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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 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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It’s such a pity that we don’t have a proper Halloween, with witches, ghosts, zombies, trick-or-treating and other fun stuff here.  Still I had a wonderful time carving out this “beauty” for today’s party:

My Jack O’Lantern

Doesn’t he look great (though his teeth are crooked and in desperate need of braces ;))?

He did an awesome job as main decoration and his guts made a wonderful super-yummy soup with cute cheese bats in it. Also we tried out the Snap-Dragon Game, about which I read in one of Agatha Christie’s novels. The game is about grabbing as many rasins as possible out of a plate of burning brandy. It was splendid fun though I only managed to get out one raisin.

Anyway, a Happy Halloween everyone! 😀

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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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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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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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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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