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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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Another Craftster Swap I took part in last summer was the dog swap. I love dogs (they’re my favourite animals in the whole world!) and I also have a dog, but she doesn’t live with me due to my landlord not wanting any dogs on his property, she lives with my parents.

Blanket

Blanket

Bone stuffie

Bone stuffie

Personalized Dog Collar

Personalized Dog Collar

So I made a fleece blanket for my partner’s dog, a bone stuffie, and a personalized collar (see pattern at: http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/sewing/sew_a_cute_dog_collar.php), all in bright blue because, Lykos, the dog, doesn’t see very well. Also, my partner loved Harry Potter, so I made a cute Gryffindor dog scarf (my own pattern) and a poly clay golden snitch charm, for either her or the dog, with real gold incrusted in it!

Gryffindor Dog Scarf

Gryffindor Dog Scarf

Golden snitch Charm

Golden snitch Charm

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