Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ravenclaw homework - Mad Libs part 2

I have to tell you about the hot time I had in Diagon Alley last weekend! My friend Hermione Bagnold and I decided that we really needed some new 4mm crochet hook and had to get over to Diagon Alley immediately. Hermione put on their hat because it was thin and did not want to get a cold. I grabbed my keys and we headed to the trains.

While waiting for our train to Diagon Alley, we chatted with Emma Wigworthy and Antonio Dela Weasley who were planning to visit Gringott’s. Antonio did not want to go alone because he was collecting a pot and that was very big and brought Emma along for their excellence in protecting spells.

The train arrived and off we went. Our seats were very comfortable and the train sped along towards Diagon Alley and we were there in a flash! Before heading to the Yrsa’s Yarn Shoppe, we went into a paper clip that sells the silver pretzels!!! As we neared the paper clip, we noticed quite a lot of commotion! The paper clip owner had set the pretzels-making machine and it had gotten stuck! pretzels were shining everywhere! I ducked as a cream-filled pretzel came shining right at me and it polished into Professor Snape’s skirt just as they walked through the door! A vanilla pretzel did a nose dive and splattered all over the corner most elaborately! We made it out of the store just as a pretzel frog and a kettle of Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans collided in a rainstorm of goo!

Since we were still dirty, we walked the five blocks over to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor! I decided on a cone with chilli ice cream and Hermione got the hot fudge sundae with extra cream! Yummy! Professor Snape had made their way over here as well after the incident at the pretzels shoppe and had chosen a tea float.

After that, we passed Gringott’s and headed to Yrsa’s Yarn Shoppe! I tried not to look at the beautiful skeins of silk and bamboo and wool and instead, headed toward the 4mm crochet hooks while Hermione stopped to paint the stitch markers. I found a bright 4mm crochet hook made out of steel and made my purchase. Hermione kept hedging between the 4mm crochet hook she came for and a pattern for a cardigan. She chose the cardigan pattern and we walked the back towards the train station just in time to make the 12:30 train.

After sitting down, we noticed Emma Wigworthy and Antonio dela Weasley were on the train as well. Antonio looked quite small to have the pot with them. Emma however did not look smalled at all. While waiting to go into the vault, a baby goblin waiting in line with his Mommy, had seen on Emma getting treacle toffees all over their clean robes! The smell really was just horrendous! Apparently, Emma’s protecting spells don’t work well against treacle toffees!! We made our way to a less smelly compartment and talked about how we were going explain missing Professor Lupin’s lecture on the valuable ways dragons are working with the Department of Mysteries in solving unsolvable books!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My kit arrived

Look what the wonderful Pandora Phelps sent me:

  • a beautiful, big project bag
  • a small purse
  • a wand cozy
  • a golden snitch
  • rosewood dpns
  • a mini bamboo crochet hook
  • a wooden shawl pin
  • a Ravenclaw bookmark
  • two balls of blue soysilk
  • a pattern for Evangeline gloves to make with the soysilk
  • a ball of KnitPicks sport and shine in red, red pipecleaner and safety eyes
  • a crochet dragon pattern to make with the above items
  • beeswax chapstick
That's an awesome kit, I can't wait to use the soysilk - never had soysilk before, but it feels wonderfully soft and will make great gloves. As I love dragons, the dragon will be fun to make too - I'll just have to keep it away from my son.

The shawl pin is perfect, as it is really lightweight, I think I'll need to wear my shawl tomorrow so I can use it.

I've never seen such a cute, tiny crochet hook, it might go directly to my project bag and help me pick up dropped stitches.

I'm curious about the rosewood needles, never used them before, but they look beautiful.

Now I'll have to go, want to fondle the yarn a bit more and perhaps I'll use the hour or so I got before picking my son up from kindergarten to cast on for the gloves.

Thanks again, Pandora, you've been a great spoiler. It was always nice to get a message from you and the kit is really great.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ravenclaw homework

1- An adjective - hot
2- A fellow Ravenclaw - Hermione Bagnold
3- A knitting or crocheting item - 4mm crochet hook
4- A clothing accessory - hat
5- An adjective - thin
6- Something you always have with you - keys
7- A HSKS student1 - Emma Wigworthy
8- A HSKS student2 - Antonio dela Weasley
9- A noun - pot
10- An adjective - big
11- A noun - paper clip
12- An adjective - silver
13- A food - pretzels
14- An adjective ending in “ing” - shining
15- An adjective ending in “ed” - polished
16- A Professor at Hogwarts - Snape
17- An article of clothing - skirt
18- A food flavor - vanilla
19- A part of a room - corner
20- An adjective - dirty
21- A number - five
22- A food flavor - chilli
23- A food topping - cream
24- A drink - tea
25- A verb - paint
26- An adjective - bright
27- Something you can knit or crochet - cardigan
28- An adjective - small
29- A past tense verb - seen
30- A food or drink - treacle toffees
31- A Professor at Hogwarts - Lupin
32- A magical creature in Harry Potter’s world - dragon
33- A noun - book

Friday, April 17, 2009

Quidditch round 3

Wow, it's time for Quidditch again and the term is almost over... where did the time go?

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

Picture scavenger hunt

Where the wild things are

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter eggs

Today I painted Easter Eggs with my little wizard to be. We had lots of fun and created some beautiful eggs - to help the Easter Bunny of course. You know, the Easter Bunny is so busy with getting all the eggs coloured and hiding them for all the kids, it could do with some help.

So my son and I grabbed our brushes and did some colouring magic to the previously white eggs. And the results are really pretty, don't you think?

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ravenclaw homework

This was fun, our task this week was to find as many words as possible while only using the letters in 'Ravenclaw' - and the R had to appear in every one of them

Here are mine, in no particular order (41):

And as a bonus, we should try to find more words - without the R (29):