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Here is another short post to show off my newly finished Lambton Top!

Lambton Top

Lambton Top

I just love how it turned out. The pattern is great and the top actually fits. Well it’s a tiny bit too big around the shoulders and it tends slip down. Maybe I’ll add another couple of rows to the neckline to make it tighter.

Lambton Top

Lambton Top

More pictures and all needle/yarn details are on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/ew1ku

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Just a short post to wish y’all a very Happy Easter!

Here is proof that the Easter bunny came by in spite of all the snow and bad weather. 😉

Snow bunny mine

Our second Easter bunny (created by mum) also brought a couple of Easter eggs… and Kitty the cat had a good long look at them. 😉

Snow bunny mum

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Just a tiny post to wish you all a Happy New Year!

And as the weekly poem at LV fits so nicely, here it is too. It is called A Song for a New Years Eve by William Cullen Bryant:

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay‚—
Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One little hour, and then away.

The year, whose hopes were high and strong,
Has now no hopes to wake;
Yet one hour more of jest and song
For his familiar sake.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One mirthful hour, and then away….

The full text can be found here: http://archive.org/stream/thirtypoems01brya#page/34/mode/2up

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Merry Christmas!

I’m  a couple of days late, but here is a christmassy poem I need to post:

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him,
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ…. (for full text click here)

…and most important Merry Christmas to you all! 😀

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Just in time for Christmas my tiny German LibriVox Solo is finished and ready for listening. Yay! 😀

The book is called “Weihnachtsmärchen für Kinder” by Luise Büchner (translated the title of the book means “Christmas stories for children”). As the title already suggests, the book consists of 9 fairy tales all centered around Christmas. The stories are all connected in one way or another by a frame story, in which a loving aunt tells them to her small niece and nephew – Mathilde and Georg – to shorten the time till the Christ Child finally comes.

Luise Büchner

Luise Büchner

»Liebe Tante,« sagte eines Abends, grade acht Tage vor Weihnachten, die kleine Mathilde, »du erzählst mir immer von dem Christkindchen, aber gar nichts von seiner Mama. Sage mir doch, wer sie gewesen ist und wo sie gewohnt hat.« »Nun, wenn du hübsch ruhig sitzen und zuhören willst und der Georg auch, dann will ich euch alles erzählen, was ich von dem Christkindchen, von seiner Mama, dem Knecht Nikolaus und dem Eselchen weiß.« (Zusammenfassung von zeno.org)

As I’ve already posted my reading the preface, here is my reading of the first chapter :

It’s a sweet little book with really cute stories and I enjoyed reading them. The only thing I found a bit strange – spoiler ahead – is that the Nikolaus is made out to be be the one who punishes bad children and also that he travels with the Christ Child. Oh and in some of the stories there is almost a bit too much morale, but apart from that the stories are very cute and fun to read.

Anyway here is the whole recording: http://librivox.org/weihnachtsmaerchen-fuer-kinder-by-luise-buechner/

Happy Listening and Merry Christmas!

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Mr Snow 2012 ;)

We finally got some real proper snow. Yay! It even had the perfect consistancy – wet, but not too much and just the perfect kind of sticky – for building a snowman. As y’all can imagine I just couldn’t resist temptation and so may I proudly present Mr. Snow 2012 to you. 😉

Mr Snow 2012

Mr Snow 2012

Isn’t he a beauty? Unfortunately he had to borrow Mrs. Snow’s hat and as if that hadn’t been enough he had a slight accident later that very day… if I may add, not due to sloppy construction of course. 😉

tumbled snowman

Soooo, after some “slight” repairs may I present the New Mr. Snow to you all:

new snowman

New Mr. Snow 2012 😉

Oh and here is proof that our cat actually ventures outside occasionally in winter.

kittypawprints

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I’m a day late in posting, but like last year there is a wonderful brand- new LibriVox Adventskalender full of German short stories, poems, song texts, fairy tales, etc. All stories are centered around Christmas, snow, the Christkind, winter itself and everything even remotely related to it.

Here is one of the poems I read for the collection. It’s called Weihnacht by Ernst von Wildenbruch:

Die Welt wird kalt, die Welt wird stumm,
der Winter-Tod zieht schweigend um;
er zieht das Leilach weiß und dicht
der Erde übers Angesicht –
Schlafe – schlafe

Du breitgewölbte Erdenbrust,
du Stätte aller Lebenslust,
hast Duft genug im Lenz gesprüht,
im Sommer heiß genug geglüht,
nun komme ich, nun bist du mein,
gefesselt nun im engen Schrein –
Schlafe – schlafe…..

The full text of the poem can be found here: http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/190/3

And here are all the other poems, stories and fairy tales for all the days leading up to Christmas: http://librivox.org/adventskalender-2012-by-various/

Happy 1. December and have fun listening!

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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…  😉

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. 😀

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. 😉

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His Evil-ness ;)

In preparation for tomorrow’s Halloween party, I carved an absolutely wonderful Jack O’ Lantern out of a HUGE pumpkin. I got this beauty from a local farmer and it turned out just perfect for carving…

Acutally we don’t really celebrate Halloween here…. no witches, zombies, ghosts, gouls, trick-or treating and other fun stuff. It’s a real pity that we miss out on all of that. Oh well!

Here is the  be-heading:

The de-gutting: The “guts” will be turned into soup – lots of soup actually – eventually.

Getting eyes and teeth… lots of teeth!!!

…. finally here is His Evil-ness in all his evil splendor:

Soooo…

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Knitting update

Just a tiny short post to show y’all the knitting projects I mentioned in my last post, which I finally finished up. At the top are my “Munich Glitterin’Goldie” Socks:

Munich Socks

I started to knit them during a lengthy drive to Munich for a daytrip. The pattern is from ravelry and I really enjoyed it. It’s easy and fun to do.. and also very easy for memorize after the first few repeats. The heel and toe are my usual ones and I also cast on fewer stitches than the pattern asked for, as my feet are pretty slim and the socks would have been way too big otherwise.  So I worked with 60 stitches instead and therefore only knit 5 stitches inbetween the increase and decrease parts of the pattern. Here they are on rav: http://ravel.me/aravis83/v06m5

The second pair of socks are mosaic socks and I started them way back in August, when K. and I were on our way to Köln to visit the Gamescom 2012. (It was pretty awesome there, btw.) At first I wanted to use one multicolored yarn as contrast color to the white one like it is shown in the pattern pics, but now I’m really glad I used solid colors instead. It makes the pattern show up way better this way.

Gamescom 2012 Socks

The pattern itself is a lot easier than it looks and I also love how they turned out… though for some reason I didn’t enjoy knitting them much. Oh and here is the pattern on rav.: http://ravel.me/aravis83/3sk74

And finally here is my new hat:

Red Lotus Hat

Doesn’t it good just great? I loved the pattern and it was supereasy and fast to do. It only took me a couple of hours to finish. At first I was a little worried that it would be too short, though I worked 4 pattern repeats as recommended, but after blocking it fits wonderfully and is just the right length.

Oh and did just one small change. As I was using smaller needles and yarn, I cast on an additional 12 stitches, which worked out perfectly. Here it is on rav.: http://ravel.me/aravis83/890lz

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