Look who else is gonna be at Pop Con!

Remember this awesome photo Kyle Cassidy took for Geek Knits?

Those are my friends Whitney Avalon and Steve Gossett. Sure, they’re wonderful Geek Knits Models, but they also created this series of videos:

I remember Steve telling us about this when he was in town visiting. I admit having my doubts. I was like, “Whitney is gonna rap? Dressed as Snow White? Ok.. that’ll be cool I guess…”

And of course when the first video was released I watched it about 20 times, laughing my butt off and cheering out loud as it went viral.

Well, good news if you’re in Indy for Pop Con, Whitney is going to be there all three days!

I really hope that you make time to see her!

Now, let’s all admire one more Kyle Cassidy pic!

Joan of Dark vs Joan of Dark vs Joan of Dark…

Ugh. Just when things are going well, off goes the google alerts! Turns out that a couple of derby skaters are using the name “Joan of Dark”. My name has been trademarked for a long time. As soon as I started publishing under my alter ego, I knew it had to be protected.

Of course, not to toot my own horn, I’ve been lucky enough to be pretty public in a very good way. So anyone even thinking of picking up the name Joan of Dark, just needs to do a quick google and they would see me all over the place… or so I thought.

Then I get the alerts to my phone, hey! Derby girls! Skating under Joan of Dark! That’s not cool! First thing, send emails. Because lawyers are expensive. As of this minute, one of the girls has not responded. The other… well, the short answer is that she said no. She actually said changing her name would cost her money and that would be “silly”.

If you aren’t familiar with how trademarks work, if you don’t protect it, you can lose it. Which means I have to spend MY money on my lawyer to protect it for me. Which frankly, is really crappy. Believe it or not, being a knitting author and cafe owner doesn’t have me rolling in money.

Not to be all “get off my lawn” here, but this whole situation sucks, and it sucks that this skater can’t just be sensible about it. Instead, I’ve got to fight to protect what I’ve been building for over a decade. And from what I’m hearing from Dill Hero’s announcer friends and WFTDA officials commenting on the situation, it’s not just my issue, it’s happening all over with a new generation of skaters not respecting classic names, especially moderate to really famous classic names.

So cheers to legal fights and derby drama!

* quick edit. For those of you that have messaged me saying “ask her nicely! Surely she’ll understand!” I did. Her one line reply? “I think my new derby name will be Toni Carr;)”. So no. No reason here. Also I miss old derby where we were all bitches but we were bitches in this TOGETHER. 

Where have I been?

The I’m Sometimes it’s so hard to keep up with every social media platform I have. Instagram, facebook, Twitter, tumblr… I tend to focus on one for a while and let the others fall away for a bit.

But this blog means a lot to me. It’s how I first connected with the knitting community, it’s how I got my first TV appearance and it’s how I made some great friends. Which means that in the interest of organizing my life, I’ve actually started blocking off time every other day to blog.
For today, I’m catching you all up on starkey!
After struggling to find a new boarding situation for him, we decided to just move him home. We have a big backyard, we have a mini barn, so why not? We asked our neighbors permission first of course. Don’t want to irritate anyone we share a fence line with! 
Luckily, everyone loves having him around. And I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to see him every day, as opposed to 20 minutes a time twice a week! 

Bath day. 
Playing my mandolin in the backyard. I sing the white stripes song “little ghost” to him, but change the words to “little horse little horse you’re the one I love of course…”
He even comes in the house! 
We have such a weird shit life…
Till next time!