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Today I finished knitting a rather simple cabled hat for mum. I used size 6 (US 10) needles and the yarn is Lana Grossa Uno (1 1/2 skeins). Though the yarn looks great, feels wonderfully soft and awesome to wear, it is a real pain to knit with. Still I love how the hat turned out. 😀

Simple cabled hat

As I couldn’t find a suitable pattern I made it up. Here is what I did:

CO 80 stitches

1.-5. row: *knit 6, purl 4* to end of row

6. row: *slip 3 stitches on cable needle, hold cable needle in front of work, knit 3 stitches from the left needle, now knit 3 stitches off the cable needle, purl 4* to end of row

7.-14. row: *k6, p4* to end of row

15. row: *slip 3 stitches on cable needle, hold cable needle in front of work, knit 3 stitches from the left needle, now knit 3 stitches off the cable needle, purl 4* to end of row

Repeat rows 7 – 15 once more. After that is done, work another 4 rows of *k6,p4* (or till it was the desired length) before starting to shape the crown.


1. row: *k2, k2tog, k2, p4* to end

2. row:  *knit 5, purl 4* to end of row

3. row: *k5, p1, p2tog, p1* to end

4. row: *knit 5, purl 3* to end of row

5. row: *k2tog, k1, k2tog, p3* to end of row

6. and 7. row: *k3, p3* to end of row

8. row: *k2tog, k1, p2tog, p1* to end of row

9. row: *k2, p2* to end of row

10. row: *k2tog, p2tog* to end of row

Cut of the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches, pull tight and sew the end in. Have fun knitting! 😀

My hat and more pics can be found on my rav page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/st5a8


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Just a tiny short post to show of my finished cardigan:

Waves Cardigan

Isn’t it pretty?

I finished it yesterday and just love how it turned out. Also it fits perfectly. It will be fun to wear it over short sleeved shirts in spring. Right now it’s a little too chilly for that…

Anyway, I followed the pattern closely without doing any major changes. I only added a few rows to the main body of the cardigan to make it a little longer. I just love knitting top down, that way it’s so easy to determine how everything will look when it’s done. 😀

The pattern, all needle/yarn details and more pics can as usual be found on rav:  http://ravel.me/aravis83/u06z2

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Today I finished my red convertible mittens and they turned quite well, though I’m not yet sure I’ll be wearing them much. Usually I prefer fingerless mittens as they let me use my ipod quite comfortably. But the weather is definitely getting too cold for those and so I just had to try convertible ones for a change. What worries me a little is that the cap will get tangled up too easily. Also they seem a little clumsy. Oh well, guess I’ll find out as soon as they are dry again. (Right now they are in “blocking” stage.)

Anyway here they are:

My red convertible mittens

LOL, it seems that the picture got accidentially turned around when I uploaded it. Will change that later on… if I remember. 😉

The pattern itself is great but as I prefer working with smaller needles I had to modify it quite a bit. Here is what I did:

I used 2.5 needles instead of the required size 4 and cast on 42 stitches (as required for L size in the pattern.) For the ribbing and thumb increases I followed L size of the pattern. But as my mittens were considerably smaller after those increases I worked another 10 rows before I moved the 15 stitches for the thumb on a spare bit of yarn.
After that I continued working in plain stockinette stitch (without the knuckle increases… my hands are very slim and there is plenty of space even without those increases) till my mittens had the right length. Before binding off I worked a couple of rounds of k1 p1 ribbing. (I didn’t knit the fingers for I prefer haven enough space to move my fingers even when I pull the mitten cap over them).
For the cap I followed the L pattern again. Only I didn’t do the chart. Also I slightly modified the decreases. There are 52 stitches for the cap, 26 stitches on the front and on the back of the cap. I worked:
1. decrease round: k2 k2tog k4, k2tog, k8, k2tog k4, k2tog, k2 (repeat)
2-5. k those rounds
6. k2 k2tog k3, k2tog, k6, k2tog k3, k2tog, k2 (repeat)
7-9. k those rounds even
10. k2 k2tog k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog k2, k2tog, k2 (repeat)
11-12. k those rounds even
13. k2 k2tog k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog k1, k2tog, k2 (repeat)
14. knit that round even
15. k2tog till end of round, cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches before pulling closed and sewing the loose end in.
For the thumb I picked up another 3 stitches and then knit till it had the right length. I did another couple of rounds of k1p1 ribbing before binding off. (It’s much more comfortable to have the use of the thumb too when listening to music on my ipod.)

While knitting I watched a couple of epidsodes of Breaking Bad. Omg, the ending of season 3 was totally unexpected and quite violent, but also really awesome. Can’t wait to get started on season 4!

Also I relistened to Kara‘s LibriVox recording of Helen’s Babies by John Habberton. I simply love that recording. The story is so funny that it still makes me laugh out loud though I almost know it by heart.

Anyway, back to knitting. As usual the pattern is from ravelry and can be found here: http://ravel.me/aravis83/dy54u …along with all yarn/needle details and some more pictures. 😀

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Just a tiny little post today to show off my Blackrose mittens:

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…

Anyway, yarn/pattern/needle details can be found on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/bs22

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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.

As usual I found it on ravelry and there you can also find all yarn/needle etc. details: http://ravel.me/aravis83/6tes5

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!

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I made these hats for this year’s big “Innocent Smoothie Hat Knitting”: http://www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/bigknit/get_knitting/inde…

Innocent Smoothie Hats

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

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At the moment I’m down with a nasty cold and more or less had to spend all week in bed. After feeling absolutely miserable for the first few days I’m somewhat better now and also rather bored.

To make time pass faster I did  a lot of knitting. I finished those 9 to 5 socks, I blogged about last week and here is the most recent pair of finished socks:

Circle Sock

The socks turned out really really well and I love how the circles look… but for some reason I didn’t enjoy the pattern. Making those circles was a major pain and so incredibly slow that it made me feel like the sock wasn’t “growing” at all… probably I’m just to impatient because the pattern actually was supereasy. 😉

Anyway here is my rav. page with all yarn/needle details and more pics: http://ravel.me/aravis83/pld53

After all those socks I’ve done lately it’s time for another big knitting project and so I’m working on a cardigan now. No pics yet, but here is the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/making-waves-cardigan

Apart from knitting, I watched quite a lot of “Breaking Bad” and I’m halfway through the second season now. It’s really awesome, but I’m no longer sure I acutally  “like” it… there is just so much violence and disgusting and scary stuff. Still it’s quite fascinating and it certainly keeps me glued to the screen.

Oh and I started to read “Confusion” by Elizabeth Jane Howard which is the third book of the Cazalet Chronicles. Basically it’s the story of quite a large family and tells of their everyday life, their troubles and joys. This volume is set during WWII and so far I love  it, though it started out quite sad.

Of course I’ve also played about every video game I could get hold of. Yesterday I finished “Snark Busters” (YAY me! 😉 ), which was amazingly good. Normally I don’t enjoy hidden object games much, but this one had such pretty pics and the story was quite interesting too. Right now I’m totally addicted to “Cradle of Rome” and “Drawn – The Painted Tower“. Oh and I’m still fighting my way through “Zelda – Occarina of Time” which is absolutely amazing… but also very, very hard and will certainly keep me occupied for many more hours.  😀

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And another post to show off yet another pair of knit socks: 😉

9 to 5 socks

The socks turned out absolutely wonderful and I just love how intricate the pattern looks, though it was actually easy to knit…  after I figured out how to do those cables, that is. 😉 Also the socks are incredibly stretchy which makes them doubly comfy to wear.

While knitting I listened to “Marked” by P.C. and Kristen Cast. It’s the first book of the “House of Night” series, which basically is yet another teenage vampire high school story. The story is ok and there is a lot less whining than in “Twilight” (don’t get me wrong… there still is a considerable amount 😉 ), but nothing ever seems to happen… and there certainly is no creepyness or blood or anything I’d expect of a good vampire story. Also Zoe the main character is of course the typical, totally insecure teenager (and constantly going on and on and on about totally uninteresting things) and she of course has super special powers which none of the others have.

Anyway I haven’t quite finished listening yet. So maybe the story will get awesome all of a sudden, but so far I don’t like it much. Also the language of the book sounds a bit forced… like the authors were trying too hard to sound like teenagers (and failing miserablely).

Also I started to watch “Breaking Bad” while knitting. So far I’ve only watched the first 3 episodes, but I really like it. The main character played by Bryan Cranston (Hal from Malcolm in the Middle) is amazingly good… much better than I would have thought. The only thing I don’t like so far is that sometimes a bit too much is shown…. there is a particularly disgusting bit in episode 2 where an in acid dissolved body, well the gooey remains with bits of bone still in it, comes crashing through the ceiling. YUCK!

Anyway back to socks, which were what I intended to blog about. 😉 The pattern can be found here… along with all needle, yarn details and more pics:  http://ravel.me/aravis83/s35hd 😀

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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? 😀

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. 😉

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