Pad Stash

Here is my pad stash. I lose my pads a lot and I've had to buy more recent.

Here is basically all the ones I have and made recently:

The pimp and mammabear lady is new. The rest are older ones.  I don't know where the rest of my pads went.  I used to have more. :(  Most of these are more pantiliners than pads for periods. 

Here are the ones I've made recently.  There is circle pad, a base liner version that is diamond shape, my last foray into pad making.  After finding my snap pliers, I was able to try the green one for the first time.  It's needs to be a bit wider near the crotch.  Other than that, I'm sure it'd be good.  The top row is this week. Some use cotton batting and others have terry.  Some of them are bunching from having only one line in the middle. Never doing that again.  The middle is where I found precut out stashes but they were cut awful which mean that when I sewed them, they were all wonky.

New ones that I bought this week:  Mama bear (haven't tried it yet), new amy's rag bag, and the PIMP.  I don't like the other pimps I've had (lost).  But I do like this pad for night.  I'm pretty sure that next time I'll wear it flipped because I sleep on my stomach and I flow up.

Baby, it's cold I knit...

So, we got a cold snap really early in the season.  Which has re-woken my knitting bug and I've been pretty MIA from the knitting world.

-Is the newest Stitch n Bitch worth it?  I have the other two books

-Has anyone used Bamboo Ewe from stitch nation by Red Heart?  I got some today because it was the only gray in the size I wanted that wasn't acrylic.  Although I'll be using it with a wool/polyamide mix if I can get the needles I need for it.

-I love making hats.  And I love knitting on circular needles.  But I hardly ever want to take a trip to the next town over to get size 16 needles in the size I want from my LYS.  And the time I do, they didn't even have the size I need. :( It's so depressing.  

-After finishing my wool armwarmers, I think I may give a whack at knitting some real gloves.  From here:  What does make one right/left mean?  I really don't understand how it's making the thumb gusset

-Is making socks worth it?  I see so many people love knitting socks.  

Snap setter

Hello!  What would be a cheaper option for a snap setter?  I don't feel like shelling out $150+ for a heavy duty one that I may only use once or twice.  I'd rather not use sew on snaps because I am too impatient for that.  Is there any hand snap setter?  And where would I get snaps?  Thanks! 

Menstrual Love!

Period.<br><br>Yes, there are other options than paying $5-20 on disposable menstrual products.&nbsp; The average woman&nbsp; disposes of between 10,000 and 15,000 tampons, pads and applicators in her lifetime. That’s about 250 to 300 pounds of waste per woman.&nbsp; In 1999, about 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads, and 700,000 pantyliners were flushed away daily.&nbsp; Hold up, I thought you were not supposed to flush those items anyways!&nbsp; The Ocean Conservancy collected and cataloged debris along U.S. coastlines and they found more tampon applicators (2.2%) than condoms, syringes, plastic rings combined.<br><br>Other than waste, tampons are linked to carcinogenic dioxin that manufacturers use to purify and whiten both raw cotton and the wood pulp that goes into synthetic fibers such as rayon, a common fiber in tampons. TSS is always a concern with tampons.<br><br>Pads can be sticky and sweating.&nbsp; They can harbor bacteria and smell.<br><br><br><br>What are your options other than disposables?<br><br style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Menstrual cups:</span>&nbsp; Menstrual cups are small cups that hold the blood till it is dumped in the toilet.&nbsp; They are reusable.&nbsp; You merely pour it in the toilet, wash it in soap and water/wipe it off with toilet paper, and stick it back in.&nbsp; There is no danger of TSS, you can keep it in for 12 hours, and they are comfortable.&nbsp; They have a slight learning curve but so do tampons.&nbsp; Some people have have less cramps with cups.&nbsp; They are sports friendly.&nbsp; Most people can use one with no leaks and you can put them in before your period starts (like you know you will start at 1:03 AM while you are asleep or during busy errands).<br><br style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Reusable cloth pads</span>:&nbsp; They can be really comfy, reusable, and made with fun fabrics.&nbsp; They customized.&nbsp; Some people find that their periods are lighter and they get less rashes.<br><br>Overall, you will spend more money upfront but you will save it in the long run.&nbsp; There have been at least 3 periods where I was completely broke. The choices were pads or food.&nbsp; I think food is the winner.&nbsp; I was very happy that I had a cup instead of depending on pads.<br><br>Your choices for information and reusable menstrual products:<br><a href="" target="_self">Article about reusable menstrual products</a><br><a href="" target="_self">Cloth Pad community</a><br><a href="" target="_self">Cloth Pad Pro and Con</a><br><a href="" target="_self">Why switch?</a><br><a href="" target="_self">Menstrual cup community</a><br><br>Resources:<br><a href="" target="_self">Free liner with s/h</a><br><a href="" target="_self">Perfect Pads</a><br><a href=";search_query=cloth+menstrual+pads" target="_self">Etsy search for menstrual pads...great deals</a><br><a href=";seller_id=25809" target="_self">Great pad maker</a><br><a href="" target="_self">Amy's Rag Bag...she will barter for goods!</a><br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Different cups:</span><br>Diva<br>Mooncup UK<br>Lunette<br>Mia<br>LadyCup<br>Femmecup<br>Instead(not reusable but people do reuse them plus sex friendly)<br>There is one cup that I did not list at all because it has some shady business practices due to a name of their cup.<br><br>These are new and some will not be avaliable at all to the US:<br>MPowercup<br>Alicia<br><br>I feel there is no reason to be ashamed of a woman's menstrual cycle.&nbsp; It's just blood and a bit more goop.&nbsp; What do you think they did before disposables?&nbsp; They just folded up clothes and dealt with it.<br>


Is me:

I am 21.
I have a vagina.
I am odd.
I like to make stuff.
I don't know what I want to do when I grow up.
No, I am not grown up at all
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Oh, yay. Oh, joy. Oh, rapture. I have a computer that works on the internet. I am so happy.

I was reading a book today, Vampire Kisses. It went on and on about this girl is so "gothic" and can't find a vampire lover. Gah! GAH! Though it gave me an idea for a novel about finding yourself through the hecticness of being perfect and normal(like my mom wishes I could be) and the intense darker side of life. I'll even be able to throw knitting in there. ..if I keep the story going on long enough.
I haven't knitted in a week. Although, I will be able to go to the Stitch 'N Bitch. I want that belt but when I knit the coins in a row, it changes the gauge. I don't know how to fix it. Think.
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