Sunday, November 28, 2010

Owl on the Way

I sent my owl out just before the deadline. Should be arriving on Monday. Quietus' owl reached me when I was out of town in beautiful St. John, but it was waiting patiently for me on the front door step when I arrived back home.

I tore in to it right away. Everything was wrapped in my house green and I was very very curious what lay beneath the green paper. I was pleasantly surprised to find all of this...

Starting at the bottom - green cabled pencils, green cabled handmade cowl in a wool alpaca blend I think, green cabled notions bag, sinful peanut butter balls, broomstick fuel - dark chocolate, Indian spice (yum), green cabled note cards, Girasole pattern (can't wait til the holidays are over so I can start on this), then in the center is some fiber for spinning, a candle and a golden snitch (forgot to attach the wings for the picture). So there it is in all of it's AWESOMENESS!

I saw the movie today FINALLY! I should have worn my cowl. Can't wait for the cooler weather to arrive so I can see how nice and toasty it is!

I'm a lucky girl for sure! I love all the cables!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Feeding Frenzy

On November 6 I attended the fall shearing at Juniper Moon Farms in Palmyra, Va. It was a great fiber filled day (minus some paypal difficulty). On the way out this is what we saw in the pasture! AWESOME!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Week 8 - Anagrams

1. SPARSE VENUES - Severus Snape
2. GO UNLOAD LOVE – Luna Lovegood
3. A MOTH SEDAN – Dean Thomas
4. FLUSH CIGAR – Argus Filch
5. SLICK AIRBUS - Sirius Black
6. DUMB ANALOG – Ludo Bagman
7. A DRY MOO-CALF – Draco Malfoy
8. UNSNAP THE SKI – Stan Shunpike
9. PIT-A-PAT RIVAL – Parvati Patil
10. AN OLD JEER – Lee Jordan

How did it get to be week 8 already?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Matching Activity

Vine wood and Dragon Heartstring (i)
Walnut and Dragon Heartstring (k)
Hawthorn and Unicorn tail hair (m)
Hornbeam and Dragon Heartstring (d)
Ash and Unicorn hair (g)
Rosewood and Veela Hair (l)
Elder and Thestral Hair (b)
Mahogany and an unknown core (j)
Elm and Dragon Heartstring (e)
Yew and Phoenix Feather (h)
Holly and Phoenix Feather (f)
Willow and Unicorn Hair (a)

Fun activity! Some of them were pretty difficult.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Week 4 Quiz and Essays

Why does Harry accuse Remus Lupin of being a coward? For leaving Tonks alone while she was preganant.

Who is R.A.B.? Regulus Arcturus Black, Sirius's younger brother

According to legend, what would a person become if he could assemble the Deathly Hallows? The Master of Death

What is Ariana Dumbledore rumored to be? A squib

What is written on Harry’s parents’ gravestone? "the last enemy to be destroyed is death"

Why does Krum want to fight Xenophilius Lovegood? Over a necklace that Lovegood was wearing. Krum thought it was Gellert Grindlewald's mark

Why does Voldemort seek the Elder Wand? To finally conquer Harry Potter.

Where did Dumbledore’s family live? Godric's Hollow

Whose eye does Harry see in his magic mirror shard? Dumbledore’s

What item does Harry steal from Gringotts? Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup

Where does Rita Skeeter get her information about Dumbledore? From Bathilda Bagshot after she gave her Veritaserum.

What is inside the Snitch that Dumbledore leaves Harry? The Resurrection Stone

Why does Dumbledore leave Ron a Deluminator? Dumbledore leaves Ron the Deluminator because he knew that Ron would need it to find his way back to his friends.

Why has Hermione not read The Tales of Beedle the Bard? I think she would have to read it in order to translate it…??? But if I have to answer I’ll say because it’s written in runes ; )

What is Dumbledore’s greatest regret? His greatest regret is his relationship with Gellert Grindelwald.

Whose mail did Snape open? Aunt Petunia’s

What form does Snape’s Patronus take? The form of a doe.

Why can the Sword of Gryffindor destroy Horcruxes? Because it is impregnated with basilisk venom

What name is given to wizards who help Mudbloods? Blood Traitor

How do Harry and his friends enter the Ministry of Magic? Through the toilets.

Who made Harry’s wand? Olivander

In what ways do the dead speak to the living in this book? Perhaps I'm not Ravenclaw enough to answer the essay questions? The only thing I can think of for an answer to this question is by the paintings and the pensive.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Word Association

Pumpkin Spice Late the Owl
Oak Leaf
Ron Weasley
Quaffle ball
Hallow...ed be thy name
Mad Scientist
Dragon Ball Z
Crystal Palace
Trees Acorns
Hermione Granger
Hogwarts Dumbledore
Bella's Burrow
Dobby Socks
Horcrux Ring
Ministry of Magic
Magic Copperfield
Sirius Black
Apple Cider
Juice Drink
Candle Yankee
Ghost Mrs. Muir
Snake Slimy
Wand Magic
Invisibility Cloak
Tent Sleep
Spell Cast
Umbridge Evil
Dursely Dudley
Prophet Stone (dunno why)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Week 2 Blogging Assignment

The following question was given as homework this week:

What 5 things would you not leave home without if you were going into hiding, camping, or running away and WHY.

Well, first of all you won't catch me camping anytime soon so I think I should stick to hiding or running away, which I guess are pretty similar situations (getting away from something/someone and not wanting to be found). Here are my 5 essential items.

1. My dog. He's my buddy. He has special needs so he has to come with me....all his gear totals more than 5 items but so be it.
2. Z-Coils. I can't go a full day without them. I LOVE my Z-Coils. They even have a style named after me! Bella.
3. iPhone. Music, TV, Phone, internet, books, games,
4. Knitting project bag with sock needles and a couple of skeins of sock yarn.
5. Neti Pot with saline crystals. If you are an allergy sufferer and don't use a Neti pot, you are nuts. It's amazing what a difference this simple procedure makes. You'll notice a difference right away!

So there you have it. If I had to go into hiding or run away I'd be content with just those items to get me started.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Slow Start

Well I am getting off to a pretty slow start this term. I have done my yarn shopping for my handmade item, now I just need to pick my hand made item. It's hard for me to decide on what to make for someone that I don't know. Even with all the stalking that I've done I'm having trouble. Last night I pattern browsed and came up with a few ideas so I think I'm headed in the right direction now I hope.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Getting to Know All the Hogwart's Family Members

1. Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one). Emma Diggory – she spins too!
2. Someone who was born in the same month as you. Megaera Black
3. Someone from a different country. Penelope of Flitwick
4. A new HSKS Family member. Morgianna Defeufaucon
5. Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps. Cassandra Goode
6. Someone who has a bigger stash than you! (And if your stash is the biggest, proudly say so! Fleur Sweeting
7. Someone who both knits and crochets. Poppy Pluot
8. Someone who has the same favorite color as you. Wisteria Lovegood
9. Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as you. Ambyr Phoenixfyre
10. Someone who has the same favorite fiber as you. Vevina McFey she likes Noro too!

This was really fun snooping around on everyone's blogs and learning more about everyone. It's neat to see so many Malabrigo fans....that is some super yummy yarn for sure!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Getting to Know Me -HSKS 12

1.I enjoy knitting, spinning and dyeing. I love to scrapbook though I have fallen WAY behind on that.
2.I was born in June.
3.I was born in Germany, but spent most of my life in the USA.
4.I'm not new to HSKS but I've been away for a while. I'm looking forward to being back.
5.This is my fourth HSKS swap.
6. You'll have to check my Ravelry profile for that. I definitely don't think that I have the biggest stash. Though I will admit that everything in my stash closest isn't listed here...then again I'm sure no one else has all theirs up there either!
7. I only knit, but I can crochet borders, etc.
8. Green is my fave.
9. Thanksgiving through Christmas is my favorite time of the year.
10. I love to knit with wool (Noro makes some of my favorite yarns because of the color changes, but those knots really PISS ME OFF), but as as spinner I can tell you that not all wool is created equal. I love to spin BFL (blue faced leicester).

So from this and the information on my sidebar you should have a pretty good idea of my favorites. On my ravelry page you will find links to my real blog. This is where you'll find the good stuff! LOL.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Family Assignment

This term at Hogwart's is a little different than I'm used to. Instead of Houses, we are being assigned to a Family. I just received word that I have been assigned to Harry’s Horcrux Hunters. This Family is headed by Celestina Pettigrew and our house colors are scarlet and ebony. I love the colors. I must say I'm a little relieved hat I didn't get assigned to Ron’s Muddle-Headed Mates. Not that there is anything wrong with Ron. In fact I think he might just be my favorite Potter character, but I just can't imagine the house colors maroon and orange going together - no offense to Virginia Tech either! LOL.

Now I can't wait to find out who will be spoiling me, who I will be spoiling and can't wait to see what Horcurx they picked. This kit theme is based on a horcrux. Here is a list of the possibilities:

Harry Potter
Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem
Salazar Slytherin’s Locket
Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup
Tom Riddle’s Diary
Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring

I chose Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin and Marvolo Gaunt as my choices (at least I think I did).

Let the swapping begin!

Friday, September 10, 2010


It's hard to believe that I haven't been around since HSKS 6. It's been an extremely busy time for me. No real Bella time, but I'm hoping that is going to change.

I'm looking forward to being back and can't wait to see which family I am sorted in to. So that being said, I had spinning group today and had to drive there in my muggle vehicle so it was a LONG trip to and from. Had a great time while I was there though. Hadn't had much time for fiber lately. Hoping that changes too....more Bella time equals knitting/spinning/fiber time!~ YAY