bed with her that night, was trying to make the case that Hedwig didn't need wings, but let's be real. Hedwig has to deliver the mail, she needs wings. ;-)
Since I had originally intended Hedwig for my desk at work, and Anne stole her, I decided to make another one. This one has different eyes, so Hedwig #2 has her own new look:
She's keeping me company at work and I just love her. *heart*
Over in my Hogwarts at Ravelry group (where I'm Gryffindor Head Girl *beams*) I'm participating in a Mystery Knit-along and Mystery Crochet-along hosted by Ravenclaw. Both items are dishcloths, and clues are being released one per week, alternating between the cloths. This has been a lot of fun! This is the in-progress MKAL cloth:
|Definitely looks like a bird :-0
The clue that we'll be receiving this weekend is for the MCAL, so that will be the one to grow this week. I love how the variegated colors are working up on that one! Yarn is Knit Picks' Dishie Multi in Cabin (colorway is unfortunately discontinued).
In non-Harry Potter Land, I'm working diligently on the back piece of Mike's long awaited cabled cardigan:
|Pattern is 0-850 Rambling Man, by Drops Design, and is available for free!
And finally, the long term work-in-progress I decided to pick up this summer in order to finish for fall, is this:
|Looks like an unexciting rectangle, I know
|Pattern is Oakwood Poncho, by Nikki Wagner, available via Knit Picks
I'm really happy with my summer crafting plans. I also have additional Christmas gift ideas, which will be implemented very soon.
Do you have late summer crafting or gardening plans? I'd love to hear them!