Our coffee shop got nominated for a local "best of/A list". We could really use some votes, and I am not above begging on my blog! So pretty pretty please vote for us? With sugar on top?


You can vote once per email address.

If we win, I promise to share the hilarious email conversation I had with Candice last night. It highlights my idiocy when it comes to modern slang, and the term, "shorty".


A very quick weekend update, Dan and I saw Lars and The Real Girl. We also saw Premonition. But since I was always told that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all, I will only mention Lars and The Real Girl.
Not only was it very funny, there was TONS of knit wear in the movie. I'm going to try and figure out the beret that Bianca wore as soon as possible.

I picked up the Twilight series Thursday afternoon , since someone mentioned to me that I would like it.
I finished the third book Sunday night. Yea. That good. I am now turning obsessive fan girl about Twilight! I've been hunting down movie clips, trailers, etc. How am I just now hearing about this???

Holy crap! Pictures!!!! I finally remembered to drag all of the elements needed for uploading pictures onto my computer today. The hat is a modified version of Headline News from Stitch and Bitch Nation. I just left out the cables because I was feeling lazy. And it's not like you would be able to see cables with this nutty yarn anyway!

I do really, really love this yarn. It combines my three favorite colors, pink, black, and blue.

Speaking of pretty yarn colors... I ended up on etsy the a few weeks back. I think I need a 12 step for yarn shopping.
Anyway, THIS USER will be the death of my wallet. Every time I go to her shop I just keep going.. "ooohhh pretty" and clicking 'add to cart'. It's a sickness I tell you.
But look at the yarn I bought!!!

Do you see my problem here? Imagine the pretty socks that will be made with that! Though of course, I have trouble finding any project that I can deem worthy of that yarn. I just want to frame it, or eat it, or something!

Speaking of eating it...

This mushroom grew in our backyard. I almost feel like I need to rate this picture, NSFW.
Dan says it looks like the thing that Boba Fet fell in during Star Wars. Which proves that my hubby is a true gamer/sci-fi geek. Because that is not at all what I see when I look at this picture.

Our backyard has been freaking weird lately anyway. Look at this bee/wasp thing.
That's not normal right? Should a bee be green/blue/purple and shiny?
Check out the stinger action:


I finally got a picture of the fingerless gloves. The pattern is called Raging Fingerless Gloves, and I got it off of Ravelry.
Haven't bothered to weave in the ends yet. I am the worst at the finishing work.

Now finally.. the big news! Guess what arrived via UPS the other day???

Eeek! It's so weird to see the finished book in my hands! I started this thing halfway through our very first season, and now we're rapidly approaching our third!
It looks so good! I'm really excited. The pictures/colors just POP! Much more than they did in the proofs that I saw. All the girls look great, and it really did come across the way that I wanted it too. It's a little bit of a knitting book with derby facts, and a derby fact book with knitting patterns.
We're signing three copies to be given away at RollerCon to benefit Tequila Mockingbird. I'm really hoping to do some other things with the book to help that girl out. I mentioned her website and the severity of her injury. I know every roller girl that hears her story thinks, "there but for the grace of God go I". Such a crazy, random accident on the track, that could so easily happen to any of us.

Alright, I'm off. Trying to find unisex baby patterns for my friend Kristin, since I have no idea what she's having yet. Girl, boy, alien... Though her hubby seems to think that the ultrasound makes it look like a manatee.

She would have some explaining to do if that were the case. And the booties would never fit.

No pictures today. I have my camera. I have my charger. I have my memory card. But do I have the card reader? Um. No.

Dan headed off to Evansville on Saturday morning to announce for the Demolition City Rollergirls. They lost to the Chicago outfit, but to my understanding it was not a blowout, which is always better for the fans.
I spent the better part of three hours on the wii fit. I discovered the free run, so I was popping the remote in my pocket and jogging while watching Dark Angel on dvd. Great fun, but it turned out to be a bad decision. More on that later.
Sunday I slept in (YAYAYAYAYAY) then popped over to the shop to make sure it hadn't blown up in my absence. Got some coffee, and headed to the mall in search of a poofy skirt for the Naptown Calender photo shoot Mother Russia and I were doing that night. Had some sort of luck. Found a skirt that wasn't exact, but a quick trip to JoAnn Fabics (where it turns out, the fabric cutter was a Naptown fan) helped my outfit look alright.
Dan got home, and he napped on the couch while I did another 2 hours on the wii fit. Which, was more of a mistake. Again, more on that later.
We drove to Zionsville, through some crazy storm, to get my hair and make up done at Ansatz. It took.. hours! My super long hair got curled, sprayed, and then tied into knots (seriously) and teased up on top of my head. The end result was very cool, very glam, and very big!
At first I was internally freaking when I saw my make up. There was so much of it, and it looked just caked on and crazy! I took a quick picture of myself with my camera and looked... okay. It photographed very well. I was relieved.
We piled into cars and headed to a remote wooded cemetery. As we were exiting the cars I hesitated. I looked kind of goth/crazy, and there were two people walking their dogs near us. Should I wait until they passed? They were simply glaring at all of us, but I figured, screw it. If they were going to call the cops, they were going to call the cops!

They called the cops.

About five minutes into set-up, the cops showed up. I was internally freaking out, thinking about the hours invested in hair and make-up that were just going to go down the drain! Luckily, Smackie did some very smooth talking and we were allowed to keep shooting. We were told that it wasn't illegal for us to be there, they just wanted to make sure we weren't doing some crazy shit.

After they left, we started the crazy shit.

I attempted, in skates, to climb on this tombstone, and crouch. Keep in mind, this tombstone was maybe four or five inches wide. This is were it turns out that working out on the wii fit was a big mistake.
I was sore. Ungodly, horribly, sore. Every time I crouched down, one foot forward, one foot sideways, I felt like my calves were being torn in half. Add to the fact that I have never, in all my life, been able to squat with my feet flat (which wouldn't have been a problem here, except I was in skates.. ahhh) and it was just a bad scene. Dan was behind me, trying to hold me up. I would crouch, hold it for thirty seconds, then have to stand up. At one point I got down and started getting the tunnel vision. (notice how in describing my Sunday I speak of coffee, working out and shopping? Um yea, forgot to eat. Oops)
Thankfully, they decided to do some other poses. They were slightly more disgusting, but much more comfortable. We're talking dirt, bugs on our faces, spiders.. ick. The pictures will be totally worth it though.
We got home around 12:30am. Dan ran out to grab food, I started the process of taking the make up off and de-knotting/washing my hair. I was kind of sad to let the curls go...

We ate, crawled our asses into bed at 1:30am or so. We had a plan for Monday. We were going to work until 10am, then two of our employees would cover us until 3pm, while we would go watch the Dark Knight at 11:30. We had not, however, planned on being out so late. So we devised a plan. During the summer, we tend to be pretty quiet until 7:30 am or so. We decided we'd go in at 5, like normal, Dan would take a 30-45 min. nap, then I would. Then we would both work during the morning rush until the girls came in to relieve us! Great plan right?
Um. Yea. No.

We get in, and notice the office light won't come on. Huh. Weird. Then we realize the bathroom light won't come on. The front of house lights work, so we must have blown a breaker. Okay. Dan checks all the breakers. Nope. They're all fine. Then we realize that it's getting warm. Shit. The AC is also out. As our the stock room fridges. And the bar!!! Aaack!
So much for the naps.

We called the landlord, then called Duke Energy, and were informed that some of our power was out from lighting. Dan explained it to me. Something about surges1-3. 1 and 2 worked, 3 did not. Whatever. It was hot, and we had no way to make lattes.
Luckily, we had the catering bars, which run on a lower power. We hooked those up. Checked the fridge thermometers, they were still very cold, and at a good temp. We had some time. Moved all the milk to the fridges that did work.
Heard noises in the alley, and poked my head out to see that Duke was working on the power situation. Sweet.
By 7am, we had all of our power back on. So all was good.

We went to see the Dark Knight and of course freaking loved it. The Joker was irritating and creepy. It was perfect.

We went back to the shop, I stayed and worked while Dan left to help our friend Paul shoot a video for a project he is doing. It was busy until about the last hour. Then I kicked back, watched some Robin Hood BBC (shut up) on line, and finished a set of lacey gloves for Smackie. I didn't know they were for Smackie until she saw one of them and liked it. So now they are hers. Because lord knows, I do not need another pair of knit gloves for myself!

Hopefully the rest of my week goes more smoothly. It's been crazy busy all day here, which is good!

Go rent this movie. Right. Now.
Dill and I just got done watching it. I've never smiled so much, or felt so satisfied at the end of a movie. Better than chocolate.

I tend to tell my friends about my crazy and/or sucky customers. We don't get a lot of suck here, but we do get some crazy. It's a coffee shop. I don't believe it's even possible to have a coffee shop without some crazy people.
Sometimes, we have awesome customers. They fix our cars when they break down, they hook us up with home made goodies, or gift cards for Christmas, etc.
And sometimes, we have freaking CUTE customers!

Let me set the scene. Two regulars come in, with their two children. A little boy and a little girl. The little girl is a doll. She comes in randomly wearing tutus or princess crowns. Very, very well mannered. The little boy we don't see as much, but he's reasonably well mannered when he comes in as well. Except.. for this visit.
This time he is screaming, pitching a fit about how he didn't want to share a muffin, he wanted chocolate cake. The mom scoops the little boy up and takes him outside, so the other customers won't be disturbed by his tantrum.
Dan is delivering drinks to the table. Lattes and white caramel mochas for the parents, chocolate milk for the kiddos.
The little girl, with her little princess crown, and her little brown curls, looks at Dan, with a very serious look on her face, points to her brother outside and says:
"Zachary isn't making very good decisions right now".

I think that Dan might have actually physically pulled a muscle trying not to fall down laughing!

I just did a podcast interview for Knit Picks yesterday. It was lots of fun, and I'll be interested to see how it comes out. Kelly was very easy to talk to. It felt more like chatting than an "interview". (In fact, I'm afraid that we may have talked about Heath Ledger, A Knights Tale, and other non-knitting topics more than the actual book! Oops!)
Anyway, it'll be neat to hear. I usually HATE hearing my own voice played back, (I know I know, former singer, cd's.. what?) but I need to get over it. I STILL haven't watched the episodes of Uncommon Threads that I was on all the way through!

Alright, back to knitting. I've been on a Dark Angel kick this week, so I'm working on some really simple black elbow warmers based off some that Max wore in the series. They are on size 2's though, so I've got some knitting ahead of me.
I also need to whip up a corset top for a derby girl calender photo shoot that is creeping up on me. I am going to base it off a ref top in Knock Down, just modify the straps a bit and make a little "boning" using some crochet, I think. We'll see how it turns out!

The episode is finally airing tomorrow! Check it out!

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