Saturday, June 30, 2012

Activities Update

Last chance to turn in June Homework today! 

If you've been busy finishing up projects, here's what you might have missed around the den:

Spinners: Tour de Fleece starts next week!  Beginner helpHalf OwlFiber purchases (with Photo!) 

Library: Several people stopped in with book photos for a badge, including a Cookbook guarding Dragon, Reading Flamingos, An adorable elephant, a Mr Nilsson monkey, A sweater for reading in and bookmarks for the HMchallenge!

Tv/Movie: Theater goers have just about finished up with Grace Kelly, commenting on the slower pace of old movies and Hitchcock's filming style.
Also, the death of Nora Ephron and a reminder that the next crafting movie weekend is Star Trek July 13-15.

Cleaners: the laundry! tidy and clean - dusted and vacuumed. settled in the new apartmentCan I count weeding?

Sock-along: Dobby Socks for Dobby's birthday, Sock Progress, Tour de Sock,

games:  Yak!  Kindle!  Excellency!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Staff

We're talking to lea67000, one of our Cete Mama's!

Tell us someting interesting about yourself.
I’m pregnant, baby badger is expected in December!

What started you crafting?
The lust for nice socks and unique clothing.

What’s the most exciting thing you crafted last term?
My Birdwalk socks (they even won a prize!!!).

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
Hufflepuff winning the House cup.
Hufflepuff winning a 4th Quidditch cup in a row.
More time to knit I must destash to make room for baby.

We’re vacationing at your house this summer! Don’t panic, we’ll get hotel rooms but you have to entertain us. What local attraction are we going to go see?
I’d take you with me to hike in the Vosges (the nearby mountains).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Activities Update!

Another week gone - have you turned your homework in yet?

Anyway, here's what's been happening around the den:
Spinners: Plying! Inspirational Progress Shots! silk!
Library: In the Library, they're talking about The Hunger Games movie, talking with mom about books and mother/daughter book clubs, hand crafted bookmarks, and lots of books we've been reading.
Theater: The Moviegoers are watching films starring Grace Kelly; aka Gracia Patricia Grimaldi, Princesse de Monaco this week.  Also, last minute Labyrinth submissions.


games: Still playing Last Letter First.
Amigurumi:  AnimalSmaug

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quidditch Challenge Two Participants Roll Call

Congrats to all the participants of the House Colors Biathlon Quidditch Challenge! Thanks go to winddremer88 for compiling this list.

Be sure to give each other Hi5s for having such a good turn out to the following people!

tinfu (no pic)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday Staff!

Yes, I know it's Monday.  It's called Sunday Staff anyway.
Today, we're talking to lleavid, one of our wonderful Cete Mamas!

Tell us something interesting about yourself. I’m a pilot, although I haven’t flown since I had kids. I used to fly little planes like Cessna 182s.

What started you crafting? I had to go on bed rest with my first son (he’s 18 now) and someone gave me a cross stitch kit. I told them I didn’t know how to do it and they told me that everything I needed was in the kit.

What’s the most exciting thing you crafted last term? My Lacy Cocoon Sweater. Last year I made 2 of them, one for my sister and one for my mom, and finally I got to make one for me.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for? Money, good health, and for my children to be happy in life.

We’re vacationing at your house this summer! Don’t panic, we’ll get hotel rooms but you have to entertain us. What local attraction are we going to go see? The World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium as well as Ikea. There’s a lot to do in Atlanta, but those are some pretty iconic Atlanta things.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Activities Update!

In honor of 15 on the 15th in HECK, Today we're doing the photo edition of the activities update!



Cleaners:  Have you seen the cleaner's delightful Badges?  You can earn them all term long!


The Gamers are still playing Last Letter First and wish to remind you that there are no turns, just jump in whenever!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Get 15 on the 15th!

It's the 15th!  Do you know where your homework is?

Let's all get 15 on the 15th.  Take those photos you've been putting off, add that project page, figure out your class prompts.

If every Hufflepuff student earned an extra 15 points per month, we'd be giving all the other houses a true run for their galleons and the House Cup.

Today is the day!

... and if you get stuck on working your project into a class, come brainstorm in HECK or play a round of Stump the HECKMistriss!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Staff

Today we're talking to theresmiling (AKA Elena) who is in charge of our Movie Thread (where they're watching Labyrinth this week)!

Tell us someting interesting about yourself.
Don’t know if this is interesing, but something that makes me different from most people I know is that I’m a lefty. Yay lefties!

What started you crafting?
As a kid it was school, of course. We had to crochet and sew and do some other fibre and needle crafts. Later it was interest and unemployment that brought me back into crafting and made me learn how to knit. My mother tought me how to knit and together we knitted my first sweater. That was four and a half years ago.

What’s the most exciting thing you crafted last term?
Hmm… maybe my Protego! e-reader sleeve. I wrote the pattern for Charms in February. It’s my first pattern, which makes it exciting. It can be downloaded on Ravelry. So go and fave, queue and knit it. ;o)

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
to always have a goal or a dream left to work towards,
to be able to travel to some places I’d like to visit (like Britain over and over, but also Iceland, Finland, Canada, etc.),
to only have nice people around, among them some really good friends.

We’re vacationing at your house this summer! Don’t panic, we’ll get hotel rooms but you have to entertain us. What local attraction are we going to go see?
Slight heartattack here. But I’m relieved you’ll be staying at a hotel.
I’m in the south of Germany, only about 30km south of Suttgart. So, what would I show you? All the pretty castles of course. And Stuttgart, where we can visit the Mercedes Benz Museum and the Prosche Museum, the world’s first television tower (that is also the first armoured concrete building), or the ballet (that is said to be one the world’s best and most famous). I would also take you geocaching through the beautiful landscape that we have here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Activities Update!

Points are in for May - did you do as well as you hoped? 
Have you seen all the NQFY's peeking around corridors?  They're exploring houses this month.  Fair warning:  I also invited them into all the activity threads, so you might see them there too.  I'm sure you'll all be friendly; you always are.
Anyway, here's what's been happening around the den:

Spinners: Spinning for quidditch! Spinning OWL!  "the roving seems to be turning itself inside out as I’m drafting it."  "I just need to figure out why the drive band always keeps falling/jumping off."  Lots of helpful answers in the spinning thread this week!
Library: Clarification on Summer reading challenge: E-books are OKListening vs reading in non-native languagesBook photos!
Tv/Movie: The Movie Crew is watching and crafting for Labyrinth (and there's a badge!).  Also: Poll for next movie weekend.
Cleaners: Cleaning updates.   Lost living roomsdiaper stripping?

Sock-along: The sock along has been quiet this week.  Everyone must be hard at work on their socks!
games: Yellow! WizardDruid!  Yep, the gamers are still at it; playing Last letter first.
 "I keep ending up with the wrong number of stitches." "how did you mark the round?"

Hufflepets has made a brief appearance to update us on TheWindWraith's collies enjoying their new backyard and vspringer's new pup!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Getting into HECK... with friends!

Getting into HECK with friends is fun!

This month, our challenge promotes Interhouse Unity as we partner up with the Snakes of Slytherin. 

Make a new friend, craft a project inspired by their projects, their favorite fandoms, their shoe size, their kids, where they live, the fact that they know someone who appreciates silly Lightning McQueen shaped hats like you do… oh wait, that’s me. :oP

Challenge projects can be any craft, submitted to any class... this month, it all counts.  So, let's get out there and make new friends!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Staff

Say hello to our Birthday badger: nwheatley!

Tell us something interesting about yourself. - I can’t think of anything.
Kaypendragon says "This is a cop out.  This Spring, Naomi hand made her daughter's Prom dress and moved house!"

What started you crafting?
I found some embroidery things at a yard sale when I was 8 or 9 and begged my mom to teach me more.

What’s the most exciting thing you crafted last term?
My OWL…4 pair of colorwork socks.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
 A nice home of my own, purchase fiber/yarn whenever I want it, and to be able to retire from the workforce but still live comfortably.

We’re vacationing at your house this summer! Don’t panic, we’ll get hotel rooms but you have to entertain us. What local attraction are we going to go see?
 Wildlife Safari

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Activities Update : June!!

It's a new month, and that means new challenges!  I hope you all saw the HECK announcement about pairing up with the Slytherins for a Fandom competition!  If you missed it, go check it out and then come back here to find out what else you might have missed around the den:

Spinners:  Learning finished yarn! A new wheel for next Christmas? Spinning for Homework in June ideas!

Library:  The Library has a new Challenge for June and July (with Badges!)  And has been invited to join the Ravenclaws for a Fantasy Readalong!  Also: “The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks”1Q84 by MurakamiGinny's Yarn Along.

Tv/Movie:  Rewatching SherlockDr. Who and Torchwood. The trailer for Tim Burton’s new animated film FrankenweenieLate thoughts on Whale RiderPlan Ahead: June 8-10 The theater goers will be watching and crafting to Labyrinth.

Cleaners:  Decluttering in preparation for a Summer Party"I’ll not say “clutter-free” ... but “mostly uncluttered” would be lovely.Cleaning Break while waiting for the new house!  You can still earn badges with the Cleaners!

Sock-along: Don't forget, you can still earn your Dobby or Dumbledore badges in the Sock-along.  But you must see what Knitreaver made:
Awesome!!  And there are a ton more beautiful socks in the Sock-Along thread.  Go take a peek and be inspired!

games:After a brief pause to discuss video games, the Gamers are back at it with a new word game: Last Letter First. 

Amigurumi: We have a NEW ACTIVITY for June!  The Amigurumi/Softie makers are going to let their fandom flag fly!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Quidditch Archive: Challenge One

Challenge One ended recently, and wowzers did we turn out a huge number of submissions!

Spinning! Dying! Minisocks!These are listed in reverse turn in order, for those with the tag PuffQS12Socks in their submission post.

  •  kerryespins 
  •  NarcissaM 
  •  SFCorgi
  •  KristiRose
  •  BlueSocksUK 
  •  Hazelly 
  •  JMN 
  •  Katniss 
  •  Marushka
  •  MiaParanoia 
  •  minsue 
  •  cariboustar
  •  Boggles
  •  acwmaiden
  •  Melanthe
  •  thestitchinwench
  •  ScarletFever
  •  sbfh 
  •  Winddreamer88 
  •  RavenLuna 
  •  Shawn 
  •  ChellBelle 
  •  SharonLuvs2Knit2 
  •  mshuffles 
  •  bellymonster 
  •  frimptes 
  •  Knittingsheeple 
  •  Jenstc2003 
  •  coribug 
  •  Lyonette 
  •  Klio82 
  •  lanismom 
  •  Rubypearl 
  •  CastAwayCreation 
  •  Whoogi
  •  Myrtle2911 
  •  Sdhsmc86
  •  Luckynumbers
  •  Alchemycat 
  •  Bryshamom 
  •  nummanumma 
  •  mediaperuana 
  •  PprmntMochaMama 
  •  tinfu 
  •  Simplyme5252 
  •  LydiaDiane 
  •  smbennett 
  •  rtambascio 
  •  delphinegarnier 
  •  craftyshanna
  •  GardeniaPatti 
  •  nwheatley 
  •  silverbison 
  •  finasc 
  •  Scrapdash 
  •  WomblingStar 
  •  MsOyster 
  •  bijou3owl 
  •  onyxravnos 
  •  andy8715 
  •  theresmiling 
  •  CorianderLeaves 
  •  Kaypendragon 
  •  SuperM 
  •  pinkpuffy 
  •  hawnsmith 
  •  banklady6 
  •  paulinaknits 
  •  lmolin 
  •  cyberjill 
  •  torsparkles 
  •  McZabe
  •  purlingkitten
  •  kazpatch 
  •  Tangeldav 
  •  KnitWit685 
  •  Knitsblue 
  •  briezee 
  •  PrivateJane 
  •  fantasium 
  •  HogwartsKnitting 
  •  BrandiAlyssa 
  •  Sandy62 
  •  Solfjader 
  •  Redqueen 
  •  tigerbeat 
  •  ozzma
  •  Hafknits 
  •  Modestshaylin 
  •  slothmuffin
  •  stitchbot
  •  SameOldKnit
  •  yarnvista 
  •  maineknitter1975 
  •  kristelknab 
  •  Dottydori 
  •  jen2291 
  •  littlefit
  •  LumosKP
  •  zillalatte 
  •  piedpeacock 
  •  midwestAliceAnn 
  •  KnitInferno 
  •  Twirlymom 
  •  PatriciaO 
  •  Lea67000