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Just a short post to show off to progress my villagers are making (and to prove that they are still alive ;))

My "productive" villagers

One of my one and only male villager was very “productive” overnight, as you can see in that pic. 😉


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I have been playing Virtual Villagers 3 – The Secret City for a while now and love it! The game is just awesome and really, really addictive. (Only the fact that it crashes occasionally without saving is annoying.)

Yesterday I woke up to find my carefully raised and well looked after villagers like this:


"my villagers"


Apparently my so called “master farmers” stopped their farming over night (probably  because they wanted a pay rise ;)) and so all my poor villagers died of starvation!

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With Halloween coming up, I decided to knit a pair of proper Halloween socks for myself. The pattern is from ravelry.com and a link to it can be found on my project page (aravis83).

Halloween socks

It’s my first attempt at knitting with different colors and it’s a LOT harder than it looks. Actually the whole thing is a real mess… I’m constantly getting entangled, everything twists and turns, there are huge loops of yarn in the back and at one point even a nasty snarl, I couldn’t get rid of. In fact I’ve probably spent more time untangling things than I have spent with the actual knitting.

I’m just glad the Jack O’Lanterns are recognizeable in spite of the hideous mistake I made. (Miscounted the stitches at one point and only realized much later and just couldn’t face ripping it and doing it over again.) Perhaps that’s the reason, why my pumpkins don’t look as scary as I would have liked. 😉

Apart from my “knitting woes”, I’ve managed to produce the most wonderful (and probably most embarrassing) blooper yesterday, when recording the first chapter of “Der Weihnachtsabend” (A Christmas Carol), my new solo.

What I’m trying to say is: “…Der Inhaber einer kleinen, jungen Nase, benagt und angebissen von der hungrigen Kälte, wie Knochen von Hunden benagt werden, legte sich an Scrooges Schlüsselloch, um ihn mit einem Weihnachtslied zu erfreuen…”

I ended up reading the sentence like this: “…legte sich an Scrooges <insert longish pause with a deep exasperated sigh> Schlüsselloch…”! Editing fixed it nicely! 😉

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Yesterday I received a “canned sunflower” as a late birthday present. LOL!

canned sunflower

The instructions really sound easy. Just open the can, fill with water and wait…. the waiting probably is the hardest part. (I’m fighting the tempation to dig out the seed to see if it is starting to grow. ;))

My second attempt at knitting that Hermione Hat, I blogged about earlier, met with an accident yesterday:

Jinxed hat

Luckily she didn’t do too much damage… still I’m starting to think that this knitting project is doomed.

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Over the last couple of days I had quite a lot of time to kill. There was absolutely nothing  to do and I even got to the point, where it felt like I had talked to everybody about everything twice. So I spent a lot of time reading the LV forums, everything on archive.org, a vast number of blogs… until it felt like it had read the whole internet.

Apart from that I played about all the games I have on my phone. I’ve become really good at playing “Crystal Defenders” and even beat the first 2 levels. But in “Maestro” I’m hopelessly stuck in Dvorak’s symphony “From the New World”. The music is beautiful and the game is fun, but I’m starting to hate that symphony.

Also I found a wonderful book on knitting. It’s called “Charmed Knits” and contains a lot of cute patterns from the Harry Potter movies. Speaking of knitting, I finished my “Hermione Hat” yesterday. It’s really pretty, but a total failure. Guess I can now officially say, that I have no talent at all for hats. Here is the pic I took, before ripping it all out:

Hermione Hat

Pretty, isn’t it?

Only it’s WAY too small and I messed up the eyelets. There are supposed to be three tiny holes in the purl rows, only they don’t show up. I have no clue as to what went wrong. 😦

Hermione Hat

In this pic it looks a lot bigger than it really is.

On my wanderings through the internet I also discovered 2 books for future German solos. One is called “König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold” by Heinrich Hoffmann. He is the author of “Struwwelpeter”. It’s a really cute story about sick boy and his fever dreams.

The other one is called “Ohne den Vater” by Agnes Sapper. It’s about a boy living near the border with his family. It’s during the war and one day soldiers come to their house. While the father is forced to lead the soldiers through the woods, the boy and his stepmother and sister have to flee… So far I’ve read the first 2 chapters. I really like it, but before I decide to solo it, I’ll read a bit more to see “how sad it really gets”…

Oh I almost forgot. Kara and I started watching “Mad Men” together. SO much fun!!! At first I couldn’t quite decide whether or not I liked it, but I couldn’t stop either… and now I’m absolutely hooked! I love it, all the details, the beautiful dresses, the actors… only wish Don wouldn’t mumble so much. 😉

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“Allerleirauh”, or “The many-furred creature” by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm is one of my fav. fairy tales. It is a cute story about a princess running away from home after her father, the king declares that he intends to marry her…

Acutally he only does that in the German version. The version is somewhat watered down… there he only plans to marry her to somebody else, whom she does not love. (…which totally ruins the story if you ask me! ;))

Anyway as it happens I recorded the story twice (once in German and once in English). The first time way back in August with my old Logitec Desktop Mic. I liked it very much, for it gives a really decent sound qualitly without making you sound too tinny and it’s pretty cheap. But it also picks up every tiny noise, which is very annoying if you are using a laptop to record.

The second time I recorded Allerleirauh in English with my new Zoom H2. The Zoom is quite expensive, but it’s totally worth it. The sound quality is wonderful, it does not pick up too much background noise and an added bonus is that you can use it as USB Mic as well as a portable one. The only drawback is that my recordings never get quite as loud as I’d like them. I always have to amp. by about 5 dB.

Listen and let me know what you think! 😀

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Hey, everybody! Sorry to blog about my pathetic knitting yet again. But I just need to show off a little. So here is my second pair of really weird socks:

My second pair of odd self knit socks

My second pair of odd self knit socks

And another pic of me wearing them:

Odd socks

Odd socks

So, done showing off. I promise to blog about something completely different next time! 😉

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