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! 

Last Saturday I saw my first Male vs. Female roller derby bout. The Naptown Roller Girls vs. the Race City Rebels.

Now, let me give some full disclosure here. I'm not a huge supporter of mens derby. In all honesty, a big part of me feels that men get top billing in EVERYTHING. With very, very few exceptions, it's all about the men when it comes to popular sports. So part of me feels like, just one! Couldn't they leave us with just one without trying to come in and take over?

However, I do try and understand. Derby is awesome. I understand wanting to play it. It's fun, it's full of action, of course everyone wants to play derby, even boys. So if I don't like it, just don't go to the boys bouts right? Let them do their thing, best of luck to them, but I'll stick to girls derby.

Then I found out a few weeks ago that Naptown was making the main event of their season opener boys vs. girls. I considered not going. But then one of my best friends made the roster for the first bout, the Belles vs. South Bend and I knew I had to go and support her. Then a few friends were coming into town and wanted to see their first derby and my decision to stay for both bouts was solidified. Besides, I had never actually seen a co-ed derby bout. I should watch it, then form my opinion right?

Besides, I had hope. I hoped that once I actually saw the bout, my derby fan brain would kick in and I would love watching some awesome derby. Because it's derby! Even co-ed derby has to be awesome right?

The opening bout, Belles vs. South Bend, was such an amazing nail biter that I was pumped for the second. I was in full on fan mode.

When the teams lined up I started to get excited. It's derby time! This is gonna be fun! I probably won't even notice that it's guys playing! Then... the whistle blew.

The girls got pummeled. I mean, sure, there were some great jams. But there really isn't much you can do when it's 150lbs vs. 250lbs. The majority of the guys on that team towered over the girls. Naptown kept sticking one of their tiniest jammers out and one of the biggest guys would just get in the back and beat on her, over and over again. It was uncomfortable to watch. Doesn't matter that it's sport, doesn't matter that the girl knows what she's doing, I'm still watching a big guy hit a small girl. It sucked.

I tried to work my brain differently when I was watching, but I couldn't. Here's the thing, when a girl blatantly tries to trip another girl, as a fan, you get mad. You cry bullshit. You yell at the ref for not catching it. But when a man tries it against a girl... it's a whole new level of pissed off. Myself and some of the people around me were seeing red. The Rebels were winning! Why try such a dirty foul? These guys are jerks!
Whereas, had it been a girl pulling that move it would have been, sure, still anger, but not that INTENSE anger.

I want to stress that I've met some of these guys off track and I like them. I'm sure, just like derby girls, that the meanest, nastiest person that fouls on the track can be a total sweetheart in real life. That's just the way contact sports work. It fires up your adrenaline, and sometimes in the heat of the moment you make a jerk decision. That's just how it goes.

During a discussion with friends after the bout I thought up a things in relation to this. Would it bug me if it were guys vs. girls boxing? Yes. Wrestling? No. I've seen (real) wrestling where it was boys and girls. Since there's no hitting, it's not a big deal. Football? A girl on a guys team or mixed teams? All for it! In fact, I would say the same for derby. If the teams were mixed with guys and girls on both teams it wouldn't bug me at all. And you know, maybe in 30 years I'll look back at this blog and find my thinking incredibly old fashioned. I accept that.

The bout didn't seem to be a huge hit with the fans. They started walking out during the second jam and by the half time they were leaving in large groups. It went from sold out and overcrowded to large gaps in the stands. It just wasn't fun to watch! There were complaints on line as well. (And to be fair, some support!)

I saw one person comment, in response to complaints about the bout from fans on facebook, something to the extent of " pretty dissapointed. You fans are the HOSTS and need to treat the visiting team with the respect that guests deserve". I'm paraphrasing here, but this statement bothers me. The days of roller derby seats and stands being filled with just the girls friends and family are long gone. Fans are not "hosts". Fans are people paying their hard earned money to watch a sporting event. They don't "owe" anything. In fact it's the opposite. They have literally paid money, received a ticket and are "owed" a womens flat track roller derby bout.

Naptown Roller Girls probably didn't have a lot of choice for their season opener. The way the new WFTDA rankings system works in conjunction with their schedule means that they would either have to blow a lower ranked team out of the water (which also would have resulted in fans leaving in droves) or play an intraleague bout. (which they tried last year and received complaints about) So kudos to them for trying something new. It's just not something I enjoyed , nor would I want to see it again.

I believe that Kyle Cassidy is working on a blog post about the photos we did at Starbase Indy, so I'll talk about what we did the day after.
We headed over to Ohio to photograph John Scalzi and his wife Krissy. I met John and Krissy over a year ago at a party at Neil Gaiman's. Since then, Krissy, myself and our friend Kerrie have gotten into all sorts of mischief. They're the only girls I know that I can call up, offer them beer and tequila and in exchange they will come peel wallpaper and paint a room.
When I told Krissy about Geek Knits she informed John that he was in fact, going to be in one of the photos.

We drove up and after Kerrie, Kyle, Krissy and myself went for a quick run in a beautiful park setting then got down to work!

See? We work.

Really, really hard work.

John and Krissy took us out to dinner (thanks guys!!!) along with their daughter Athena, who is very smart, very mature and now my mortal enemy for playing this song for me:

Can. Not. Remove. Earworm!

More and more to come! In the last couple months of book stuff and the pace is picking up!

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