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Just a short update to show y’all the new smoothie hats I made. My “modellling” smoothie – I don’t actually like the taste of them – has disappeared but as K. said this bottle is just as good…Β  πŸ˜‰

Smoothie hats

I particularly like the hat with the big flower on top. The funny thing is that it totally wasn’t planned that way. It more or less just happened. Originally I wanted to make a plain black pointed hat like those you see in the Harry Potter movies. But I had a left over flower from the crocheting project I’m working on at the moment and it just looked really cute. πŸ˜€

And here is what has become of his Evil-ness:

His Evil-ness

He is now a bit more than a week old and is starting to look toothless. πŸ˜‰


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Last weekend, K. and I had a great time trying out shrinky dinks. I did the Hypnotoad – All glory to the Hypnotoad – from Futurama and Blinky, the 3 eyed fish from The Simpsons, who lives in the lake behind the nuclear power plant. K. did the Triforce symbol from Zelda and something, which I can’t remember from some other video game. It was such fun! Here are some pics:

Hypnotoad in progress

We used a pencil to draw a draft of the outlines before we did them in more detail with a very fine black marker. Afterwards we colored everything with simple colored pencils. The hole on the top of each we did with an ordinary hole puncher. I was little worried that the holes might be too large, but it shrank SO much, that it’s now the perfect size to draw a string through them.

Here are our shrinky dinks right before shrinking. I put a 1 Euro coin next to them for reverence.

Before shrinking…

And here they are after shrinking. They shrank so much that all of them are really tiny now, especially Blinky.

…and after shrinking!

Doing them was fast and real fun. Oh and I just love how they turned out. πŸ˜€

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My Giant Plush Microbes have become a few more companions. πŸ˜‰


May I introduce you to Bookworm (the longish, curved, light yellow one with the cute teeth and big brown eyes in the back row), Herpes (yellow one who looks a bit like the sun, also in the back row), Yeast (the fat round one on the very left), Scum (the little brown one who is trying to hide), Fat Cell (the beige grumpy looking one next to Scum), White Blood Cell (the pure white one on the very right), Bed Bug (the pink one in the fron row with all those red legs), The Clap (the prominent blue grey one in the middle) and lastly Tooth Decay (the cute white on the very right in the front row).

Aren’t they cute? Currenty they are all infesting my bookshelf, but some will eventually get new homes. πŸ˜‰

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Spring seems to be finally coming… for now anyway. (I guess there is still plenty of disgusting weather in store for us. ;))

Last week it was still rather cold and grey and disgusting and an icy wind was blowing making it even colder, but since Friday the weather has changed. It has become almost too warm for this time of year and the snow has started to melt… even the first “Schneerosen” (winter roses) are starting to poke their heads through the snow.Β  πŸ™‚



TodayΒ  I even sat outside in the sun (warmly wrapped up of course) and knit for almost a whole hour! YAY!

Oh, and I just realized that I never posted a pic of the red hat I knit for myself a couple of days ago. Here it is:


my red hat

I’m rather proud of it. It actually does fit and is really comfortable to wear and there are no obvious mistakes! (For pattern details see my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/f3 ) πŸ˜€

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The tear in K’s favorite-pair-of-at-home-jeans had become so large lately that half his knee was poking out, whenever he sat down. He probably wouldn’t have minded and just let the tear grow larger and larger…. but mum threatened to throw them away and so I was “allowed” to have a go at fixing them. πŸ˜‰

Well I don’t know how to sew properly and we couldn’t find a large enough patch,Β  so K. had the idea of knitting one and sewing it on. Good idea… but I simplyfied it a little. πŸ˜‰

Here is what I did instead:

First of all I used a long piece of colorful yarn and sewed it all around the tear… trying to keep the stitches even and not pulling them too tightly.

Then I used 4 size 3 double points to pick up stitches from the inside of my sewing. It’s hard to get the same number of stitches on every needle. So after simply knitting the first round , I decreased until I had the same number of stitches on every needle.

After that everything is really easy. I knit all even numbered rounds and decreased by 4 stitchesΒ  in the other rounds. Those decreases should be at left and right edges, so that the tear slowly starts to close up.

Do this as often as needed, until the tear is “closed enough”. For the remaining, in my case 10 stitches I used a kind of “kitchener stitch” to close up the gap and that’s it.

I’m rather happy with how it turned out, though I knit the patch a little too tightly. K. says that it’s very comfy to wear, as the patch is nice and strechty and that it doesn’tΒ  even look as bad as he feared. πŸ˜‰

As usual all details about needles and yarn be found my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/jp

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Just a quick post to show off my cute GIANT plush microbes. May I introduce you to Common Cold (cute blue guy at the bottom of the pile), Tooth Decay (snowy white and right on top), Black Death (classical black, modestly hiding behind the others) and 2 x Bad Breath (green and icky):

Giant plush microbes
My supercute giant plush microbes

Aren’t they cute? πŸ˜€

Bad Breath and Tooth Decay are now happily infesting my book case, while Black Death and Common Cold have taken permanent residence on the couch!

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