Friday, October 26, 2007


My sister's account of her experience seeing and meeting the fabulous J.K. Rowling is now over at my blog In Knitting News. Allison worked hard to get her experience into words. I hope you enjoy the read.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The JK Rowling Open Book Tour Sweepstakes

Anyone still out there knitting, reading, and continuing to enjoy all things Harry Potter?

I've mentioned my HP crazed sister in past posts. I've knitted her several hats, scarves and little HP related stuffed animals.

Well she won one of the 1,000 tickets to go see JK Rowling speak at Carnegie Hall in NYC on October 19th at 7PM. Click on the Click Here in the box to the right of the box with the picture of Jo to see the list of confirmed names. She is listed under OH, Allison, Age 27.

To say that Allison is over the moon with excitement is an understatement. You can read more about it, including who she is taking with her on this adventure sadly it's not me, over at my knitting blog In Knitting News. Please stop by and congratulate her in the comments!

Here is a recent picture of her beloved Harry Potter bookshelf often referred to as 'The Shrine.' It's filled with all sorts of fun books, toys, book boxes, pictures, a film reel of HP4, a set of the British stamps, calendars, and multiple handmade HP items, even a pillow made from a party napkin by a friend.

I'm so very happy for my sister.

Happy knitting everyone.


*UPDATE 10/23/07*
Yes Allison and Nicholas were there and they had a fabulous time. Allison is currently compiling what she has dubbed the MANIFESTO a scrapbook of sorts detailing her experience. I will be posting her write up on my blog when it is ready.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

WINNERS! After a very long time... and an apology

I'm back (finally) from vacation and so can (finally) announce the winners from the Second F.O. Contest!

A big congratulations to Lindsay, who did brilliantly with her Dark Mark scarf, which she not only knitted, but wrote the pattern for. Talk about impressive! By far and away our winner, Lindsay should get in touch with me ( for her lovely prizes.

And while Lindsay swept the contest, we couldn't ignore runner-up Just a Knit Wit, who's exciting and hilarious Woolly Voldemort series kept us tuning in weekly. If you didn't read them check here for Parts One, Two, Three, and Four. JaKW, you're going to get a little something too!

Thanks to everyone for participating in Part Two of our Harry Finished Projects Contest! All the entries were fantastic.

Also, a quick apology to all Snape apologists. I should have listened. I should have trusted. I should have believed Dumbledore. "The Prince's Tale" in this final book was close to undoing me. The final chapter with Albus Severus certainly did. Much appreciation to all the Snape fans who never did believe the *hype*. You folks stood up against a world of disbelievers, of which I was certainly one, and you should be proud.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

More Spoilers!

I refer you to the comments for these House Ghost spoilers!

Phoenix Feathers!

I hope it isn't too late to post here. I hope everybody isn't just going to go away and forget just because Book 7 has come out. There is so much more knitting to do, to celebrate and to remember. I, for one, will not only be finishing the Severus Snape Pomatomus Socks, but will be knitting a Severus Snape Lace Scarf too - the kind someone should have made for him, to make him feel wanted and loved.

But the last week has been spent up to the elbows in dye vats as I struggled to recreate the incredible plumage of Dumbledore's wonderful mythical phoenix, so that I could do justice to Socktopia's amazing Fawkes socks. Eventually I think I've got somewhere near.

What do you think? This is a very nice superwash merino/tencel blend which has a lovely silky texture and superb stitch definition. It should make very nice Fawkes socks. I dyed four skeins so three of them will go up on eBay this evening under the Celtic Memory label and the last is mine, mine, all MINE. The socks start tonight...

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Final Contest Submissions

Here are submissions for Part Two of the Big Harry Contest.

KnitWhit's Wizard's Hat.

Cheryl's Gryffindor socks.

Treesh's Gryffindor top, Slytherin top, Hufflepuff top, her Gryffindor pets, Baby Hedwig, Trevor the Toad, and Crookshanks and her Phoenix Tears scarf, all found here.

Lindsay's Dark Mark Illusion scarf.

Janet's Hufflepuff scarf.

Just a Knit Whit's Woolly Voldemort.

Birdwell's Hogwarts House Bracelets.

Mandy's Golden Snitch.

Karen's Sheldon the Turtle.

Scarves for all Seasons (a.k.a. Karen A)'s Slytherin Socks, Gryffindor socks, or Hufflepuff socks.

Please vote for your favorite in our sidebar poll! Voting will be up from now, Tues, 7/31 through Sat, 8/4. Or, knowing this KAL host, voting will be up at least that long ;-).

Good luck!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Late Entry

here are my Gryffindor socks made for a swap...