Vagina Mitten Contest!

From November 5th through November 15th, if you purchase the Clam Hands pattern through my Ravelry store, you will be entered to win two balls of Knit Picks Palette to make your pair of Clam Hands!  As an added bonus, you can use the coupon code HOTLIPS to get $1 off your Clam Hands pattern.


Notice how I gave you the option for Blue Waffle colors…  Well, have at it!  I’ll be randomly selecting the winner on November 16th.  Go grab your Clam Hands pattern for your chance at some free yarn!

DIY Skull Cutout

There’s a flea market on Sunday that I’ll be employing to rid my closets of excess clutter. While going through old clothes, I found a plain, black unitard that hasn’t been worn in years. I decided to try the skull cutout that I had seen on a number of Ubran Outfitter -esque fashion sites. It was definitely questionable whether it would hold up because of the amount of stretch taking place when the unitard is actually on the body.

I had nothing to lose though.


Apologies for the cell shot, but it was all on a whim. It turned out really well, honestly. So, I jumped online and ordered a leotard to try it again… A little less haphazardly with the scissors next time. And not so low on my back, because that one is crossing into panty line territory.

I ended up wearing it to teach an aerial silks class last night and it held up! New aerial attire trend on the horizon?

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There was a drive-by reply to me yesterday by the “mom” which was immediately followed by a hyperdelete and the cancellation of “mom’s” Ravelry account (yet again).  Not many people actually saw the post and were curious about what was said and why.  I didn’t get to see it myself, but thankfully a quick little birdy nabbed a screenshot in the few moments it was available.  So, what did we miss?



Not a whole hell of a lot.  Basically, it’s a copy-n-paste of the Ravelry guidelines that not everyone understands, so it seems.  I was hoping for something more exciting.  Like, an organic cat litter recipe.  Or a step-by-step guide for pissing off potential clients and customers for business owners.

Oh wait.  I think we got that last one.

In Honor of Free Patterns (without ads)

From 12:00pm to 7:00pm EST today, Friday, April 26, I am going to make all of my patterns available as free downloads on Ravelry.

You fucking heard me.  Use the code TheTangledDouche to get the pattern of your choice for free.

Check out my patterns HERE and don’t forget to grab your free pattern today and come back here to post which pattern you picked!

Knot Another Tangled Web

Woo-boy, the past few days on Ravelry have been a real treat. I was alerted to what was thought to be yet another person on Ravelry trying to scam the fiber tribe. With so many previous experiences, I think Ravelers grew a sixth sense for this kind of thing. The hair stands up on the back of your neck, you smell it coming in on the wind. What’s that? Ah, the distinct smell of bullshit.

A man, named Jason Weidner, came to our humble corner of the internet because his initial statement of “I think all patterns should be free” so send in your patterns to his new website,, and he’ll be able to make you lots of money. By distributing your free patterns. Free patterns. How does that make money for the designer?

Well, I don’t think even he knows how to make money for the designer. Although, I’m sure he has already established how he will be making a profit. The group he created on Ravelry, The Tangled Knot, was created to promote his business venture and answer questions from curious crafts.

And let me tell you, did he get questions. I’ll let you head over there and read through the threads where he contradicts himself and dodges questions about payouts, which advertisers he’ll approach, and any requests for market research that provides proof for claims he has been making about his “new”, big idea.

But before you go, you might notice some edits and deletions in the threads… Curious, huh? Well, Jason says it’s because “some people were being rude”. Apparently, I was considered “some people” because I made mention of the sock puppet/wing man account his mother made in attempt to defend Jason and bring sunshine and rainbows to what had become a failing business before it even launched . Yes, that’s right. His mother (threadnerd on Ravelry) entered the scene as a new member of Ravelry and did not disclose their relationship as she jumped in threads to defend this business that she claimed she had no knowledge of.

Again, Ravelers have seen it before and she was outed immediately. Jason finally admitted it was his mother, she went in mass delete mode (but there are a few block quotes, so you’ll still get an idea of her deception) and deleted her account. Omfg, you guys, it just keeps getting better.

Back to me getting banned and deleted (some of my posts are still there). He was upset because I referred to his mother’s sock puppet account, told me to edit/delete my post, and I wouldn’t. Delete. Banned. But not before I took some screen shots!


The second part was interesting, because he was completely cool with his mother’s sock puppet account until we called her out. So now, we’re supposed to forget that a deception was attempted because he eventually came clean about it when he got caught.

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My response, which was later deleted and I was banned because he said “some people” were being rude. More mass deleting ensued, bannings, revival of his sock master mom (yeah, that’s right, mom returns, don’t miss that one), and an attempt to keep his cool when all of his plans continue to collapse in a heap around him.

If we’ve learned anything, it’s how to spot a potential scam. Actions such as: patronizing your potential clients, not actually having a business plan, no market research, not actually being involved/knowledgable in the industry you’re trying to profit from, quickly deleting any truths that make you/your business look bad instead of acknowledging the mistake and moving on, and finally, making references to “lawyers” repeatedly in what may be an attempt to get people to back off.

You’ve probably run out of popcorn by now. Go pop some more, grab a comfy seat, and take a potty break for diving back in. Don’t forget to get up and stretch your legs occasionally.

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Look familiar?

You may be familiar with my Gaia shrug pattern:


Perhaps you can see the resemblance to a pattern published by Drops:


We have a growing trend here. Large yarn industry companies are ignoring the rights of smaller, indie designers by stealing our patterns to sell their products. The most recent is the issue with Trendsetter Yarns and the Wingspan pattern by Maylin. This gained a lot of exposure, but there are many cases, like mine, that fly below the radar.

I was happy to see a resolution between Trendsetter Yarns and Maylin, although TY’s apology was lacking. If you’re a fiber enthusiast, please support the rights of indie designers and not companies that choose to exploit their works. I have tried to contact Drops about the Gaia pattern situation, but they have never responded. There may not be anything I can do about them removing the pattern, but I can choose to boycott their products and the products of any company that partakes in similar business practices.