Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz #2

1 Which is your favorite book in the series (and why)?
The Half Blood Prince; of course because of Dumbledore's claim of loving knitting patterns, Harry's private lessons and learning more about Tom Riddle, Fred and George being successful, proving that there was more to them than just a couple of jokesters, students learning more complicated magic (non-verbal spells).

2 If you were taking Owls, which class would you get an E in? Would you get any Ts?
Potions and Charms, I think I would do well in both of those. History of Magic, not so good. History has never been my strong suit.

3 Who is your favorite character (or characters) in the Harry Potter series?
The Weasley brothers: Ron because I relate to being the side-kick, Fred and George because they would always be a good time

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?
Ron Weasley, he's a loyal friend. Least favorite would be Draco Malfoy, he seems like the spoiled rich kid who thinks he's better than everyone else.

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?
Professor Snape, because I think he was very cruel to his students. I would put a charm on the class room that would cause the song "Disco Inferno" to be played every time someone light a fire under their cauldron.

6 Favorite DADA professor? (from the books, Lucius does NOT count :)
Professor Lupin, he really taught defensive magic.

7 Favorite magical creatures? (Also, if for example you like a certain creature in general, but not how they are represented in the HP canon, feel free to elaborate :)
I don't have a particular favorite magical creature. but I do like how they weren't protrayed as cute and cuddly because they were magic creatures. Many were dangerous, yet beautiful and yet there were fearsome creatures that could be tame and helpful.

8 What is your favorite food in the HP universe? Which food or foods would you like to try in real life? Do you have any recipes to share with us ;)?
chocolate frogs, because I love chocolate and it would be cool for a chocolate to leap like a frog before you could eat it. I used to collect bubblegum cards when I was younger too.

9 Broom, floo powder, portkey, or magic carpet?
While riding a broom would be cool, what do you do with it once you get there? Carry it over your shoulder. A portkey could be any small object that would instantly transport you. I could be something that you keep in your pocket.

10 Since we're Hufflepuffs... Yellow or Black?
I like the combination of the colors, plus variants of them as well such as gold, mustard and grey. Doesn't have to just be Canary Yellow and Coal Black.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

An Angel Named Penelope

During HSKS5 I turned out to have the dreaded "Missing In Action" Owl. My spoiler had dutifully sent her package by Priority Owl, but it never arrived at the destination. I suspect the poor owl had been cunfunded as the Owl Post Information Center reported that owl could not deliver nor return the package. It sounds suspiciously like the work of dark wizards.

When it appeared that it was unlikely that this owl would ever turn up, Deputy Headmistress Wisteria Lovegood made sure that I would receive an Angel Package. Thanks to the lovely Penelope of Flitwick, from the Gryffindor house, I received my package today.


I see a big yellow satchel!

I'll have to keep my room-mates Draco and Rufus away from all those sweets

The Hufflepuff boy's dormitory will be smelling pretty sweet with the Lavender Reed Diffuser and the Aromatherapy Foam Bath Gels. There's also a set of KnitPicks Harmony DPNs and 2 skeins of Wildefoote sock yarn. I'm going to try out the Fred & George Not-So-Identical sock pattern with that!

Thanks again to Penelope and Wisteria for making sure I was not left out of HSKS5.

Hat Dueling - Round 1

It was a close battle, but in the end my dueling partner Arriana Stylos came out ahead. Both of our owls delivered today, but according to the Owl Post confirmation her package arrived 1 1/2 hours earlier than mine. We each got a hat that we love and she will be advancing to the next round. I'll be cheering her on, until she faces a fellow Hufflepuff that is.

This is the hat that I made for Arrianna

Close up of the stitches

Like several duelers, my first hat came out too small. I always go down a needle size when working with worsted weight. This came out small enough for a child's hat. It will go to the Knitting Guild's Charity Knitting

Both hats... see the size difference...

The hat I received from Arriana

Uncle Vincenzio Ricardo thinks he looks devilishly handsome in my new hat!

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 Sluhorn 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

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This turned out to be perfect timing as I traveled with Uncle Vincenzio this weekend to the states, New Hampshire to be exact, for the wedding of Fiona and Mijan Fawkes. It was quite the affair and I think I looked quite dapper in my pin-stripe suit. Uncle Vincenzio took this picture of me while I was on the dance floor.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hufflepuff Quiz #1

1. Do you knit and/or crochet? Knitter

2. How long have you been at your craft? Over 20 years

3. Do you spin? If yes do you use drop spindle or wheel. The Knitting Guild had a Drop Spindle demo which I participated in. I haven't touched it since then.

4. What is your favorite color? Blue

5. Do you have any other hobbies? Between knitting and Harry Potter who has time???

6. What are your favorite yarns/fibers? Wool, Alpaca, Silk and blends of them.

7. What are your LEAST favorite yarns/fibers? Eyelash yarns and cheap acrylics that feel like plastic

8. Are there any yarns that you’ve been eyeing and wanting to try? I've never met a natural fiber I didn't like

9. What are you currently working on? Socks and a lace shawl

10. What is your favorite Finished Object? (Pictures are welcome.) Fiber Trends Felted Slippers

11. Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? Combination Knitting, I've heard of it, but never learned it.

12. What is you favorite type of book or movie? Comic book Superhero movie; Xmen, Superman... surprisingly I have not seen Dark Knight

13. Who is your favorite person at Hogwarts? Ron Weasley

14. Favorite class and/or subject at Hogwarts? Charms

15. How many family members do you have? Antonio has his Mum, Dad, his grandparents; Grampa and Grammie dela Weasley (Dad's parents), Nonnie and Poppa (Mum's parents), twin sister Antonia and his Uncle Vincenzio Ricardo

16. What is your favorite Fall activity? Nothing really in particular

17. How many projects do you have on your needles/hook? 2 pairs of socks, lace shawl, 2 scarves, stocking cap, cardigan (needs to be assembled)

18. What is your favorite type of footwear? Sneakers

19. What is your favorite beverage of choice? Diet Ginger-Ale

20. What is your favorite park of Half-blood Prince? Dumbledore saying "I do love knitting patterns"

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Potter Name: Antonio dela Weasley

Rav ID: yarnguy716

I am allergic to: none

Pets that I have: my yarn is my pet :-); no pets

My favorite yarn: I never met a yarn I didn't like. I just bought some Platinum Sock Yarn from Wool2Dye4 and it feels scrumptious. I can't wait to dye it and I am definitely keeping a skein for myself!

If you are a Ravenclaw, do you prefer the film colors or the book colors? N/A I'm a Puff!

My favorite flavor: CHOCOLATE! (trying to stay on program with Weight Watchers, but a little bit never killed anyone, you never know when a Dementor might show up!)

My favorite holiday: Christmas

I would like to receive a: Sock kit

List your favorite brand of needles or hooks, including size and length: Addi Turbo or Inox; US2, 40" cable

Is there a brand that you are dying to try?: Knit Picks Harmony Circulars

I've participated in HSKS: (How many times have you participated in HSKS swaps?) This is my 3rd time

Do you have a birthday during this swap? If so which day? My birthday was at the beginning of last term.