Friday, May 28, 2010

Arithmancy Homework

Arithmancy homework this week was to complete three sudoku puzzles to discover the letters of a word scramble. I love sudoku. The sudoku didn't give me any trouble, but to be honest, Puzzle 2 word scramble did. *hanging head in shame* It was so obvious once I worked it out.

Puzzle 1 Letters: oydbb
Puzzle 1 = Dobby

Puzzle 2 Letters: ratrhoytepr
Puzzle 2 = Harry Potter

Puzzle 3 Letters: gdsehoha
Puzzle 3 = Hogs Head

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A perfect kit for Dragonsinger

Well I finally sat down and thought out all the finishing touches I want to do for the kit for Dragonsinger. I'm going to go out hopefully on Tuesday and buy the last couple little extras I need. I have an order in for the yarn. It should arrive soon. And I'm spending today and tomorrow finishing up the handmade gift. I think it is going to be cute! At least I hope so.

As far as patterns are concerned. I'm very happy with my choice and I think Dragonsinger will like it as well.

In less than 2 weeks a little owl should be windings its way to Rowan Dragonsinger's house!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

No homework. Catching up on crafts

Well since there is no homework this week. I've been trying to catchup on my crafts.

The first thing I finished was the shawl I was making my mom for Mother's day. It came out really pretty. I'm pretty sure I'll do this pattern again. Tunisian crochet was a change of pace and pretty fun. Though not as fast (for me anyway) as regular crochet, it is still faster for me than knitting.

Here is a close up of both front and back sides. This is before blocking.

I do love knitting even though I'm sort of slow at it. I am working on squares for a Lapghan. I have a Piecework magazine that has a Barbara Walker square that I want to try. That meant I needed to finish the last Barbara Walker square I was working on. The square is called Pavilion, and is from the 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I still have to bind off, but then the square is done and I can move on to the square in my Piecework Magazine.

For my third excursion this week, I was determined to finish a tiny tatted motif which for one reason or another has been daunting me for weeks. Every time I sat down to work on it, I would invariably do something wrong and have to untat, and then my time was up and I'd be off doing something else. I was determined to finish, and finish I did!
I'm working on 25 tatted motifs for the year. I was ahead early on, and slacked off. Now after this daunting little celtic cross from Tatting Collage by Lindsay, I'm behind 2 motifs. Have to hurry hurry. Don't get me wrong, the patterns in Tatting Collage all look easy, it was just the universe conspiring against me for this little piece.

And after finishing my tatted piece, I really wanted to work on some fun crochet. I just received a book called Creating Crochet Fabric, by Dora Ohrenstein. There are some fun looking fabrics in there. A few caught my eye. I think I would like to make some drapes or at least a valance out of some of her fun fabrics. But the piece that I sat down and thought would give me quick crochet satisfaction was a photo she labeled "Traditional Lacework Motifs." I searched the book front to back, and discovered she did not have the pattern. So I decided I would try to work out the pattern on my own. I ran into some troubles on the last round. I kept having to do single crochet around one spot everytime I ran across it. I think I must have covered that area about 3 times with 6sc. Oh well. It is a first attempt and it was late at night. I'll think of something else for the final row next time.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Potions Homework

Originality marker

Part 1:

pictures of 5 different plants, herbs, or flowers that might be used in potions.

1) Dried out Gillyweed. Typically slimy and green, but this has been removed from water for a long time. When eaten, gives a person gills to breathe underwater and gives them webbed hands and feet for swimming.

2) Hackberry tree. This is a very uncommonly used Wand Tree. It has yet to be proven if any wizard or witch has accepted a wand made of the hackberry tree. However, from this photo, you can clearly see the trees are still cut down and harvested to make wands.

3) Pumpkin. Not technically a magical plant, however they are frequently used to decorate for Halloween feasts. Hagrid maintains a pumpkin patch outside his hut, which produces the pumpkins used to decorate the Great Hall for the Hallowe'en feast.
Also a pumpkin patch is a nice place to allow your Hippogriff to lounge.

4) Mallowsweet (otherwise known as African Mallow).
Centaurs have been known to burn this, observing the fumes and flames to refine the results of their stargazing.

5) Powdered form of Hellebore. It is used for invisibility.

Part 2:
Answer the following potions questions:

1. Sneezewort, scurvy grass, and lovage are used to make what?

B:Confusing Draught

2. Porcupine quills are to be added when to a Boil Cure Potion?

D: After it is removed from the fire

3. What potion, if brewed correctly, should change color numerous times throughout brewing including deep purple, lilac, and finishing clear?

A: The Draught of Living Death

4. This ingredient in the Draught of Peace, would likely bring you permanent peace since it is poisonous, what is it?

D: Hellebore

5. Chopped daisy roots, skinned shrivel-fig, sliced caterpillar, one rat spleen, dash of leech juice are all ingredients to what?

C: Shrinking Solution

Part 3:
Take a picture of and list the ingredients and/or instructions to make one of your favorite potions that you have created.

Ginger Mint Tea. When boiling water for making tea, throw your ginger in so you can release the flavor. Later add your mint and steep. Yummy ginger mint tea!