You know that stash of acrylic that sits in your yarn room? The stuff you don't know what you're going to do with that people have either given you, or you bought when you were first knitting and hadn't yet discovered the wonders of bamboo, wool, and cotton? Well I have a lot of that. Odd balls, gifted yarn, stuff from my grandmas... it's everywhere. I've organized it by color, and this is what I did with the purple drawer of acrylic.

Fat Sassy would not let me take a picture without her in it. She is a camera ham!

Did I mention that she's started regularly attempting headstands? Because she has.

Also we call her Fat Sassy now or "Little Fat" because she is.. fat. It's her own fault. We exercise her, feed her properly, but she has been getting bigger and bigger! We just couldn't figure it out! Then one day.. we caught her. Sassy has been pulling open the storage drawer with the cat food in it, and crawling inside and eating, and eating, and eating...

We've locked it away from her reach, so hopefully she'll slim back down.

I have about 2 minutes, while taking a break from watching Brawl of America live stream.
Let's see if I can bust out a blog post!

My version of the Alice Cullen wrist warmer in New Moon. Knit with Knit Picks Shamrock.

Decode, in Knit Picks Swish Bulky, pumpkin orange color. I forget what it was called exactly!

AHHH! Jam is starting! Burning River! Must watch!

I'm working on something BIG! Huge even! And really, really fun.

But I'm not going to tell you yet. In fact, I'm not going to tell you until November. I'm an awful person.

In the midst of my BIG HUGE NEWS, I'm also designing a sweater for a new book. So knitting that I won't be able to show you. But it's incredibly cute, and hopefully comes out just the way I see it in my head.

This post was a big bunch of nothing huh?

With places like Hot Topic now coming out with their line of "roller girl style" clothing, I thought I would give some of you out there an idea of what REAL roller girl shopping is like. Here is my step by step guide to buying jeans if you decide to become a roller girl.
Step one:
Join a team. Don't buy new pants for the first few months. You'll just be throwing your money away.
Step two:
After several months of wall squats, calf raises, slow and low drills, toe stop drills, etc, notice that your pants feel a little loose in the waist. Think, "yay! I'm getting skinny".
Hah. Think again.
Step three:
Go to store like you always do, and snag a pair or two of your favorite brand of jeans, one size down from your current size. Don't bother trying them on.
Step four:
Go home, try to put on new jeans, and realize they don't go over your butt. Think, "what the heck? Must be a defect". (if you say that loudly enough, you'll hear the muffled sound of thousands of roller girls snickering at you) head back to store, return jeans, and grab a few more pairs to try on.
Step five:
Try on jeans in dressing room, realize none of them go over your butt and thighs. Wonder if your favorite brand has somehow altered their design process.
Step six:
Wander through store, grabbing every brand of jeans you can see in your size. Think, "what the heck" and grab some a size up from your normal size. Though of course they'll be too big, since you now have a smaller waist and the beginnings of killer abs.
Step seven:
Try to stop from hysterically screaming and crying in dressing room, surrounded by at least 10 pairs of discarded jeans in your size. Feel like designers have all altered their design process, and consider writing in and complaining. As a last ditch effort, try on pair of jeans that are destined to be "too big".
Step eight:
Manage to get too big jeans on over thighs and derby butt very comfortably. In fact, amazing fit for thighs and butt... but way too big on waist. In fact, to get perfect fit on waist, realize that you will have to almost fold section of waistband over and buckle with belt.
Step nine:
Accept new jean size with grace, but make a point to buy multiple belts, and explain to cashier that you are actually a smaller size, it's your butt and thighs that are insisting on larger pants, not your stomach. Your waist is smaller, your waist is smaller... repeat as a sort of mantra to keep from punching smirking cashier with her skinny jeans on.
Step ten:
Mention that you went jeans shopping to vets at practice. Sigh with relief as they all begin to rant about having to buy jeans in larger size to fit thighs and butt.
Step eleven:
Forget to wear belt while running to the store in new derby jeans. Give disgruntled sigh as they keep falling down.
Step twelve:
Repeat steps 1-11 after another year of training.

Finally finished it! This sweater was pretty easy, but man, by the time I hit the hood I was sooo sick of the cables! It fits perfect, and the Cascade 220 has a pretty low itch factor. Love the dark gray color. Makes me wanna cuddle up on the couch with a book and a mug of coffee while it snows outside...

*note to self. Unless operating on a full nights sleep, put make up on for ALL photos. Damn.

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