Ferula has been having problems getting photos of my kit posted, so as today marks the photo deadline for the 'best kit' competition I'm posting the ones I took here. I don't know how much chance I stand though - I've seen many awesome kits this swap, and believe that even though the budget has been tighter the general standard of all the kits has even improved on previous terms (great though they were). And, of course, I think the kit I got from Celestina is the clear winner!!
Anyway, I sent Ferula this Defence Against the Dark Arts Kit:
The main handmade items were the bag, which features a silver cat on the back (her patronus - not shown)
A 'bump trump' - a yarn caddy (from her wish list)
Another of my felted knitting wand holders (on the right in the first picture -I will eventually, one day, publish the pattern for this!)
And these defensive spell bookmarks:
She asked for some 'local indie dyed yarn'. Can't get more 'local' than some dyed by yours truly! It is an aran weight alpaca and silk yarn that I dyed in a teal colourway. With the DADA theme in mind I packaged it up as an item fom Borgin and Burke's, claiming it was originally spun and dyed by Rowena Ravenclaw! (I am such a fraudulent witch - perhaps Mr. Borgin might consider giving me a job?). There is 100g here - enough to knit the Darkside Cowl, the pattern I included in the kit. I bought the circular needle specified in the pattern and packaged it up as an Ollivander's wand
Other titbits included some dark mark temporary tattoos (I thought she might like these as I've noticed she has an interesting fixation with skulls!), and a needle gauge (labelled as a 'wand weigher').
And that's it!!