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It’s really been ages since I last blogged. Sorry! Lately things have been quite busy here, but not too busy to do some knitting, especially socks and now I need to show all of them off. 😉

Here are my lovely Laurelhurst socks in purple and black with always 2 rows per stripe. The pattern is from ravelry and I followed it closely except for the heel and the toe decreases.

Purple Laurelhurst socks

….and here is my second pair of Laurelhurst socks. This one I modified a lot more. I didn’t do the slipped stitches along the sides and also used a different pattern for the heel and toe.

Colorful Laurelhurst socks

Below is my pair of crazy stripes socks. I used two different multicolores yarns – one with different shades of blue and the other with various shades of pink, yellow, orange, lilac and blue – and worked 4 rounds before switching to the next color. I just love how they turned out and they are supercomfy to wear.

My crazy stripes socks 🙂

At the moment I’m working on the green and black-white-gray striped socks for K. Basically it’s the same pattern as my crazy stripes socks, only in this case I’m switching colors after only 3 rounds. And I’ll probably start the second sock with the black-white-gray yarn and also do the heel and toes in this color.

First sock for K.

And finally here is my sock yarn blanket, which of course is still very much in progress. At the moment I’m working on the 6. row of squares and it’s still a lot of fun…. though I need an occasional break from doing them, as you can see by the amount of socks I’ve done lately.

Sock yarn blanket in progress…

Oh and there is one small thing I changed about the blanket. What I at first intended to be the broad side of the blanket is now the long one… I got a little carried away when doing the initial squares and it got WAY too long for a broad side. 😉


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Finished another pair of beaded socks today. They were fun and really easy to knit and are also quite comfy to wear. As usual I used 2,5mm (US1 I think) needles. The yarn is a stretchy sock yarn in pure white called Lana grossa Meilenweit 100 Cotton Stretch. The beads are Rayher Rocailles transp. gelüstert 2,6mm. (It doesn’t really matter which beads you use as long as they can be washed without loosing their color.)

For info on how to get the beads onto the yarn and which method I used to position the beads, see my earlier post.

Here is what I did:

CO 60 stitches and distribute them evenly on DPN (there should be 15 stitches on every needle)

Ribbing: k2,p1 for about 10 rows (or till you’ve reached the desired length)

Bead Pattern: knit 3 rounds before working the chart below. Click the image for a bigger picture. (I’ll eventually redo the chart to make it easier to read) Only work the chart for every other round. The rounds inbetween (or even numbered rounds which arent shown on my chart) are knit.

To position the beads I used the method of bringing the yarn to the front of the work, bringing the bead into position and just slipping (purlwise) the according stitch. For me it works best if I position the bead close to the last knit stitch before slipping the stitch.

The pattern itself is worked over 13 stitches with 1 stitch as margin on each side. That puts the whole pattern on just one DPN and makes it quite comfy to knit. Start working your favorite heel after row 55 and continue with the pattern after the heel is done. At the end of the pattern knit another 3 rows before starting the toe decrease.

The pattern is designed for medium sized feet (European size 38). So if you are working it for bigger feet, just add a few extra rows of plain knitting before working the toe decrease or just continue by drawing your own pattern. When doing your own drawing just make sure that no more than 2 beads are directly next to each other. Happy Knitting! 😀

Here is how the pattern looks once it is done:

Finally, here is my project on rav. with a couple more pics.: http://ravel.me/aravis83/mp104

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Bead Socks

As promised here is the pattern for my bead socks. For the socks I used 2,5 needles (US1 I think), my fav. sock yarn (Lana grossa Meilenweit 100 Cotton Stretch) and of course matching beads (Rocailles 2,6 mm opak gelüstert gemischt.)

Bead Socks

Before starting to knit put the beads on your yarn. If you do it with the same number of cast on stitches I used, each stripe requires 20 beads, so that makes 120 beads per sock. That’s quite a lot and working becomes quite tedious because you have to move all those beads along the yarn as you go.  So after doing the first sock with all the beads on the yarn from the beginning, I only put half of them on the yarn for the second sock and just cut the yarn and added the rest after finishing the 3. stripe.

Also to get the beads on the yarn I found it easiest to use a piece of very thin wire. I created a kind of needle by bending it in the middle and twisting the long ends together. By slipping the yarn through the tiny “eye” of the needle and by picking up the beads with the other end, it only takes a couple of mins to get a huge amount of beads on the yarn. Here is a pic of it… not a very good one though:

So here is what I did exactly:

Co 60 stitches and distribute evenly on DPN (15 stitches per needle)

Ribbing: k2,p1 for about 10 rows (or till you’ve reached the desired length)

Bead Pattern: knit 5 rows before starting with the stripes

1. stripe: *k2, bring the yarn to the front of the work, bring bead into position and slip 1 stitch (for me it works best if I position the bead as close as possible to the last knit stitch before slipping the next stitch)* repeat to end of row

k 3 rows

2. stripe: *k1, bring the yarn to the front of the work, bring bead into position and slip 1 stitch, k1* repeat to end of row

k8 rows before repeating the bead pattern 2 more times (or till you have as many stripes as you like), work another 15 rows before working you fav. heel/rest of sock.

Bead socks (close up)

Oh and here is my project page on rav. with a couple more pics: http://ravel.me/aravis83/uqbpu

Happy Knitting!!! 😀

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Just a tiny short post to show off my new knitting project. After eyeing the pattern on rav. for a couple of days, I started it on the spur of the moment last Thursday while watching a movie called “Kokowääh“. (The movie was amazingly good and superfun, btw). It’s a going to be a wonderful blanket made only of sock yarn. It’s of course going to be a long term project for I’m planning to use mostly left overs…. though I’ll have to do a lot more socks till I have enough left overs to finish that blanket. 😉

Sock Yarn Blanket

The pattern is from ravelry and I just love it. It’s easy and fast to do and I just LOVE working with all those pretty colors. So far I’ve only used either Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Cotton Stretch and Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Mexiko Cotton Stretch. They are almost similar and go wonderfully together. Also they are soft and stretchy and great to knit with.

Oh, I almost forgot, the very best about the pattern is that after knitting the first squares seperately all other squares are knit directly into the blanket. So no scary sewing together afterwards, except for all those loose ends.

Sock Yarn Blanket

As usual all yarn, needle and pattern detais can be found on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/yfch7

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Today I finally finished a pair of mittens for K. Yay, me! 😉 He has been nagging for a little over a year to knit him Goomba mittens to go with his Goomba Hat. Originally he wanted one with a “healthy” Goomba (like the one I did on the left) and one with a squished Goomba, but I just couldn’t find a way of making that Goomba look good. So we settled on doing the original Super Mario from the 8-bit NES game.

Super Mario & Goomba mittens

For the mittens I used size 2,5 needles (US 1) and worked with my favorite Lana Grossa Merino Superfein yarn. As I did the mittens for K. and as his hands are pretty big, I cast on 56 stitches. The ribbing is k1, p1 for about 5 cms followed by 3 rows of 3k, 1p.

Then I knit 7 rows before starting the tumb increase and working the chart. For the increases place marker, kfb, k2, kfb, place marker knit to end of round working chart. Knit the next two rows (always working the chart), before working another increase round as before. Increase till there are 18 stitches between the markers. Work another 5 rows before slippling those 18 stitches onto some spare yarn and then knit till it has the desired length. For the ribbing I did 3 rows in k1 p1 before binding off.

Super Mario Chart

For the thumb, pick up the stitches from the spare yarn and pick up another 3 between the thumb and the palm. Then knit to the desired length. Work again 3 rows of k1p1 before binding off.

The chart for Super Mario is above and the one for the Goomba can be found on my rav. page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/4jcmh

Lilac mittens

And here is another pair (well actually two pairs) of mittens I did for mum, which I simply need to show off. 😉

Here are the lilac gloves on rav.: http://ravel.me/aravis83/wbj8i and here are the black ones: http://ravel.me/aravis83/6bys3

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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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