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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 didΒ  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. πŸ˜‰

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 acutallyΒ  “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 loveΒ  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! πŸ˜‰ ), 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.Β  πŸ˜€


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And another post to show off yet another pair of knit socks: πŸ˜‰

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…Β  after I figured out how to do those cables, that is. πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ ), 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. πŸ˜‰ The pattern can be found here… along with all needle, yarn details and more pics:Β  http://ravel.me/aravis83/s35hd πŸ˜€

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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? πŸ˜€

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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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!!! πŸ˜€ ) 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. πŸ˜‰

K. modeling Blinky

The pattern for Blinky is from ravelry and it’s just awesome.Β  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 toΒ  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 πŸ˜‰

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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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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜‰

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 β€œbackside”, then one purl row at the turn and 8 (or 9… can’t really remember) knit rows for the β€œfront side”. 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. πŸ™‚

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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Yesterday I finished a project I’ve wanted to do for ages… well ever since I knit those brain slugs back in February or March. It’s one of those brain slugs (Futurama) attached to a very simple knit hat. πŸ™‚

Brain Slug Hat

The pattern for the hat is from “Knitting from the top down” by Barbara G. Walker. It was amazingly easy and fast to knit. It only took me a little more than one day to finish it and it turned out really well …and it actually fits. I’m rather proud of myself, because I usually don’t do too well with hats. See this earlier post. πŸ˜‰

For the brain slug I used a pattern I found on ravelry. I love that pattern for it’s easy to knit and the slugs look just right, except for the tenacles maybe. Anyway for the hat I had to modify the slug a little. The base I knit according to pattern, but I made the body considerably shorter and did faster decreases at the top. So my slug is a lot smaller and “fatter” than the one in the pattern. πŸ˜‰

Also I didn’t do tentacles. Instead I knit 5 “triangles”. For those I picked up about 8-10 evenly spaced stitches from the base (from the underside of the knitting so that it isn’t visible when you look at the slug).Β  I did those in garter stitch, decreasing by 2 stitches every other row, till there were only 2 stitches left. I pulled the yarn through those 2 and sewed it in. πŸ™‚

Here is my brain slug hat on ravelry: http://ravel.me/aravis83/bs2

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Hello Kitty!

Omg, I just realized that I haven’t written a proper post in ages and ages. Sorry! πŸ™‚

Hello Kitty!

Today I knit the bow for the elephant I did a couple of weeks ago. As I couldn’t find a good pattern online, I just made it up. Soooo here is my pattern:

For the main body of the bow I cast on 15 stitches. As usual I used size 2,5 needles and the yarn is Lana Grossa Merino Superfein. I knit about 2,5 cms in garter stitch before casting off and sewing in the ends.

For the middle part of the bow I cast on 5 stitches. I knit about 3 cms in garter stitch before casting off.

Then scrunch the main body together in the middle and sew the middle part around it. Don’t cut off the loose ends yet, as they can be used to sew it onto something.

And here is how Mrs. Elli Fant looks with her bow:

Mrs. Elli Fant with bow

More pictures and yarn/needle details and the pattern for that elephant can be found on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/fpe

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May I introduce you all to Mrs. Elli Fant:

Mrs. Elli Fant πŸ˜‰

Doesn’t she look cute?

I love the way she turned out and the pattern was amazingly easy to knit. Only the stuffing, which is done through the trunk is a major pain. Guess next time I’ll do it the other way round… start with the trunk and stuff from the other end. πŸ˜‰

Anyway here is the pattern and all yarn/needle details: http://ravel.me/aravis83/fpe

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After finishing my colorful dress, I didn’t much feel like starting another “big” project immediately. So I spent the last few weeks knitting small stuff… cute bunny egg cosies and socks, socks, socks. πŸ˜‰

The first pair of socks I started way back in November or October, but other projects got in the way and so I only finished them a couple of weeks ago.

For the ribbing I used about 3 cms of k1p1. The pattern itself is a rather simple eyelet pattern (with one eyelet on top, two eyelets on the left and right of the first in the following row and one eyelet beneath those two in the next row) with 8 rows of plain knitting inbetween… worked over 60 stitches, if I remember correctly. Anyway I just love the way it turned out.

Lilac Flower Socks

I also made up the pattern for my second pair of socks, which I call “Spiraling Eyelet Socks”.

It’s a really simply pattern worked over 64 stitches. The ribbing is also k1p1 for about 3-4 cms. The pattern itself is just 4 evenly spaced eyelets in every other round, which are moved forward by one stitch.

Spiraling Eyelet Socks

Right now I’m working on “Bubble Socks”, which so far look absolutely lovely but are a real pain to knit.

Btw the patter is of course from ravelry and can be found here!

Bubble Socks

Btw. I’ve used 2.5 needles for all projects and the yarn is “Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Mexiko Cotton Stretch“, which is the perfect yarn for socks. It’s wonderfully soft, somewhat stretchy and simply awesome to work with. Also I just love the colors! πŸ˜€

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