Thursday, December 18, 2008

Things I have done did.

I have been unable to post pictures for a while because my scanner/printer/copier/fishscaler/ginzuknife/juicer/inflatablematress/hearingaid that is supposed to work, sort works, but has convinced my computer that it should not, on any account, speak with my camera. However, other people have continued being quite nice and posting pictures of things I send them, so I will post the links here, and you can go see the stuff there. is a link to the package I sent Megaera from the HSS4. I was quite late, and she was quite gracious. She very kindly pairs the explanation of the socks with an actual picture of them - I did not even take one.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chrysta comes through like a champ.

Terese, chrysta the cursed, was my upstream for HSKS6. What did it contain? Only the very best and most thoughtful items. The EXACT needles I wanted, (Kollage square doublepoints, only available in this country since October, size 0)which are hard to find and had to be mail ordered from far away... a little sheep purse for stitch markers and other tiny knitting essentials that traveled to me all the way from Nepal, luscious chocolate to drive off the dementors, two sock patterns - one named after a character in my fan fic, no less, although I have no idea if Chrysta knew this, or was reaching into the beyond... the very exact color of the very exact sock yarn I have been dieing to try all summer - Plymouth Happy Feet in ccolor 4, which resembles kettle-dyed red, four ounces of fantastic Border Leicester roving from a sheep local to her, dyed by her. It will make the perfect sock yarn. There was a bookmark that features Glinda, the good witch, and says "Only bad witches are ugly" and a set of Chibi needles in a Gryffindor Gold Chibi needle case...

But the central point of the package was the tote she sent me, which she designed, knit and felted. It is a perfect knitting tote. First of all, it stays open, so you can see what is in there. Second, it has the coolest pocket on the inside which is actually big enough to put something in. And thirdly, well, it is in Gryffindor stripes. She calls it the "Portable knitting tote" and says the pattern will be up on Ravelry soon - I say look for it, get it, it is a GREAT bag. You could stripe it, you could solid it, you could festoon it with any number of gee gaws or leave it plain. It is a great design and you will want one when you see mine.

Unfortunately, my camera and my computer are still not on speaking terms and I will probably have to uninstall the printer/scanner/copier/Ginsuknife/pocketfisherman/survivaltool that I have here, do the pictures and reinstall, which for a person like me is a major undertaking. I am going to see if she has posted pics, and maybe get her to, if she hasn't. This is definately a kit that should NOT be missed.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


. Who was Tom Riddle Sr.'s girlfriend before Merope gave him the love potion?
a. Eleanor
b. Cecilia
c. Sally
d. Mandy

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

3. How much do the primary Apparition lessons cost?
a. 10 galleons
b. 8 galleons
c. 15 galleons
d. 12 galleons

4. What is Professor Merrythought's first name?
a. Eileen
b. Galatea
c. Carol
d. Jocelyn

5. What Hogwarts club was Eileen Prince captain of?
a. Charms Club
b. Gobstones Club
c. The Slug Club
d. Occlumency Club

6. Who is head of the Goblin Liaison office?
a. Ambrosius Flume
b. Dirk Cresswell
c. Ciceron Harkiss
d. Barnabas Cuffe

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 Murielb. Aunt Ethel
c. Aunt Edna
d. Aunt Thelma

8. How many points does Snape take from Gryffindor for Harry's late arrival and muggle attire?
a. 30
b. 70c. 50
d. 90

9. When Profressory Slughorn first meets Hermione, he asks her whether she is related to Hector Dagworth-Granger. What society did Dgworth-Granger found?
a. The Most Extraordinary Society of Charms
d. The Most Extraordinary Society of Herbology
c. The Most Extraordinary Society of the Defense Against the Dark Arts
d. The Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers

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

Now, have a go at it :)

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Labels: Quidditch

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Have I been SPOILED

I got my box from Meg. OMM (Oh. My. Merlin!) I will be blogging about it when I get my camera to talk to my computer, but - I have been SPOILED. It took THREE owls to carry it. I know cause they signed the box with their picture, even if they did not stay around for the owl treats!!!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hufflepuff quiz thing...

1. Name of a male professor at Hogwarts


2. A subject at Hogwarts

Ancient Runes

3. A prime number between 53 and 1000

57. Which may not be a prime number, but there is a reason I am not taking Arithmancy.

4. A professor at Hogwarts (either gender)

Rubeus Hagrid

5. A body part


6. A verb

To apparate

7. Your character name

Belladonna Boomslang

8. Your favorite Quidditch team

Gryffindor. I sort of prefer school sports to pro, except for Muggle Baseball.

9. Someone (or someones) you'd find in a portrait at Hogwarts

Headmasters of Hogwarts, such as Dillys Derwent

10. A number between 1 and 7


11. 20 minus your answer for #10


12. A craft (noun)


13. A Hogwarts House other than Hufflepuff


14. Something they'd sell in Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes that makes a big mess, loud noise, lots of smoke, or general nuisance

What else do they sell there? TonTongue Toffee

15. The character name of another swapper in HSKS6

LAvander Ackerly

16. A subject at Hogwarts


Why does not green cotton hold up better?

So I was in the thrift store today looking for sweaters to wear, and sweaters to frog, not necessarily in that order, and I had to ask myself why green cotton sweaters do not hold up as well as green wool sweaters. There was something I particularly needed a Slytherin Green Cotton Sweater for, and no luck at all. They were all shabby.

But the people in Hogwarts do donate some nice things to the Red Crossed Wands. I got a man's extra large Shetland sweater with many colors - it will be a pain to frog, but I will be able to make a coordinated something with the yarn, and I may felt some of it... and there was a lovely green angora sweater I had to have for, you know, fuzzy snake purposes, and a sweater I am pretty sure is Cashmere that I intend to wear - well, at least till I get tired of it - HUGE green Merino laceweight that will yeild enough for who knows how many scarves and shawls, a little red sweater that looks cute on, a black sweater that looks soignee on - well, as soignee as a short dumpy body gets - and a peasant blouse that looks sort of like it came off a real peasant. Never know when you have to go out dressed as a Muggle, so those are really useful. I passed up a bunch of stuff too.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

OOO! OOO! I won!

I really needed something up today, too! I won the quiz!!! I is so happy!

And now on to the Quidditch Questions. See? I am so happy I am going to post them before 11:58 on Saturday night...

1. What animal does the portrait in the Muggle Prime Minster’s office resemble?
a. Rat
b. Frog
c. Cat
d. Lion

2. What drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Gillywater
b. Butterbeer
c. Pumpkin Juice
d. Elf-Made Wine
(Actually, I have no idea what she offered him - she irritates me too much for me to want to look her up....this is just a guess.)

3. What is the name of the person who heads the Holyhead Harpies?
a. Gwenog Smith
b. Gwenog Jones
c. Glen Jones
d. Glen Smith

4. How many ‘Exceeds Expectation’ grades does Harry receive in his O.W.L’s?
a. 6
b. 3
c. 5
d. 4

5. What is Professor Sughorn’s favorite candy?
a. Cockroach Clusters
b. Sherbet Lemon
c. Acid Pops
d. Crystallized Pineapple

6. What tattoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?
a. Mermaid
b. Blast Ended Skrewt
c. Hippogriff
d. Unicorn

7. What color robes do the staff at the Weasley’s shop wear?
a. Buttercup
b. Magenta
c. Royal Blue
d. Aqua

8. What is the man outside Flourish and Blotts selling?
a. Amulets
b. Cloaks
c. Wands
d. Hats

9. How much is the skull, which Hermione enquires about at Borgin and Burkes, worth?
a. 9 Galleons
b. 18 Galleons
c. 16 Galleons
d. 12 Galleons

Well, 16 Galleons is what they are charging for it. What it is actually worth is another question.

10. What are Professor Slughorn’s initials?
a. H.F.G.
b. H.E.F.
c. H.A.L.
d. H.K.D.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


1. At what are Hogwarts students allowed to swear loudly if smoovenu attenuclea attempts to strangle them?

Venemous Tentaculae Although actually, I'd be swearing at whoever had planted it.

2. An animal form protector charm is a stuproan.

Patronus. Although in saying animal form, one may confuse. They appear as animals, yes, but the animals they appear as are silvery and translucent. If something that looks like a crow comes up and caws at you, it is probably NOT a patronus.

3. Who is the potions master in HBP? Choare Gushroln

Horace Slughorn. Corpulant Sycophant HS is blamed by at least one of my friends at least in part for the shining example of manhood that Tom Riddle became. Having done my time teaching HS, I would like to say that HS teachers rarely have that sort of influence, so he must have managed it all before fourth year was over.

4. What is Aragog? A troaclanuam

Aragog, the giant spider, is an Acromantula. We have no idea if he is related to Shelob or not. History is mute on so many really important points.

5. Who is imperiused and cursed by a necklace in HBP? Itkea Lebl

Katie Bell.

6. What does Harry destroy in HBP? choxerrous

This spells Horcruxes, but which did he destroy in HBP? He got Tom Riddle's diary in CoS. Dumbledore got the ring in between Order of the Phoenix and HBP. Hermione got the cup, Ron got the locket, The fiend fire started by Crabbe or Goyle (I can never tell those two apart) got the diadem of Ravenclaw, Neville got the snake and Voldemort got Harry, all in DH. Doesn't that equal seven?

What he does do is go to the hidden cave by the seashore and steal the fake locket RAB left there. This adventure weakens Dumbledore and he is killed by Snape shortly after his return to Hogwarts. No Horcrux was actually harmed in the making of this book, though.

7. Draught of living death is comprised of ? (list the four components)

The four components are asphodel, in an infusion of wormwood, valerian roots and sopophorous beans.

Exactly how oftern this would be used in everyday life and why anyone would want to teach HS kids to brew it is beyond me.

8. What potion can reverse the draught of living death? dweliggnew

I do not believe this actually translates to anything. I can't find an antidote for the draught of living death anywhere. But since death dies if you live, perhaps the elixir of dieing death?

Bonus: Who is R. A. B.?

Regulus Arcturus Black, the younger Death-Eater brother of Sirius Black.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Gryff Quiz

Ok, the family and I have been sick this week and I am late with this, but it should still count for the week, right?

What yarn shop did Henry Longstaff shop at for yarn?

Mrs. Mac's. I admit I read this on another blog...

Who is the HSKS6 SPEW coordinator?
Clidonia Acromantula. I was her spoiler in HSKS5

Which Gryff student just returned from London?

Hmm...the one with the most recent UK stamp on her passport?

Which Gryffindor has cats named after the muggle rock band, The Ramones?

One with Excellent taste...

What is your favorite childhood television program (Magic or Muggle)?

As the Cauldron Bubbles. Celestina Warbeck made the rare guest appearance... Well, it was my favorite as a child. I always had strange tastes.[This is not a trick question, as North America has had Wizard TV for many years, even if the UK in teh 90's seemed not to.]

What is your favorite adult television program (Magic or Muggle)?

Currently, the Backyardigans. DH insists the children watch Muggle cartoons...

Which travel destination did you last visit?

Lancaster, PA and Gettysburg, PA

What was your last finished object (FO)?

Totally finished? I think a Ravenclaw Wee Tiny Sock

How many project(s) planned for holiday gifts? How many do you expect to actually finish and give?

Dozens. And I don't know exactly how many I will finish, but nowhere near all of them, and probably only coffee cup sleeves.

Who is the mother of Half Blood Prince?

Eileen Prince, officer in the Gobstones Club during her day...

Which Weasley became engaged in Book 6 (Half Blood Prince)?

Bill, of course.

What is the result of a Sectumsempra curse?

A slash across the victim that must be healed with a counter curse.

Who used a Bezoar to reverse poisoning?

Harry used it to reverse poisoning of Ron when Ron drank some of the Oak-matured Mead Slughorn had offered to him and Harry.

Friday, September 26, 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?
a. Hestia Jones
b. Elphais Doge
c. Emmeline Vance
d. Dedalus Diggle

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

3. What time does Professor Dumbledore collect Harry from Privet Drive?
a. Midnight
b. 11 p.m.
c. Noon
d. 11 a.m.

4. What did Professor Sluhorn transform into when he was trying to hide from Harry and Professor Dumbledore?
a. An armchair
b. A bed
c. A table
d. A wardrobe

5. What grade did Harry get for Herbology?
a. E – Exceeds Expectation
b. P – Poor
c. O – Outstanding
d. A – Acceptable

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

7. What is Professor Sprout’s first name?
a. Pimmy
b. Pomony
c. Pommy
d. Pomona

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

9. Who is Marcus Belby’s famous uncle?
a. Bertie
b. Damocles
c. Tiberius
d. Savage

10. What is Snape’s mother’s name?
a. Helana Prince
b. Eileen Prince
c. Lily Prince
d. Elizabeth Prine

Post pictures to your blogs or link to the pictures from your blog post.




Professor Sprout

Professor Dumbledore

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Everything you always wanted to know about me but were afraid to ask.

Potter Name: Belladonna Boomslang

Rav ID: Gryffinitter

I am allergic to:

Nuffin. You got nuffin to worry about. We are non smokers, but if you do smoke, I'll just air it out.

Pets that I have:

Currently, none. We are contemplating a goldfish and a service dog, but right now - only the dust bunnies.

My favorite yarn:

On which day? No, make that what Time on which day?

Generally, I like solid color yarns for knitting with. I do some fancy colorwork and I do cables and neither works out as well with hand-dyed yarn - but the very subtle hand-dyes that are really like one color, mottled? Those I would love to try. However, they are expensive - solid is fine.

HAS To be superwash. Because I live with a guy we call Feltdemort. 'nuff said...

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

I am a Gryffindor with a liberal mind on how to interpret "Scarlet and Gold"

My favorite flavor:

You're kidding, right? Chocolate. Dark Chocolate. The kind that could ward off the Emperor of Dementors and his Evil Thugs... Cinnamon is also ok. And Ginger.

My favorite holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas

SSSHH - I know this is not very witchly of me, but I have come to despise Halloween. I really like Thanksgiving and I really like Christmas. Either is good. As far as Christmas goes, I have no argument with Santa, but I do believe in Christ, so if something actually included some reference to Jesus I really would not get my knickers in a knot. Santa OK, Jesus OK, my husband is Jewish so if you feel like throwing in a Hannukah card, hey, that's not necessary, but totally ok.

I would like to receive a: (Sock kit, scarf kit or yarn dyeing kit)

A sock kit, please.

List your favorite brand of needles or hooks, including size and length:

My favorite brand of double points are Boye. They are a little hard to find because they are not expensive - and Hershner's have them. I need size zero and size one.

Except that I will soon be getting a package from Megaera of Slytherin for the HSS4, so you might want to ask if she already got them.

I wouldn't mind a set of the Knitpicks Nickel needles in size 2.25 mm (The smaller size ones.)

Is there a brand that you are dying to try?:

One kind I have seen that I am interested in trying are square ones in the new Patternworks catalog, size zero. But they are a little more expensive - just a warning.

I've participated in HSKS: (How many times have you participated in HSKS swaps?)

This is my second HSKS swap.

Do you have a birthday during this swap? If so which day?

Nope - had mine during the last swap.

Other notes:

Between swap partners and knitting pals in general, I am set for quite a while with hand creams, bath oils, and the like.

I promise to appreciate every single minute you spent thinking about, planning, executing and possibly worrying over whatever you make me. I think the questionaire was supposed to ask what we wanted? If I have a choice, I would prefer a bag.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I'm drowning in Java, I think.

I should not mess with Muggle Machines, I should not mess with Muggle Machines, I should not...I need Dolores's quill to etch it into my hand and my permanent consciousness!

I went to Meez. They said they had detected that I needed to download Java. well, What do they know? So I tried to make a Meez, but nothing stuck - not even the cute little nose that looked almost like mine would if I spent a lot of money having it reshaped. So then I DID download Java, but there were multiple machines having a run-time error and it sounded a little indecent... and I still could not make a Meez.


Friday, September 5, 2008

Bella Buckles up for the ride...

Belladonna Boomslang here, tired of sharing my blogspace with that very nice Muggle.

This is my second year in the Hogwarts kit swap. Time to get a Meez, you think?