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I recently participated in the “Libre de lire” project (Free to read), an initiative by Montreal librarians for Freedom to Read week. Each participant (anyone can be a participant) chooses a banned book and tells the world why they want to be free to read that book. As a Harry Potter fan and children’s librarian, I chose my favourite instalment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (because it features my favourite character Remus Lupin, the tortured, melancholic professor/werewolf). Harry Potter has been one of the most contested series of books in the last decade (no.1 in ALA’s top 100 for the 2000-2009 decade), and most probably the most contested children’s series because it . Despite that, it has been widely read all over the world and translated in 69 languages. Teachers and librarians who worked in children’s libraries at that time will tell you that it made reluctant readers read 600-page books.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I dug up my Gryffindor scarf that my mother knitted for me back in 2002. It’s a huge thing: it’s over 7½ feet long (without the tassels) by 9½ inches wide. It’s knitted in the round as to look nice (stockinette) any side you look at it. So that makes it extra thick too. Great for Quebec winters! (And maybe scottish winters too, I’d have to go to check! : ) )

Free to read Harry Potter and the Prisonner of Azkaban

Free to read Harry Potter and the Prisonner of Azkaban

You can’t see much of it in the picture, but I’m sure you get what it looks like.

My boyfriend took the picture and I got to experiment with GIMP for the editing. I found a great tutorial on selective colourization. For the rest I had to try all the options until I found the one I wanted!

For other Harry Potter goodness, check out the items I made for a dog in a dog-themed swap.

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Cutest watermelon EVER!

This is not craft related, but I had to share! We subscribe to an organic food basket for the summer, that means we paid a “family farmer” and each week we go meet them and collect our organic fruits and vegetables.

Last Thursday, we got watermelons. They are the cutest watermelons ever! See for yourself:

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Well, you say, they look like perfectly normal watermelons. What’s so cute about them?

They’re tiny!!

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I can now say that I once ate a WHOLE watermelon by myself! 😛

To learn more about organic agriculture and family farmers, see Equiterre.org.

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The blog age

Woo! I got a blog! I feel so 21st century!

So I’m going to use this to show off the stuff I handmake for myself and other people in my life. I’ve been crafting all my life, my mom being a crafter extraordinaire and my dad the DIY guy, only more seriously and more intensely since this winter. I have done a *lot* of stuff since then and I never had one single place to show them all. I just posted them on different sites, mainly Craftster and Ravelry. (Or not posting them at all, not thinking them worthy of these communities.)

I have been toying with the idea of a craft journal in the form of a blog for a while now. Some technical details have been holding me back, like the name of the blog and the language I would write it in.  The name came to me after a bit of searching. Simple, to the point, I think it’s ok! The language is another story.

I’ve always been quite pretentious when it comes to my native language, wanting it preserved in a country and a world where English prevails. My friends will probably be shocked to the point of disowning me when they see this… The main reason I chose to do this journal in English is because all the crafting Websites and communities I participate in are in English. Therefore if people from there decide to come see my blog, they will understand what I’m writing, whatever their native language is. The other major reason has to do with the name. I couldn’t find an adequate translation of the word “craft” in French. It is sometimes translated as “métier”, but that’s not what I am doing at all. Most of the time, it is translated as “artisanat”. I don’t think that’s what I do either. I don’t consider myself as an “artisane”. It could also be “bricolage”, but that’s what kids do in kindergarten, and as far as I know I’m not a kid. I craft as a hobby, not because I’m an artist, because I’m definitely not an artist, nor because it’s my job, because it isn’t. So I decided to simply go with “craft” as I do in my everyday speech (yes, I use “craft” when I speak French!), but with the rest of the language it comes from.

So that’s it! Welcome to my craft journal!I hope you will enjoy my evolution in the new blog age!

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