Photo by: Kyle Cassidy
Photo by: Kyle Cassidy 

Joan of Dark is sometimes called Toni Carr. But not very often. Her passion for knitting started when she asked her grandmother to show her how, and instantly regretted all the time in her life spent not knitting.

Her first book, Knockdown Knits, was all about roller derby and knitting. The second book, Knits for Nerds, is all about nerdy knitting. The third book, Geek Knits is all about nerdy knitting and filled with more geek celebrity models (Neil Gaiman! Adam Savage! George RR Martin!) than you could shake a stick at.

One could guess that Joan is a roller derby loving knitting nerd. This would be correct. She is also a rescuer of animals, and surrounds herself with an equally busy husband (musician and former international roller derby announcer Dill Her0),  a miniature horse named Starkey, Pigwidgeon (Widget) the parrot,  a very weird dog named Sassy Burrito, Willie the craziest corgi mutt ever and cats named Rori and Masher (the throw away cat).

As well as her own titles, her designs are featured in the books Vampire Knits and Once Upon a Knit by Genevieve Miller. She’s also featured in the roller derby book, Women, Wheels and Wicked Fun by Sherri Cullison Pfouts and the upcoming Roller Derby Portrait book by Kyle Cassidy.

You can see her in the films, Neil Gaiman : Dream Dangerously and She Makes Comics.

You can also find her in miniature and card form in the board game Impact City Roller Derby!

Joan has been a guest and guest of honor at numerous conventions to talk about knitting, geeks and roller derby. Use the contact button if you’d like to book her for an appearance.

When not knitting, skating, performing aerial silks, or running though muddy obstacle course races, you may find she is working in her coffee shop, Strange Brew, playing the guitar or the bass, or occasionally having too many glasses of wine and entertaining her twitter followers with her tipsy ramblings. #joanofdrunk

You can read about more adventures on her blog, or follow her on twitter.