Monday, October 15, 2007

It was like Christmas in my house this evening!

Look what an amazing parcel Adele sent to me!
More details over on my blog. Thanks Adele, it really is the best parcel in the world.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


I finally managed to get my pictures off my camera and uploaded! More details on my blog.

It came today! Yea!!

Yea! I was a little worried about my package because I was out of town for two weeks and they claimed there was no package for me at the post office. But, there it was waiting for me today when I got home from work. Lovely Gina from Hawaii sent Merlin the Cat Yarns' Superwash sock yarn in Ravenclaw colors, some really cute pins, stitchmarkers, one of those keychain sock blockers with a pattern as well as yummy Hawaii coffee, pencils and a lovely handmade sock bag. That is really impressive - the seams are excellent (Did you use a serger?) - and to top it off, a copy of "Charmed Knits." Such a nice treat!

Sorry about the poor photo but this sock yarn if great! Unfortunately, this makes six new skeins of sock yarn acquired since the L&V sock marathon started - and only three pairs knitted. Do you think I can bring my knitting to the new Harry Potter movie?

Monday, July 9, 2007

Swap-Bot RoundUp

Okay, this should be the last thing that you have to do for this swap, I promise! Please leave a comment saying who you sent your swap package to, if it was received, and if you received a package yourself. That should clear everything up and then we'll be done with it :)

Thanks for your patience in this, ladies! I appreciate it!

My HSKS Swap Arrived!

Actually, it arrived weeks agon and I posted on my blog, but neglected to give Katherine her props. It was a lovely swap. My favorite was the stitch markers. Bling for my knitting!

There are pics on my blog:


Thanks to Kelly

I can't believe I forgot to post here!! I got my package 2 weeks ago and loved it!! I blogged about it on my blog but check out the pics here, cuz it was awesome. If you click it it's bigger and better. Check out the baby dragon...

Thank you Kelly (justaknitwit)

Owl Update

Hi everyone,

First I want to say thanks to Jenean for all the time you've put into this swap.

I sent my parcel to Wendy & it has been received.

My parcel from Racheal got sent & then returned to Racheal. Last I heard from Racheal she was resending it on June 27. I'll post here as soon as I receive it (although I'm getting worried it is lost again as it's going on 2 weeks)


Received packages

I know there has to be more packages than this, but I could only find evidence of those that are listed below. We had over 50 participants, so there should be more than what is listed below. If you have received your package please leave a comment to this post so that others can see and make note of them on the Swap-bot list.

Also, for those of you that have not received your package by now AND have not heard from your swap partner please leave a message here so that they may be marked as 'not sent.' They will also be banned from future HSKS swaps.


Owl arrives to Montana

Okay, I tried to edit that title, but Dobby must be playing with the computer to stop me. Cheryl, You are amazing! I will update (I hope I will be able to if Dobby gets out of the way!) my post and blog as soon as I find the camera. (I've done wedding cakes the past 2 weeks, so it is probably under a pile of powdered sugar or cake pillars.)

I'm in awe of the entire package, Thank you! Come on over here to see all the details!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

I got my AMAZING package from Meg yesterday. I tried to get a photo today, but monsoon season got in the way. I saw the two seconds of sun, but when I grabbed my camera and went outside, the wind was going at 30mph and a nasty one was coming in, so pictures will be up on my blog tomorrow. Thanks so much Meg!!!!

Lists, lists, and more lists!

Hello, everyone!
In the next day or so I will be putting together a list of received packages so that you can go into Swap-bot to update packages received. I will post the list here and I will also send an email out to everyone with the list information.

Friday, July 6, 2007

An owl found it´s way to me, with my prize from the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap.
I found the snitch during the first Quidditch round! It´s the book "The Friday Night Knitting Club", this book is so nice! Thanks you so much Jenean!

But the book wasn´t the only thing, a bookmark was also in the package!

Its a cute phial of felix felicis. It´s so nice.

Here is everything prepared for ht next Clue of the Mytery Stole, so

I´m going to look if it´s out!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Sock Kit Received

I received this wonderful package from April of Hufflepuff yesterday. The yarn is absolutely gorgeous...I can't wait to knit up a pair of socks with it (maybe in time for the new Harry Potter movie next week - better get cracking!!) She also sent some beeswax to make my hands all soft, some cute monogramed stationary, DPNS and a crochet hook. The bag is really cool too. I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo but it's black on the outside with red and gold fabric inside. Thanks again April.

Monday, July 2, 2007

All Hail Debbie

Queen of awesome swap packages!

She knit me the Dark Mark bag. I squealed when I saw it. And I was at work, which made it even funnier. It's beautiful! I absolutely love it.

Besides the fantastic bag, I also got 4!! skeins of Knit Picks Essentials Solids in those sexy Slytherin colors, 2 sets of DPNs in sizes 1 and 2, the CUTEST little stitch markers for knitting socks, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and Charmed Knits.

Debbie, I bow to your greatness.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Owl Post

My package arrived from Jenean! An AWESOME bag, needle case, set of needles, smushy yarn, and some Bertie Botts. I'm going to do a photo shoot and post pics to my blog. Thanks, Jenean, for the package and for a great swap!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

My owl arrived!

A cute little owl flew all the way across the country to bring me this:

A photo of the goodies and all the details are on my blog. Thank you so much, Channon!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Whoo hoo !!

I got my goodies today from Evelyn !!

Thanks so so SO much !!

There are pictures over on my blog !!

I got my package!

Thank you Anne!!! I love all the goodies, you did REALLY well even given the "difficult" colors of yellow and black!!!

Read more about it on my blog....

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Owl arrived in CNY

Yes, an Owl came to my little house yesterday and dropped this package down the chimney!
Thanks Debbie!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Hogwarts Updates

Hello, ladies!

Just wanted to let those that are waiting for their prizes that they have been shipped and are on their way to you.

All packages must be received by July 6th. If you have not received your package by then let me know. Those swappers that have not sent their packages and not received by their partner by July 6th will be banned from future HSKS swaps. That gives you all 2 whole weeks past the official ship date to get your packages to your partners. If you are experiencing any type of hardship you MUST email me and your partner to let us know what is going on.

Thank you to Becky

A big thank you to Becky. I just opened my box!! I love everything and the colors are perfect. Thanks again for making this a wonderful swap.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thanks Carrie!!!

OK I am back from Ireland and have pics to post. I received this lovely kit from Carrie, of CosmicYarns on Etsy.

I have purchased much of her yarn and have steered many others her way. It was funny to receive a package from Carrie containing someone else's yarn!! The yarn is glorious, a beautiful color, apparntly dyed from onions, soft, shiny. The bag is so cool.....I smuggled it in my luggage to Ireland and used the bag but did not get the chance to start the lovely sock pattern that was included. I neglected to put the KP DPN in the pics but there were in the kit as well. BEE YOO TEE FULL stitch markers, a pin and some book plates. Thank you so much Carrie...

Monday, June 18, 2007

I got my package!

Thanks to Stephanie from Gryffindor for the great treats! I love the book and all the goodies! Thanks for everything!

My Owl Arrived!

Thank's Lisa! I am a very happy Gryffindor! I got my package on Saturday and I am so pleased! Bravo! Here are a few more photos. More details are on my blog.

Lisa, thank you thank you thank you!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

HSKS2 House Preferance

If any of you ladies would like to sign up for HSKS2, but under a different House, just let me know. This option is only available for those that participated in this swap and wish for a little variety. Plus, it would be nice for some of the other Houses to get a few more people this time around.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Harry Potter Dishcloth Design

Hey there swappers... I've been hunting for Harry Potter themed dishcloths to no avail... so here's mine... I've posted the pattern on my blog for anyone who wants it...



Friday, June 15, 2007

Email Your Partner

Hello, ladies!
I know that we are getting down to the wire. Please, please email your partner (especially if you haven't contacted them before now) and let them know that when you think that you'll get their package off to them in the mail. There's nothing like suspecting that your package isn't coming! Thanks, ladies!

Random Friday Hilarity

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

House Cup Winner & Hogwartly Business

Hello, ladies!!
We have a winner!!

I've taken the points from last week's trivia and this week's Quidditch points and added them to the total points for each House. These are the final percentages -

Gryffindor - 48%

Hufflepuff - 33%

Ravenclaw - 31%

Slytherin - 31%

So, a hearty congratulations goes out to Gryffindor for keeping a steady pace throughout the swap and earning the House Cup!!

Prizes will be going out in the mail this week. These are the winners. Round two has two winners because I made a mistake in verifying who found the snitch first.

Round One - Nala - The Friday Night Knitting Club & bookmarker

Round Two - Michelle - Charmed Knits, Anne - Charmed Knits

Round Three - Ansley - A skein of yarn from Cosmic Fibers

Perfect Prefect Award
This is a special award that was not announced, but I feel the efforts by this individual prefect can not be ignored. So, without further 'adoo' I present the Perfect Prefect Award to Sarah. Thank you for all your hard work. Your efforts definitely showed in the level of participation from your group :)

Last Day
Last day to get your packages in the mail is Thursday, June 21st! So, it's time to wrap up your projects, make those last minute purchases for goodies to go in the bags and send them on their way!! If you do not receive a package by June 30th, please send me a private email.

Sign-ups for HSKS2 are well underway! The next round will be a lot less active in terms of trivia and such. So, if you enjoyed this swap be sure to sign up for the next one!

Go Gryffindor!

One knitting bag set to send!

and it's off!!

Debbie L of Gryffindor keep a sharp eye on the post!! I sent my package by priority mail this afternoon, so you should get it by Saturday!! I lost the exploding bon bons... but there's plenty of fun inside for you.


Round Three is Over!

the snitch has been found!!! Congratulations goes to Ansley!!
Ansley wins a skein of sock yarn. Ansley, I will contact you later today to give you more information. I will also total up the House points a little later today to give the grand total to see which House wins the House cup for this round.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Challenge Wk 5 - Sarah's Group, Ravenclaw

Hey guys

Sorry it's late, but the challenge is up on my blog.

The prize is for a Charmed Knits book, but if you already have this let me know and we can figure something out ;-)

Good Luck


Monday, June 11, 2007


Sign-ups for the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 2 start today! Head on over to continue the fun. There have been a few changes to how the swap is run - hopefully better changes :) Let me know what you think.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

ELLEN! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I love it! I can't take pictures tonite, as I have a house full of little girls, but she spoiled me rotten! I Just adore everything! I'll be posting a picture tomorrow. WHHEEEE!

My package arrived from down under!

For more details check out my blog - all I can say is she really outdid herself!

Saturday, June 9, 2007


It's been a loooooooong Saturday. We've been ripping up flooring, entertaining my mother, sister, and niece, and feeding the masses. I'm pooped and now I must go to work.

The questions for Quidditch will be posted about 2 pm Sunday afternoon, so please check back then. Thank you for understanding!!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

A glimpse of my swap for Mama Turtle . . .

Here's a glimpse of the HSKS bag I made for Mama Turtle. It's already gone in the mail. I know she's seen the bag because she's visited my blog (Hi, Mama T.!) I forgot to take any other pictures before I bundled it all up and into the mail. I do fear something (maybe, chocolate?) might melt but I gave it a shot anyway. This has been great fun and, now, I can't wait to find a package waiting for me!

Youngest Child made a bit of a mess of the bag but it has straps and handles, one large outer pocket with a decorative button and two inner pockets. It's big so I am expecting Mama Turtle to start lots of socks!

Next Round of HSKS

I just wanted to announced that the signups for the second round of HSKS will begin next Monday! Yes, it's that time already. We only have a little more than 2 weeks left of the current swap, and boy, has it been a ride. :) I absolutely LOVE these larger swaps and have such fun putting the packages together. This swap is extra neat because of all the cool HP swag that is available.

Why is this next swap shorter, you ask? I get to go to Mexico in August!! Woot! My church does member missionary trips every year and this year I decided to apply. So, even though sign-ups don't start until Monday you can still head on over to the swap site and grab the logo to put on your site.

The BIG changes for the next HSKS are
  • No Weekly Trivia
  • Prefects have less responsibility - but there will only be one prefect per house
  • Only two rounds of Quidditch - Trivia released on a Wednesday and Snitch released on a weekend

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Literally Out the DOor

We are leaving NOW I wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU to Carrie. I have the greatest sock kit. A most exquisite bag they had to grab from me and say leave it home, I may still sneak it, heehee, they're not looking..heehee....KP needles, glorious, a most fantastic yarn, a great pin, a stupendous pattern, oh so glorious bookplates, sorry if I have forgotten...... they are in the car, can sneak the bag, heehee..Pics of it in Ireland...a grand letter from Carrie. CARRIE!!! She is dharmafey from Cosmic Yarns, how many times have I posted that link on blogs. I have tons of her yarn, and she sent me yarn from another etsy dealer, LOVE ETSY, oh oh beautiful pearl stitch markers, I want to wear them as earrings...oh oh they are calling Me...must go. Carrie I will email when I can...THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! shhhhhhh...the bag, pattern and yarn are in my bag...shhhhhhhh..heehee..heehee oh no here they come. Take care everyone, Ireland will never be the same..heehee..two weeks...sorry no pics the bag is awesome, gosh they are coming up the stairs......bye...

Trivia 6/3 to 6/9

"Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies."

Who says this?

**Get ready for the last round of Quidditch! Trivia will be posted on Sunday, June 10th and the Snitch will be released on Tuesday evening, June 12th**

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

House Points

So, sorry that I haven't updated! Things have been so crazy around here. Problems with the house, then problems in the marriage. If it's not one thing it's another right?

Here are the House percentages for this week. No big changes so far. Hopefully, with the last round of Quidditch we'll see a big change.

Gryffindor - 55%

Ravenclaw - 49%

Hufflepuff - 40%

Slytherin - 25 %

Thank you for the well wishes :) Hopefully, things will iron themselves out very soon.

Monday, June 4, 2007

OWL Post

Wow I just have to say Thank you so much Michelle. I got a package this weekend while I was out of town from my swap partner. Here is a pic. if you want to see more go check out my blog. Thank you It is so Awesome!!!!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Update Soon!

Hello, ladies!
I just wanted to apologize for not getting to the update today. We had a disaster at the house. One of the nozzles to our water heater busted and water leaked into my front bathroom and master closet. Had to take everything out, rip up the flooring and set a fan in there for it to dry.

I will be posting the updates for the House scores on Monday.

Challenge Wk 4 - Sarah's Group, Ravenclaw

Hey guys

The challenge is up on my blog....

Hope you enjoy!

Good Luck


Saturday, June 2, 2007

Tease for a Gryffindor

I have my bag almost complete...I'd say 95% done! Now I'm onto the creating/purchasing of my stitch markers...may I ask if there is a number of these which is correct?

Also...I came across this site for sock yarn in the perfect (prefect) colors:

Harry Potter yarn

Enjoy the weekend! I'm getting to help my hubby take the cows to pasture which overlooks Glacier National's a 6 hour + trip of a convoy of semi trucks and trailers. Yeee Haaaw!


Thursday, May 31, 2007

more details....

from my gorgeous hogwarts-sock-kit you will find here.
i love everything and my pal did a glamorous job.
a big THANK YOU to jenean for the idea and organisation!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A preview for my Swap Buddy

Here's a preview of your bag. Yours is the one on the left and the back looks like the one on the right. The one on the right is for my eldest daughter who just had to have one when she saw me making yours!Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Lisa C in TN

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sneak a peek...

Someone from Ravenclaw stole Harry's invisibility cloak!!! GASP!

Monday, May 28, 2007

I got my swap Kit!

Sock Kit GoodiesFor a more detailed breakdown you can click the link to get to the flickr pic with all the notes, or you can go visit the post at my blog which contains more than just sock kit updates.

A great big public thank you to Jennifer for being awesome and doing a really good job with this swap. I couldn't have asked for more, and despite the fact that the exploding bon bons were a big shock when I got to the 'Exploding' center, I loved the extra goodies and I've already used them to do a couple of 2-stitch icords for my pal's bag.. which you can sneak a peek of here.

Knitted bag for Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Trivia - May 27 through June 2

Who are the two people speaking in this quote and what book is it from? 5 House Points to those who post the correct answer to their blogs.

"I'm not trying to say what she did was sensible. I'm just trying to make you see how she was feeling at the time."

"You should write a book, translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them."

New Challenge - Sarah's Group Ravenclaw

Hey Y'all

There is a new challenge up on my blog. There was a lot more interest last week, so I decided to follow the same theme.

Good Luck

Friday, May 25, 2007

Something for my swap partner...

a little DPN holder just for sock needles. I like it so much I will be making one for myself next!

How about a sneak peek!

Well I thought since others were posting some sneak peeks I would post one of my own. My package was supposed to go out in the mail on monday but some delays happend you can check my blog about the delays. but here is a pic of some of what I am sending. I think my partner will really enjoy this.

sneak peek

My pal is in Gryffindor. I thought I'd send a little sneak peek at her stitch markers:

little impression of a great kit

yesterday at the meet to knit in fankfurt /germany lena surprised me with my hogwarts-sock-kit. as luck would have she was my secret pal. because i´m a little bit in hurry today i can only give you a first view of the bag. next week when i will be back from my weekend-trip to munich i will show you everything:
magical yarn, new wands to conjure new socks, fantastic stitch markers, bertie bott’s every flavor beans.....and more....
have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I got my package!!!!

I got my package today!!!!! I was totally jazzed and surprised because I’m just finishing up the bag for my partner, so I didn’t expect mine to get here yet. I am soooo jazzed. I sorted into Hufflepuff, but I’m not a huge fan of yellow. This bag that she made, though, is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it!

Ansley designed the bag herself. Each side is different. There is a Hufflepuff ‘H’ on one side and a Hogwarts ‘H’ on the side that is showing. LOVE!! She designed a needle holder to go with and included a set of dpns and a crochet needle for the pesky drop stitches. In the package also came a sheep measuring tape, a notepad with a ‘J’ for Jenean on it, two bags of M&M’s which are disappearing even as I type this, adorable stitch markers (two lady bugs and an owl), yarn from Ashabee’s Creations, and the Knit Socks book! Ansley, you are an A-1 swap partner!!!! Awesome! Hearts to you!! :)

Stitch N Pitch

Yesterday, right after I let the snitch go (thank you Jenean for letting me help) I had a short amount of time before class and then... Stitch n Pitch at Dodger Stadium-- the Dodgers won! Anyhow, the night before when Jenean was looking for someone to release the snitch, I found out that she and I were both going to be at the same game!

That's Jenean on the left and me on the right, with my incredibly crazy hair. :) I linked it to a larger version... if you dare!

There was tons of knitting and I finally managed to get my hands on the yarn for the replacement bag for my partner (since my cat stole the other one) and some nice Gryffindor sock yarn in Trekking.


Search the skies in Big Sky Country! The kit for my Hufflepuff pal is in the mail!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

House Points

Time to relax again, ladies :) New trivia will not be posted until Sunday. Here are the House Points thus far:

1st Place - Gryffindor - 55%

2nd Place - Ravenclaw - 49%

3rd Place - Hufflepuff - 40%

4th Place - Slytherin - 25%

The race is really between all three of the top Houses. Hufflepuff did find the Snitch, but had low participation in the trivia and pictures. If they had higher participation we would have seen them rise even higher. Gryffindor's participation was also rather low this time around, so it is very possible to steal 1st place by either Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff during the next and last round of Quidditch!! Be ready, ladies! The last round will take place June 10th!

Congrats to Anne who is the winner of a new copy of Charmed Knits and a themed book marker!!

The Snitch has been found!

You ladies are so quick!!! Here I thought that it would take a couple of hours. To determine the winner I go by the earliest time stamped email that I receive. And the winner is . . . .

Anne Martin of Hufflepuff!!!

I will total the points for each House and display them shortly.

The Golden Snitch To Be Released Today!

Hello gals!
Just wanted to remind you all that the Golden Snitch will be released sometime today. I also wanted to let you know what you'll be looking for.

The Snitch for the last round is still out there, so make sure that you find the right one! Also, remember that once the Snitch is found the trivia will be removed from the site and the points totaled, so if you haven't had a chance to work on it you'd better do so now :)
Send me an email when you find it - bordeaux700 AT yahoo DOT com.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Blog Challenge - Sarah's Group

Hi guys

There is a new challenge on my blog for those under my prefectly gaze!

There were only 2 entrants last week, so if you didn't please have a go. It is only a bit of fun, and I could send you a prize.


Sarah - Ravenclaw Prefect

House Points

Here we are! :) It's that time again. These are the cummulative scores for this week:

1st place - Gryffindor - 62%

2nd place - Ravenclaw - 48%

3rd place - Slytherin - 31%

4th place - Hufflepuff - 26%

Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Sorting Hat Has a New Cousin

I present to you...
The Sorting Bag! My partner is in Ravenclaw, but I wanted one thing NOT to be Ravenclaw colors. Hence the Sorting Bag. Plus he's got a look this Slytherin kinda likes!

Slytherin Button

For my fellow Slytherins...


Yesterday evening I knitted a small pouch for the stichmarkers, which I "baked" on thursday ;)
I hope my pal like the stichmarkers. On the photo is just one half of them, the others show the initial of my pal and I don´t wan´t to blab myself ;)
What do you guess whats my pals house ;)

may it be for you?

hopefully my ravenclaw pal will like it - blue & bronze are hard to find and so i choosed a fabric in blue & sandy. the flowers will be outside and inside the stripes. next weekend i will visit my parents and there will be also a sewing machine to finish the bag. you can see also some stitchmarkers in bronze with blue and silver on the pearls as well as a hand-dyed skein sockyarn.
so my kit isn´t finished at all - some more goodies are missing and i´m planning that it will start the travel in 3 weeks....