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!

Ever need to step way, way back from a design? That happened to me last year. I worked on a series of cowls and this was the last one in the batch. While I was beyond happy with the design, I wasn't happy with the way the pattern read. After 2 tech edits and 2 test knits, I finally just had to set it aside for a few months and let it breathe.

Sure enough, I picked it up again last week with fresh eyes and fixed what was bugging me. If you've never designed a pattern before, sometimes it can be really frustrating to put a design on paper in a way that is really workable for other people. I know what I meant, I know how the finished design should look, but making sure I translate that to other knitters is beyond important for me. I want to see my designs made by other knitters, which means making my pattern easy to read and understand!

Now, months later, this pattern is finally live and I'm happily knitting one for myself!

Gorgeous photography thanks to Marc Lebryk and lovely modeling by Carly Purvis, aka roller girl Itsy Gitsy.



Check out the pattern on ravelry here!

Look at these girls! Being all awesome and on the news and stuff!(News link directly below)  

Chippewa Valley Roller Girls wipe out stereotypes (w/video): There’s a rumor floating around that the women who skate for the Chippewa Valley roller derby team are gruff and menacing, with bulging muscles and a bad case of ’roid rage."

I love CVRG. I had the privilege of bench coaching them for a few games and they're a hard working group of skaters! I'm also a big fan of the derby "scene" in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It feels like there's a mixer or small tournament every weekend, always a bout to go to, open practices to attend.. just so much derby all over the place! And so many leagues! If you're wanting to be a derby girl up north you are very, very lucky! (Except for the whole getting to practice in the winter thing. I don't know how you people do it!)

Bonus Fun Fact: Neil Gaiman's very first roller derby bout was a CVRG bout!

So glad to see them getting some press and I hope they continue to get noticed by their local community!

I have always wanted to travel, but it hasn't been a high priority in my life until the past few years. I've been more and more determined to say "yes" to out of state and out of country events than I ever was before! 




This year, my friend Elyse, who lives in New York, was throwing her wedding reception/one year anniversary party in Brooklyn. As soon as I got the invite, I said, "we're going!"! Booked a flight to NYC, and went with the intention of doing ALL THE THINGS!

Well, all the things didn't exactly happen. I don't know if you know this, but sometimes weddings have an open bar. And sometimes after the wedding closes down the wedding party goes to another bar. And when that bar closes you go to another. And when THAT bar closes you go to another one. Then sometimes, you realize the sun will rise soon and it's time to go back to the hotel room.

We kept going and going....


That kind of night can really kill all your sightseeing plans the next day.

Waiting for dill to rise. It didn't happen until I wandered down the road and returned with coffee.


His hangover face looks different than my hangover face.

We did make it over the bridge for some whiskey drinks with everyone the next day.





Which means I need to make another trip to New York. I still need to meet Paul Auster! I still need to see the Empire State Building! And Central Park! And a yarn shop!

And maybe, just maybe, I need to see a little less whiskey the next time around.

Highlights: The British.

Elyse used to live in England. All her friends came in for the party, and they were all wonderful.

Talking to someone who happens to live in Indy. We decided we should hang out as couples. Decide to introduce them to Dill. Say, "Oh! You should meet my husband! Where is he? Oh. That's him over there. With his tie on his head." (He says it was the fault of the British)


Ok, maybe I put a tie on my head too.


I have no idea





Brooklyn! It was such a fun neighborhood. Dill was in slightly worse shape than I was Saturday, so I left him in the room for a bit and wandered around. (And bought pretty jewelry)

Loved these. The ear cuff is a pain to put in unfortunately, but I really adore the bracelet.


Not only did we find a bookstore, there was a sidewalk book seller! And there was a paul auster book! 

And of course I bought a book. Neil once gave me a book for All Hallows' Read by this same author and it scared the crap out of me. This one was disturbing in a different way. 

Stole some time and worked on my scarf! 


If I weren't such a wannabe country girl (and poor. Let's not forget poor) I would love to live in a neighborhood like that. There was always something to do (until 5am. Then everyone wants you to go home) stuff to see, food to eat and drinks to drink.

Although... I should remember that I'm old. And while 22 year old me could survive on about an hour of sleep per night (or a powernap under my desk during the day) 22 year old me really likes pajama bottoms and a good book by 8pm.

Regardless, Operation : Get the heck out of Indiana more is going very well these past few years. Cancun, San Francisco, LA, Pitsburgh, Canada and now New York! Later this year, back to Minnesota and Wisconsin for a book signing and some hangout time with friends! If I can just get some signings booked in Scotland and Ireland my "I wanna go there" list will almost be complete!

It's that time of year again! Can you forgive me if I get a little mushy when it's playoff season? I flash back to the early days of derby, then to see the level of athleticism and dedication that our sport has grown to, and I just get so many feelings!

If you haven't done so, you should get your pass to watch playoffs live. I have to admit that I'm not very productive at work during playoff season. I have my computer up and watching at the shop, and I have it streaming to my tv at home.

Since I've been toying with the idea of announcing, listening to the best of the best of the announcing world isn't a bad idea for me either! I'm lucky to have Dill around to learn from, and such a talented announcer pool in Indy to hang around with should I ever decide to officially make the jump. (You know, with my oodles of spare time!)

I need to update this blog a lot more! I went to New York! I have signings booked! I may be going to Canada again!

You can always follow me on Facebook as well. Don't be offended if I don't friend you on my personal profile. I've been getting some weird stuff on there, so I am paring it down a bit and sending people I don't know directly to my page!

I love hitting Gen Con in Indy every year. It's a huge convention and it's pretty much in my backyard, so it's silly for me not to make time in my schedule to go! If you're a fan of tabletop and card games, this con is a must visit!

I was fortunate enough this year to get to talk and teach and knit with my fellow geeks! I've done this a few times now and always have a blast.
I also broke out my handy dandy America dress from Geek Knits!
Agent Carter found me...

I found Iron Man 



And Ant Man!



And I bought a lot of really cool stuff!

This canvas print by Aaron Miller of Chicago


This book and some prints by Vincent Marcone aka My Pet Skeleton

Some gorgeous pens made by Pens and More here in Indiana. 



Met this lovely gal who made the robot from Knits for Nerds!

She also gave me a brain slug! 


And of course I got some new games! We got to play a few demos sunday, I was too busy every other day!

All in all, a successful and fun gen con. I learned a few things that I'll do differently next year and I might try to schedule a little more gaming time for myself! 






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