Thursday, July 23, 2009

On This Day July 23

On this Day......
1715 - The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

1827 - The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA.

1829 - William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter.

1877 - The first municipal railroad passenger service began in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1886 - Steve Brodie, a New York saloon keeper, claimed to have made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River.

1904 - The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO.

1984 - Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in "Penthouse" magazine. She was the first to resign the title.

1998 - U.S. scientists at the University of Hawaii turned out more than 50 "carbon-copy" mice, with a cloning technique.
On This Day: July 23, 1992:

The Top 10 Grossing Movies USA 1992
1. Aladdin
2. Home Alone 2
3. Batman Returns
4. Lethal Weapon 3
5. A Few Good Men
6. Sister Act
7. The Bodyguard
8. Wayne's World
9. Basic Instinct
10. Unforgiven

The Top 20 Songs
# 1
I Will Always Love You
- Whitney Houston
# 2
End of the Road
- Boys II Men
# 3
- Kris Kross
# 4
Baby Got Back
- Sir Mix-A-Lot
# 5
Save The Best For Last
- Vanessa Williams
# 6
I'm Too Sexy
- R*S*F (Right Said Fred)
# 7
To Be With You
- Mr. Big
# 8
How Do You Talk To An Angel
- The Heights
# 9
I'll Be There
- Mariah Carey
# 10
All 4 Love
- Color Me Badd
# 11
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
- George Michael/Elton John
# 12
This Used To Be My Playground
- Madonna
# 13
If I Ever Fall In Love
- Shai
# 14
# 15
Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough
- Patty Smyth/Don Henley
# 16
Tears In Heaven
- Eric Clapton
# 17
Rump Shaker
- Wreckx-N-Effect
# 18
My Lovin' (Your're Never Gonna Get It)
- En Vogue
# 19
I Love Your Smile
- Shanice
# 20
Under The Bridge
- Red Hot Chilli Peppers

And on This Day at 8:02 PM: My DS was born.

This is him at 5 months:

And this is him now....


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Finished Hat from the Top Down

It feels so good to post about a finished knitting item! I had a one of those knitting days of the blahs....or as Joansie likes to refer to as the "deflated balloon category". I had a couple knitting things going, OK...4 things, but who's counting? Anyway, my heart wasn't in any of it, but I needed to knit.

While reading some e-mail from one of the many knitting groups that I belong to, there was mention of this hat pattern that was knitted from the top down or from the crown down. I was intrigued, because I have yet to successfully knit a sock from the toe up, which is basically the same principle, right? Also, this hat starts with a CO of 4 sts.

I present to you, Ben's Blue Devil Hat Pattern By Kirsten Kapur,

The Crown of the Hat

The pattern was pretty easy to follow and it was a quick knit. I worked on it off and on it, so that's why it took me a couple of days to finish, but I'm sure that this hat could be completed in a few hrs. of knitting. I used yarn from my stash and I started out on size 8 DPNs, then I switched to 1-Cir. I also increased the amt. of sts. from 80 to 96 sts. so that it'll fit an older teen or an adult. This pattern certainly seems adaptable to working out hats in different gauges and sizes. I'm already working on another hat using the Magic Loop and making it child size as per pattern. I have no one in particular in mind for these hats, but I'll put it aside for gifting or for charity.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hat from the Top Down

I was working on the Baby Surprise Jacket KAL. Raverly link here. I was doing OK, but then my increases started looking wonky. So, I don't know if it's my increases or if it's just the way this pattern looks at this point. I'm kind of hesitant to continue on with it.

When in doubt rip it out or....pick up another knitting project.
I came across this hat pattern that's knitted from the crown down. Ben's Blue Devil Hat. It seems to coming along nicely.
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I'm using Red Hearts So Soft yarn that I had in my stash. I was knitting Brooklyntweed's Turn A Square Hat with it, but it was turning out too big & my DS declared that he wouldn't wear it anyway, so I ripped it out.

Now, Ben's Blue Devil Hat is interesting, because you start at the crown by CO only 4 sts. So, I was knitting away and knitting away when I had a thought. "How come I can knit a hat from the top down, but I can't knit a sock from the toe-up?" The hat certainly has a roundness to it.

My brain must work strangely. I knit hats & get inspired about other things. I once saw a Baby's Pumpkin Hat and I thought of a bathroom tissue cover to use in the Fall.

So, while my youngest DD watched cartoons on Sunday morning. I was inspired to try this:

I'm just playing around with the hat pattern as the beginnings of a toe-up. It's certainly round enough. Knitters never seem to run out of ideas.

Knit Cap With Alpaca Yarn