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As has been very firmly established, when I like something (movie, book, tv show, etc), I tend to make things. Following in that proud tradition, may I humbly present my greatest nerd crafting achievement to date, a Star Trek dress:
This opus, knit in fingering weight (recycled) yarn on size two needles with no pattern (but contiguous sleeves) took over eight months from conception to completion. I put it down and didn’t touch it for a couple of those months, but still. It took a long-ass time to knit. It’s a ton of stockinette. I can’t even think of how many yards of yarn are in it, lest I faint dead away.
It is probably my proudest knitting accomplishment to date. I love it.
I’ll try to keep my blathering to a minimum, but Star Trek is My People. I adore Star Trek. There are episodes of The Next Generation that aren’t just good, but are probably some of the best television you will ever see. (There are also some episodes of Next Generation that are probably the worst television you’ll ever see, but we don’t talk about those). I am so utterly confused by people who didn’t like Deep Space Nine. Star Trek has fascinating worlds, captivating plots, and representation in SPADES. Not to get all social justice on y’all (I save that for Twitter and Tumblr, mostly), but there are just SO MANY LADIES in Star Trek. I love it.
Now, my dress isn’t really an exact replica. It’s mostly based on the Original Series uniform. I’m sort of still in the middle of the Star Trek franchise (I’m in season five of Voyager with Enterprise next up and I haven’t seen most of TOS (but I have seen most of the movies)) (and the first person that tries to nerd shame/fake geek girl me is going to get a lecture and the ban hammer in that order). But there was a lot of knitting to be done and I didn’t want to make most of it black. And the coloring for the Next Generation uniforms would have required intarsia in the round, which, no.
It was, for the most part, a pretty easy knit though. I mean, it’s mostly just around and around and around with some increases thrown in at the skirt. I’m almost crazy enough to knit another one for my Nerd Wars dissertation. I’ve been wanting to do a dissertation for the next round, and it would almost have to be a lace weight dress because there are few things that would actually take three months to knit. I’ll have to look through the yarn stash and see what I have in enough quantity–the sweater that the yarn for this dress came from was enormous with a gigantic cowl neck. I guess I could always do stripes.
I made this dress for being-a-gigantic-nerd purposes, but also to wear to a comics convention that was in DC in April, Awesome Con. As usual, I took no pictures (well, that’s not true. I took a couple of pictures of awesome cosplay), but I had an absolute blast. It was very different from the anime conventions I’ve been to in the past (for more than just the different subject matter), but I’m definitely going again next year. Plus I got to meet Timothy Zahn, author of the Thrawn Trilogy among other things, and that was just SO COOL. I also got to meet Janine Spendlove and Matt Slay of Time Traveled Tales and Silence in the Library Publishing, both of whom signed my copy of Time Traveled Tales, and JK Woodward, an artist for IDW who draws the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comics. He drew me an amazing commission of Data and Spot.
One of these days I’ll go to a convention and actually take pictures that I will post on the blog, but today, as they say, is not that day.
I am still knitting, I promise, but weaving is where it’s at these days. I love weaving. I’m weaving all the things and all the time.
Yarns: Patons Soy Wool Solids and Noro Silk Garden, a little over a skein of each
Loom: Easy Weaver
Reed: The standard one for that loom. I think it’s 8 dpi.
This scarf had tension issues out the wazoo, but I really love how it came out. It’s drapey and warm and super long–I can wrap it around my neck three times. The SWS is super soft and the Noro is colorful. It’s gorgeous.
It was, however, a gigantic pain in the ass to weave. As I said, tension issues. Plus the SWS is fuzzy as hell. The Noro, thankfully, behaved itself and there weren’t any knots.
I wove this up mostly with the intention of A, practicing houndstooth and B, making something out of the fabric. Because I have a metric fuck ton of scarves and shawls and wraps and I honestly do not need any more. But it made such a great scarf that I left it as is. I have since woven up another length I used to make a bag (pictures soon). I’m really enjoying weaving up fabric yardage to turn into something else later. Mostly bags, probably, because my sewing skills aren’t that great.
In book/fannish news, Joe and I finished the Thrawn trilogy the other day and I have ALL THE FEELINGS. Mara is the best ever (obviously) and Karrde is adorable. And GAH. And THRAWN. GAH, I SAY. We have since started the Jedi Academy trilogy, which is good but not nearly as much as Thrawn (obviously). Zahn is amazing and I must read all the things. Speaking of Star things, I have also gotten back into watching Star Trek: Next Generation. You guys, season four is SO MUCH BETTER than the previous three. I love it. I’m working through it and will probably watch Deep Space Nine afterwards.
I’ve been doing some things in between substitute teaching. Some crafting things. Some other things. I’ve been watching the West Wing. I’m currently in season four and it is delightful. I got this in the mail yesterday:
And this last week:
Seasons 8 and 9 of the X Files were pretty sad, but I was super excited to see there was a spinoff with the Lone Gunmen, whom I loved. So yay.
Then there was some crafting. I made this out of a floppy disk metal bit:
Why yes, that is the Starship Enterprise. Awwww yeeeeeah. There’s a tut here if you want to make your own.
Finally, there’s half a pair of mittens I’m designing:
They’re for my boyfriend’s cousin who requested the design. What do you guys think? Can you tell what it is? The thumb makes everything a little wonky. It’s a work in progress.