I find circle skirts very flattering. And I too love torrid.com.
And amen, sister, regarding being curvy and proud...I go to one of those big party schools with a lot of bleached-blonde, bulimic cookie-cutter girls, but everyone knows me because I am the curvy brunette (nothing wrong with being blonde, but when it comes out of a bottle and is the same color as everyone else's blonde, that's kind of lame, especially when I keep seeing skinny blonde girls with Slim Fast cans and hearing about "another" diet pill overdose in my dorm).
The important thing regarding weight is to love yourself and be healthy. Other than that, it doesn't matter what size you are.
elijor: I haven't tried it yet, but there is a guy at work who asked me to make him a sweater. He's kinda cute, so ...
I'll let you know if it works!!
Hmmm... now if this works I want to be first to know, ya hear?
Well, I don't know if this qualifies, but I gave this guy I know from work a toque (not the co-worker mentioned above) b/c he did something nice for me (baked me cookies) so I reciprocated with wool. This was a couple of weeks ago. In the past couple of days he has emailed (e-flirting?) or im'd me about 20 times...
Maybe wool given when there is no recognized relationship has a magnetic power whereas wool given when there is a recognized relationship has the opposite effect... hmm... When I gave the toque there was no ulterior motive (ulterior motive=experimenting for the purpose of this thread).
Well, in THAT case, I better start knitting...now if only I could find something to knit him he would actually wear. Any ideas for a guy in his early twenties who likes to have fun and listens to a lot of death metal?
As for the "what are you knitting" comments when I'm crocheting, it used to annoy me to no end, but it doesn't really bother me anymore. You just have to accept that most non-crafty people out there are going to see yarn and a metal object in your hand and just assume you're knitting because they don't know the difference. There's no harm in correcting them; I always do!
I knit and crochet (primarily knit, but I CAN crochet, and I am about to attempt a fairly large crochet project--a star-shaped baby blanket for my friend who is due in a month), and I usually get the opposite of the "are you knitting?" problem. If I knit on circulars (which I do a lot of the time) people who don't knit assume all knitting needles are sticks and if it's a circle it MUST be crocheting.
What was worse was when my boyfriend asked me if I was crocheting. I gave him a really dirty look because he, too, has dabbled in crochet (I didn't believe it at first, but his friend and neighbor says she has seen him at least make a chain) and should know that it is always with a hook!
I love seeing people practice their crafts in public, though, and as for reactions I've gotten lately, most people are either curious or admiring.
Thanks for the advice. No, Razzly, unfortunately it's all over the front of the shirt in a kind of horizontal line. Not many patches that would cover it, but thanks for the thought and for the suggestion. And ma2maya, that is a lot of good information. I know nothing about dyeing. Thank you both.
You might want to try Serendipity Needleworks in Tuscaloosa. The shop has been in business for about two years now. I've also heard about Knit Nouveau, but I have no first hand knowledge about the business. I hope this helps!
I second the recommendation for Serendipity Needleworks! The lady in there told me that they purposely try to have different yarn than the chain craft stores. When I was in there a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to buy everything in the store because I am so used to Michael's/Hobby Lobby acrylic yarns, and here I was in a store with all this beautiful wool, cotton, alpaca yarns, a lot of it imported! It's a bit more expensive than the chain stores, but definitely not bad at all considering what you get for your money (I got two balls of beautiful blue Italian wool yarn for $6.50...half off sale). They don't have a website you can order from yet, but the lady told me they are working on it. When I was in there, she was looking for yarn for a woman who had been in there but moved away and emailed her to ask if they had something. I know this is a late reply, but I had to share my experiences with the store, because it is definitely worth going to if you can't find a place like it in Birmingham.
I've posted here before that I have a scar that really troubles me, and I recently found out that new innovations allow you to get a tattoo over a scar so that it looks like your normal skin. This would be much less costly (from what I understand around $500 as opposed to around $5000) and much much less painful than going to a plastic surgeon, but I am wondering if anyone here has done it or knows about cosmetic tattooing for this purpose (or any other similar purpose). Did it cover up your scar (if you have before and after pictures, that would be great!)? Are you happy with it? Would you recommend it to a friend? Where did you get it done (dermatologist, permanent cosmetics person, tattoo parlor)? How much approximately did you pay for it?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the coffee Play-Doh idea! I too have coffee shop friends, and I wanted something I could make everyone in the group because it saves time and thought during finals week, and that is perfect. I will try it out this week and let everyone know how it turns out. Should I make it different colors, or just leave it brown? I feel kind of bad giving my friends brown lumps for Christmas.
Somehow I managed to get bleach on my new polo shirt. Yes, it was $6.99, but I still love it and want to wear it again, but the bleach stain is kind of obvious. Is there any way I can get the colors to bleed so that it covers the spot, or should I invest in some Rit dye (costs almost as much as the shirt, but I really, really like this shirt)? Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.
Make your own saline solution...buy sea salt at the grocery store, and mix it with warm water. That is what I did. I also admit to using peroxide on it, which is supposed to be very, very bad, but nothing bad happened to me, and it kept it clean before I could buy sea salt.
I recently got mine pierced professionally after the bad DIY piercing experience years ago. It hurt a little because of the scar tissue (my friend was getting hers re-pierced, too, and she said it only hurt the second time), but it really was not all that bad. I had a little problem at first with the hole on top stretching, but that resolved itself eventually. Just don't do it yourself like I did the first time, and keep it clean.