Today I finally finished my very first self-knit sweater AND it actually fits!!! YAY!!!
My very first self-knit Sweater
I started it some time around Easter with the idea of making a light “spring sweater”, but well, it took “slightly” longer. Guess I’ll be wearing it as an autumn sweater instead.
Amazingly I found knitting this sweater a lot easier than knitting my hat and I had less trouble finding the right size. Actually it fits astonishingly well and is very comfortable to wear. It even looks ok… only it wouldn’t have hurt to make it slightly longer. Perhaps I’ll post a pic of me modelling it some time….
Even more astonishing is, that I only had to start over once… and the reason for this is called Kitty. The pic underneath was taken about a minute before Kitty decided that a ball of wool is an interesting play thing and tore everything apart. Grr!
Kitty and sweater
I loved every minute of the actual knitting. It’s such a fun thing to do while listening to audiobooks or watching TV. But weaving in all those loose ends and sewing all the parts together was just plain awful. So unless I find a way to knit it all in one piece, I probably won’t do another sweater any time soon.
Btw. I’ve posted a couple more pics of the whole process on flickr. (You can find the icon with the link on the right side, at the bottom.)
Lately I’ve read quite a few of books by Noel Streatfeild and found that I enjoy them very much. The last one, I’ve read was probably her most famous one, called “Ballet Shoes”.
I won’t bother to write a summary, since Wikipedia already provides one. (No worries about spoilers, I’ve modified it a little):
The narrative concern three adopted sisters, Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil. Each of the girls is discovered as a baby by Matthew Brown (Great-Uncle-Matthew, or Gum), an elderly, absent-minded geologist and professor, during his world travels, and sent home to his great-niece, Sylvia, and her childhood nanny.
Gum (Great-Uncle-Matthew)embarks upon an expedition of many years, and arranges for money for the family for five years. He does not return when he planned, and despite scrimping, the money is used up. Sylvia and Nana must take in boarders to help make ends meet, which introduces a variety of people who become important to the children: Mr. Simpson, who runs an auto repair garage; Drs. Jakes and Smith, a pair of professors who take over the children’s schooling after Sylvia can no longer afford their school fees, and Miss Theo Dane, a dance teacher, who arranges for the children to begin dance and stage training.
As the children mature, they begin to develop their own talents, and take on some of the responsibility of supporting the household… (Summary by Wikipedia)
It’s a sweet story, with charming characters and enough twists and turns to keep you interested. Also it’s beautifully written. I had a lot of fun reading it, even though it’s a “children’s book”. Still of all books I’ve read by Noel Streatfeild I liked “Thursday’s Child” best. (See earlier blog post)
Last weekend “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” by Frank L. Baum made it into the Librivox Catalog. It’s such a fun book, that I just had to mention it here. I did the PLing and also read 4 chapters.
The Patchworkgirl of Oz
An unlucky Munchkin boy named Ojo must travel around Oz gathering the ingredients for an antidote to the Liquid of Petrifaction which has turned his beloved uncle Unc Nunkie and the wife of the Liquid’s creator into marble statues. Ojo is joined by the patchwork girl Scraps, Dorothy, Dr. Pipt’s Glass Cat, the Woozy, the Shaggy Man, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. They eventually visit the Emerald City to ask for help from the Wizard of Oz.
Here are my four chapters. They are chapters 14 – 17 and were great fun to read. But beware, they might contain spoilers:
The whole recording can be found HERE. Listen! It’s fun!
Recently I’ve recorded a lot of short stuff in German for LibriVox. The two most recent are two stories taken from “Tausend und Eine Nacht” by Gustav Weil. The first one, called “Geschichte des griechischen Königs und des Arztes Duban”, is about the Greek King, who is suffering from a severe illness and a doctor called Duban:
And the following one called “Geschichte des persischen Königs mit seinem Falken” is about the Persian King and a hunting trip and his wise falcon:
I rather enjoyed reading those stories. Perhaps I’ll do a couple more soon. Anyway, have fun listening.
Today I visited a local flower exhibition. Actually it was 2 huge fields of peony (Pfingstrosen in German). I’ve taken a couple of pics. There are more on my flickr account. (You can find it on the left side, right at the bottom)
Today I finally finished the striped socks I started to knit, when going to W. on train a couple of weeks ago. It took me 3 train rides, a couple of prooflistening sections for LibriVox and this afternoon to get them done. Well acutally all I did this afternoon was weave in all the loose ends, which is tedious work and NO fun. Anyway here they are: