Sunday, December 14, 2008

My package

My swap package from Emma Scamander arrive late Friday night. After feed her owl and sending it on it's way back to Maryland. I eagerly tore into the package.
Everything was wrapped in Hufflepuff colored tissue paper. After reading a very nice note I opened the smallest package which held a beautiful book mark. I then unwrapped a scarf in my favorite colors that was made with wool that was hand dyed by Emma.
The next packages held three types of yarns. A skein of Socks that Rock (my favorite sock yarn) in Christmas Balls, 2 Skeins of Lorna's Laces in a great blue and grey color and the final one was a hand dyed sock yarn in Hufflepuff colors. I also received a great pattern titled "Weasley Homestead" and two sets of Knit Pick needles (my favorites). I also got some hand made stitch markers. All in all a great package and worth the wait. Thanks Emma!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quiz #7

1. If this was your first HSKS, have you enjoyed yourself. If you are alumni, was this term better than other terms (if so how)?

This is my first term and I really have enjoyed it. I wish I could have had more time to participate in more House Chats etc...but work and school do keep me pretty busy.

2. Will you be returning for HSKS7?

I am planning to return for HSKS7

3. What is your favorite part of HSKS?

I'm enjoying seeing all of the pictures of the kits and finished items. It's given me lots of ideas for my kit.

4. If you had the chance to switch houses next term would you? What house would you be in?
I'm a Hufflepuff through and through. No switching for me.

5. Are there any problems that you need to talk to the Head Girl or Prefects about?


6. Has your Spoiler been in contact with you about your package?


7. Have you been in contact with your Spoilee to let them know you are still with us? ;)


Quidditch Round 3

1. Who was Tom Riddle Sr.'s girlfriend before Merope gave him the love potion?
b. Cecilia

2. What does Luna say floated into Harry's ear when he was in the train car that supposedly caused him to lose focus?
c. Wrackspurt

3. How much do the primary Apparition lessons cost?
d. 12 galleons

4. What is Professor Merrythought's first name?
b. Galatea

5. What Hogwarts club was Eileen Prince captain of?
b. Gobstones Club

6. Who is head of the Goblin Liaison office?
b. Dirk Cresswell

7. Mrs. Weasley offers Fleur a goblin-made tiara for the wedding with Bill. What family member is currently in possession of the tiara?
a. Aunt Muriel

8. How many points does Snape take from Gryffindor for Harry's late arrival and muggle attire?
b. 70

9. When Profressory Slughorn first meets Hermione, he asks her whether she is related to Hector Dagworth-Granger. What society did Dgworth-Granger found?
d. The Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers

10. Which of these describes Golpalott's Third Law?
d. The antidote for a blended poison will be equal to more than the sum of the antidotes for each of the separtea components

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The trick is on Suzie

Well I thought I would be able to say that my owl had picked up my package and was well on it's way south to Esmerelda's. However, I seem to be stuck in an endless Groundhog Day scenario with my helper elf. There was one thing for my kit that I needed help with and I brought to my helper weeks ago. However, every time I go to pick it up I am met with a sheepish shrug and an apology of not having enough time this week to work on it. I'm getting a little desperate and frustrated. Hopefully the ultimatium delivered last week will prompt my helper elf to do her work.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Hufflepuff Story :)

Professor Lupin was having a terrible morning, and it wasn't even breakfast yet. Someone broke into the Transfiguration classroom the night before, hid a Boggart in the closet, and set loose 53 doxies. How did he know there were 53 doxies? Because each one took a bite out of his heart as he tried to capture it, and Madame Pomfrey had to write each wound separately. And comment annoyingly about how Professor McGonegall would've had the room cleared out with 2 waves of a wand.

It took forever to get out of the infirmary, and by then Professor Lupin was in a foul mood. Luckily, he knew how to improve it: by finding the culprits and making him, her or them pay. Lupin had overheard some students giggling in the hallways the other day about Suzie Weasley's stash of doxy eggs, so he had a good idea of who to interrogate first. Unfortunately for him, but rather fortunately for Suzie the common room password had recently been changed to Hufflepuff, so Lupin couldn't enter. Nearly Headless Nick looked up from his portrait and laughed at the cursing, frustrated Professor.

The old Professor Lupin would have thrown a hissy fit at being taunted by a mere portrait, and blasted the thing all the way into the [10]th floor girl's bathroom. The new Professor Lupin went to -12 weeks of Anger Management classes, punched a lot of pillows, and took up Knitting. And started subscribing to the Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes catalogue.

Professor Lupin's first class off the day was Transfiguration with the 3rd year Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws. It took them 2 hours to clean up after the entire carton of Sneakescopes that went off and clung to their robes, schoolbooks, and any exposed flesh. The students all knew that Suzie Weasley was planning to do something in Transfiguration to get Professor Lupin, so everyone blamed her for the prank and gave her the cold shoulder for 17 days, until Esmerelda Beanswallow blew up the Herbology classroom with a misplaced charm and became the new pariah-of-the-hour.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz

1. Name of a male professor at Hogwarts: Lupin
2. A subject at Hogwarts: Transfiguration
3. A prime number between 53 and 1000: 53
4. A professor at Hogwarts (either gender): McGonegall
5. A body part: Heart
6. A verb: Writing
7. Your character name: Suzie Weasley
8. Your favorite Quidditch team: Hufflepuff
9. Someone (or someones) you'd find in a portrait at Hogwarts: Nearly Headless Nick
10. A number between 1 and 7: 8
11. 20 minus your answer for #10: -12
12. A craft (noun): Knit
13. A Hogwarts House other than Hufflepuff: Ravenclaw
14. Something they'd sell in Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes that makes a big mess, loud noise, lots of smoke, or general nuisance: Sneakescope
15. The character name of another swapper in HSKS6: Esmerelda Beanswallow
16. A subject at Hogwarts: Herbology

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lots of work, but almost done

I'm almost complete with my kit, just one or two odds and ends to add and then I can send it off to Esmerelda. I'm excited to see what I get in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

What animal does the portrait in the Muggle Prime Minster’s office resemble?
b. Frog

2. What drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Gillywater

3. What is the name of the person who heads the Holyhead Harpies?
b. Gwenog Jones

4. How many ‘Exceeds Expectation’ grades does Harry receive in his O.W.L’s?
c. 5

5. What is Professor Slughorn’s favorite candy?
d. Crystallized Pineapple

6. What tattoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?
c. Hippogriff

7. What color robes do the staff at the Weasley’s shop wear?
b. Magenta

8. What is the man outside Flourish and Blotts selling?
a. Amulets

9. How much is the skull, which Hermione enquires about at Borgin and Burkes, worth?
c. 16 Galleons

10. What are Professor Slughorn’s initials?
b. H.E.F

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Just got back from my first visit to Hogsmeade. The Headmistress decided to let first years go this time, which was such a treat. It was so much fun, but super crowded. I saw a lot of fellow Hufflepuffs, but I mostly wanted to explore on my own this time.  I didn't come back with anything too excited except I did get some chocolate frogs, which is one of my favorite treats. 

I did take a look through all the stores and I think my favorite was Gladrags WizardWear with all its different kinds of robes. I saw this beautiful black robe with yellow embroidering  that caught my eye that I loved. I couldn't get it right now but if I save a little and combine it with the money I get for Christmas I should be able to buy it. 

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz #2

1. Which is your favorite book in the series (and why)?
I go back and forth about what one is my favorite, but I think it's Goblet of Fire. I thought the whole story was great and it's when the series took a turn from great kids books to something that engaged my imagination for weeks on end. I associate all the books with good or great memories (My favorite is discovering the books in the Borders by the Twin Towers. POA had just come out and I read about it in the NY Times. I ended up reading 1/2 of the first one in store, bought all three in hardcover and came back almost an hour late from lunch).

2. If you were taking Owls, which class would you get an E in? Would you get any Ts?
I'd probably get Es in Transfiguration and History of Magical Arts (I'm a history junkie). I'd probably get a T in potions (I tend not to closely follow recipes when cooking so I can only imagine what I'd do with a potion).

3. Who is you favorite characters (or characters) in the Harry Potter series?
Hermione, Fred and George, Ginny and Harry

4. If you had to pick 1 character for a roommate, who would you pick and why? Who'd be your least favorite to have as a roommate?
I'd pick Ginny Weasley. She's had to hold her own with all those brothers and would know how to be easy going and share. I'd hate to share a room with Ron.

5. Hufflepuffs are a hardworking bunch, but also a bit mischevious. Which Hogwarts professor would you most like to prank, and how would you do it>
I would love to play a prank on Dumbledore (if you're gonna do it you may as well go for the gold). However, I have no idea how to get him since he's probably seen it all (and done some pranking himself). I suspect I would need to pay Fred and George a consulting fee.

6, Favorite DADA professor?
Lupin (a real teacher who knew how to challenge his students)

7. Favorite magical creatures?
Hippogriffs, Fawkes the Phoenix and the ghost horses that pulled the carriages in OoTP (I can't remember their names and haven't been able to find it online)

8. What is your favorite food in the HP Universe?
ButterBeer and Chocolate Frogs

9. Broom, floo powder, portkey or magic carpet?

10. Since we're Hufflepuffs...Yellow or Black?
Black (Born and bred in NYC where black is sometimes the only color)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


1. At the beginning of the book, Cornelius Fudge is talking to the Muggle Prime Minister. Which member of the Order of the Phoenix has recently been found dead?
c. Emmeline Vance

2. What animal does Bellatrix Lestrange kill when she and her sister, Narcissa, are going to see Professor Snape?
b. Fox

3. What time does Professor Dumbledore collect Harry from Privet Drive?
b. 11 p.m.

4. What did Professor Slughorn transform into when he was trying to hide from Harry and Professor Dumbledore?
a. An armchair

5. What grade did Harry get for Herbology?
a. E – Exceeds Expectation

6. Herbert Chorley, the Prime Minister’s Junior Minster, has been entertaining the public by impersonating which animal?
b. A duck

7. What is Professor Sprout’s first name?
d. Pomona

8. What is Dumbledore’s idea of ‘a few words’?
d. nitwit, oddment, blubber and tweak

9. Who is Marcus Belby’s famous uncle?
b. Damocles

10. What is Snape’s mother’s name?
b. Eileen Prince




Professor Sprout

Professor Dumbledore

Monday, September 22, 2008

Picture Day

Unfortunately I don't have any grade school pictures scanned in my computer, despite the abundance of them currently on Facebook from old classmates. Here's a picture from my trip to San Francisco last year. 

Sue in a tree 2

Friday, September 19, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz # 1

As requested:

1. Do you knit and/or crochet?
Mostly knit, but I do some crochet

2. How long have you been at your craft?
3 years knitting. I learned to crochet when I was young from my grandmother, but I didn't keep up with it. I re-learned about 6 months ago.

3. Do you spin? If yes do you use a drop spindle or wheel?

4. What is your favorite color?
Mostly blues, but I do also like greens, reds and purples

5. Do you have any other hobbies?
Reading and listening to music are my other big hobbies. I also love baseball.

6. What are your favorite yarns/fibers?
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, Koigu, Lorna's Laces and most Knit Picks yarns (I can't wear anything made from Wool of the Andes because I'm allergic to 100% wool. However, I can make bags from it)

7. What are your least favorite yarns/fibers?

8. Are there any yarns you've been eyeing and wanting to try?
Shibui sock yarn

9. What are you currently working on?
A baby sweater, toddler coat (both for friends) and my first pair of toe-ups socks.

10. What is your favorite finished object?
My Fawkes socks (they were my first completed pair) and the sweater I made for my nephew Basil (also a first).


Basil's sweater

11. Are there any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn?
Fair Isle

12. What is your favorite type of book/movie?
I'm definitely a sci-fi girl

13. Who is your favorite person at Hogwarts?

14. Favorite class and/or subject at Hogwarts?

15. How many family members do you have?
Including me there are 5

16. What is your favorite fall activity?
Eating apples

17. How many projects do you have on your needles/hooks?
I think 5, but there maybe one of two rogue ones stuffed in a bag somewhere.

18. What is your favorite type of footwear?

19. What is your beverage of choice?
Red Wine

20. What is your favorite part of Half-Blood Prince?
When Hermione sets the flock of birds on Ron.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I've heard from both my swap partners! I've been doing some searching and I think I've come up with a good idea for my spoilee.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Suzie's Info

Potter ID: Suzie Weasley

Rav ID: suecraine

I am allergic to: 100% wool and wasabi

Pets I have: sadly none (my cat passed away earlier this year)

My favorite yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight

If you are a Ravenclaw, do you prefer the film colors or the book colors? N/A

My favor flavor: Chocolate and salt mixed together

My favorite holiday: Halloween

I would like to receive a sock kit

List your favorite brand of needles or hooks, including size and length: Knit Picks Harmony Wood fixed circulars sizes 0-2, in either 40" or 47" lengths (I'm a magic loop addict)

Is there a brand that you are dying to try? Not really. I am a little curious about Addi Lace

I've participated in HSKS: 0 times

Do you have a birthday during this swap? No

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Made some headway in adding some things to the layout so it doesn't look so bare. I believe I added all my fellow Hufflepuffs, but there seems to one link that isn't showing. Hope I can figure out what's wrong. 

Friday, September 12, 2008

Phew. It's not easy being a first year trying to figure out all the rules and regs. Took me almost 45 minutes to get the logo and link up onto to blog. I hope it gets easier.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

1st Post

In order to participate in a knitting swap I needed to create a blog. It will probably be pretty limited to the swap requirements and maybe some knitting talk