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A couple of days ago I started another German solo, a really tiny one this time. I called it “Zwei Kindermärchen” by Heinrich Hoffman. I will record the famous “Struwwelpeter”, the story how Struwwelpeter was written and another really cute book called “König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold”.

Struwwelpeter

So here is my version of Struwwelpeter:

If I can find a bit of time, everything should be recorded and edited this weekend! 😀

(As usual, this LibriVox recording is in the public domain and is completely legal to download!)

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My “jinxed” Hermione hat is finally done. It acutally fits this time and is rather comfortable to wear. I even like the way I look with it.

Violet Hermione Hat (version 2)

Now even the eyelets show up the way they are supposed to. (Thanks, Kara!!! :D)

Violet Hermione Hat (version 2)

As usual the pattern and all details can be found on my ravelry page.

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It’s growing! :)

My “canned sunflower” is finally starting to grow! YAY! 😀

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Yesterday I received a “canned sunflower” as a late birthday present. LOL!

canned sunflower

The instructions really sound easy. Just open the can, fill with water and wait…. the waiting probably is the hardest part. (I’m fighting the tempation to dig out the seed to see if it is starting to grow. ;))

My second attempt at knitting that Hermione Hat, I blogged about earlier, met with an accident yesterday:

Jinxed hat

Luckily she didn’t do too much damage… still I’m starting to think that this knitting project is doomed.

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Over the last couple of days I had quite a lot of time to kill. There was absolutely nothing  to do and I even got to the point, where it felt like I had talked to everybody about everything twice. So I spent a lot of time reading the LV forums, everything on archive.org, a vast number of blogs… until it felt like it had read the whole internet.

Apart from that I played about all the games I have on my phone. I’ve become really good at playing “Crystal Defenders” and even beat the first 2 levels. But in “Maestro” I’m hopelessly stuck in Dvorak’s symphony “From the New World”. The music is beautiful and the game is fun, but I’m starting to hate that symphony.

Also I found a wonderful book on knitting. It’s called “Charmed Knits” and contains a lot of cute patterns from the Harry Potter movies. Speaking of knitting, I finished my “Hermione Hat” yesterday. It’s really pretty, but a total failure. Guess I can now officially say, that I have no talent at all for hats. Here is the pic I took, before ripping it all out:

Hermione Hat

Pretty, isn’t it?

Only it’s WAY too small and I messed up the eyelets. There are supposed to be three tiny holes in the purl rows, only they don’t show up. I have no clue as to what went wrong. 😦

Hermione Hat

In this pic it looks a lot bigger than it really is.

On my wanderings through the internet I also discovered 2 books for future German solos. One is called “König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold” by Heinrich Hoffmann. He is the author of “Struwwelpeter”. It’s a really cute story about sick boy and his fever dreams.

The other one is called “Ohne den Vater” by Agnes Sapper. It’s about a boy living near the border with his family. It’s during the war and one day soldiers come to their house. While the father is forced to lead the soldiers through the woods, the boy and his stepmother and sister have to flee… So far I’ve read the first 2 chapters. I really like it, but before I decide to solo it, I’ll read a bit more to see “how sad it really gets”…

Oh I almost forgot. Kara and I started watching “Mad Men” together. SO much fun!!! At first I couldn’t quite decide whether or not I liked it, but I couldn’t stop either… and now I’m absolutely hooked! I love it, all the details, the beautiful dresses, the actors… only wish Don wouldn’t mumble so much. 😉

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Recent Knitting

Lately I haven’t done much knitting. I’m still working on those  “cable socks”, I started ages ago and in addition I’ve started to knit a hat:

Violet Hermione Hat

It’s a lovely pattern of eyelets and cables. Apparently Hermione (Emma Watson) in one of the Harry Potter movies wore one just like it. I can’t remember seeing it there, but I loved the pattern when I saw it on ravelry.com.

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Yesterday I recorded another story by Max Dauthendey. Lately I’ve taken a real liking to his writing. The one I read is called “Im blauen Licht von Penang”, which means “In the blue light of Penang”:

The story is about a photographer and his wife. In a strange dream the wife plunges a needle into a piece of cloth saying the word “Lulau”. If you’d like to find out what happens afterwards you’ll have to listen… 😉

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