This gorgeous book was put together by Genevieve Miller, who also wrote Vampire Knits. I've contributed patterns to both of her books now and she's contributed to both Knits for Nerds and the upcoming Geek Knits!
She's a lovely designer and and put out an amazing book! Check it out!

Attended the Naptown Roller Girls annual Star Wars themed bout. So much fun! Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and fans in costume!

Here's a couple of pics from the night:

Elizabeth Lee singing the Canadian National Anthem, followed by the American National Anthem.

The 501st Legion standing guard as the girls skate out

Dill Her0 now comes in bunny flavor.

Oh Em Gee. GUMMIES! Gummies I can eat! My friend Rennee got them for me! The one thing I miss about being a vegetarian is junk like jello, gummy bears and marshmallows. The bast couple of years have offered some awesome vegetarian alternatives, though they can be hard for me to get my hands on

People were not surprised when they found out that this was my mother. (For those interested, her name is Linda J. Dunn. She's a nationally ranked fencer as well as a published sci-fi author)

This Dad was so full of win. Hopefully he doesn't mind my stalker photo, but oh my goodess! He not only dressed his daughter as a little jedi, but she has pink extensions in her hair!

Have you seen these beer cups at events where they pour the beer from the bottom of the cup and use a magnet to keep the beer in? Well the magnet for this night was an awesome storm trooper helmet! 

A ref from Tri City came up and introduced herself and after she skated away I thought, how did she know it was me?
Then I looked at myself. Beer, pink phone, and knitting. Right. I guess I do stand out a bit!

(On a side note, if you ever do see me in public and are one of the readers of this blog, I LOVE LOVE LOVE when you introduce yourself. It lets me know I'm not talking to the great internet void all alone)

Right, I'm going to get back to designing some new patterns, one of which will be a lovely freebie!


I have weird eating habits. I'm the first to admit it. I drive my friends crazy when they see me eat pizza, as I first pick off all the topings, eat them, peel off the cheese, discard it, then peel off the top layer of doughy goodness from the slice, eat that, and discard the bottom and crust of the pizza.

If I'm at home my burritos get completely dissected, insides get eaten first, then the tortilla if I'm still hungry. And sandwiches are almost the same deal. Insides first, then pick at the bread until it's gone. None of this is because I'm trying to avoid the "bad" parts of anything, I'm just a weird eater. My friends have always theorized that it's because I'm a vegetarian and I have the urge to kill my food in some way.

Anyway, candy is it's own special brand of weird eating for me. Peanut butter M&M's get microwaved so that they "pop" in my mouth, Kit Kat bars get all the chocolate outside layer taken off (because it's gross and gritty) and Twix bars get eaten top to bottom. As in, top layer of chocolate and caramel get scraped off and eaten, THEN the cookie part of the bar.

Reece's however, have their own special place of picky eating for me. I am a firm believer in the peanut butter to chocolate ratio of peanut butter cups. I want maximum peanut butter, minimum chocolate. (That happy couple of months that introduced inside out peanut butter cups were heaven for me!) So when Peanut Butter Egg season rolls around, I am the happiest sugar overloaded girl in the world, as those suckers are almost ALL peanut butter with just the thinnest layer of chocolate. That's actually about the only time I will eat a Reece's. When someone gives me one of the normal peanut butter cups they usually look on in horror as I discard the entire top and side layers of chocolate.

So imagine my delight when we went to the store the other day and saw the MEGA REECE'S EGG!!! A huge, massive Reece's egg with just the thinnest layer of chocolate, per the picture on the box. JOY! So we bought it, and I skipped home, ran 4 miles to justify eating half of this sucker, and we cut into it only to find...


Look at the picture on the box compared to the actual egg. The box shows the tiniest layer of chocolate with gobs of peanut butter whereas in real life, this thing is nothing BUT chocolate.


My dreams of a mega egg have been crushed. I may or may not admit to buying a second egg to see if this was just a one off mistake or if they are all like that. Sadness to find that they are in fact, all mega eggs of lies.

The husband is trying to reason with me, as the mega egg is a greater bargain than the individual smaller eggs, but I think deep down he knows it's an argument he's not going to win.

Now if you'll all excuse me, I'm off to eat all the peanuts out of the peanut M&M's. 

Mr. Kyle Cassidy took a couple of awesome photos of his gorgeous wife in a hat I made for her!

Amazing pics right? For some reason the pics I try to take of my knitting with my iphone never turn out as nice. Even when I use the instagram filters! Go figure.

For those wanting the pattern, it is here: Vintage Swish

Beginner knitter in need of a free and easy arm warmer pattern? I whipped this up last night with some leftover yarn!
Have fun with it!

Easy Peasy Arm Warmers
By Joan of Dark
Are you a brand new knitter? Clinging to your straight needles thinking that double pointed needles look like the devils own invention? The thought of making a thumbhole makes you break out in a cold sweat? But yet, you really do want to knit a pair of cute armwarmers this winter?
Try these straight needle arm warmers! Knit in a cute seed stitch pattern for texture (and to hide any little mistakes a new knitter might make) these whip up in a flash and are so, so easy for a newbie!

Bernat Alpaca (70% Acrylic, 30% Alpaca, 120 yards/100 grams) in Cherry-2 skeins
US size 11 straight needles
Tapestry Needle

8 sts and 18 rows=4”(10cm) in seed st

Instructions (Make 2)
With two strands of yarn held together, CO 18 sts
Row 1: Knit 1, p1 to end of row
Row 2: Purl 1, k1 to end of row
Repeat these two rows until piece measures 8 ½”
Bind off in pattern
Cut yarn leaving a 14” tail.

Seam sides together for 5”, leave a 1 ¾” gap open*, seam last seam to top.
*Note: I weaved my yarn along one side of the 1 ¾” gap. That way I didn’t have to cut my tail then join it again.

How easy was that?

Want a cool story bro?

Once, about 10 years ago we were driving around and Dill saw a Star Wars travel cup sitting in someone's trash. Being Dill, and it being trash, he immediately pulled over and snatched the thing. We pulled off and he looked at it and realized it was Jar Jar Binks.
"Jar Jar!!! LAME!" And he tossed the cup to the back section of the Jeep.
About a year later we were cleaning out the Jeep (Hey, don't judge. We're busy people.) and Dill finds the Jar Jar cup. We hop in the Jeep and drive back to the house we found it at, set the cup on their porch, and drove off again.

I can't help but wonder what these people thought. Did they remember this cup and freak out about the fact that it had come back to them? Or did they just think it was a completely random occurrence?

I have more stories of Dill and trash. One involves a bowling ball named Angie. Another time.

Ok internet, my publisher has said that they would prefer a female geek for the cover of Geek Knits. In a dream world, who would be the female geek you would love to see on the cover of a knitting book? (Besides Felicia Day. Trust me, I asked) Obviously she would need to be someone famous and recognizable! As in, recognizable from across a bookstore! 

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