What’s with the name “Joan of Dark”?


I used to play roller derby. I used to live and breathe roller derby actually. In derby you get nicknames, mine was Joan of Dark. When I did my first knitting book I wrote it under JoD, since it was all about roller derby and knitting. Now Joan of Dark is more who I am than Toni Carr ever was. On a daily basis I answer more to Joan than I do to Toni. 

So short answer, it’s a nickname. Easy answer, it’s who I am.


How did you start knitting? 


I grew up with knitters. Both my Mother and my Grandmother were incredible knitters. However, I was rebellious to the point of stupidity and decided that I would not learn how to knit. In hindsight, that was a really dumb decision.

After my Grandfather passed away my Grandmother was all alone out in the country. She was deaf and that sometimes made communication difficult. I figured that it would be an easy way to hang out if I asked her to teach me how to crochet and knit. I would sit and work, she would tell me stories and feed me too many cookies and if I got stuck she was right there to help me. Even when I didn’t really need her help any longer I pretended I did so I could go there and keep her company. Really one of the best times of my life and some of the best memories of my Grandmother.


How long have you been a geek/nerd/dork?


I grew up at sci-fi conventions. I was a “con brat” running around with all the other kids. I watched Star Trek, read Lois McMaster Bujold and posed for family photos while we all wore matching Star Trek TNG uniforms. I had no idea this sort of thing wasn’t cool. I would go back to school and brag about what a great time we had as a family and would promptly get called a dork and have gum put on my seat.