I had someone ask me for more detail on how to do the tassel for the fez. So here is a breakdown!

First off, I realized that the 12" cut listed in the book might be a little tight. 15-20" makes it much easier. 
Cut floss to desired length:

The pattern calls for about 30 strands.
Thread as many of those as you can through your tapestry needle. It's much easier if you fold them in half to thread.

Pull them through the top of your fez (I'm just using a light grey knit hat so the pics show up better)

Loop it as shown, so your embroidery floss is even on both sides. 

It might take you two or three times to get all of them in there.

Next you're going to braid the floss for two inches

Then tie it in a knot as close to the braid as possible!

You might need to trim the ends for a uniform edge. Again, it's easier if you go longer than 12". And you can't go TOO long as you can always cut it shorter! 

Hope this helps!

If you wander over to the pattern page, you'll see I've added a brand new freebie!

I'm in love with this shrug. It's really light, I keep it in the bottom of my purse when we go out in case we end up somewhere with the AC on high. Very simple to make, and the stockinette portion across the back is nice "zone out" knitting.

Hope that you enjoy it!

Funny story from a friend, so pardon if I get some details wrong. Especially since, as all my good stories go, I had been drinking when I was told this...:

One of my photographer friends has an uncle who sold golf equipment. One of the side businesses of his company was knit notions. Stitch markers, row counters, etc. He and his partner would often meet for a drink after an event like TNNA or sales meetings. So they were sitting in a bar with another friend who was in town, who worked in a different field altogether.

As they're talking the two sales guys start comparing notes on what knitters are buying, as this was in the early 2,000's when knitting had just started picking up with a younger generation. They start talking about their different accounts, "Knitters on my west account are really into the smaller stuff." "Oh yea, the knitters I've been dealing with aren't buying counters at all! I don't know what's up!" "Oh yea, that's been mostly the older knitters, younger knitters like the fancy markers better".

While they're talking, third friend gets more and more uncomfortable. Finally he hisses "Are you guys crazy??? You can't say that stuff!!!!" Baffled, it takes them a few minutes to realize that he thought they were saying something other than "Knitters".

Say it out loud, see if you get it.

On a side note, now when I'm singing along to songs like "Holy Grail" instead of just going quiet on... certain words... I'm going to say "Knitter knitter!".

This is incredibly exciting for me, I'm in the latest issue of Knitscene! 

It's odd to do press stuff for Geek Knits, completely forget about it and then a month or two later see something in print! Not to mention how cool it is when it's a magazine that I buy on a regular basis!

If you get a copy, flip to the back to see me! 

I'm working on getting some new patterns up on the site and making it a little easier for non-Ravelry users (I'm assured they exist) to find patterns on here. So naturally, instead of actually working I'm watching awesome videos like this:


I love Rodney Anonymous. I love the Dead Milkmen. And I love Brian Siano for taking this video.

Just a couple days left to win your own Mr. Helpful Worm modeled with Paul and Storm!

Proceeds from this auction (minus listing fees) go to Worldbuilders!


A couple weeks ago I had a pretty intense shift. It was an open to close, so arrive at 5am, didn't get to leave until 9pm. Those are rough on their own, but then I had two customers that made a valiant attempt to just ruin my day.

They were hanging at the shop for a few hours and were sort of odd. Moving couches around, sitting on the table instead of a chair and then... I noticed one of them had her shoes off. We deal with that a lot in the summer. It's kind of flattering, our shop is really comfortable, people get relaxed and start thinking of it as home, so they kick their shoes off! We have to ask someone to put them back on at least once a day, this particular day it was about the 5th time we'd had to say something to someone. In 11+ years I'd only had one person give me lip about it... until this day.

I asked the woman to put her shoes back on. At first she said, "ok" then she said "Even though my foot is just on the couch?". And I explained, yes, even then because we're still a restaurant, board of health rules still apply. She scoffed, she and her partner got a little huffy but I didn't think it was any big deal. Customers kept coming in, I waited on them, Dill left to go take care of the dogs and everything was fine. I saw they were leaving while I was making a drink, told them "bye" and they didn't say a word, which struck me as odd. But you know, I work in food service. Sometimes when you work retail or food service people treat you like you're beneath them. That's just part of the gig.

Then I turned my attention back to the counter and saw this...

The back side goes on the call me "blond and bitchy" several more times, say that they were turning us in to the board of health, and left a name and number for the "owner" to call.

It sucked. It sucked that I had another 7 hours on my shift and I had that note left for me. It sucked that two people felt like they were in a position of power and used it to treat me like crap. The whole thing just sucked.

I checked our facebook and the ladies had left disparaging comments on there as well. (they have since deleted their comments after multiple customers told them to put their shoes on and apologize) I talked to Dill and we decided that we couldn't just let this be. Confronting them wouldn't do any good. People like that weren't going to see that they were wrong. So how could we make the icky feeling go away?

By doing something good.

Meet the newest Strange Brew Roast. Blond and Bitchy Barista. A portion of the proceeds from each bag goes to Shoes for Humanity , an organization that helps get shoes on the feet of those in need.

We can't make the note go away. We can't make those women see that they did something wrong, but we can use their moment of mean to create a moment of nice. We've decided that our new slogan needs to be "stay positive, stay caffeinated". That's going to be the goal from now on. Hopefully at the very least we're putting a little bit of good karma back into the world!

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