Mantacora's Knitting

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dueling - Round 3

OK, I'm exhausted. I was dueling all night and only got an hour of sleep. The pattern was fun, and I'd consider making a set for myself, but, um, my dueling partner is doing that.

I found the brown she liked just in time, and managed a set of nice chocolate Bella Mittens. It really is a good pattern for a newer knitter.....even as a first cable pattern.

It's a little snug, until you realize that the Mitten does not slide around on your hand, and then it's great. I did have a hard time getting the gauge, and had to drop to a smaller needle.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Next round!

Well, the requirements have been posted, and I've talked to my dueling partner, and I'm ready to go! Of course we don't get the pattern until Friday, but I can wait.......oh, wait, I need to get yarn.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Scavenger Hunt

OK, done with that little piece of work.......The Devil's snare was a pain as it was lurking in the basement.....which was actually good because the family snake was there and was happy to pose for me. Most of the stuff was around the house, but I had to sneak into the lab for the eyes. Getting to Gringott's is such a pain, so I had to use what was in my pouch....the scar was easy, I keep it with me. Anyway, they are more or less in order, they should be easy to figure out......So, here they all are:


OK, so you would not *believe* my housemate's familiar.....normally, cat's are not a problem, but *this* one eats my knitting......not all of it mind you, no, just likes breaking off the yarn and leaving me with an inch or so of soggy fiber.


Monday, March 16, 2009


1. On which day did the Order of the Phoenix come to get Harry?

c. Saturday

2. During all this chaos with voldemort and the Death Eaters, people still had lives to live and Ron's oldest brother, Bill decided to marry Fleur Delacour? Who were the uninvited guests at Bill and Fleur's wedding?

b. Death Eaters

3. Voldemort had seven Horcruxes hidden in different places. Six of them were hidden at the Gaunt shack, Hogwarts, a cave, inside Harry, inside his snake, Nagini and Tom Riddles Diary. Did Voldemort hide the last Horcrux inside the Malfoy's vault at Gringotts?

b. No

4. Why did the Dumbledore's move to Godric's Hollow?

c. The father went to Azkaban

5. Harry and Hermione read a part of "Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore," written by Rita Skeeter. Then they met Dumbledore's brother Abeforth and he told them the same story, just with a few details changed. Which of the following did Aberforth and Rita Skeeter agree on about Dumbdore's past?

b. That Dumbledore was friends with Grindelwald for a while.

6. When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, they visit the graveyard to see Harry's parent's graves. Harry walks by a tombstone that we later learn belong to tone of "The Three Broother'. The brother buried there once owned what?

b. The cloak

7. The Trio finds out that Luna had been kidnapped by the Death Eaters , and that they won't give her back until they got Harry Potter. Why did they kidnap Luna?

a. Her father sided with Harry and Dumbledore

8. After Voldemort killed Snape, he left the room and Harry came out from under the cloak. Snape gave Harry some of his memories all the way from when he was a child to just months before. Harry dived into the Pensieve and which of the following did he not see?

c. Snape and Lily having fun in a potions class

9. On the search of the Lost Diadem, Harry finally gets to takl to the Gray Lady. Who was the Gray Lady when she was alive?

c. Helena Ravenclaw.

10. Which of these is not one of Harry or Ron's children?

d. Victoria

Picture Scavenger Hunt
These pictures must either be posted to your blog or linked to from your blog.
Godric's Hollow

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hey! I figured out Etsy stores

Well, that is to say I figured out how to make one......way fun.

So, I've been following my swap partner around the school halls, which is not easy to do since the staircase keep moving. I found some things she seems to like and they will find their way into her package.

Why is it so hard to find green wrapping paper?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

WOW fast Purls - Finally

My spoilee has a u-tube vid on Norwegian purling that has all the promise to be a fast way to do purls! I can't wait to try it.....

Go here: It is the March 6th post:

My Owl Arrived Safely in Cincinnati

My Dueling partner has her package. I just wish I had better luck with the pattern. I had to frog the first cap twice before I found a way to decrease outside the diamond. My diamond was rather sad to, so I outlined it in black to make it stand out better. Hope she likes them.

Here is the whole package:


Glad I made those links on the side of the Blog page!

1. Who likes TeaPots and cat toys?
Chrysta the Cursed
2. Who wants Polyjuice so they can have Cullen Eyes? Cliondna Trelawney
3. Who wants postcards and a hardcover book? Elladora Madley
4. Who wants silky terrier? It is not a type of wool but a Dog. Winnifred Wartbobble
5. Who would like a wicked necklace and bloody stupid jonhson hat? Felly Pinkstone
6. Who never had anything made for her? Violet Starfire
7. Who learned how to knit with Maya and Soren? Kaae
8. Who is Pretty as a Peacock Pattern? Lily May Clearwater
9. Who does Fair Isle mittens and Tea for Toe up socks? Mafalda Grubbly-Plank
10. Who likes Cinnamon flavored coffee? Antonio de la Weasley
11. Who likes clever storage systems and mysteries? Mantacora Crimson (doesn't everyone?)
12. Who wants World Peace and Wool Wash? Violette Black
13. Whose Ancient Runes notebook holds the secret of Moonstone earrings? Mona Ravenscroft
14. Whose dog is on a low protein diet? Selena Starfire
15. Who does not have much of a ‘stash’ and favorite scent is Pine trees? Sian Doge
16. When you go to her wish list, you find yourself surfing the net? Suzie Weasley
17. Who really, REALLY misses Hawkins Cheezies, Big Turk chocolate bars? Ursula Longbottom
18. Who likes pencil things and rosewood? Elanor Cadogan
19. Russian nesting dolls and cute stationary are on this list. Winifred Hornswaggle
20. Who likes the Seven Dwarves and the Evil Stepmother? Bernadette Hobsworth

And there you have it, a very eclectic crew!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

And he showed up right on time!

Well how about that......just as I'm finishing the mittens for Round 2 of the duel, an owl shows up in the garage, no kidding:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

round 2!

So I'm all excited to start round two.......of course it hits on the busiest day at work where I'm not even likely to get home til after 10pm.......oh well. should be fun.