Saturday, 28 March 2009

Och Aye The Noo

Is what they say in Scotland. I've very little idea what it actually means, something like 'ooh la la' perhaps? Maybe they say it in the far north of Scotland though, and not in Edinburgh, which seemed to contain more American accents than Scots during our visit last weekend. Elladora said this could have been because it was 'Spring Break' in the US, and lots of American witches and wizards were visiting Scotland on vacation. I'll say!! Our very own Hermione Bagnold, Elladora Madley (who despite being from Taiwan, grew up in the U.S.), and Elladora's fcriend, Vicky all added to the general American sounds. So Lily May Clearwater, who is Scottish, and Emma Gorodok, who is German, and my very dear sister Lizzie and I were able to enjoy a little education in various magical American things. We were especially fascinated by the different potion recipes our American friends shared with us, and found that although we think we speak the same language, actually we really don't!! So I found that 'coriander' is 'solento', and while we enjoy pasties, Americans love to munch mysterious food called 'pound-cake' which doesn't contain any money at all!!

Edinburgh itself is a truly gorgeous city, and if you'd care to visit my sister's magical portal you'll find a series of photos she took of some of those parts which are protected from muggle eyes by enchantments performed in keeping with the Statute of Secrecy, including our very dear Hogwarts Castle (Muggles think it is an ancient monument where Scottish kings and queens of the past lived), and a few places that are particularly dear to Slytherins (e.g the castle dungeons, i.e. 'The Snake Pit').

On the day of our arrival, Lizzie and I relaxed in our room after a long journey on the Hogwarts Express. We travelled in 'first class' - a real treat as we were served food and gallons of tea at the spacious table we sat at, whilst the riff-raff all had to crowd together in other carriages! After recovering from this excess we roused ourselves to wrap the presents we had brought with us for our spoilees Hermione and Elladora. We had special permission from the headmistress to give our kits early as we were meeting our spoilees in person. We took care to take photos before and after the wrapping, so here is my kit for you to see. Elladora will, I am sure, post more detailed photos and descriptions when she has completed her vacation and finished the long journey home to Taiwan.

Elladora's Kit before wrapping:

Unfortunately I have never managed to get a really good photo of the bag, which features owls all the way around. I took this one a few weeks ago before lining it with yellow satin as you see above (Elladora is a Hufflepuff). This photo at least shows the eyes, and you can just see the owls too if you allow your pet mouse to nibble the picture to make a Hagrid-sized version. In real life the owls really stand out and are very cute!

I also took this close-up of the owls on the sock blockers which Mr. Wigworthy made and I painted:

You may have already noticed the strong owl theme in Elladora's kit? Well, I guessed she loves owls when trawling through her projects and favourites early in The Swap - I found many owl-themed patterns there, and she asked for an owl pendant in her wish-list. Then when I gave her the kit, even though she was surprised to discover she had unknowingly manifested a passion for these magical creatures, she showed me her purse - another owl!!

The other items in the kit? Another of my felted knitting wand holders, in Hufflepuff colours and lined with owl fabric, the pendant she asked for, a book (Anne of Avonlea, from her wishlist), a long Knitpicks Harmnony circular for magic loop (Lizzie taught her this during the weekend), the Rivendell sock pattern (in her favourites), three varieties of Muggle Sweets (sherbet lemons, treacle toffees, and mint humbugs), a needle gauge, a yellow tape measure, two balls of yellow sock yarn (not only is Elladora a Hufflepuff, she also loves yellow!) an assortment of yellow and black beads, an owl poster (she asked for stuff to decorate her walls), and finally, this little owl which I named Toblemory (though Elladora may of course rename him if she wishes):

I believe Hermione will also soon post about the kit she received from Lizzie. This was beautifully themed with Hermione's favourite colour blue, conveniently also her house colour!

While I took only a few pictures myself in Edinburgh I did get this one of us enjoying a meal in the little coffee shop where J. K. Rowling first wrote about our beloved Harry. This was before we went to see Hermione in the hotel after her nightmarish journey (read about it at her magical portal).

We had such a good time! It was wonderful to be with fellow knitters and Potter lovers in a beautiful city. Our Swappers are fantastic people, and I love them all!

Especially Aidyn and Calen!!

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Seriously Hard House Quiz!!!

1) Fawkes

2) Black

3) Magical Remedy

4) 1971 feet

5) Knitted Cupcakes

6) St. Mungo's

7) Met Tito Pullo, aka Ray Stevenson

8) Fire and Ice

9) One

10) Odin’s bird. Odin is considered the chief god in Norse paganism, the god of battle, magic, inspiration and the dead.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Quidditch Round Two

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

Picture Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, 14 March 2009


Now that I am writing a book of knitting patterns I decided I really need to 'up the anti' with regard to the organisation of my knitting bits and pieces. So today Mr. Wigworthy cleaned up some old shelves I painted up many years ago and hung them in the spare bedroom that has over the years come to be called 'Mum's Knitting Room' by all the family! It is where I do most of my knitting and reading and designing.

It is lovely to have the shelves back in use, they've been in the cellar since we moved here 7 years ago! Originally they were some Sunday school shelves that my older brother rescued and hung in his room at my parents house. Later his room was shared by me and Lizzie - I have photos of us in there with various of the little knick-knacks that were important to us displayed on the said shelves. They have moved around with me in the years since, and underwent a total overhaul, including a green paint and stencil job, a few years ago after they were damaged by damp in the cellar of my previous home.

So, today, with my knitting books and patterns now transferred to my knitting room, I have been perusing that literature to get some ideas and inspiration for my book. Believe it or not, one of the patterns is for a lace gown!! Hence, today I have knitted a few little lace samples on really tin, tiny needles, firstly 1mm!!! Latterly I played with knitting an edging on 1.5mm needles. At the moment I'm working in plain mercerised cotton because the yarns I have chosen and ordered to play with sample for the designs have not arrived yet.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Knitting Wizard

Timothy, my middle son, has been learning to knit during the last couple of weeks. Due to the restrictions on underage wizardry he is learning it muggle-style, without the advantage of enhanced speed and such that some witches and wizards use (I actually prefer to do it muggle style myself - it is so relaxing that way). The following picture is of my clever little wizard knitting last weekend. At that stage he just knew the knit stitch, and learned it with a cute little rhyme. Since then he has also mastered purling and is now engaged in making himself a little stocking stitch knitting bag!