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Geek-minded Knitting with Joan Dark on June 13th

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Are you ready to embrace your inner geek? This fun and fashionable compendium of knitting patterns definitely leans toward the Dark Side—but who says the Dark Side can’t be chic and colorful, too? With projects ranging from easy to advanced, there’s something here for everyone: sci-fi geeks, dice rollers, and fantasy enthusiasts alike. And if you’re less into the culture and just need something unique to hold your comic book collection, author Joan of Dark has that covered, too.

Inside you’ll find fun and funky projects modeled by some very familiar faces, including René Auberjonois of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his Blue Box Scarf, John Carpenter and his Asylum Comic Book Cover, and George R. R. Martin with his trusty knitted Dire Wolf!

Whether you consider yourself aligned with the Chaotic Good or take a more Neutral Evil approach to life (and knitting), Geek Knits has everything you need to dress the part.

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. So 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 not only a very loving and tolerant husband, but a miniature horse named Starkey, Pigwidgeon (Widget) the parrot,  a very weird dog named Sassy Burrito, Willie the craziest corgi mutt ever and 2 cats named Vega and Lenore. Future plans may include a female duck named Howard, but the husbands tolerance may only stretch so far.

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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.

Book signing and Q&A at 2pm, Stitch-n-Bitch from 5-7pm. Joan will be happy to offer some knitting tips, teach some basics and chat with crafters. Since Chris Rickert is an avowed crocheter, she’d like to make it known that this is NOT a knit-only event, bring whatever yarn craft you’d like to work on!

Join the Geek Knits community on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/geekknits

Recommended reads: Cozy Mysteries

Cozy mysteries feature a sleuth (usually female) who uses their smarts to solve crimes while the police bumble along. Cozy sleuths are often business owners or hobbyists who bring elements of their own interests into the story. In many cases the author will include recipes, craft tips or patterns that relate to the storyline. There are hundreds of series out there, but here are a few of our recent acquisitions:

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Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries feature a spunky coffee slinger who is starting her life over and solving crimes.

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Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries feature a single mom with a bustling catering business, a dangerously nasty ex-husband and a nose for finding dead bodies. This series is a shop favorite!

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Laura Childs’ Tea Room Mystery series includes all kinds of information and tips on teas and tea brewing (and murder-solving!)

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A mystery for book collectors and lovers of rare editions.

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Mysteries set in a Memphis BBQ joint.

For readers who like some delicious cooking mixed into their mysteries:

 

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For readers who enjoy organizing and decorating:

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For crafters of all kinds:

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Museums, math puzzles and a moose:

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