It's been a while, hasn't it?
I think enough time has passed that I can safely show you first prize in the brooch contest that I sent off to Norway a while back. Hopefully it has made its way across the ocean by now. (See Vote on a Brooch herein.)
Congratulations to Sølvi (aka xGvJx,) who asked for a Gryffindor scarf bookmark.
This is crocheted using embroidery floss instead of yarn.
I got the idea for this bookmark last year when I scored a huge lot of embroidery floss on eBay for the Best of Hats/Worst of Hats hat. I recognized the colors and made a bookmark similar to the one above for my daughter.
I didn't have the colors anymore, so I went to my lys to purchase more floss. What lot of colors there are from which to choose! I did not trust my color memory. Luckily, as I was trying to decide whether I'd chosen the right colors, a very Aloof Young Woman (aged 13? 14?) strolled past me.
Me: I said, "Excuse me?"
Me: "Um, are you a Harry Potter fan?"
AYW: *(eyeroll) Yes. (with an implied, almost audible "Duh!")*
Me: (showing her the colors) "Gryffindor?"
AYW: (Repeat response between the asterisks above.)
When I'm ready to make the other three houses' scarf bookmarks, I think I'll take my daughter, or at least one of my younger friendly-type friends, with me.