Friday, May 1, 2009



Oh my gosh!!  Looks what just came in from the Owlery!!!  I am absolutely and positively a spoiled rotten witch!!!  There was so much in the box, I had to post pics in three blogs!

Here is a picture of the entire kit!!  Can you believe she fit it into one box??
Check out this yarn!!  The multi-colored yarn is colorway Severus Snape.  Not only is it gorgeous it is absolutely soft and scrumtios to the fingers!   Ursula also sent me 2 additional skeins, check out the next post to see the fingerless gloves I will knit with them!

Check out the loot!!

And there is still more!!!  I got the Transition Gloves pattern I have been oogling for the longest time.  She also sent me a hand repair kit (she must have seen a pic of my hands, the desert climate is not kind to the skin).

Here is Lavender Oil washing liquid (how fitting for me) and a plant that you grow in a ceramic egg!  I have never seen this before and cannot wait to try it out!
Here are the nummies and Harry Potter merchandise (cannot wait to hand out the Bert's Beans to unsuspecting prey!)
She also included goodies for Lizzie!!  Here she is inspecting the treats.  She, like Ursula's Dog, love them!!  I wonder where she got them??
Here is a close-up of the treats, and if you have a dogter or four legged son, I, I mean we, highly suggest them!  Also in this pic is tea that is supposed to calm and aid in sleeping.

2 Reversible Bags = 4 Bags

Saved the best for the last post!!!  How lucky am I??  Not only did Ursula find the most beautiful fabrics, but she made me two reversible bags.  So, actually I got 4 bags!!!!  They are absolutely beautiful with great craftsmanship.  Here are pics so you too can drool:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My kit has been dropped off in the Owlery!

I just got message that my partner just mailed off my kit!!  So excited, time for a happy dance!  I know I am a dork, but it is like waiting for Christmas morning!   I just know the kit will be amazing!  Off to move chair by door so I have a better view of the sky!!  Fly owl, fly!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Eggsperiment with Easter Dye

Here is what I did with my left over Easter egg dye.  It dye seemed to saturate the yarn fairly well!

They are done!

With Easter weekend, two RAoKs, one HSKS kit, and one thank you kit sent out, I finally had time to finish my pj bottoms.  Here they are!  Super long, with an extra fold of fabric in the hem in case they shrink!  I cannot wait to go to sleep tonight!!!

Here is a pic of the Best Fabric Ever!!  Yep, this is the pj fabric.  I did not have a lot of time this weekend, but I did manage to have time to adjust the pattern and get it cut.  Tomorrow will be crotch day, yes the day I will sew the crotch (get your minds out of the gutter) and hopefully the side seams and legs also!  I also have leftovers so I should be able to make a few bags and maybe a pillow or a little skirt for Lizzie!  Seriously, have you ever seen such wonderful fabric (I think they used my Lizzie as a model, what do you think?)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Round Three

1. This “Harry Potter” character’s first name comes from Roman mythology. The mythological character’s twin brother is named Romulus. What is the Harry Potter character last name?
b. Lupin

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greed Goddess Athena?
c. McGonagall

3. In ‘Harry Potter’ World, this wizard has created the Philosopher’s Stone (called the Sorcerer Stone in the US). The historical figure from the 14th and 15th centuries was a scribe and a manuscript-seller who became famous as an alchemist. Who is this individual?
Nicholas Flammel

4. What is the first name of a character whose last name is the name of a Bulgarian leader from early 9th century who doubled the country’s territory?
c. Viktor

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?
b. Patil

6. “Where the Wild Things Are” tells the story of Max, a young boy sent to bed without his supper for his wild antics. Who created this winner of the Caldecott Medal?
a. Maurice Sendak 

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?
d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?
c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).
d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?
b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blog, blog, blog!

Looks like it is time to blog again!  So blog, blog, blog, blog!!

Take that Crucio!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Great Pattern for sewing Sock Bags!

I found a great tutorial on sewing sock bags!  It is super simple and the bags turn out great!  I have been playing with different sizes and changes to where the drawstings come out.  I am planning on making these bags to hold the Harry Potter goodies for when the next movie comes out.  I found some great material, I will try to post a pic of it when I finish one.  Here is the basic shape of the bag, the picture is taking from the tutorial:

On a different note, I am a little scared to go to work today being it is the April Fools Day.  Hopefully, it will be a quiet day at Azkaban!  Wish me luck! 

EDIT:  I totally spaced puttng the link to the tutorial, so here it is:

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I just received THE MOST AMAZING RAoK ever!! Thank you Clara Clavenhoof! The box was so big and contained so many gifts, I seriously thought it was my swap package. I did not relize it was a RAoK until I found the note on the bottom of the package. Not only did I have wonderful things sent to me, but she also included gifts for my dogter!! So here is my loot:Clara is quite the stalker! She knew exactly what to get me. Look at the seeds she gave me (how did you know that tomatoes and white bunching onions are my FAVORITE veggies?) And no worries about zones, they will grow wonderfully down here!Here is the owl she made for me!! No you can not have him, he is all mine and will soon be joining the Owlery (after he gets a little rest).
Did I mention this was a HUGE RAoK??  It is so big that I had to split the goods into two seperate posts.  Keep reading and drooling below!

RAoKarific Part 2!

This is the gorgeous bag she made for me and my first ever row counter! Love the Slythern colors!Clara said she did not know what type of treat my dogter would like. Judging from the drool spot (see bottom of pic) and how fast she ate it, I think she did very well!
What toy did Lizzie bring her daddy when he got home from work today?? Oh yeah, her new favorite toy!
And everyone knows gummies are always nummy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Poor Shaun the Sheep

Above is a picture of Shaun the Sheep. As you can see, he does not have a sweater to keep him warm. So, my question to you, is how do you make a pattern for a stuffed animal?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Little Update

I just love Luna's glasses! I so wish I could find a Luna-like friend out here. You just know she would be a hoot to hang out with!

In case you have ever wondered if wood actually contracts and expands, I found out first hand it does!! I took a weaving class a few weeks ago. I brought my loom from Minnesota to Arizona, and it no longer fits!! The good news is that I found a second heddle kit that I can install and appears that it will work even better than the old set-up! For right now, I tied some wood blocks to the inside.

Well, I picked up the cutest fabric this week, so I am off to make a pair of pajama bottoms. I may use the extra to make a bag or two!! Cross your fingers for me!


1. On which day did the Order of the Phoenix come to get Harry?

c. Saturday

2. During all this chaos with voldemort and the Death Eaters, people still had lives to live and Ron's oldest brother, Bill decided to marry Fleur Delacour? Who were the uninvited guests at Bill and Fleur's wedding?

b. Death Eaters

3. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes hidden in different places. Six of them were hidden at the Gaunt shack, Hogwarts, a cave, inside Harry, inside his snake, Nagini and Tom Riddles Diary. Did Voldemort hide the last Horcrux inside the Malfoy's vault at Gringotts?

b. No

4. Why did the Dumbledore's move to Godric's Hollow?

c. The father went to Azkaban

5. Harry and Hermione read a part of "Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," written by Rita Skeeter. Then they met Dumbledore's brother Abeforth and he told them the same story, just with a few details changed. Which of the following did Aberforth and Rita Skeeter agree on about Dumbdore's past?

b. That Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald for a while.

6. When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, they visit the graveyard to see Harry's parent's graves. Harry walks by a tombstone that we later learn belong to tone of "The Three Broother'. The brother buried there once owned what?

b. The cloak

7. The Trio finds out that Luna had been kidnapped by the Death Eaters , and that they won't give her back until they got Harry Potter. Why did they kidnap Luna?

a. Her father sided with Harry and Dumbledore

8. After Voldemort killed Snape, he left the room and Harry came out from under the cloak. Snape gave Harry some of his memories all the way from when he was a child to just months before. Harry dived into the Pensieve and which of the following did he not see?

c. Snape and Lily having fun in a potions class

9. On the search of the Lost Diadem, Harry finally gets to takl to the Gray Lady. Who was the Gray Lady when she was alive?

c. Helena Ravenclaw.

10. Which of these is not one of Harry or Ron's children?

d. Victoria

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Snowflakes at Hogwarts

Well, I cannot confirm nor deny I had anything to do with the recent snowfall here at Hogwarts (and I am sure that Pukema will also not be able to confirm nor deny the rumors!).  However, or whoever, is responsible it sure was fun!  Some of us conjured up a few of the dining hall trays and candles.  Man do those trays make good sleds, especially with a little wax on the bottom!  Above is a picture of our favorite hill.  By the end of the day, we had the perfect trail set up and iced!  Man did we fly!  If there is another snow day, say perhaps next Thursday, you should come join us!  Be sure to bring a bribe (hot chocolate, fire whiskey, and/or cookies) and we will help you find our trail! 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Search for Siruis

Okay, so I had to leave abruptly after last term.  I told everyone it was for training, but that was just my cover.  I actually went out to find my missing husband.  The clues lead me to some REALLY scary places.  Being I had to travel into muggle country, I had to ride my broom at night.  The picture above is some of the terrain I flew in.  Oh no, someone is coming, I will write more later!  Sweet dreams!

Totally Copied House Quiz

1. Harry discovers in Regulus' room that he and Regulus have something uncommon and unexpected in common. What is this, and how did he figure it out?
They were both on a mission to destroy Voldemort's Horcuxes. Harry and Hermioen realized while in Regulus' room that Regulus Arturus Black may be the mysterious R.A.B. who signed his name in the false locket that Harry and Dumbledore recovered from the cave. The summon Kreacher who tells the tale of how Regulus had a change of heart regarding Voldemort and how Regulus made Kreacher take him back to the cave where Regulus drank the potion, stole the locket, and replaced it with the false one. He then ordered Kreacher to return home and destroy the locket.

2.On three ocassions former professors can be presumed to have "visited" the trio while they are in "exhile" - which professors and which ocassions would these be?
#1 Remis Lupin at #12 Grimmauld place
#2. Phineas Nigellus Black in the forest via the portrait Hermione placed in her bottomless pit bag
#3. Dolores Umbridge at the Ministry of Magic while the trio were undercover

3. How do Ron and Harry get into the Ministry?
They each drank polyjuice potion and took on the appearence of ministry employees. Hermione become Mafalda Hopkirk, Rom becomes Reg Cattermole, and Harry becomes Runcorn

4. Who is the blond-haired boy, and why is he important? The blonde-haired boy is actually Grindelwald, the last known master of the death stick

5. How is the exception that food cannot be conjured classified?It is one of the Principal Exceptions to Gamp's Law Of Elememntal transfiguration. Food may be multiplied once a real food object is actually in hand, but cannot be created from nothing.

6. Where does the trio first run into Dean Thomas? In the woods. Dean is on the run with Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell and the goblins Griphook and Gornuk

7. Bathilda Bagshot does not speak in front of Hermione because....
Bathilda is actually Nagini in a Bagshot skin and when she speaks its in parsel tongue. Harry would hear it as English but Hermione would hear the hissing

8. Who can Harry be said to have buried in Deathly Hallows? Crabbe

9. Which Horcruxes has Harry actually seen in person before the book starts?
Riddles Diary, himself, Nagini, and the resurrection stone/ring

10. Who actually destroys each of the Horcruxes?
Resurrection stone/ring was destroyed by Albus Dumbledore
Tom riddle's Diary was Destroyed by Harry Potter
Helga Hufflepuff's cup was destroyed by Hermione Granger
Salazar Slytherin's locket was destroyed by Ron Weasley
Ravenclaw's Diadem was destroyed by Crabbe
Harry Potter was destroyed by Lord Voldemort
Nagini was destroyed by Neville Longbottom

Extra credit:Tom Riddle's grandfather inherited the stone of resurrection. Harry's father inherited the invisibility cloak. What does this imply about Tom Riddle and Harry Potter?

They are related through the Peverell brothers. Voldemort is a descendent of Cadmus Peverell and Harry is a descendent of Ignotus Peverell. Distant cousins somewhere down the ole ancestral line

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1. What momentous event was the reason that the members of the Order of the Phoenix felt it necessary to move Harry out of the Dursley’s house?
d. Harry’s upcoming birthday

2. Who revealed the actual date of Harry’s transfer to Voldemort, despite the misinformation the Order had been spreading around that the move would occur on the eve of his actual birthday?
b. Snape

3. With the use of Polyjuice Potion (and to confuse any possible attack by Death Eaters), six member of the Order were disguised as Harry and escorted out of Privet Drive, along with the real Harry. Which member of the order did not survive that night?
a. Mad-Eye Moody

4. Who informed Harry, Ron and Hermione of the bequests left to them in Dumbledore’s will?
d. Rufus Scimgeour

5. During the wedding celebration for Bill and Fleur, Kingley Shacklebolt sent a Patronus to tell the guests that the Ministry had fallen, Scrimgeour (the Minister) was dead and the wedding celebration was about to be attacked by Death Eaters. What form did the Patronus take?
a. A lynx

6. Escaping from the wedding to London, our three friends found themselves confronted by a pair of Death Eaters, disguised as workmen. This close brush impressed on them the need to find someplace to hide. Where did they decide to go?
b. Sirius Black’s house

7. Kreacher’s animosity towards Harry, Ron and especially Hermione (a Mudblood) was well documented in book five, “The Order of the Phoenix.” His initial interaction with them showed that his attitude had not changed. How did they win him over?
d. By giving him Regulus Black’s old locket

8. Who did they eventually find was in possession of the locket/Horcrux?
d. Dolores Umbridge

9. What did Harry find embedded in the door of Umbrdige’s office?
a. Moody’s magical eye

10. After retrieving the Horcrux, they tried to return to their safe place but they were pursued (actually Yaxley tagged along when they disapparated). This meant that the Death Eaters knew their hiding place and they had to go somewhere else. Where did Hermione take them?
d. To the site of the Quidditch World Cup

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quiz 2

1) Which housemate has an 11 ½ inch holly wand with a Dragon Heartstring core? Bathilda Boomslang
2) Which housemate creates rockin’ sock patterns? Emma Wigworthy
3) Which housemate has the hots for David Boreanez? Cassandra Puddlemere
4) Which housemate used to be the top badger who made a habit of eating snakes? Quinn
5) Which housemate shows off her awards from HSKS6 on her blog? Madam Ferula Finnigan
6) Which housemate makes kicka* * cookies IRL? Esmerelda Beanswallow
7) Which housemate is a third year Slytherclaw, whatever the hell that means? Callisto Verity
8) Which housemate wants Plymouth to make her feet happy? Belladonna Boomslang
9) Which housemate is a knitting addict? (Ok, all of us, but one in particular.) Lily of Flitwick
10) Which housemate loves to sing? Diana Lockhart
11) Which housemate has issues with muggle devices? Ginny Crookshanks
12) Which housemate likes Darth HelloKitty? Ceciley Fortescue
13) Which housemate has a member of the family with his own fan club? Queen Frysia
14) Which housemate has never-ending PMS? Olivia Moody-Gaunt
15) Which housemate originally comes from South New Joisey? Penelope Caerphilly
16) Which housemate “adores” European chocolates? Clara Clovenhoof
17) Which housemate has a roommate who seriously put a crimp in her communication abilities? Rowena Weasley
18) Which housemate was UNfortunate enough to lose her HP husband? Lavender Diggory Dolohov
19) Which housemate likes some Nascar dude? Andi Finch-Fletchley
20) Which housemate needs a new time-turner? Ophelia Crookshanks

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm back!!

After having my arms twisted (yes the rumors are true, my arm was twisted 720 degrees by she-who-not-be-named) I decided to come back this term.   As some of you know, I ran off to search for my missing husband Sirius right after last term.  I am diffidently closer to finding him!  I will share more as the term progresses. 

For those of you who I have not meet yet, my name is Lavender Diggory-Dolohov (Lav DD for short).  I am the Slytherin girl who almost always is accompanied by my "dog" Lizzie (once I get to know you better I will tell you her story, but for now just know she is not to be messed with!)  During my first term at Hogwarts I was a Ravenclaw, that is until I met Sirius (really good looking older Slytherin boy).  We secretly eloped after my first term, and he ended up missing soon afterwards.

To try and keep my mind off of Sirius during the term I engage in a lot of hobbies.  I love reading and cooking!  When it comes to hobbies I have a severe case of ADD!!  I knit, weave, dye, spin, make jewelry, dabble in polymer clay, and anything else that happens to catch my eye.

Oh no, here comes my house elf Pukema....  She was sent to me from Sirius to help me find him. She gives me clues on his whereabouts, but to get them I must complete tasks she requests (and all of the adventures she sends me on are here at Hogwarts, which is yet another reason I returned this term).  Most of these tasks conclude with me serving detention (that is where I first met, and fell in love with, Sirius so I know he is behind the clues).  Looks like I have some mischief, oh I mean a task, to accomplish!   See you in detention!!!