5 am, do you know where your knitting is?

I do!

…still in progress…

Carnaby Skirt more than half done,
carnaby 2011may18 carnaby 2011may18 (1)

I’m still thinking to overdye this a chocolate brown. And maybe use the skull buttons up the side.

Elf Slippers for mom…
She wanted pink, so I started with this, but the pattern got lost,
jiffy for mom's slippers slippers 010
(the color is correct on the left)

And then I found something spahkly
slippers sparkly white acrylic
OK, so it’s almost 5:30, but at 5 when I took the photos, the light was crappy. It’s a gray and drizzly morning and very light out now. Here it was 45 minutes ago…
2011may18_445am (don’t embiggen, it’s fuzzy)

slippers 007 slippers 008

I’ll make the second and then add cuffs to them both. I’m thinking to alter the toe to add a small buttonhole, so bells can be attached to a button and easily removed for washing.

Other goings on

The snow pile is still there, and still very large…
snowpile 2011 may 13 (3)

On Saturday, I made the trek to Nordstrom’s for the long desired (and long needed) bra shopping. Happily, mom had recently arrived in New England, and I picked her up on the way. The store is 2.5 or so hours to the south of me. It was great fun to spend the day with mom!

And here we delve into possibly TMI.

Here we are, pre-fitting,
bra 002

Let’s just say that the former chair of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee (mom) has not belonged to that club in some years. Age and medication have changed her body, but she was fairly quickly and happily fitted and came home with a couple of nice bras.


I was two hours with the fitter, trying to find a single bra that fit. Remember how we learned to add inches to our rib measurement? Well, that was for the Nurse Ratchet days when the fabric didn’t give at all.

~80% of women are in the wrong size bra! Here’s a great video showing ways they can fit badly and how they should fit. Here’s a pretty good bra size calculator. It’ll at least get you ball-park. Consider that clothing makers cannot make an 8 an 8 an 8… it’s the same with bras. And consider that a “cone” (aka your breast) of 3 inches height may have flat sides, concave sides, convex sides, different sides, and the volume of them all will be different.

I know I’m tall and mostly thin and booby. It’s been difficult all of my life to find a bra (in a size that is relatively findable, though not at WalMart, TJMaxx, etc.), and I have been in a style (from Wacoal) for several years that I’ve liked. But they’re old and need replacement, and after spending literally thousands of dollars having bras shipped here (and returning them), I decided to trek to Nordstrom’s. They are hugely recommended for their selection, wide variety of sizes, and excellent fitters.

I’m still a little bit in shock (who knew they made such sizes?).

Bras are frequently a topic of discussion in the locker room, and a few weeks ago I was saying how I couldn’t find any DDs to fit, and I thought I had to go down a band size or two and up to an F or G. I had a woman get mad at me! She declared (she’s German, and I have known others like her, she knows better than everybody else…) that there was no way I could be a DD. SHE was and I could not be. Um, can you say b1tch?

I’m waiting for two more to be sent, as they didn’t have them in my size (the sizes just on either side almost fit) in the store that day. I like the one I came home with (Panache Andorra), but I’m hoping at least one of the other two will work too. Previously I wore a minimizer, which changes your shape (in that it squishes things flat and a bit sideways). Now?

I own a shelf that I walk around with.

This may be something that some women desire. Me? Not so much. Especially because it’s a bouncy shelf. So, nothing fragile can get put there.

The “girls” clearly arrive before I do. I’ve been thinking of naming them. Gavinia Gayle and Galatea Gay. But if one of the other bras fits, it’ll be Heloise and Harriet. Heloise is the left one, because she’s always more helpful.

See, TMI.

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    gramily said,

    May 18, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    This is certainly an enlightening blog, Lisa. Thanks for all the links. You’re a marvel!

  2. 2

    Janet the Snow Goddess said,

    May 18, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Um, yeah, TMI. But congrats on the boobs.

  3. 3

    Vicki said,

    May 19, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Hahahahahahaha. And thanks for the links. I loved the days when I was co-chair of your Mom’s committee and I never needed to wear a bra at all.
    ; )

  4. 4

    gale (she shoots sheep shots) said,

    May 20, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    wow, that’s a lot of info in one mere post. LOVE it.
    I know you moved onto..um..meatier subjects but I love the idea of the skull n buttons on the overdyed skirt.
    Hope you & the girls have a fab weeknd.

  5. 5

    Emily said,

    June 2, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    Woo! I love bra talk!

    I’ve actually had luck at JC Penney’s, of all places. There’s one particular style that really works for my girls.

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