Archive for August, 2011

Pink Wave Socks

Here is just a tiny little post to show you all my newest pair of knit socks:

Pink Wave Socks

Aren’t they pretty? ๐Ÿ˜€

They are the perfect summer socks… soft and breathy and I just love the color. I used my favorite Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Mexiko Cotton Stretch yarn. (It’s the very best sock yarn there is… hard wearing, pretty, stretchy and it keeps the shape perfectly.) The pattern is a simple feather and fan stitch and I absolutely love the way it turned out.

Here is the sock on ravelry (along with the usual yarn, pattern, needle… details): http://ravel.me/aravis83/4rcfj


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Apparently the best place for my cat to have an extended afternoon nap is soaking wet knitting. Grrrr!

Kitty fast asleep on Blinky

Normally she’d never go near anything that looks like it might possibly be a tiny little bit wet, BUT whenever there is wet knitting around she seems to feel the sudden urge to “test-sleep” on it!

And that’s what happens when you try to make her get up and leave the knitting alone:

Taking out her frustration on poor Blinky

She took out her frustration on poor Blinky by sinking her claws and teeth into him and rolling around with him several times. Glad to say, Blinky survived the whole ordeal without major injuries. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Today I finished knitting yet another hat. I had a few minor difficulties at first with the pattern, but Kara helped me sort them out. (Thanks!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) And so I can now proudly present my “Blinky” hat:


In case you aren’t familiar with Blinky, he is the cute 3 eyed fish from The Simpsons. He lives in the river near the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and that very Power Plant also is the reason for his unusual number of eyes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

K. modeling Blinky

The pattern for Blinky is from ravelry and it’s just awesome.ย  Of course in order to make it look like Blinky I had to modify it quite a bit.

The yarn and needles I used for the pattern were a smaller size than specified in the pattern, so I also had to modify the short rows which are used toย  shape the mouth. I cast on 120 stitches and so that’s what I used for the short rows:

Row 1 [RS]: K36, W&T.
Row 2 [WS]: P12, W&T.
Row 3 [RS]: K13, W&T.
Row 4 [WS]: P14, W&T.
Row 5 [RS]: K15, W&T.
Row 6 [WS]: P16, W&T.
Row 7 [RS]: K17, W&T.
Row 8 [WS]: P20, W&T.
Row 9 [RS]: K24, W&T.
Row 10 [WS]: P28, W&T.

Row 11 [RS]: K32, W&T.
Row 12 [WS]: P36, W&T.
Row 13 [RS]: K40, W&T.
Row 14 [WS]: P44, W&T.
Row 15 [RS]: K48, W&T.
Row 16 [WS]: P52, W&T.

Repeat those short rows on the back part of the hat. Then follow the pattern. For the decreases for the fish tail I always just did a second decrease round about half and inch before the one specified in the pattern. I did that till the number of stitches on my needles matched those in the pattern. Then I just continued according to pattern.

I knit the pectoral fins as specified in the pattern. Well I didn’t do the 1×1 rib, but worked in stockinette stitch. Except in the last row I increased to 40 stitches by knitting into the front and back of each stitch. Then I worked a kind of feather and fan pattern before casting off. For the feather and fan I knit *YO, K1 4 times, K 2 tog 3 times*.

Blinky and Kitty ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the dorsal fin I also followed the pattern where the increases are concerned. But instead of doing 10 rows of 1×1 ribbing I worked k5, p2, k7,p2, k7, p2, k5 for 10 rows. Then in the last row I increased to 60 stitches by knitting into the front and back of each stitch. Then I worked the same kind of feather and fan pattern I did for the pectora fins before casting off.

For the eyes I used these instructions… only I used an old sock as fabric for the eyes and embroidered the black dot with some left over yarn. For my eyelids I cast on 20 stitches and then knit in stockinette stitch increasing by 2 stitches in every knit row till I had 26 stitches.

Well, I guess that’s it. At any rate I can’t remember which other modifications I did. So here is Blinky and also a lot more pics on rav.: http://ravel.me/aravis83/isg2m

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For yesterday’s 6. Anniversary of LibriVox we of course did a special collection too, which consists of 66 lovely texts with the number six somewhere in the title. It was a lot of fun to look for such texts in German and even more fun to record them. Of course I just had to record 6 texts… most of which are fairy tales. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway here is the “offical summary”:

What do you do for a sixth anniversary? We challenged our readers to find any short works which had โ€™sixโ€™ in the title โ€“ in any language. The result? LibriVox in all its glorious diversity: sixty-six recordings of poetry, song, short stories, folktales, science fiction, historical documents, travel, art, science and mathematics, in Dutch, English, French and German, from Euclid to the Ziegfeld Follies. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

And here is one of my 6 recordings. It’s called “Sechse kommen durch die ganze Welt” by Gebrรผder Grimm:

If you feel like listening to more stories, poems and others text with the number six in them, have a look at the catalog page: http://librivox.org/librivox-6th-anniversary-collection/

Have fun listening! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Today LibriVox turned 6, soooooooooo….

Happy 6. Anniversary LibriVox!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

To properly celebrate we have of course a very special 6. anniversary podcast . I haven’t had time to listen to it entirely, but what I’ve heard so far is awesome.ย  Anyway, just listen for yourselves. Here it is:

And here is the catalog page for the podcast together with a proper summary:


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Here is the scarf I finished a couple of days ago. I’m calling it smokey wave scarf ’cause with those different shades of gray it looks a little bit like swirling smoke. ๐Ÿ™‚

Smokey Wave Scarf

The pattern is my own invention, though I guess I’m probably not the first to knit such a scarf. Anyway here is what I did:

Cast on 64 stitches.

Knit one row, purl back, and knit another row before you begin with the wave pattern. Also always slip the first stitch of each row.

I used 2.5 needles (European size) and the yarn is acutally my prefered sock yarn. ( Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Mexiko Cotton Stretch) So my scarf is about 18 cm wide.

Wave pattern: It’s a simple feather and fan stitch worked over 4 rows.

1. row: Slip first stitch, k1, k2tog twice, *YO, K1 4 times, K 2 tog 4 times* repeat till there are only 6 stitches left, k2tog twice, k2

2. row: slip first stitch, knit till end of row

3. row: slip first stitch, purl till end of row

4. row: slip first stich, knit till end of row

Repeat the pattern till the scarf has the desired length and then cast off. Mine is about 2 meters, though I think the “normal” scarf is only 1,50 m. Have fun knitting! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is my scarf of ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smokey-wave-scarf

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As I had the last 2 weeks off and didn’t go anywhere in particular, I finally had time to LV to my hearts content and to knit, knit, knit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last week I finally finished my knit skirt and it turned out much better than expected, for I discovered halfway through that I should have used the pattern for small instead of medium. As a consequence the skirt is a little big for me… but after putting in the elastic in additon to the cord, you can barely see it. It only flares a little more.

Zig-Zag Skirt

Also I modified the waistband a little. I immediately started knitting in the round and did 7 rows for the โ€œbacksideโ€, then one purl row at the turn and 8 (or 9โ€ฆ canโ€™t really remember) knit rows for the โ€œfront sideโ€. In the 5. front row I did 2 eyelets with about 15 stitches inbetween.
Through those eyelets I put in an elastic and a cord after finishing the skirt. It would probably have been easier to knit it in the way it is described in the pattern, but I just couldnt make up my mind if I wanted an elastic when I started to knit. ๐Ÿ™‚

The rest of the skirt I knit according to pattern. I only had to leave out one of the D rows towards the end to make the stripes match up the way I wanted.

Here is my skirt on ravelry. Yarn and needle details can be found there too. (Btw. the yarn I used is absolutely perfect for a skirt. It’s really soft and pretty and shiny. But most important it’s amazingly cool and comfortable to wear.) http://ravel.me/aravis83/35owm

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