We ran the Warrior Dash last weekend! We've done this race every year that it's come to Indiana and have always had a blast. This year was a little crazier than most, with the intense rain all week making us think the race might be canceled. (We had alternate plans which involved running through the rain to our local bar for breakfast if it was).

However the race went on as planned! And with Kyle, Keira, and Krissy, we ran (well sludged through mud) climbed, slid and generally had a blast on a muddy obstacle course!



Check out this post over at Geek Mom! Not only is it full of behind the scenes stories, there is also a copy of the book up for grabs. CLICK THE LINK!

Want to own this awesome scarf modeled by Rene Auberjonois? Want to help Doctors Without Borders? Now you can do both! Win the scarf and the proceeds go to DWB. Good luck and happy bidding!

That Maureen Johnson rocks. We should all remember this. 




When Claire Reagan designed Bunnicula for Geek Knits, she included a bonus little drained carrot pattern! It was so cute and fun, but we didn't have room for it photo wise. So here it is for free!

***Note: Materials call for skein, but this can easily be made with your leftovers from Bunnicula, or a few dozen yards of white, a yard of black and less than a yard of green!

Drained Carrot for Bunnicula
by Claire Reagan

Size
One Size Only

Gauge
22 sts and 30 rows = 4"/10cm (10cm) in St st.

Materials:
Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand (100% premium acrylic), 3½ ounce (100g) skeins, each approx. 170 yards (155m)
1 skeins in White (A)
1 skein in Black (B)
Small amount of green yarn
One pair US size 6 (4mm) straight needles
Stitch holder
Washable toy stuffing
Tapestry needle

Instructions
Carrot:
With A, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl.
Row 3: M1L twice, k1—5 sts.
Row 5: K1, M1L, k1, M1L, k1—7 sts.
Row 7: K1, M1L, k3, M1L, k1—9 sts.
Row 9: K1, M1L, k5, M1L, k1—11 sts.
Rows 10–14: Work in St st.
Row 15: K1, M1L, k7, M1L, k1—13 sts.
Row 17: K1, M1L, k9, M1L, k1—15 sts.
Row 19: K1, M1L, k11, M1L, k1—17 sts.
Row 21: K1, M1L, k13, M1L, k1—19 sts.
Rows 22–26: Work in St st.
Rows 27–38: Repeat rows 15–26—27 sts.
Row 39: K2tog across to last st, k1—14 sts.
Row 40: P2tog across—7 sts.
Cut yarn, draw through remaining sts, pull tight, and secure. Weave in ends prior to stuffing. Sew seam using mattress stitch and stuff to desired firmness.
With B, sew 2 bars on the side of the Carrot for fang marks. With green yarn, cut two 10" lengths of yarn. Sew to top of Carrot in center of each strand, leaving ends hanging as fringe. Knot ends close to base of Carrot. Unravel fringe to look like a carrot top.

Photos by Kyle Cassidy. Models Miracle Laurie and Leah Cevoli. Bad cropping job on the carrot photo by me!


Not only is a pattern from Geek Knits featured on Knitty.com but it's one with Mr. Neil Gaiman on the cover!

Want to know more about this photo shoot? Of course you do! Head over HERE and let Kyle Cassidy tell you all about it!

Someone asked me during the Q&A portion of my signing last night about how to take a concept and turn it into a finished pattern. I said a lot of things, but one of the main things I stressed was that I still learn. I still read design books, I've attended workshops, I take advice from tech editors and work to be better at what I do!

Then, just now, I got an email about a new online course that one of my favorite tech editors, Kate Atherly is teaching. So I put my money where my mouth is and signed up!

Surely this was a sign right?

Click HERE for a link to the course!


This will be my first time doing an online course and I'm really excited! I feel like I'll get a lot more out of this than I do with workshops which are usually only a few hours.

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