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In perfect time for Christmas this year’s LibriVox Christmas Carol Collection is now in the catalog and ready to be downloaded. It consists of 25 wonderful carols in several different languages. As I’m not very good when it comes to summaries, here is what the official catalog page says about it:

LibriVox volunteers bring you this year’s selection of 25 sacred and secular carols and Christmas songs, in English, German and Latin

As I’m about as musical as a teaspoon, I only did the prooflistening… and read the intro/outro for mum’s contribution. She chose the song “Es wird scho glei dumpa”, a lovely carol in German dialect and one of her favorites:

Here is the whole awesome collection. Hope you enjoy listening as much as I did! 😀



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Just a tiny post to tell you all about the beautiful poem I recorded last weekend for the fortnightly poetry collection at LibriVox. The poem is called “The Little Mud-Sparrows” by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. (taken from CHRISTMAS IN LEGEND AND STORY; A Book for Boys and Girls, complied by Elva S. Smith, Carnegie Library Pittsburgh and Alice I. Hazeltine)

Here is the poem and my version of it:

A Jewish Legend

I like that old, kind legend
Not found in Holy Writ,
And wish that John or Matthew
Had made Bible out of it.

But though it is not Gospel,
There is no law to hold
The heart from growing better
That hears the story told:—

How the little Jewish children
Upon a summer day,
Went down across the meadows
With the Child Christ to play.

And in the gold-green valley,
Where low the reed-grass lay,
They made them mock mud-sparrows
Out of the meadow clay.

So, when these all were fashioned,
And ranged in rows about,
“Now,” said the little Jesus,
“We’ll let the birds fly out.”

Then all the happy children
Did call, and coax, and cry—
Each to his own mud-sparrow:
“Fly, as I bid you! Fly!”

But earthen were the sparrows,
And earth they did remain,
Though loud the Jewish children
Cried out, and cried again.

Except the one bird only
The little Lord Christ made;
The earth that owned Him Master,
—His earth heard and obeyed.

Softly He leaned and whispered:
“Fly up to Heaven! Fly!”
And swift, His little sparrow
Went soaring to the sky,

And silent, all the children
Stood, awestruck, looking on,
Till, deep into the heavens,
The bird of earth had gone.

I like to think, for playmate
We have the Lord Christ still,
And that still above our weakness
He works His mighty will,

That all our little playthings
Of earthen hopes and joys
Shall be, by His commandment,
Changed into heavenly toys.

Our souls are like the sparrows
Imprisoned in the clay,
Bless Him who came to give them wings
Upon a Christmas Day!

Isn’t it simply beautiful? If you feel like recording is, the project is still open and can be found here: https://forum.librivox.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=37121


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Today I finally had time to edit the first chapter of my new LibriVox Solo, called “Aladdin und die Wunderlampe”. It’s the famous story of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, which is part of the book of A Thousand and One Nights retold in poems by Ludwig Fulda. Here is how it starts out:

Aladdin und die Wunderlampe

Kommt, Kinder, faßt mich bei der Hand!

Ich führ’ euch in das Morgenland

Und in sein Märchenparadies

Auf einem wohlbekannten Pfade.

Vor langen, langen Jahren wies

Ihn die berühmte Schehersade

Dem argen Sultan Scheherban,

Sodaß der greuliche Tyrann—

Weil ihre Kunst, in bunten Bildern

Ihm eine Zauberwelt zu schildern,

Unwiderstehlich ihn berauschte—

Vergessend Speis’ und Trank und Ruh’,

Ihr volle tausend Nächte lauschte

Und eine weitre noch dazu…

And here is my first chapter:

Anyway here is the project and the online text can be found here. 😀

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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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For once I’m on time posting about the German Adventskalender on LibriVox. It’s a collection of 24 lovely stories, poems, fairy tales and many other texts centered around Christmas, snow, winter and everything related to it.

Anyway, here is the catalog page with all recordings and other details:

Happy 1. December and have fun listening! 😀


Here is one of my recordings:

It’s called Bärbele’s Weihnachten by Ottilie Wildermuth. It’s a lovely tale about a poor little girl, who is longing to have a godmother like all the other children in the small village…

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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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A couple of mintues ago, I uploaded my 400. LibriVox recording! 😎

400 sections!!!

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:


[167] 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: 😉


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Proudly presenting my finished LibriVox solo recording of German short stories for kids: http://librivox.org/erzaehlungen-fuer-kinder-von-various/ 😀

Here is the official summary:

Neben berühmten Erzählungen wie “Max und Moritz – Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen” von Wilhelm Busch und zwei der weniger bekannten Texten von Heinrich Hoffmann (Autor von Struwwelpeter) enthält diese Sammlung insgesamt 20 kurze Erzählungen, Gedichte und Märchen für Kinder. (Zusammenfassung von Elli)

Max und Moritz

It’s a collection of 20 short stories for children… some well known and some probably long forgotten. A few of the texts were very hard to read, as the quality of the scans often was rather bad and the old writing made it doubly hard… still I had a lot of fun recording those old stories and there are some real treasures among them. I think the one I liked best was “Etwas von den Wurzelkindern” by Sibylle but also the two by Heinrich Hoffmann were really good. Anyway most of the texts have beautiful pictures, so you might want to read along. 😀

Here is my recording of Max und Moritz:

Hope you’ll have as much fun listening as I had recording them. 😀

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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. 😀

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 ’six’ in the title – 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 Gebrüder 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! 😀

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Today LibriVox turned 6, soooooooooo….

Happy 6. Anniversary LibriVox!!! 😀

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.  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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