Knockdown Knits

About twice a year, a spike happens in sales for my first book, and I start getting questions on Ravelry and through email, so I thought I would put up a little blog post!

As many of you know, Knockdown Knits: 30 Projects from the Roller Derby Track was my very first book. (If you’re local, part of my talk at Pop Con this Saturday will cover how I got published.)

I was lucky. Even though Wiley is a historically conservative publisher, they gave me a lot of freedoms, such as letting me use my team, the Naptown Roller Girls, as the models.

Of course, there were some points where the conservative publisher leanings became evident. I wanted this picture in the book:

Red Rocket and Smackie O’nassis photo by Matt Bowen

And with much fluttering of their hands the publisher went with this picture:

Photo by Matt Bowen

Which of course, is an awesome photo, so it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. And honestly, I didn’t realize it at the time, but for a publisher to let me come to the office, sit down, and pick out the photos I wanted for the book isn’t something that happens to every author.

Although there’s a lot I would love to change since I’ve grown as a designer and writer over the past decade, I also kind of love it as is. This little glimpse into the early days of roller derby (I think in the section talking about derby, I mention how there are “almost” 100 teams around the world and “almost” 30 WFTDA leagues!) is pretty fun.

I’ve had requests to do another one, and I’m not saying it’s outside the realm of possibility. I have a couple of other projects that have to get finished first, but revisiting a derby knitting book would be a good time. Of course, if I do it again it would definitely involve more leagues than just NRG, especially since the requests I’ve done to do another come from knitting derby girls in other states who have their own pattern ideas.

And a quick note to say that when Knockdown came out, I think I was one of TWO books about derby available. Now, there are a LOT more!
Here’s a list:

roller derby books

I just read this one,
and it was so dang cute I got teary eyed! I seriously love it.

And hey! I’m in this one! Screaming my head off at a ref I think.

Anyway, I thought I would put this blog up in response to my most recent question about Knockdown. Speaking of which, if you ever want to get in touch with me, comment here on the blog, or use the contact link on my site. (Or find me on twitter, facebook or instagram!)

Summer concert series!

It’s one of my favorite times of year… the summer concert series in the park! 
Almost every Saturday our little town has free concerts in our local park. Beer, wine, music and snow cones. 
Our friend John (who used to play drums in a band with Dill) is the head brewer at our local brewery. So Dill got his servers liscense and helps John pour beer at events. 
It’s not a bad way to spend a Saturday night. Listening to music, drinking beer, and of course… knitting! 
It was about 90 degrees and I was knitting with pure wool. Not my first choice, but I’m working on a proposal that is kicking my booty at the moment, so work has to get done! 
I did take a snow cone break.
And Dill poured many beers. Many of them for me!
We ended the night by being gifted free bottles of wine from one of the other booths (yay! Since I’m in indiana and can’t buy wine on Sunday it was much needed!) and helping john unload all the empty kegs. Hung in the closed brewery for more beers, ready to head home and then… food. One of the cooks brought us so much food! 
Which meant we ended up staying until midnight. Which meant we crawled into bed at 1am. All fine for a Saturday night… except when you have to wake up at 4am to go to work on Sunday! 
This summer the brewery is also serving at the local water park. You can take your beer and float down the lazy river! I see so many more sleep deprived Sunday’s in my future!