Monday, February 28, 2011

Nerd Wars

So the first month of Nerd Wars is almost over and well, I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped to, but I did conquer colorwork. It was my first time attempting anything tougher than stripes which aren't really that tough. Wanna see??


I am pretty proud of this hat. Although, I won't get to wear it for at least 9 months or so. My tension was a bit off in some places, but all in all it came out looking pretty good. I am also less scared of colorwork and ready to tackle some more. Hoping one of the challenges for March will allow for me to cast on the cardigan I order through Knitpicks. It is just another one of those things I have always wanted to try and knit, but never really been brave enough. Doing well though with trying new knitting techniques..I have completed a lace project or two, colorwork, & charts!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I began working on stuff today to return to school again....Hopefully, during the summer. I am nervous and anxious and excited. I need to schedule a day off between now and April 4th and actually go to PSC and talk with someone. Last year I denied financial aid for whatever reason, but I just finished my FASFA and things look promising. I need to get with Walt so that we can get his FASFA completed and we can schedule an appointment for both of us on the same day. I have plans for the future (like owning a home) and I am not going to be able to do that on an Auto Shopper salary. I want Walt to be able to continue doing what he is doing and I want to finally have a job that I enjoy going to everyday!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Break & Plus Sized

So I returned to work after a much needed 4 day break. My job really is not all that hard it is just very mentally draining and emotionally damaging sometimes. I am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and hoping this feeling will at least get me through the next 2 months or so.

So... on to the other thing that I have been thinking about and reading about all day. Being plus sized when it comes to sewing patterns. I am by no means what I would consider plus sized in "regular everyday" clothes. I mean I don't have to shop in the plus size section. Honestly, it wouldn't really bother me all that much if I had to. I am proud of my curves and I love my boobs! I think this has to do with the fact that I hit puberty much later than most (if not all) of the girls I know. Which means I spend a good portion of my teens being made fun of for being flat chested and have knobby knees. Then puberty finally kicked and well, let's just say no one would even think about calling me flat chested. Anyhow, back to my original topic. So after purchasing a few dress patterns then measuring myself (hey! new sewers....measure yourself before you buy any clothing patterns) I discovered that in the world of sewing I am plus sized. Again, I would be totally fine with this if all of the dresses did not look like this:
I love this fabric and I love what they were going for....but it looks like she is wearing a big rectangle with sleeves....I DON'T want to wear a big rectangle. Did I mention I love my curves??!! This dress looks likes 2 rectangles sewing together. I know there are plenty of big girls out there that are proud of their curves too. I am all for dressing for your body type, but a dress shaped like this is not going to flatter anyone! When I decided I wanted to learn to sew I wanted to be able to sew those cool retro dresses that I love so much. I am really inspired by Pin-Ups....those girls had curves! Here is what I think plus size sewing patterns should be like:

This is a dress from the plus sized section of They have lovely curve hugging clothes for the plus sized! So I have been reading other sewer's opinions on this and well there seems to be a consensus. So if anyone knows where some really cute plus sized patterns can be found please let me. I must say though I am really fond of some of simplicity's plus sized patterns. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

You Are Not A Rooster!!

Lately I have found myself trying to convince Abby that she is in fact a dog and not a rooster. For about the past 2 weeks she has had the urge to bark in my face some between 5:00 & 6:00am. Not really sure what is going with that. When I get out of bed she doesn't rush to go outside and potty she just wants me to be awake. While this doesn't really bother me Tuesday-Friday when I have to be up at 7:00am it does bother me on the weekend when I could be sleeping in. We have tried really wearing her out just before bed. We make sure the last thing we do before going to sleep is taking her out to potty. Nothing seems to work. Sadly, I am a sucker and can't be mad at her for more than about 5 seconds, so she will probably live the rest of her life thinking she is a rooster. How could I ever be mad at something this precious!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Why Do I Do This To Myself??

So here I am again feeling totally overwhelmed by all of my hobbies....only the problem this time is not that I am burnt out, but that I now have 3 hobbies that I am totally in love with and am not sure how to divide my time. As most of you know I have been knitting for about a year and half now, I got a sewing machine for Christmas, & yesterday I picked up my first bass guitar!! Now I am just not sure what to spend my time doing. Yesterday, I also received my "Learn To Sew" books in the mail so I am eager to read those and maybe try some simpler sewing projects than what I have selected to date....Nerd Wars officially started yesterday and I now have 4 knitting projects that need to be cast on and cast off by the end of the month in order to earn points....I am the team captain I have to accomplish this....also I don't want to push my bass aside...we spent good money on that thing and I am determined to be an excellent bass player! What to do? What to do?