Just a tiny little post today to show off my Blackrose mittens:
They turned out really well, are great to wear and look simply amazing. It’s the same pattern I already used for the socks I blogged about in my previous post.
There is only one thing I’d do differently… that is, should I ever knit them again. My wrists are very slim and they are way too loose there, though I already knit the “small” version of the pattern. But a couple of decreases there should do the trick next time…
Today I finally finished the pair of socks, I started to knit last month during a 4 hour train ride to V. to attend a congress there. That’s why I’m calling them by the terribly creative name “Train- Socks”.
The pattern looks quite complicated and intricate but was supereasy and fun to knit. In fact I enjoyed it so much, that I’m working on mittens with the same pattern now.
Today I also finally found time to record a couple of sections for LibriVox. Here is my version of this week’s poem, which is called “Song..While with fond rapture” by Tobias George Smollet:
While with fond rapture and amaze,
On thy transcendent charms I gaze,
My cautious soul essays in vain
Her peace and freedom to maintain:
Yet let that blooming form divine,
Where grace and harmony combine,
Those eyes, like genial orbs that move,
Dispensing gladness, joy, and love,
In all their pomp assail my view,
Intent my bosom to subdue,
My breast, by wary maxims steel’d,
Not all those charms shall force to yield.
But when, invoked to Beauty’s aid,
I see the enlighten’d soul display’d;
That soul so sensibly sedate
Amid the storms of froward fate,
Thy genius active, strong, and clear,
Thy wit sublime, though not severe,
The social ardour, void of art,
That glows within thy candid heart;
My spirits, sense, and strength decay,
My resolution dies away,
And, every faculty oppress’d,
Almighty Love invades my breast!
Basically it’s a kind of charity thing… each sold smoothie, that is wearing a hat, brings a donation of 30 Cents. The money is used to get elderly people through the winter.
My 2 fav. smoothie hats
To be honest I don’t like those smoothies much… but I had a wonderful time knitting those hats. Besides it’s a wonderful way of using up left over yarn (of which I seem to have tons).
While knitting I watched several episodes of “Breaking Bad”. I’m now in the middle of season 3. It’s simply awesome and so far I haven’t been bored for even a second… just very disgusted now and then. The only thing that has changed is my opinion of Walt. In the previous series I could kinda understand why he did certain things, but now some of his actions are totally incomprehensible to me… f. ex. towards the end of season 2 he just stands by and watches a girl die…
Also I’ve finally finished listening to “Marked” by P.C. and Kirsten Cast, that teenage vampire high school story I ranted… er… blogged about earlier. Well, the story did improve towards the end and they finally dropped that forced sounding pseudoteenage language (and also some of the constant whining), still I didn’t like it much.
Anyway, back to knitting. As usual here is my ravelry page with all yarn/needle details (no pattern details though, as I made all of them up while knitting): http://ravel.me/aravis83/ywc1
A couple of mintues ago, I uploaded my 400. LibriVox recording!
It took me almost exactly a year to record 100. sections and by chance it’s again a text I recorded for the German “Adventskalender“… only of course this time it’s the one for 2011. (The Adventskalender is a collection of 24 texts for each day leading up to Christmas. All texts are about Christmas, snow, fir trees, Santa Claus, cookies, reindeer… and other winter and Christmas related stuff. )
So here is my 400. section:
It’s a beautiful poem called “Weihnachtslied” by Christian Fürchtegott Gellert and that’s how it starts out:
 Dieß ist der Tag, den Gott gemacht;
Sein werd in aller Welt gedacht!
Ihn preise, was durch Jesum Christ
Im Himmel und auf Erden ist!
Die Völker haben dein geharrt,
Bis daß die Zeit erfüllet ward;
Da sandte Gott von seinem Thron
Das Heil der Welt, dich, seinen Sohn….
Have fun listening! Oh and here are my other 399 recordings:
Just a quick post to show off the first ever real American apple pie I did. Baking it was amazingly easy and it took my only about 2 1/2 episodes of Futurama till it was save in the oven. (Thanks for the recipe, Kara!!! )
apple pie in progress
I have to admit that I’m rather proud of how it turned out. It’s the perfect golden brown and tastes absolutely delicious… only the edges got slightly burned. Anyway here is the finished pie: