Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The "What I Like" Post

This is the Post of Things I like for the HSKS 10 swap. :)

Favorite Colors: Green and Purple are my absolute favorite colors. I love all shades of green, even the light and lime colors, but I prefer the darker colors. Same with Purple. I'm also fond of burnt-orange, browns, and blue (like medium blues...). Sky blue and burnt orange together makes my heart sing. :) Hogwarts color wise, even though I'm a Hufflepuff this term I'm pretty much a Slytherin at heart.

Favorite Scents:

I have to be careful with scents, because lots of things make me sneeze. I can't wear any perfumes or body sprays, but I'm largely okay with lotions and such. See 'Little Things I Like' below. Also things like household scents are largely out, because my DBF also sneezes, and different things make us sneeze.

Favorite Yarn Brands:

I am largely unexperienced with yarn brands. I really covet some Koigu PPPM, because it's so freakin' pretty...I really like Mirasol Yarns, Knit Picks (love all KP but WOTA Bulky makes my heart sing, especially those handdyed colorways...yum!), and I recently fell in love with Moda Dea's Tweedle Dee (of course I did, they've discontinued it...) My regular stand by yarns are Patons Classic Wool Merino and Wool Ease. :)
Favorite Yarn Types:

I don't like yarns that scream 'felt me!', because they're usually rough and harsh. I like wools, but softer wools (or superwash wools are good too). Cottons are great with me, and I tend to enjoy blends: cotton blends, wool blends, etc. I'm on a super bulky yarn kick, love me some chunky chunky yarn! :) I don't have a lot of experience with sock yarn, so far I've been good enough to not buy it (because I've never made socks, lol!) I'm also working on collecting some bare colored wools that I can dye, because I'm experimenting with kool-aid dyeing!

Favorite Needles:

I'm just not picky about needles. Coming from a crochet background, a hook's a hook IMO. I'm realizing this is different with knitting, but I still haven't figured out my favorites. I've got a nice little variety, a pair of bamboo, some wooden needles, and a slew of metal needles. I did get a Knit Picks Zephyr (size 6 tips) circ for Christmas, which I love, and I'm always looking to collect more tip sizes, etc.

Favorite Snacks:

I love Dark Chocolate (but I like my chocolate without nuts in it!). I also love mint, so anything with Dark Chocolate + Mint = Win (like 3 Musketeers Mint, Andes Mints, or those Ghirardelli Dark Mint squares....*drools* I'm not overly fond of peanut butter mixed with chocolate. I also like Wonka stuff like Gobstoppers, Runts, Nerds, etc... all that bad for you candy, and Sour Patch kids and those neon sour worms...yum....I also like coffee (just about anything coffee or coffee flavored), hot chocolate (yum!) and tea (any kind of tea, but i especially like fruit related teas!)

Little Things I Like:

Tiny lotions or liquid bath soaps, things like Bath & Body Works, Burts Bees, etc. I love Cucumber Melon and Pomegranate anything. :)
Lip Balms, because I can't ever have enough of that stuff.
Koolaid for dyeing (shades of cherry, grape, and greens are my favorites)
Soak Wash! I've recently discovered how awesome it is! I don't have a favorite scent yet because I'm still trying little samples Soak sent me.
Stationary, particulary tiny little notebooks with hard covers on them.

Allergies: Don't mail me cigarettes or a puppy, and I'll be okay. Wait, please mail me a puppy. I'll sneeze, but it's a puppy!!!  Unless he smokes, then you can keep him. ;)


The Ultimate List  (will grow, and has Etsy and stuff on it too, since my Etsy favorites are a disaster zone!)

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Character Post

If the public at large didn't know, I'm a pretty geeky HP kid. I just can't help myself. I really enjoy thinking about the characters, about they represent in the books, how we see ourselves in them, etc. I was recently given the task of discussing who my favorites are, and why, so here we go.

When the HSKS said that the kits this term were character based, I found that pretty awesome.

We were given a list of characters, and told to choose our three favorites. I chose Ginny Weasley, Severus Snape, and Luna Lovegood. As much as I love him, I didn't choose Harry, I felt that was too easy. (but he rocks my socks off!) We were given some starter questions to help us brainstorm this, so I'm using a few of those, and also thinking about how each person would apply to a kit theme.

Ginny Weasley

I chose Ginny as my top character, because there are just so many things I love about her. Despite the fact that she grew up with 6 brothers, she's a strong feminine character. Her spunky, snarky personality reminds me of myself. :) I love how deeply she cares for Harry, and I know part of why I love her is because he loves her, she's his Happy Ending. :)

I also know my love for her is somewhat impacted by how her character is played over in A Very Potter Musical (Act 1, Scene 6 anybody?)

So what would a Ginny Weasley kit look like? I imagine it'd have some sort of Gryffindor pride in it, or rather something Quidditch pride related. It'd be a bit girly, because she's got her girly girl moments. I think it'd have something warm and winterishly in it, possibly something Molly made her. Craft wise, I think the pattern in the kit would be either something thick and warm like Ginny would wear, or something adorably cute that she'd want to cuddle and love! And of course it'd have sweet goodies in it, because all the HP youth loved sweets!

Severus Snape

Oh Snape. How can I not love Snape? Before the omgWTF ending that was unveiled in Deathly Hallows, I loved Snape angst. Some of the funniest moments in the movies for me usually involved him smacking Harry and Ron around. He's the character you love to hate. When he did that bad thing he did at the end of HBP, I was heartbroken. You were too. Of course you were, we all were. I felt like I had been betrayed. Then, when we got the ending, and the department of backstory told us everything we needed to know, I was so emotionally overwhelmed.

I love Snape because everything he was boiled down to loyality and love. Everything he was, he was for Lily. He served Dumbledore for Lily. He protected Harry for Lily. He lived for Lily. BUT, he was so perfectly human, thus ultimately imperfect. Harry was still James' son, and he couldn't get past how he felt. So Harry got smacked around, abused, mistreated, belittled, and ultimately saved by Snape.

What would a Snape kit look like? Well, it would be imperfect and human like Snape, but how would that be physically manifested? (Don't mind my philosophical angst here...) Obviously, the Snape Kit would be gloriously Slytherinish in nature, with some Slytherin bling of some sort, lots of greeeeen, and possibly reflect Snape's love for Potions and DADA. Maybe the pattern would be incredibly complicated or a touch evil? I also want to say the kit would reflect his neverending love for Lily, but how would that be incorporated? (This just made me realize I want to learn to dye and make a Snape Loves Lily colorway! OMG!)

Luna Lovegood

I don't have a lot to say about Luna. She just makes me happy. She's a free-spirited, intelligent young lady who's not afraid to be herself, despite the fact that almost everyone finds her a freak because of it. She's quirky and unique, and fun. :)

She's one that I actually chose because of her application to a kit. A Luna Kit would be hysterical. It would have some incredibly odd piece of  jewelry in it, like her radish earrings, and the rest of the kit would be totally random just like Luna. :) Some fun and unique yarn (radically colored perhaps?), a really fun pattern, and neat accessories like sweets and such.

I hope all of this is useful to the One Who Sends Me Things (swapee? lol!), I've definitely enjoyed thinking about these characters and also how they apply to a Kit. It's been useful for me, now I just need to go see which characters the One I Send Things To chose. :)

Warning: Harry Potter Geekery Ahead!

I've joined the HSKS over on Ravelry! 

What does that mean? This means that for the next few months, my blog will become host to miss Genevra Dreamy, who is experiencing her first term at Hogwarts. The group is a swap group, so we send and receive a package by the end of the three month term, but along the way there's a lot of fun Hogwarts activities to get into! Like the HPKCHC, where I already practically live, there's homework and Quidditch! One of the main differences is that each participant picks a character name, and plays through that character during the term. So Genevra is mine, chosen because I ♥ Ginny (and Genevra is a cool Italian way to spell her name. :)) and Dreamy comes from my username, suenosdejmi. I'm pretty bad at coming up with things like that, and I've never done any character playing before, so this will be very new to me.