Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Travel Tuesday - The Two Harry Potters

Let's clear up a bit of a misunderstanding..some people commented last week about going to the Harry Potter park I posted last week, a couple years ago.....well not that park!  That park, Harry Potter: Diagon Alley is at Universal Park Hollywood,  just opened this year, July 8, 2014...

There are TWO Harry Potter parks...the first one..The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is at Universal Park Islands of Adventure and opened back in 2010. I went there in 2012..I checked and I never did a post about it, so here goes.....

This park has Hogwarts and Hogsmeade....

I went with my Mom and niece, Allison...
The entrance to Hogsmeade....it is set in winter....

This was not a running train, and you couldn't get on it.

There were all the shops from around the village...and we had butterbeer, which I found disgusting..so sweet..yuck!





There is an Ollivander's Wand shop in both parks, this was the line at the park in 2012.


The best part was the ride....we did wait in line for about three hours for it...

But they have all kinds of cool stuff to see, once you get into the castle proper...




 I thought it was the best ride I had ever been on...my mom and niece were terrified....They took a picture on the ride....and my mom and niece are holding hands..and I am grinning like an idiot....

It was the BEST ride I have ever been on!

So, in order to see both parts of Harry Potter's world, you must buy tickets to two different parks...They have a park-to-park pass now, where you ride the Hogwarts Express between the two parks...I'm gonna do that next time!


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

YOP: Weeks 27, 28, 29

Wow..today, I so planned on doing one of these..and well....the past two, I was either too sick, or traveling..so really didn't have much to update...but I want to update, at least for myself....

So I cleaned up my list a bit, added a few things to the completed list....

This week I have worked on my Colored Wings, my Vanilla Latte socks...I started and finished a bus scarf doe NW, I worked on some fingerless gloves for NW, and I worked on my Lanesplitter  skirt, my NW dissertation....

2014 Completed Projects:  Gift Cowl 1/3/2014
17/17 Hats for students (December/January 2014)
Chicago Mitts (1/15/14)
Take Two Cowl (1/11/14)
Take Three Cowl  (1/22/14)
Twin Cowl (1/23/14)  
It's a Flesh Wound cowl (2/3/14)
BOK BOK (2/23) Ravellenics
Rainbar (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainmitts (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainbow Pom (2/9) Ravellenics
Helmetbow (2/22) Ravellenics
Jasper Hat and Mitts (2/23)
Elegant Downton Hat for swap (3/16/14)
Leprechaun Tam and Beard (3/16/14)
Baby Jacob Hat (3/23/14)
Sockhead Hat (3/28/14)
Dr. Who Scarf (2/13/14)
Oliver's Hat (4/8/14)
Crochet Crown (4/6/14)
Crochet Mermaid Barrette (4/6/14)
Crochet Rose Barrette (4/6/14)
Bunny Hat (4/17/14)
Snake bookmark (4/28/14) 

Tutti-Frutti Cowl (5/11/14)
Fifth of November (5/22/14)
Apocalypse gloves - for a swap (6/8/14)
Swap Secret Sprock  - for a swap (6/28/14)
Out of Gas - for a swap (7/7/14) (sooper secret project)

Hop on the Bus, Gus (7/20/14) NW T11R2
2 Stargate keychains as prizes

WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Aran Blanket: (Started 2009): two panels done
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.Orange cotton wrap (started ?)
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)
 Zelda Cloche

 
Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Knit the Sky (1/1/14)
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Colored Wings (2/8/14)

Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14)

Lanesplitter (7/7/14) NW Diss

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
H's Everyday Socks (Jan 2013)  
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)

Vanilla Latte (June 1, 2014)  
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in
Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt
Water Bottle Cozy
 
Gifts/Charity: 
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies

WIMs: Projects I have the yarn and the pattern
Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
Hey, Have I Ever Steered You Wrong?
Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stash Saturday

So not only did I pick up some new stash while away...I came home to my yarn clubs waiting for me...

From Dizzy Color: Sunnydale Patrol 2

This Ain't No Tea Party, Princess




From Mad Color: Mod Color Posse - inspired by musicals, Sweet Transvestite


From Nerd Girl Yarn Random Fandom - Artoo (Love this so much!)


And I visited another LYS while in Florida, post to follow...I bought some indulgence

Lotus Yarn Mimi -100% mink yarn..I nice warm shawl for me...








Thursday, July 17, 2014

SWAPOCALYPSE!

This was my next swap....obviously the theme was the apocalypse....my package came from Louisiana this time....
Some snacks that would last throughout an apocalypse....I'm sure Daryl has munched on some beef jerky....

The stitch markers were really awesome!
I just bought a new journal, so I'm trying to decide whether to use this one or my new one...

The yarnz...so my colors...and a new yarn to me!
And she sent me a pattern that was in my queue...The Geology Shawl.  I think this yarn will be perfect for it!

Another successful swap!





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIPS on Vacation

So how many projects do you take on vacation? I took 2 pairs of socks, 2 shawls, and my Lanesplitter skirt.  I also brought yarn for possible 3 other projects...in addition to buying yarn while here....

I finished 1 shawl, renewed working on my Rainbow Wings. I needed to add another ball.  I am on the 7th wedge now...

I also worked on my Vanilla Latte socks, putting a couple inches on them..I have a couple more to go until the heel flap....the yarn is so squooshy, I can't wait to wear these!

I also worked on my dissertation for Nerd Wars, actually starting the project...the yarn is a bit rough, so I normally do 6-8 rows before taking a break.  But it is a pretty easy pattern..and I love the color changes....I'm already dreaming of wearing this to Rhinebeck with tights, ankle boots and awesome socks or legwarmers, depending on the weather...
Sorry the pictures are so dark, I took them at 11:00 at night....

I haven't read the past couple of days, but I did start a zombie book called, San Diego 2014, about a zombie outbreak at the 2014 Comic-Con.....since that Comic-Con is happening now...it's pretty timely...

Hooking up with Ginny

Remember I have a wee giveaway on Monday's post..

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Tuesday - Diagon Alley

One of the reasons I went to visit Mom this summer, beyond just hanging out with Mom and her husband, Ed, was to go to the new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios.  Two years ago, when I came down with Allison, we had an excellent time at Universal.  We did wait in line for 3 hours for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey..which was the best ride I've ever gone on...

So yesterday, Wednesday, July 9, we headed to Universal.  It had only been open since the day before...


We got there about 10:00..there was already a 90 minute line just to get into that part of the park...First you get in line (queue up) to get into Diagon Alley.  But the park was giving out tickets to come back later...So I got a ticket to come back at 12:20...I met up with Mom, (who was not going into that part of the park) and had lunch at Mel's Diner (from Alice)

Then we headed over to the ET ride...very tame, but enjoyable...ET was really my second nerdery...Wizard of Oz being first...I collected the cards and had posters up..I saw it three times the first weekend it was out...I love ET....

A little shopping, and then I headed back to Diagon Alley...and got right in....lots of pictures coming up...it was fabulous!  First you are in "London" and you walk through a brick wall (just like the movie) to get to Diagon Alley...







You might recognize Grimmauld Place and the Night Bus





I got in line for the ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts..it was an expected 300 minute wait...but first you had to get in line to put your stuff in a locker..no loose things allowed on the ride...that was almost an hour wait...when I finally got into line....the ride broke down.....on Opening Day, I heard from several people..after waiting in line for 5 hours, the ride broke down and they shut it down..so I waited a little over an hour and the ride was still not fixed...so it would have been the 5 hour wait ON TOP of the delay time for the break down...and since I am still not 100%, I decided I'd rather enjoy the rest of Diagon Alley...I can always come back.....so I went and enjoyed Diagon Alley...

The dragon breathes fire!!!!!




The owlery and some costumes from the movies...



The front and back of Weasleys Wizard Wheezes...you actually went in through the back...


Knockturn Alley was sufficiently creepy...and there was a Borgin and Burkes had some fun stuff in it.




Magic Knitting, this was a display window between Ollivander's Wand Shop and The Daily Prophet.


Then Mom and I enjoyed some cheesecake and called it a day...I was starting to hurt...and knew I would not be able to stand in lines....I'll come back in a few months, hopefully physically at 100%..and Mom is always here to visit.

Diagon Alley is very cool....and I will enjoy it again..and hopefully get on the ride then...There is another ride, The Hogwarts Express, but you have to have a park-to-park pass, as it takes you to the other park...this I will probably do next time....

Don't forget I have a small giveaway in yesterday's post.