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Sunday, July 16th, 2017 01:35 pm
 I was reading an AU fanfic of the Harry Potter 'verse that diverged in year 5 and took Hermione to a place I'm not sure the character would go and it made me wonder about choices I've made in my own life over the years at various turning points.  To get myself out of the introspective and slightly dark mood that put me in, I decided to go through the process of generating an account on Pottermore by answering as I would have answered when I was a teenager, at least to the best of my ability.  This time, I was sorted into Hufflepuff instead of Gryffindor, my wand would have been English Oak and phoenix feather instead of Cedar wood and dragon heartstring and my patronus would have been a ginger cat instead of a thestral.  My Ilvermorny house remained the same: Thunderbird.  Anyway, I just think it's interesting how the cynicism and hardness that developed from my initial idealism through life experience were reflected in these little quizzes.  Has anyone else done this?  What were the differences in your results, if any?
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Saturday, July 15th, 2017 09:32 am
 Well, I am now about 3/4 of the way through the right sleeve of a project that is worked from left to right, which means I'm very nearly finished crocheting my first sweater.  Yay!  Go me!  Yeah, I'm quite pleased with this project, even though it's nothing special, since it's the first time I've dared try crocheting an actual garment.  Now all I have to do once I finish the last 8 rows of that sleeve is to block it, sew the sweater together and crochet the edging.  

I have the feeling that sewing this thing together is going to be the hardest part of the project, since I've never actually had to sew a crochet project.  I'm going to use the nearly invisible (at least, theoretically) locking mattress stitch as detailed in the book Designer Crochet, by Mr. Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby.  We'll see how it goes.

Edited to add: Forgot to mention that I finished the Tea House Wrap pattern.  The project itself turned out beautifully, but I don't care as much for using self-striping yarn in this pattern as I thought I would.  Next time, I'll just buy the palette of colors that I want and change out the colors manually.  The yarn itself, Premier Yarn's Sweet Roll in the color way Punch Pop, is lovely and wonderfully soft, but just not exactly what I wanted here.  If you enjoy wrapping up in triangular shawls, I very highly recommend this pattern, it works up very quickly and is surprisingly warm, despite the gaps between the yarn.  


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