Derby Stitch And Bitch

Right after our newbies joined the league, I held a Stitch and Bitch at our house. Why have I not discussed this in over a month you ask?
Well you see, this Stitch and Bitch involved about 15 or more ladies crammed into my house, the boys kicked down the street to a bar called the Blind Pig, needles, yarn, Jason Statham movies and my famous Pomegranate Martinis and Strawberry Jam Surprise. My pictures of the event all kind of look like this:
Why did I take a picture of messy yarn on the floor? No idea. I also, somehow, managed to give knitting instructions to about 4 people at once, while knitting jammer hats myself, and working on what was probably my 5th or 6th drink… AND catcalling Jason Statham during Crank. (If you’ve seen Crank, you understand)
It was a great night though, and I can’t wait till the next one! The boys crashed our party around midnight, having survived their first experience at the Pig. I’m very excited that the bar is survivable, as it’s within walking distance from our house. It will be nice to go out for a beer without worrying about a driver.
I did get this pick of Farrah Foxhit and Josephine Boneapart:

Farrah was cross stitching and Josephine was making a sock kitty. I wish I had gotten a better picture of it because it was totally cute! Though I have to admit, I love that this picture just looks all kinds of wrong! What are you doing to that kitty Josephine???
Farrah is my derby “little sis”. This means that I help her out if she has questions, that sort of thing. Though I’m trying to convince her that it also means she has to carry my skate bag and wash my stinky pads… but I don’t think I have her convinced!
I can not express my love of our fresh meat enough! Though I guess they aren’t fresh meat anymore, as they have a brand new team name now! The Warning Belles! I love it! I love, love, hearing the JV coach go, “Belles over to this wall”! I think it compliments the Tornado Sirens really well. Some of them have been jumping in on scrimmages, and really working their butts off. We’re having a great time so far! I can’t wait until we get further into the season!

Speaking of practice space, I realize I haven’t shown a pic of our new spot yet!

Those are the benches that Rick made us! It was so touching when we walked in and saw those! It was not so touching when he flipped them over and had us do crunches on them! Or when he showed us the brand new calf raise benches he made us!
But he did make the bathroom twice as big, so everything else can be forgiven!

Finally, last but not least, my new gloves. Well, not MY new gloves as I’m going to sell them next month, but pretty gloves that I made. I’m fond of the lovely purple tones, and I’m going to be a teeny bit sad to see them go!

I need to weave in the ends… boo.

Derby Stitch And Bitch

Right after our newbies joined the league, I held a Stitch and Bitch at our house. Why have I not discussed this in over a month you ask?
Well you see, this Stitch and Bitch involved about 15 or more ladies crammed into my house, the boys kicked down the street to a bar called the Blind Pig, needles, yarn, Jason Statham movies and my famous Pomegranate Martinis and Strawberry Jam Surprise. My pictures of the event all kind of look like this:
Why did I take a picture of messy yarn on the floor? No idea. I also, somehow, managed to give knitting instructions to about 4 people at once, while knitting jammer hats myself, and working on what was probably my 5th or 6th drink… AND catcalling Jason Statham during Crank. (If you’ve seen Crank, you understand)
It was a great night though, and I can’t wait till the next one! The boys crashed our party around midnight, having survived their first experience at the Pig. I’m very excited that the bar is survivable, as it’s within walking distance from our house. It will be nice to go out for a beer without worrying about a driver.
I did get this pick of Farrah Foxhit and Josephine Boneapart:

Farrah was cross stitching and Josephine was making a sock kitty. I wish I had gotten a better picture of it because it was totally cute! Though I have to admit, I love that this picture just looks all kinds of wrong! What are you doing to that kitty Josephine???
Farrah is my derby “little sis”. This means that I help her out if she has questions, that sort of thing. Though I’m trying to convince her that it also means she has to carry my skate bag and wash my stinky pads… but I don’t think I have her convinced!
I can not express my love of our fresh meat enough! Though I guess they aren’t fresh meat anymore, as they have a brand new team name now! The Warning Belles! I love it! I love, love, hearing the JV coach go, “Belles over to this wall”! I think it compliments the Tornado Sirens really well. Some of them have been jumping in on scrimmages, and really working their butts off. We’re having a great time so far! I can’t wait until we get further into the season!

Speaking of practice space, I realize I haven’t shown a pic of our new spot yet!

Those are the benches that Rick made us! It was so touching when we walked in and saw those! It was not so touching when he flipped them over and had us do crunches on them! Or when he showed us the brand new calf raise benches he made us!
But he did make the bathroom twice as big, so everything else can be forgiven!

Finally, last but not least, my new gloves. Well, not MY new gloves as I’m going to sell them next month, but pretty gloves that I made. I’m fond of the lovely purple tones, and I’m going to be a teeny bit sad to see them go!

I need to weave in the ends… boo.

Crazy, windy, weekend…

Whew! What a freaking weekend/Monday!
Saturday, after a CRAZY busy morning at the shop, I met up with Sweet C, Rachel, and Sweet C’s sister Ali, to discuss our booth at the craft fair! Ready for the name Sweet C came up with? Aggressively Awesome Stitches. (By Aggressively Awesome Bitches) Ha! So I have been knitting and crocheting up a storm to get stuff to sell! It’s going to be a nutty weekend. Friday night I’ll divide my time between the Naptown booth and our booth, Saturday I’ll work, do my book signing at Borders in Greenwood, then go back to the craft fair! Should be a lot of fun though!
Sunday we had our typical nuttiness, with a new twist! I recently started baking pumpkin scones at the shop. Now normally, I’ll bake one batch of each type of scone, and that will get us through the day, with one or two to take home on a bad day. Pumpkin scones however, have been a whole different story! I’m up to 3 batches a day! Sunday, during our rush, (we literally have a 2 hour period where there is a line to the door on Sundays) we had people waiting for scones to come out of the oven! So I’m baking scones, icing them, running them out, then baking more! It was nuts!
THEN of course, being a Sunday, I had practice! So I suited up, and prepared for Ricks latest torture session! I was having a great start! After a pep talk (screaming) from Rick about how all of our laps had dropped on our 3 minute speed drill, I hopped out on the line DETERMINED to up my laps. I was currently at down 1/4 lap. Whistle blew and I hauled ass! At the end, I had gone up one and one quarter laps! Whoohoo!
Scrimmage was great as always! Touretta, hit me and caused what I like to call, a sunny side up! She came at my right side (thankfully, my good shoulder… well, maybe not anymore) and I saw her coming, so I braced. Um yea. This is Touretta, it doesn’t matter if you brace! She hit me, and I landed on my right side! Are you following here? She hit me on my right side, so yes, I flew in the air, rolled IN AIR, and landed on my right side! I really love her 😉
Then Rick tortured us for half an hour, and we drove home in the crazy wind while I prayed the power would be on so I could take a shower! And it was! Yay!
At the shop the next morning however… the power was out. Sort of. Dan explained it to me, but I still don’t understand all of it. Apparently we have three phase power, and one of the phases was out. So the dry cleaners had no heating elements, the grocery store had no coolers, and we had no bathroom light, no espresso bar, no power in the back office, and no fridges in the inventory room! Eeep!
I kind of went, “um, um, um” for a minute while Dan grabbed the catering espresso bar, which runs on only 2 phases, plugged it in so it could warm up, and rearranged lights so the bathroom and most of the cafe was lit. We had no AC, but thankfully it was cooler outside, so we just opened the door. The fridge that wasn’t working was almost empty, so we didn’t lose much. And we managed to open on time! The power came back on about 3 hours later, but… our espresso bar still didn’t work! We called out Paul the repair guy, found the problem, ran and got the part, and fixed it for us! Crisis averted!
Went home, went to practice, and YAY! An almost all scrimmage practice! I got to pivot, block and jam, so I was having a hell of a night. I have only played pivot a few times, but at one point Touretta told me I did a great job on a jam. She is a rock star pivot, so that made me feel really good!
Then… we’re scrimmaging, and at the end the refs announce a toe stop on the track! Uh-oh, that’s my toe stop!
Okay, I’ll be out a jam while I fix it. Go to screw it back in my plate, and I just kept thinking, “my hands must be too shaky” because that thing would not go in! Finally, after about 4 jams, Rick came over to look at it, and that’s when I discovered my skate was broken! Something has happened with the threading inside the plate.
Called Dan frantic: “skate broken! Powerdyne! Game Saturday!!! HELLLPPP”
Dan called Franklin Skate, called me back: “No problem. They think they know what the problem is. I’ll drop it off tomorrow, you’ll have it by Wed. practice”
Oh. Okay.

So shit has gone wrong, but somehow, it’s all turning out okay. My skates are in the shop, and since my toe stops were wearing down to the metal anyway, we’re getting those swapped out too. And new wheels. So all in all, an okay situation!

I have other stuff to post, such as the fresh meat stitch and bitch from my house, pics of the new practice space, all my new projects for the fair, etc, but that darlings, requires me to actually unload said pics from my camera!

Instead, I will encourage you to buy this book my above mentioned gal, Touretta Lynn wrote. It’s called, Roller Derby Art: Women, Wheels & Wicked Fun!
I got a sneak peak of it, and not only, to my surprise, is my picture in the book more than once, (as well as darlin’ Dill Her0’s) it showcases roller derby poster art from all over! I only got a brief glimpse, as it’s not out in stores yet, and I only got to flip through Touretta’s author copy, but the book is just so darn cool! I can’t wait to get my hands on one!!!
CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST AWESOME BOOK EVER
Oh and check out our own Smackie O’Nassis on the front cover! Holy crap that is cool!!!

Crazy, windy, weekend…

Whew! What a freaking weekend/Monday!
Saturday, after a CRAZY busy morning at the shop, I met up with Sweet C, Rachel, and Sweet C’s sister Ali, to discuss our booth at the craft fair! Ready for the name Sweet C came up with? Aggressively Awesome Stitches. (By Aggressively Awesome Bitches) Ha! So I have been knitting and crocheting up a storm to get stuff to sell! It’s going to be a nutty weekend. Friday night I’ll divide my time between the Naptown booth and our booth, Saturday I’ll work, do my book signing at Borders in Greenwood, then go back to the craft fair! Should be a lot of fun though!
Sunday we had our typical nuttiness, with a new twist! I recently started baking pumpkin scones at the shop. Now normally, I’ll bake one batch of each type of scone, and that will get us through the day, with one or two to take home on a bad day. Pumpkin scones however, have been a whole different story! I’m up to 3 batches a day! Sunday, during our rush, (we literally have a 2 hour period where there is a line to the door on Sundays) we had people waiting for scones to come out of the oven! So I’m baking scones, icing them, running them out, then baking more! It was nuts!
THEN of course, being a Sunday, I had practice! So I suited up, and prepared for Ricks latest torture session! I was having a great start! After a pep talk (screaming) from Rick about how all of our laps had dropped on our 3 minute speed drill, I hopped out on the line DETERMINED to up my laps. I was currently at down 1/4 lap. Whistle blew and I hauled ass! At the end, I had gone up one and one quarter laps! Whoohoo!
Scrimmage was great as always! Touretta, hit me and caused what I like to call, a sunny side up! She came at my right side (thankfully, my good shoulder… well, maybe not anymore) and I saw her coming, so I braced. Um yea. This is Touretta, it doesn’t matter if you brace! She hit me, and I landed on my right side! Are you following here? She hit me on my right side, so yes, I flew in the air, rolled IN AIR, and landed on my right side! I really love her 😉
Then Rick tortured us for half an hour, and we drove home in the crazy wind while I prayed the power would be on so I could take a shower! And it was! Yay!
At the shop the next morning however… the power was out. Sort of. Dan explained it to me, but I still don’t understand all of it. Apparently we have three phase power, and one of the phases was out. So the dry cleaners had no heating elements, the grocery store had no coolers, and we had no bathroom light, no espresso bar, no power in the back office, and no fridges in the inventory room! Eeep!
I kind of went, “um, um, um” for a minute while Dan grabbed the catering espresso bar, which runs on only 2 phases, plugged it in so it could warm up, and rearranged lights so the bathroom and most of the cafe was lit. We had no AC, but thankfully it was cooler outside, so we just opened the door. The fridge that wasn’t working was almost empty, so we didn’t lose much. And we managed to open on time! The power came back on about 3 hours later, but… our espresso bar still didn’t work! We called out Paul the repair guy, found the problem, ran and got the part, and fixed it for us! Crisis averted!
Went home, went to practice, and YAY! An almost all scrimmage practice! I got to pivot, block and jam, so I was having a hell of a night. I have only played pivot a few times, but at one point Touretta told me I did a great job on a jam. She is a rock star pivot, so that made me feel really good!
Then… we’re scrimmaging, and at the end the refs announce a toe stop on the track! Uh-oh, that’s my toe stop!
Okay, I’ll be out a jam while I fix it. Go to screw it back in my plate, and I just kept thinking, “my hands must be too shaky” because that thing would not go in! Finally, after about 4 jams, Rick came over to look at it, and that’s when I discovered my skate was broken! Something has happened with the threading inside the plate.
Called Dan frantic: “skate broken! Powerdyne! Game Saturday!!! HELLLPPP”
Dan called Franklin Skate, called me back: “No problem. They think they know what the problem is. I’ll drop it off tomorrow, you’ll have it by Wed. practice”
Oh. Okay.

So shit has gone wrong, but somehow, it’s all turning out okay. My skates are in the shop, and since my toe stops were wearing down to the metal anyway, we’re getting those swapped out too. And new wheels. So all in all, an okay situation!

I have other stuff to post, such as the fresh meat stitch and bitch from my house, pics of the new practice space, all my new projects for the fair, etc, but that darlings, requires me to actually unload said pics from my camera!

Instead, I will encourage you to buy this book my above mentioned gal, Touretta Lynn wrote. It’s called, Roller Derby Art: Women, Wheels & Wicked Fun!
I got a sneak peak of it, and not only, to my surprise, is my picture in the book more than once, (as well as darlin’ Dill Her0’s) it showcases roller derby poster art from all over! I only got a brief glimpse, as it’s not out in stores yet, and I only got to flip through Touretta’s author copy, but the book is just so darn cool! I can’t wait to get my hands on one!!!
CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST AWESOME BOOK EVER
Oh and check out our own Smackie O’Nassis on the front cover! Holy crap that is cool!!!