Did you say KNITTER?

Funny story from a friend, so pardon if I get some details wrong. Especially since, as all my good stories go, I had been drinking when I was told this…:

One of my photographer friends has an uncle who sold golf equipment. One of the side businesses of his company was knit notions. Stitch markers, row counters, etc. He and his partner would often meet for a drink after an event like TNNA or sales meetings. So they were sitting in a bar with another friend who was in town, who worked in a different field altogether.

As they’re talking the two sales guys start comparing notes on what knitters are buying, as this was in the early 2,000’s when knitting had just started picking up with a younger generation. They start talking about their different accounts, “Knitters on my west account are really into the smaller stuff.” “Oh yea, the knitters I’ve been dealing with aren’t buying counters at all! I don’t know what’s up!” “Oh yea, that’s been mostly the older knitters, younger knitters like the fancy markers better”.

While they’re talking, third friend gets more and more uncomfortable. Finally he hisses “Are you guys crazy??? You can’t say that stuff!!!!” Baffled, it takes them a few minutes to realize that he thought they were saying something other than “Knitters”.

Say it out loud, see if you get it.

On a side note, now when I’m singing along to songs like “Holy Grail” instead of just going quiet on… certain words… I’m going to say “Knitter knitter!”.

I’m in Knitscene!

This is incredibly exciting for me, I’m in the latest issue of Knitscene! 

It’s odd to do press stuff for Geek Knits, completely forget about it and then a month or two later see something in print! Not to mention how cool it is when it’s a magazine that I buy on a regular basis!
If you get a copy, flip to the back to see me! 

On being Blond(e) and Bitchy.

A couple weeks ago I had a pretty intense shift. It was an open to close, so arrive at 5am, didn’t get to leave until 9pm. Those are rough on their own, but then I had two customers that made a valiant attempt to just ruin my day.

They were hanging at the shop for a few hours and were sort of odd. Moving couches around, sitting on the table instead of a chair and then… I noticed one of them had her shoes off. We deal with that a lot in the summer. It’s kind of flattering, our shop is really comfortable, people get relaxed and start thinking of it as home, so they kick their shoes off! We have to ask someone to put them back on at least once a day, this particular day it was about the 5th time we’d had to say something to someone. In 11+ years I’d only had one person give me lip about it… until this day.

I asked the woman to put her shoes back on. At first she said, “ok” then she said “Even though my foot is just on the couch?”. And I explained, yes, even then because we’re still a restaurant, board of health rules still apply. She scoffed, she and her partner got a little huffy but I didn’t think it was any big deal. Customers kept coming in, I waited on them, Dill left to go take care of the dogs and everything was fine. I saw they were leaving while I was making a drink, told them “bye” and they didn’t say a word, which struck me as odd. But you know, I work in food service. Sometimes when you work retail or food service people treat you like you’re beneath them. That’s just part of the gig.

Then I turned my attention back to the counter and saw this…

The back side goes on the call me “blond and bitchy” several more times, say that they were turning us in to the board of health, and left a name and number for the “owner” to call.

It sucked. It sucked that I had another 7 hours on my shift and I had that note left for me. It sucked that two people felt like they were in a position of power and used it to treat me like crap. The whole thing just sucked.

I checked our facebook and the ladies had left disparaging comments on there as well. (they have since deleted their comments after multiple customers told them to put their shoes on and apologize) I talked to Dill and we decided that we couldn’t just let this be. Confronting them wouldn’t do any good. People like that weren’t going to see that they were wrong. So how could we make the icky feeling go away?

By doing something good.

Meet the newest Strange Brew Roast. Blond and Bitchy Barista. A portion of the proceeds from each bag goes to Shoes for Humanity , an organization that helps get shoes on the feet of those in need.

We can’t make the note go away. We can’t make those women see that they did something wrong, but we can use their moment of mean to create a moment of nice. We’ve decided that our new slogan needs to be “stay positive, stay caffeinated”. That’s going to be the goal from now on. Hopefully at the very least we’re putting a little bit of good karma back into the world!

Need a smile?

Here is a baby and mama goat in a playhouse. 
Go ahead, ask me how badly I want to knit a sweater for him.


I love, love, love knitting a shrug side to side. It makes it so easy to adjust for back length! Why it took me this long to cast on Malificence from Once Upon a Knit I just don’t know. Whipped this up in a day with some Llama Linen yarn. Perfect for summer!

Now I’m on a shrug kick. I’ve got two more on the needles!

Muddy Fun!

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!