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Böckstein Socks :)

A couple of weeks ago during a rather long (and also very tedious) train ride to V. I knit a pair of socks, which turned out quite cute. Orignally I just wanted to do simple striped ones with 4 rounds in blue and 4 rounds in white. But due to a very long delay in Böckstein I had quite a bit of time to create a more interesting pattern and so here it is:

Böckstein Sock

Böckstein Sock

Material: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Stretch (but I guess any sock yarn will work), size 2,5mm DPN’s

CO: 60 stitches (the pattern works with a multiple of 12 stitches)

If you are unsure about the size, it’s better to go for a bit more stitches than usual, for the socks get rather tight. That’s also the reason, why I prefer a stretchy sock yarn.

Böckstein Socks (close up)

Böckstein Socks (close up)

Ribbing: k1p1
Work 4 rounds in each color till desired length (I worked 3 stripes)
Pattern:
Set-up stripe:
1. Round: k all st
2. Round: k all st
3. Round: 2 x (k2tog), 4x (YO, k1), 2x (k2tog) repeat till end of round
4. Round: k all st
All other stripes:
1. Round: k all st
2. Round: p all st
3. Round: k all st
4. Round: 2 x (k2tog), 4x (YO, k1), 2x (k2tog) repeat till end of round
5. Round: k all st
Switch colors after every stripe.
For the blue stripes with the white lines: (I’m working every 2. blue stripe like that :)
1. Round: p all st
2. Round: k all st
3. Round: 2 x (k2tog), 4x (YO, k1), 2x (k2tog) repeat till end of round
4. Round: k all st
For the heel and toe just use your prefered method. Once you’ve finished your sock, sew in all the loose ends and then block gently to open up all the eyelets.
Oh and here is a pic of the station in Böckstein, where I spent over an hour sitting on my suitcase, knitting my sock and listening to Hokuspokus read two awesome short stories by Guy De Maupassant to me. (Btw. check out Hok’s Blog. It’s pretty cool! :D )
Station in Böckstein

Station in Böckstein

Emilia Strikkedukker

I had a couple of days off last week and so I had finally time to knit a “Strikkedukker” doll. The pattern is out of a book called “Strikkedukker” by Arne and Carlos. The book is really well written and detailed and so knitting was a pleasure… though all those small parts are quite fiddly to knit. Anyway, may I introduce you to Emilia Strikkedukker:

Emilia3

Emilia

Emilia actually is quite a big doll. I’d say she’s about 40-45 cm tall and very slender… that’s also the reason she is so fiddly to knit. Still I just love how she turned out. All she needs now are some pretty dresses and skirts.

Emilia4

Emilia

I gave Emilia quite a LOT of hair (almost 1 1/2 balls of yarn). She looks really awesome with all that hair and you can do all kinds of different hairstyles without having to worry that the skin of her head will show through. The only downside is that all that hair is so heavy that she has troubles keeping her head up. So she has an entire crochet hook in her body at the moment to stabilize the head.

 

Anyway, here is a closeup of her face… and the hair: ;)

Emilia

Emilia

On my ravelry page are all the yarn and needle details… and you can also watch her grow from just being one foot into a pretty fully grown doll: http://ravel.me/aravis83/7t8qn

Today I finally had time to record a short poem for the new German poetry collection at LibriVox. The poem I chose is the famous poem called “Der Zauberlehrling” (= The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It’s about a young apprentice, who the moment his master leaves, enchants a broom to help him with his chores. But well things don’t work out the way the young apprentice wants and the broom, which got the task of fetching water, doesn’t stop and everything gets flooded. Eventually the master comes back and fixes everything again.

Ok, I’m no good with summaries, but I guess all of you probably know the poem anyway. So here is my recording:

Der Zauberlehring

Der Zauberlehring

Omg, it’s been ages since I’ve had time to write a proper blog post. May always is a really busy month for me… lots of birthdays, congresses and other stuff. Anyway, I’ve also been really busy knitting-wise. As I need some new colors for my sock yarn blanket I’ve been knitting socks, socks, socks and even more socks lately. ;)

First of all here is the pair of plain socks, I knit for my brother K. For those socks I cast on 66 stitches (He had BIG feet!). The ribbing is k1p1. The pattern for the “main” sock is:

  1. round: k5 slip 1 stitch purlwise
  2. round: k all stitches

Repeat those two rounds till you’ve the desired length and then just work your fav. heel.

Socks for K.

Socks for K.

The second pair I’d like to show off is called “Froschkönig” socks. Froschkönig translates as “Frog King” and I guess it probably relates to the famous fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. Anyway I just love how they turned out. Those off-center cables combined with the lacy edges are simply beautiful. Also I really love the coloring!

Froschkönig socks

Froschkönig socks

The third pair I knit are called Monkey socks. They are a birthday surprise for Hanna and I just love how they turned out. The yarn reminds me a bit of flames with that yellow, red and orange. Anyway, I hope she’ll like them.

Monkey Socks

Monkey Socks

And finally here is my latest pair of finished socks. They are called “Spring Forward” and are simply beautiful. The pattern was super-easy and fast and still the socks look really fancy! I just love such patterns. Maybe I’ll do another pair some time soon with different colors of course.

Spring Forward Socks

Spring Forward Socks

Oh and I almost forgot. Here is the pair I’m currently working on. The pattern like all the others is from ravelry and it’s called Hermione’s Everyday Socks. It’s supereasy and fast… more or less just plain knitting with an occasional purl stitch here and there. The socks not only look comfy, they are!!!

 Hermione's Everyday Socks

Hermione’s Everyday Socks

As usual all yarn, needle and pattern details along with a lot more pics can be found on my ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/aravis83

Today I finally finished “Aladdin und die Wunderlampe”, one of my German LibriVox Solos. The book was written by Ludwig Fulda and it’s a re-telling of the famous story of Aladdin and the magical lamp only in rhymes.

Aladdin im Zaubergarten

Aladdin im Zaubergarten

I really enjoyed the book, only the rhymes where sometimes rather difficult to read, for the lines occasionally don’t work out the way the should. Still I hope I managed to read it in a way that makes listening enjoyable.

As a short preview, here is my reading of the first chapter:

All the other chapters as well as the link to the text and everything else can be found on project’s catalog page: http://librivox.org/aladdin-und-die-wunderlampe-by-ludwig-fulda/

Finished Lambton Top

Here is another short post to show off my newly finished Lambton Top!

Lambton Top

Lambton Top

I just love how it turned out. The pattern is great and the top actually fits. Well it’s a tiny bit too big around the shoulders and it tends slip down. Maybe I’ll add another couple of rows to the neckline to make it tighter.

Lambton Top

Lambton Top

More pictures and all needle/yarn details are on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/ew1ku

Happy Easter!

Just a short post to wish y’all a very Happy Easter!

Here is proof that the Easter bunny came by in spite of all the snow and bad weather. ;)

Snow bunny mine

Our second Easter bunny (created by mum) also brought a couple of Easter eggs… and Kitty the cat had a good long look at them. ;)

Snow bunny mum

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