Thursday, October 22, 2009

Training Up

What a busy week with training! My broom has been acting a bit dodgy
lately--I think the brake is wearing out--and I may well have to buy
a new one before the season really gets under way. Thankfully the
signing bonus should take some of the sting out of that major
purchase. Any ideas on brooms I could look into?

I've been enjoying reading about our former Headmistress's antics on
the main blog. Right now I believe she is at Lanarch Castle, New
Zealand. I'm quite envious of that--I've always wanted to go to New
Zealand, but I don't fancy the trip to get there. That's a long time
to be on a broom. If she has a chance, she should see if she can find
some possum yarn--it's quite soft and warm.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Where's Winnie?

Right now, Winnie is at the Ministry of Magic in London. I wonder what
she's doing there?

Homework #1

  1. Elanor Cadogan is also a knitter
  2. Pandora Phelps is not only born in the same month, but on the same day!
  3. My partner, Enna Kirts, lives in a different country. I'm excited to send her things from Canada.
  4. Poppy Plout is new!
  5. My old friend Cassandra Grubbly-Plank has been in several!
  6. Wisteria Lovegood has a big stash!
  7. Megaera Black can do both. She's quite talented.
  8. Antonio dela Weasley loves blue, just like me.

I spent most of today wandering around and getting to know people. There were lots of familiar faces, so it was nice to touch base with the people I knew at Hogwarts. There were also a few new faces--we've got a few particularly keen players in Portree.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A long hiatus

It has been a while, but I'm very pleased to be back here to blog. Remember how I used to be rubbish at Quidditch? Well, a few spare inches and some strategically placed muscle (to say nothing of a really top rate broom) and I am suddenly in the game. I've just made Pride of Portree, much to my mum's delight, and I can't believe how many familiar faces from my old Hogwarts days there are.

The league is big on cooperation between teams, so we're supposed to put together packages for our competition. I have a feeling my knitting skills will come in handy there. I've been assigned Enna Kirts from the Magpies. I don't know her well, but she is friends with Eugene, my old roommate from Hogwarts.

I'll be getting a kit from Antonio dela Weasley over in Appleby. Apparently I ought to write up a wishlist of some sort and some information about myself to help him get to know me, so here goes.

I like blues, greens, and purples best, but really anything that isn't yellow or orange is okay by me.

I knit best with wood or bamboo needles. My mains are a set of Knit Picks Harmony Options, but I've had good experiences with the Zephyrs as well. When I knit socks I use Magic Loop--cables of 40" or longer prefered.

I like pretty much all weights of yarn (except cobweb--I'm not that much of a masochist) although I'm starting to realize that I like sock yarn a lot more than I like actually knitting socks.

I knit just about everything. I've done a couple of sweaters in the last few months, and I've got lots of babies to knit for in the next little bit. I also like to knit scarves, hats, mitts, shawls, and socks. I also love bags and purses, especially felted bags and project bags. There's just something about putting a project in its own bag that appeals to me.

I prefer natural fibres (wool, alpaca, silk, etc.) but I also believe in using a fibre appropriate to the project.

I live in a pretty cold part of the world (it's snowed already, though I was thankfully able to cast a meteological spell that prevented the snow from sticking around) so I prefer full mittens/gloves to fingerless ones, and I prefer mittens to gloves as well.

I drink lots of tea (anything but jasmine green tea) and hot chocolate, but I've yet to turn to the dark side that is coffee. I prefer salty/savoury snacks on the whole, but my sweet tooth loves dark chocolate, toffee, peanut butter, Skittles, and stale gummy candies. (They're chewier when they're stale, and they really are better that way.)

My favourite part of a swap package is always the homemade item, and I love it when my partner includes something from where they are.

I will turn 28 during this swap.

In my Muggle life, I teach English literature and writing at a university. I have a cat and I'm getting married next October. I'm currently watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time and intend to move on to The Tudors after that. When I'm not reading for work, I read historical fiction, graphic novels, science fiction, and fantasy--but really, I will read anything.

That's about all I can think to write about myself for now! I'll have to post my homework tomorrow once I've had a chance to read some more blogs.