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Sunday, January 18, 2015

My hands can do this --- Knitted Beanie Band

Knitted Beanie Band (1a)

Knitted Beanie Band (2a)

Like to a have stylish headband?  Try this simple knitted half beanie pattern that turns into a headband and that’s why I called it Beanie Band, for short.   It’s simple and yet stylish to wear and hold your hair beautifully.  You can wear it during any season of the year. 

(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 6 oz/ 170g/ 315 yds, Dark Country Blue  9711
(1)  circular knitting needle, size 8 (5.0 mm)
(5)  doublepoint knitting needles, size 8 (5.0 mm)
       crochet hook  F5/ 3.75 mm
       yarn needle

Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K)     knit
(P)      purl
(sts)    stitches
(sl st)  slip stitch
(sc)     single crochet
(lp)     loop

Ribbing - With circular knitting  needle size 8, cast on 92 (sts).  Always place a marker to mark the beginning of the round. Turn the needles around your hand.

1st Rnd –   (K1,P1) around.  Repeat Rnd 1 until ribbing measures approximately 5 inches from cast on edge.  Continue working as instructed without turning the work.    
Result -  92 (sts)

Binding Off
1)  To remove the circular needle, change to double-pointed needles by inserting the first 23 (sts) to the first needle.  Next, insert the second 23 (sts) to the second needle.  Do the same procedure for the remaining two double-pointed needles till the circular needle is removed.  Be sure the (sts) in each needle are hold close together and far from its tips .  

2)  Starting with the fourth needle, use the remaining double-pointed knitting needle to (k) two (sts). 

3)  Insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you (k) and over the tip of the right needle.  This is the beginning (st).

4)  One (st) remains on right needle. (K) another (st).  Lift that (st) over the (st) just (k).  Remember not to bind it off tightly. Repeat and continue in this way until one (lp) remains.  Using the crochet hook, connect the last (lp) to the beginning (st) by making (sl st). Don’t cut the yarn yet.

Making of a Tie at the Center
1st Row -   (Sc) on next 8 (sts).  (Ch) and turn around. 
Result – 8 (sc)

2nd to 15th Rows – (Sc) on 8 (sc).  (Ch) and turn around. 
Result – 8 (sc)

Connecting the Tie

Provide 5 inches of excess yarn before cutting. Tie the last (st) once to close it.  To finalize the beanie band, turn the tie around it. Using a yarn needle, sew the last row to the first row.  Arrange both sides of the band by folding evenly at the center for final sewing.  Sew the folded sides together by running the needle through the middle part going sideways on both sides.  Tie it twice inside to hide and then cut the excess yarn.   

Knitted Beanie Band (1b)

Knitted Beanie Band (2b)

Knitted Beanie Band (3b)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Travel -- Happy, Happy Me (Part 2) Japan


Which place did we go -- Disneyland or DisneySea?  There was a discussion among my daughter, her friend, and her friend’s family members.  Whichever place they want to go, I go because they are both Disney’s anyway (-.-)   They bought a one-day passport only. Who won?

We took another train through Resort Gateway Station going to where? Guess --- DISNEYSEA!  I never heard before about this other fantasy world of Disney.  I have been really missing the latest cartoon updates. Oh, my! It’s hard when you are getting older (^.^)  

 DisneySea Train or Mickey Mouse Train?
It was really exciting to see and marvel at the creativeness of Disney’s world of cartoons.  Let’s take a look what’s inside the train.  

Mickey Mouse Straphangers

Mickey Mouse Souvenir Items

It is a Mickey Mouse Train.  What’s inside? There are Mickey Mouse souvenir items, Mickey Mouse straphangers, and Mickey Mouse glass-shaped windows and doors. 


Train Ride to DisneySea
You can see how big and wide the area is and how many people go there just to have fun with their families. 


Entrance to DisneySea
At the entrance, you can see the giant globe called DisneySea Aquasphere. It’s the icon of Tokyo DisneySea.  Lots of people were enjoying the festive mood of the place.  Let’s take a look at the places we visited and took different fun rides as shown below:

Mount Prometheus 
Icon of Tokyo DisneySea

Disney’s Department Store

Broadway Music Theater
There were many people sitting along the street at night waiting for the opening of the Big Band Beat musical show.  We didn’t enter this theater because of lack of time already.  We didn’t want to miss the last train going home.    

S.S. Columbia

Standing taller than me, my beautiful youngest daughter, posing in front of the most majestic liner on the seas, S.S. Columbia.

Turtle Talk
We watched a video of “Turtle Talk”  (^_^) Sorry, we are not allowed to take pictures or video inside the most majestic liner on the seas, S. S. Columbia.  We weren’t allowed to take a look on the whole ship also. We waited in line for more than an hour just to watch a video only.  Yes, I repeat --- a video about a turtle who talks live to viewers on a question and answer portion.  He talks a lot. The problem was I didn’t even understand what they were talking about (of course, it’s in Japanese language, silly (-.-)  But after the show, we saw these two theme park mascots on the street waving at us.  Who are they?  I don’t know either (^_^) because they didn’t even bother to introduce themselves to us.  At least, I got a good shot of them while they were walking, didn’t I? Can you guess who these cartoon characters are?

(Selfie) Group Picture Taking
We took a rest in a bench after a long walk. They took time taking selfie pictures for a while. My daughter managed to hold the cell phone of her friend with a selfie monopod, though it was partially damaged.  But at least, the picture ended up showing everybody good looking and happy in the picture (-.-) 

Temple of the Crystal Skull (outside)
This is where the Indiana Jones Adventure transpired as in the movie.  The temple is really tall and huge.  Let’s take a look what’s inside this ancient temple.

Temple of the Crystal Skull (inside)
The inside area of the temple can be seen above where lots of people were in line waiting for the next ride.  The ancient Mayan civilization is depicted on the walls. We waited in line for more than two hours going up the wooden bridge.  People were looking up at the sculpture of the ancient ruler to take pictures.  Everybody was eager to see what’s more there to see and experience.

Memorabilia of Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Adventure
People ride by groups of 12 passengers in each military transport vehicle. The cave-like riding area doesn’t make you feel scared, though it is dark inside.  It was the turbulent, high-speed adventure inside the temple aboard the military transport vehicle  accelerating from slow to fast along the rail tracks, going up and down several hills that made us feel terrified (@_ @). Indiana Jones adventures are shown on each chamber of the temple as the vehicle passes by.  It was still an exciting and enjoyable experience though. We left the area laughing afterwards when we saw our different  facial expressions and reactions in the picture as shown above.  This picture was taken by the camera installed inside the temple and being sold to anyone who likes to buy it.  

My lovely daughter at a gift shop

While waiting for her friend’s relatives, she went inside a small gift shop.  At her age, she likes stuff toys like, Hello Kitty and cartoon characters like, Mickey Mouse.  I wasn’t able to give her this stuff when she was young.  Even though there are things that you didn’t have before, I still believe they won’t make you less as a person.           

We rode on this water bump car at Aquatopia and it was really fun, but all the fun ended after 3 to 5 minutes only.  Only 2 to 3 people can ride on this and the water in the lagoon is not too deep.  It moves at a quick speed, but be careful as  hidden water jets might suddenly get into you. Rail tracks are installed so, each bump car has one circle route only to take to avoid colliding with other bump cars.  It’s unlike the bump cars on the ground where it can really bump to each other’s bump cars and that’s why it is called bump cars.  Take a look on the video below.


Aquatopia -Water Bump Car

Sinbad’s Castle
This is the one I liked most.  It is the one that any child would really like to see.  The artistic designs of the cartoon characters, its background, sound and movement effects, are extremely fantastic.  I actually took video of the whole storybook voyage, but I can’t download everything.  Just watch this video below.


 Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage


Jasmine’s Flying Carpet
When you grow old, the feeling of being a kid or young, is something that adults like to look and  feel young again.  (Note: I can be one of them (-.-) That’s why, different clothes for the young ones are being worn by adults, too. On the other side,  a kid wants to grow up and become an adult, as soon as, they like to be.  Kids, like girls, for example, like to wear their mom’s shoes and put on make up on their faces.  They also imitate what their moms do or how their moms act.  This desire can be manifested even on playing with their dolls or toys.  Kids are full of fun and excitement.  They are always ready to try an adventure and explore.   

When my daughter and I took a ride on Jasmine’s Flying Carpet, it was funtastic for me because I could see the wide area of DisneySea at night, as the ride flew above and turned around.  It seemed like my world also turned around suddenly even for just few minutes only Yehey (-.-)  But my daughter felt dizzy and seemed like didn’t enjoy the ride and you can hear her voice on the video.  

DisneySea Electric Railway
After having our dinner, we rode the train at DisneySea Electric Railway where it’s situated at the top of a building.  While running, the view of the DisneySea area at night is amazing with lots of colorful lights.  A grand water parade of DisneySea cartoon characters was scheduled at 8:00 pm that night.  My daughter was even mentioning about it in this video where it should take place. 


DisneySea Electric Railway Train Ride

Triton’s Kingdom
We went to Mermaid Lagoon where there are also full of different rides like, Blowfish Balloon Race, Shell Coaster Ride, Jumpin’ Jelly Fish, and others.  We rode only the Blowfish Balloon Race and not even went to other areas of the lagoon because we didn’t want to be late for the grand water parade at the lake.  At least, I had the chance of taking a video of some rides as shown below:


Mermaid Lagoon 

Toy Story Mania (1)
I hate to admit this -- I have never seen the Toy Story even on television.  I heard about it, but I missed watching it.  Maybe I wasn’t interested to see it or maybe I didn’t have time or maybe it’s for boys’ only cartoon movie or maybe …… sorry, I’m running out of what to say already (-.>)  sorry.

Toy Story Mania (2)
We didn’t enter this building, but just had a picture taken with my daughter’s friend’s mother who is very friendly and accommodating.  At least, I tried to make up for this cartoon character I missed. 

Oh, my! It was getting 8:00 already and we need to be on the lake for the grand water parade.  Upon reaching the place, we asked a personnel about it. We couldn’t believe it -- it was cancelled due to bad weather forecast. But the night was really fine and it wasn’t even windy. How could they decide to cancel it at the last 15 minutes before the time where lots of people were already awaiting its commencement?? It was really sad that we missed that grand water parade.  One day pass per person costs a lot of money and not being able to see the most awaited parade is frustrating (^_^)  

Icon of Tokyo DisneySea
Before we went home, we walked towards the icon of Tokyo DisneySea, Aquasphere,  My last one to take picture of as remembrance of this wonderful visit.  I like it most to see it during night time rather than daytime when its lights are turned on and moves around. Disneyland and DisneySea are the main tourist attractions of Tokyo, well-known all over the world, as this giant globe symbolizes DisneySea.  I feel blessed to see this place together with my daughter.  I’m giving my sincere gratitude to my daughter’s friend and her relatives for their warmest hospitality and precious time they shared with us.   

Giant Disney Christmas Tree
A Christmas tree becomes a traditional and commercial symbol of love, hope, joy, sharing, unity, and family celebration every year in the whole world.  Another year will pass, but never will it pass the real purpose why we are having this celebration.  CHRIST-MAS - the word from which everything comes from.  As to put clearly from this Bible reading:

"And the Word became flesh 
and made His dwelling among us,
and we saw His glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth."

This holiday season, I would like to give thanks to all viewers for their support and time to view my website.  May you always have all the blessings and graces you need in life and for your family.

“A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all “