Thursday, January 23, 2014

DementHOAR

 Siriusly Whacked!

As twisted as she is beautiful, we would be completely remiss in our duties as HMGIC if we didn't include Bellatrix Lestrange in this episode of psych hoars.  Never fear, she was the inspiration for the latest installment.  Who could ask for a more shining example of everything we hold dear? Her obsessive dedication and focussed devotion to rid the world of mudbloods and blood traitors no matter what makes her ideally suited.


The yarn is an oh-so-soft and squishy 100g/256m of Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash DK base shifts from shades of bright acid green, to deep"Avada Cadavra" green to the deepest "Dark Mark" black. 

The nom is a delicious chocolate frog, a welcomed treat to wizards worldwide.  And what mean girl doesn't like a little bling in the string?  The gorgeous deep emerald crystal stitch marker is from Toluca Knit Jewelry

photograph by d2 Fotography
This month's installment included an original pattern design by our veteran designer and Mean Girl,  Aimee of Fairie Knits.  Knockturn is a fingerless mitt pattern that can convert to arm warmers in the flick of a wand...errr...thumb.  Perfect for the wizarding mean girl in us all!  

However, if you're not in the mood to cast on these mitts quite yet (and you'd be crazy not to), we have some...

Pattern Recommendations

My New Year's Resolution Yoga Socks by Yuko Frederick
Podcaster Cowl by Susan Ashcroft of Stitchnerd Designs
Sssstarter by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Cable Rouge by Marisa Hernandez
Wisteria by Taiga Hillard Designs
Nozky by Monica Sirna

Woolly Jumper Slippers by Shush Lander
Arachne Slouchy Hat by Justine Walley





Friday, December 13, 2013

Killer Instinct


Sssmmmokin' Hot!

Catherine Tramell is a highly successful crime novelist.  She's smart, beautiful, rich and sexy, and has some mad skills with an ice pick...and maybe a few "issues" as well.  No matter, she's a perfect candidate for Hoardom, and the inspiration for this first installment of Season 5:  Revenge of the Hoar.  Who can forget the sexy club scene where she wears this bronze dress and seduces a washed-up LA detective from afar while dancing provocatively with her BFF and lover, Roxy?  It is that very scene, no, that very dress, that inspired this installment's colorway.


The Yarn
560 yards, 115 grams of light fingering superwash merino in glorious bronze, rich chocolate and deep blood red with hints of ivory and alabaster

The Loot
Herbal soap and lotion mini set from Wolfe Farms in their "Love Bites" and "Torrential Rain" fragrances
Cherry brandy or cherry-orange brandy flavored lollipop
Smoky quartz stitch marker from Toluca Knit Jewelry and Fine Yarns



Pattern Recommendations

More Cowl Bell Please-by Mary Anarella
Gobemouche-by Ambre Nid de Vigogne
Fondue Mittens-by Laura Zukaite
Goldilocks-by Justyna Lorkowska
Mandala Hat-by Kira Dulaney
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Vines of Love Leggings-by BreeAnna Laub
Fan Pattern Shawl-byCraftown.com


Friday, September 6, 2013

We Scare Because We Care


He's Karma's Little Bitch

But Randall scares because he likes it, and because he's particularly good at it, which makes him a most excellent candidate for our last Manhoar of this season!

Even though he's a chameleon, karmic or otherwise, changing colors at will, I find him most pleasing in his natural coloration.
Monsters Inc.

   
July's installment included 100g./560 yds. of Dizzy Blonde Superwash Sock dyed in varying shades of iris, lavender, periwinkle and sea-sky blue.  It also included a coordinating stitch marker, a maple syrup & bacon nom and an adorable accessories' (aka skuti) bag from one of our favorite hoars-in-residence, Carol of Jelby

Yarny-goodness close-up and personal!

Here's a look at the interior of the bag, and the little surprise we found waiting for us inside!

Pattern Recommendations
Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller
Spatterdash Wristwarmers by Dagmar Mora
Margaret Dashwood by Joanna Johnson
Riverbank Road by Amy Swenson
Skew by Lana Holden
Hitchhat by Martina Behm
Muscari Bag by Lena Fedotova
Plumeria Frill by Michelle B.
Rotweinknoten by Tanja Osswald
Visage Lace Beret by Kristin Omdahl