Tales from The Sapling

Birch Island Books is delighted to present stories from The Sapling – a young writer who likes to make science fun for other kids!

One Hundred Nineteen Little Pigs – A new twist on an old tail… with thanks to the Periodic Table of the Elements.

Quidditch Scarf for Hufflepuff

This double-thickness scarf is knit in the round using the Magic Loop method. One surface shows a Hufflepuff team pride pattern, and the other is a blank canvas for letters naming your position, house, or name in duplicate stitch, illusion, embroidery or intarsia as you prefer.  Any smooth yarn will do.  You might use a pom-pon or a button for his dear little snout – and if you’re making this for a small child, may I suggest a bobble, so it doesn’t come off?  The sample shown here uses safety eyes; you can also just leave the stitch pattern of the eyes showing.

Hufflepuff Quidditch Scarf

Dragon Colorwork Chart

This little chart is intended as a supplement to the brilliant Hogwarts Double Knitted Bookscarves by the lovely and brilliant Ann Kingstone.  Her charts are available on Ravelry.com, a free site for fiber crafters.  I used this chart to make the double-knitted bookscarf you see here.  It can also be a repeated stranded motif on a hat or socks or sweater yoke, or used singly as intarsia-work, perhaps on the back of a mitten!

Dragon Color Chart

Fog’s Children

Riona and her father have a secret.  It’s up to her to travel the continent and find those few who can be trusted to share it and keep a dream alive.  She must use her wits to avoid suspicion, find her new friends, and teach them skills they’ll need to help the glowing ember of freedom live through her country’s dark night.

Fog’s Children: Chapters 1-5 of 10

Fog’s Children: Chapters 6-10 of 10