I did an interview with Circle City Eats last year, and it looks like it's done and live now!

It was so much fun, and I feel like I've learned so much about myself. Such as, if you give me beer and food I'm pretty much going to ignore the interviewer and stuff my face with pizza instead of talking.

If you want to watch me get progressively sillier over the course of an evening, check out the video in the link below!

Circle City Eats in Greenwood

Vintage Swish was one of the first hats I did for Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. It's been one of my top sellers, and a hat that I have personally made at least 50 times. It's a quick knit, it's really easy to customize ( I have some slouchy versions with fewer repeats, or extra stockinette between the lace, multiple colors, etc)and it's pretty flattering for lots of different hair styles.

However, while I love the design, there were things I didn't like about the way the pattern was written. Which is why, I took a week out of my schedule and reworked the pattern and had it test knit by some new knitters.

I'm in love with it all over again and I'm so excited to relaunch it!

I've also got a brand new hat pattern coming out next week that I'm really excited about as well! (PS, you can always tell when it's time for me to see my hairdresser, based on the number of hat designs I start coming up with)

Check out Vintage Swish HERE.

Today marks 14 years of marriage to Dill Hero. I always knew that I would someday get married, assumed it would be when I was 30 or so, and knew that I would wear white, but never thought too much beyond that about it. I wasn't one of those girls or guys who planned a wedding from the second I saw a Disney movie, though I definitely thought it would be nice and fun.

So imagine my surprise when I met Dill. Well, really met him. We'd been running in the same social circle for several years but for some reason, a couple of months before my 20th birthday, I went up and started talking to him. One thing led to another and after some phone calls we went on a date. After coffee and conversation, I found myself with a boyfriend. Within a few weeks, we talked marriage, About a year later, he proposed. I never thought, "I'm too young! This is too soon!" or really anything beyond how much fun we would have together.

A month before my wedding, and again on my wedding day, my Grandma gave me her advice for a happy marriage. Don't bury the cake.

I was confused and asked her to tell me the full story.

When she first got married to my Grandpa, she was very young. If I'm remembering correctly she hadn't finished high school, so they kept the marriage a secret because her high school wouldn't have let her graduate if they knew she was married. So when that was over and done, they lived together, and my Grandma, wanting to be the BEST WIFE EVER, promised her new husband a chocolate cake when he came home from work.

She worked on it all day, but at the very end, the cake completely stuck to the pan, and trying to get it out turned it into a crumbly mess. Grandma panicked, felt like a failure and buried the ruined cake, pan and all, in the yard. When Grandpa came home that night and asked about cake, she lied and said she didn't have what she needed to make it.

I laughed the first time I heard the story, and then, when she saw me on my wedding day, she told me that story again, except this time she said "I shouldn't have buried the cake. I should have turned it into something else we could have eaten, instead of having no cake at all." (I'm paraphrasing a bit) 

I know my Grandma wasn't trying to give me some deep life lesson here, she was just trying to teach me how to bake a cake, but I think it is a life lesson anyway. The times I've tried to hide a mess or a disaster from my husband, we've both just felt like crap afterwards. I'd rather we get through messes together, rather than have some secret shames apart from one another.

So that's my advice to you, if you're ever thinking of getting married. Don't bury the cake. Find a way to enjoy a mess, even if only one of you caused it, together.

Speaking of which, this is the very first cake I made for Dill for his birthday/Christmas. I tried to take the layers out of the pan too soon, and they all collapsed. Dill had the idea of just icing the damn thing anyway and eating it, and it was of course, delicious. 

I'm glad I didn't bury it.

I recorded myself unboxing my new Knit Picks order yesterday!

If you had told me years ago that I would ever feel comfortable filming myself and putting it up for people to see, I would have laughed at you. Well, actually I wouldn't have. I would have been too awkward and shy to confront you to your face about it. But at home, hours later, I would have laughed.

I was PAINFULLY shy as a teenager. I've talked on here before about being in a car accident at 12 and the after affects of having a mangled face on my teenage years. (Who am I kidding? My adult years too.) I've actually had to make a conscious effort the past few years to be able to look at pictures of myself and see myself speaking on video. Years ago I was on the DIY network, crocheting and speaking on the show, Uncommon Threads. It took me 8 months after the first episode came out to watch it. That's just dumb.

I'm still a little awkward on video but whatever. I embrace it. I might cringe a little at stuff I do, or the fact that my face isn't perfect, but I'm no longer letting the little things stop me from having fun and trying out new stuff.

Sooooo... if you're not into watching the youtube video, here's a list of the cool stuff I got!

I've been an advocate of Knit Picks Interchangeable needles on my blog before. Click here to read what I had to say back then.
Since that post, I have sprung for both metal and wooden versions of the Knit Picks sets. Since it seems I always have multiple projects on the needles, I of course, have to keep getting more!

I'm really excited to try out these short tipped caspian needles! They're so pretty, and I like the idea of the shorter needle for smaller projects to keep me from having to track down my dpn's.

I am always losing my double pointed needles
. Like, always. So I ordered more. I'll probably order more next month as well.

This project bag, needle case, small case and set of majestic interchangeable needles was too good of a deal to pass up. I love the purple and pink combo, though if that's not your thing they have other colors as well. ( I ALMOST went with the champagne, but I was hoping the purple would hide any potential stains or marks better)

I think I said this yarn was soft about fifty times on video, but I was so surprised by how soft it was! So fantastic!

I'll post an update after I've used a few things from my KP order!

Sundaybwas all about the derby! I had practice with Naptown, as part of their new Rolling Thunder league. 

It was hard. 

I consider myself in pretty good shape. Last weekend I ran a half marathon. I work out every single day. But there's nothing like derby to kick your ass and make you feel like a sack of goo! 
It's extra frustrating when your brain remembers what you need to be doing but your body just doesn't respond.
It was also VERY humbling when so many girls said they were honored and excited to skate with me! It's so amazing that I've got a place in skaters hearts and in NRG's history. 
Not to mention, naptown is very smart to add an additional league. It keeps people excited about derby, has the potential to feed the bigger league and utilizes the practice space. If your league is paying monthly rent for a warehouse, use it as much as possible! 

Afterwards, we spent all day watching playoffs. All of us. 

Starkey actually wasn't in the house for long. He doesn't like being inside when it's nice out. Plus he was rooting for Arch Rival and the game was just getting too tense for him! 

I can't wait for next Sunday with more skating and more scrimmaging! 

I finally finished my Doctor Who scarf! If you've never knit one, let me tell you, it's a LOT of garter stitch. I know, I know. Of course it's garter stitch. Everyone knows that!
But look, you know how you KNOW a building is high, but the true knowledge of how high it is doesn't hit you until you're at the top? That's the Doctor Who scarf. You know it's a long garter stitch project. But you don't really know until you've made one!

I started it on the first day of Gen Con, with the goal of finishing in 30 days. It was more like 50, but not bad for all this garter!

For the color changes, instead of doing an invisible weave after I was finished, I wove the loose ends into my work as I started the first row of each color change. Made it much easier and meant that I didn't have a lot of finishing work. I am the worst at weaving in ends, seaming, all that jazz. I hate doing it and I procrastinate as much as possible. Weaving in these color change ends as I knit meant that I didn't have a lot to fuss with once the scarf was done!

I haven't blocked it. I don't even know HOW to block something this long!

For a model, I talked my mini horse Starkey into cosplaying as Doctor Whooves. He agreed, on the condition that he get a lot of peppermint treats. I'm seriously thinking of doing this to him again for Halloween. Or I might start cosplaying him as other sci-fi characters. I think he'd make a cute Jedi! 

Now it's back to "work" knitting. I have several patterns on the needles and a new book project I've been steadily working on! Not to mention making sure I knit something fantastic to wear to the VK kickoff party in Minnesota in a couple months! 

** bonus pics of Starkey! 

Edit: my friend Paul wrote this on Facebook. It made me smile so much I had to share! 

Just a brief post to say I'll be HERE in November! Really excited for the Vogue Knitting Kickoff Party! I'll be hanging out with the fabulous author and designer Emma Bull! Not to mention of course, Mr. Steven Berg himself. Very excited to meet this fabulous individual in person!

Plus, this means that of course, I get to hang with my friend, The Fabulous Lorraine for the weekend. She's one of my dearest that I don't get to see nearly often enough.

I might try to plan a couple of other events in Minnesota or Wisconsin while I'm there. Feel free to hit me up via the contact link if you have someplace you want me to be!

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