New Hat!

My new hat pattern on knitpicks.com has been totally addictive for me! I can’t stop knitting the things! The original pattern was done in Swish, which I love, but I also wanted to see what it would look like in Wool of The Andes. I did a few of these with smaller needles than called for as well, again, just to see what it would do to the stitch pattern. US size 7 makes for a much tighter fit for those first few rows, but the overall result is really nice!




New Hat!

My new hat pattern on knitpicks.com has been totally addictive for me! I can’t stop knitting the things! The original pattern was done in Swish, which I love, but I also wanted to see what it would look like in Wool of The Andes. I did a few of these with smaller needles than called for as well, again, just to see what it would do to the stitch pattern. US size 7 makes for a much tighter fit for those first few rows, but the overall result is really nice!




Naptown Roller Girls vs. Ohio Roller Girls

Saturday we got to hit the road for a double header in Ohio against the Ohio Roller Girls. Playing Ohio is special for me. When we first started getting the league together, Ohio was starting their first season, and we went to their first game, which was the first time I saw real, live, roller derby.
We played them last year to a very narrow defeat, that was honestly my hardest loss of the year. I’ve been pretty eager for the upcoming rematches, first on their home turf, then in April, on our home turf.
Instead of riding in the van, I took the “Maiden Voyager” with Maiden America, Noxious Donna, and Eve Elle. We were planning to skip the after party and come back that night, as opposed to the fun hotel shenanigans I’m sure the rest of the girls got up to. (I had to work all day Sunday, so I HAD to be back that night)
The OHRG venue is very small, but the track was nice, and it was a sold out crowd. There was only ONE girls bathroom that I could find, which kind of sucked because I am very much a “drink lots of water and go to the bathroom a bajillion times before a bout” kind of skater!
The Warning Belles played first, and just tore up Ohio. It was beautiful. Our Belles are a fantastic B team, and in some cases I would consider them on the same level as other teams “A” team.
For us, we tore up the first half, then our foul trouble caught up with us in the second half, and allowed OHRG to gain a lot of points on us. We still pulled out a very solid win, but the second half has really reminded us to step up our training hardcore for when we meet them on the track next month.

PICTURES! All photos by Dr. X.



Yes, that elbow IS exactly where it looks like it is. And yes, that hurt. A lot. You can tell by the look on my face! I remember feeling that, but not knowing what happened or where it came from. I love trying to match my bruises to picture and video after the bout!


I love the look that Dirty Grrl (OHRG) is giving Eve here. She looks… annoyed by that tiny booty holding her back!

Trauma did such a good job of jamming for the Belles. OHRG had a VERY solid, good, defense that was tough to get through. It was so awesome every time we saw our jammers fight there way through!

Naptown Roller Girls vs. Ohio Roller Girls

Saturday we got to hit the road for a double header in Ohio against the Ohio Roller Girls. Playing Ohio is special for me. When we first started getting the league together, Ohio was starting their first season, and we went to their first game, which was the first time I saw real, live, roller derby.
We played them last year to a very narrow defeat, that was honestly my hardest loss of the year. I’ve been pretty eager for the upcoming rematches, first on their home turf, then in April, on our home turf.
Instead of riding in the van, I took the “Maiden Voyager” with Maiden America, Noxious Donna, and Eve Elle. We were planning to skip the after party and come back that night, as opposed to the fun hotel shenanigans I’m sure the rest of the girls got up to. (I had to work all day Sunday, so I HAD to be back that night)
The OHRG venue is very small, but the track was nice, and it was a sold out crowd. There was only ONE girls bathroom that I could find, which kind of sucked because I am very much a “drink lots of water and go to the bathroom a bajillion times before a bout” kind of skater!
The Warning Belles played first, and just tore up Ohio. It was beautiful. Our Belles are a fantastic B team, and in some cases I would consider them on the same level as other teams “A” team.
For us, we tore up the first half, then our foul trouble caught up with us in the second half, and allowed OHRG to gain a lot of points on us. We still pulled out a very solid win, but the second half has really reminded us to step up our training hardcore for when we meet them on the track next month.

PICTURES! All photos by Dr. X.



Yes, that elbow IS exactly where it looks like it is. And yes, that hurt. A lot. You can tell by the look on my face! I remember feeling that, but not knowing what happened or where it came from. I love trying to match my bruises to picture and video after the bout!


I love the look that Dirty Grrl (OHRG) is giving Eve here. She looks… annoyed by that tiny booty holding her back!

Trauma did such a good job of jamming for the Belles. OHRG had a VERY solid, good, defense that was tough to get through. It was so awesome every time we saw our jammers fight there way through!

This picture…

This time last year, my ass looked like this on the track:
(click the picture for the full effect)

Greg The Mayor

This picture was my inspiration to lose weight. One year later, I did not hit my goal weight, but I did lose 50lbs, and my ass now looks like this on the track:

Dr. X

I eat better, I skate better, and I feel LOTS better. My new goal is to lose that final 10lbs by next month, when I meet Neil Gaiman. Did I not mention that I’m meeting Neil Gaiman next month??? That is because my brain still can’t process it, and that knowledge is still squealing, blushing, and hiding in a corner. Hopefully by next month it will have processed, and I can blog about it.
But for now, I’m thinner. Lots thinner. I feel pretty damn good about it.

This picture…

This time last year, my ass looked like this on the track:
(click the picture for the full effect)

Greg The Mayor

This picture was my inspiration to lose weight. One year later, I did not hit my goal weight, but I did lose 50lbs, and my ass now looks like this on the track:

Dr. X

I eat better, I skate better, and I feel LOTS better. My new goal is to lose that final 10lbs by next month, when I meet Neil Gaiman. Did I not mention that I’m meeting Neil Gaiman next month??? That is because my brain still can’t process it, and that knowledge is still squealing, blushing, and hiding in a corner. Hopefully by next month it will have processed, and I can blog about it.
But for now, I’m thinner. Lots thinner. I feel pretty damn good about it.

This picture…

This time last year, my ass looked like this on the track:
(click the picture for the full effect)

Greg The Mayor

This picture was my inspiration to lose weight. One year later, I did not hit my goal weight, but I did lose 50lbs, and my ass now looks like this on the track:

Dr. X

I eat better, I skate better, and I feel LOTS better. My new goal is to lose that final 10lbs by next month, when I meet Neil Gaiman. Did I not mention that I’m meeting Neil Gaiman next month??? That is because my brain still can’t process it, and that knowledge is still squealing, blushing, and hiding in a corner. Hopefully by next month it will have processed, and I can blog about it.
But for now, I’m thinner. Lots thinner. I feel pretty damn good about it.

Sioux Falls Roller Dollz vs. Naptown Roller Girls

all photos by Tom Klubens

Saturday marked what we knew, would be one of our toughest bouts of the season. Sin Lizzie had to retire due to injury, Touretta Lynn had to retired due to injury, so we went into this bout down two of our best blockers, with some fresh meat on our roster.
We played Sioux Falls previously and lost, on their home court. In our defense, it was the beginning of the season, and lots of Sirens couldn’t make the trip (myself included).
Saturday morning I awoke and began having one of my worst bout days ever. I felt like crap, the shop was SLAMMED beyond anything I have ever seen, which is awesome, but it meant I stayed about two hours longer than I wanted to. It felt like I was forgetting everything when I went to the fairgrounds. My helmet, my wheels, new bearings, etc. So I practiced on my G-Rod wheels, which are way to grippy for that court, and with Touretta Lynn’s helmet. Dill brought me my helmet and wheels, only for me to find out that I bought the wrong sized bearings. Argh!
I took about five minutes in the corner to close my eyes, breath deeply, and shake everything off.
The bout was sold out, the crowd was already getting loud and I’ll be dead honest, I was nervous. Sioux Falls looked really together, they had some big girls, and they all looked solid in their skates.
The first jam, we put our brand new Siren Booche in. She fouled out almost immediately, allowing the Sioux Falls jammer to put some points on the board. Next jam I was in the pack, and while we made some contact with their jammer, again, they got on the board unopposed by our jammer. Pretty soon the score had crept up to 20something against 40something, in favor of Sioux Falls. They were doing a great job of holding three strong in the front, and keeping within 20 feet of our girls. The pack was pretty quick for the most part, then something clicked.
They started attempting to slow the pack down, and we started using that to bust up their blockers. Maiden America went on the line as our jammer, and Sioux Falls jammer fouled out. Maiden used the slow pack, and the holes that were opening up, to put 28 (!!!!) points on the board for us. Taking us from a deficit to a 3 point lead!
We held to our lead the rest of the night. Again and again in the second half they were trying to run a slower pack. By the last 10 minutes they were simply trying to run the clock down by not moving when the whistle blew, trying to get their blockers in penalty on the track and into the action quicker. I think that this was a bad move on their part. I understand wanting to get your blockers out, but running the clock down when you’re behind didn’t seem to be the best move.
We won by a mere 11 points, proving that this team seriously brought their A game against us. It was a tough bout, and I would love to play them again. A great game on the track, and a great game for our fans.
After party was wonderful, and Sioux Falls owned the dance floor the whole night. Very cool girls.

PICTURES!!!




THIS JAMMER! Holy Crap! Julia Wild. Absolutely incredible. They jammed her over and over again. I think her and Queen Elizabitch were their two best that could just bust through us every single time. We would move in for a hit, and unless we were set up with a two person block they would be long gone before we could make contact.




Did I mention it was a Star Wars themed bout???


Poor Slammy’s hand got caught by this blocker!

Celebrating Maiden’s 28 point jam!


Jr. Derby was the half time. It’s seriously the cutest thing in the world. The girl in black is the daughter of one of our skaters, and I swear they make the same face when they skate!!!!

Sioux Falls Roller Dollz vs. Naptown Roller Girls

all photos by Tom Klubens

Saturday marked what we knew, would be one of our toughest bouts of the season. Sin Lizzie had to retire due to injury, Touretta Lynn had to retired due to injury, so we went into this bout down two of our best blockers, with some fresh meat on our roster.
We played Sioux Falls previously and lost, on their home court. In our defense, it was the beginning of the season, and lots of Sirens couldn’t make the trip (myself included).
Saturday morning I awoke and began having one of my worst bout days ever. I felt like crap, the shop was SLAMMED beyond anything I have ever seen, which is awesome, but it meant I stayed about two hours longer than I wanted to. It felt like I was forgetting everything when I went to the fairgrounds. My helmet, my wheels, new bearings, etc. So I practiced on my G-Rod wheels, which are way to grippy for that court, and with Touretta Lynn’s helmet. Dill brought me my helmet and wheels, only for me to find out that I bought the wrong sized bearings. Argh!
I took about five minutes in the corner to close my eyes, breath deeply, and shake everything off.
The bout was sold out, the crowd was already getting loud and I’ll be dead honest, I was nervous. Sioux Falls looked really together, they had some big girls, and they all looked solid in their skates.
The first jam, we put our brand new Siren Booche in. She fouled out almost immediately, allowing the Sioux Falls jammer to put some points on the board. Next jam I was in the pack, and while we made some contact with their jammer, again, they got on the board unopposed by our jammer. Pretty soon the score had crept up to 20something against 40something, in favor of Sioux Falls. They were doing a great job of holding three strong in the front, and keeping within 20 feet of our girls. The pack was pretty quick for the most part, then something clicked.
They started attempting to slow the pack down, and we started using that to bust up their blockers. Maiden America went on the line as our jammer, and Sioux Falls jammer fouled out. Maiden used the slow pack, and the holes that were opening up, to put 28 (!!!!) points on the board for us. Taking us from a deficit to a 3 point lead!
We held to our lead the rest of the night. Again and again in the second half they were trying to run a slower pack. By the last 10 minutes they were simply trying to run the clock down by not moving when the whistle blew, trying to get their blockers in penalty on the track and into the action quicker. I think that this was a bad move on their part. I understand wanting to get your blockers out, but running the clock down when you’re behind didn’t seem to be the best move.
We won by a mere 11 points, proving that this team seriously brought their A game against us. It was a tough bout, and I would love to play them again. A great game on the track, and a great game for our fans.
After party was wonderful, and Sioux Falls owned the dance floor the whole night. Very cool girls.

PICTURES!!!




THIS JAMMER! Holy Crap! Julia Wild. Absolutely incredible. They jammed her over and over again. I think her and Queen Elizabitch were their two best that could just bust through us every single time. We would move in for a hit, and unless we were set up with a two person block they would be long gone before we could make contact.




Did I mention it was a Star Wars themed bout???


Poor Slammy’s hand got caught by this blocker!

Celebrating Maiden’s 28 point jam!


Jr. Derby was the half time. It’s seriously the cutest thing in the world. The girl in black is the daughter of one of our skaters, and I swear they make the same face when they skate!!!!

Sioux Falls Roller Dollz vs. Naptown Roller Girls

all photos by Tom Klubens

Saturday marked what we knew, would be one of our toughest bouts of the season. Sin Lizzie had to retire due to injury, Touretta Lynn had to retired due to injury, so we went into this bout down two of our best blockers, with some fresh meat on our roster.
We played Sioux Falls previously and lost, on their home court. In our defense, it was the beginning of the season, and lots of Sirens couldn’t make the trip (myself included).
Saturday morning I awoke and began having one of my worst bout days ever. I felt like crap, the shop was SLAMMED beyond anything I have ever seen, which is awesome, but it meant I stayed about two hours longer than I wanted to. It felt like I was forgetting everything when I went to the fairgrounds. My helmet, my wheels, new bearings, etc. So I practiced on my G-Rod wheels, which are way to grippy for that court, and with Touretta Lynn’s helmet. Dill brought me my helmet and wheels, only for me to find out that I bought the wrong sized bearings. Argh!
I took about five minutes in the corner to close my eyes, breath deeply, and shake everything off.
The bout was sold out, the crowd was already getting loud and I’ll be dead honest, I was nervous. Sioux Falls looked really together, they had some big girls, and they all looked solid in their skates.
The first jam, we put our brand new Siren Booche in. She fouled out almost immediately, allowing the Sioux Falls jammer to put some points on the board. Next jam I was in the pack, and while we made some contact with their jammer, again, they got on the board unopposed by our jammer. Pretty soon the score had crept up to 20something against 40something, in favor of Sioux Falls. They were doing a great job of holding three strong in the front, and keeping within 20 feet of our girls. The pack was pretty quick for the most part, then something clicked.
They started attempting to slow the pack down, and we started using that to bust up their blockers. Maiden America went on the line as our jammer, and Sioux Falls jammer fouled out. Maiden used the slow pack, and the holes that were opening up, to put 28 (!!!!) points on the board for us. Taking us from a deficit to a 3 point lead!
We held to our lead the rest of the night. Again and again in the second half they were trying to run a slower pack. By the last 10 minutes they were simply trying to run the clock down by not moving when the whistle blew, trying to get their blockers in penalty on the track and into the action quicker. I think that this was a bad move on their part. I understand wanting to get your blockers out, but running the clock down when you’re behind didn’t seem to be the best move.
We won by a mere 11 points, proving that this team seriously brought their A game against us. It was a tough bout, and I would love to play them again. A great game on the track, and a great game for our fans.
After party was wonderful, and Sioux Falls owned the dance floor the whole night. Very cool girls.

PICTURES!!!




THIS JAMMER! Holy Crap! Julia Wild. Absolutely incredible. They jammed her over and over again. I think her and Queen Elizabitch were their two best that could just bust through us every single time. We would move in for a hit, and unless we were set up with a two person block they would be long gone before we could make contact.




Did I mention it was a Star Wars themed bout???


Poor Slammy’s hand got caught by this blocker!

Celebrating Maiden’s 28 point jam!


Jr. Derby was the half time. It’s seriously the cutest thing in the world. The girl in black is the daughter of one of our skaters, and I swear they make the same face when they skate!!!!