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Dec 17, 2012

I'll admit it. I'm a sci-fi geek. I love all things sci-fi; I'm even a member of the group Nerdy Knitter's on Ravelry! I prefer space ships and time travel over dragons and fairies, though. I'm pretty sure I've seen every episode of all five of the Start Trek series, including all of the movies. And Star Wars? Yes, please.

Who would have thought that knitting and sci-fi would meet, but they do in an upcoming book, Knits of Tomorrow by Sue Culligan.

Knits of Tomorrow is a nostalgic collection of designs inspired by space and technology. Vintage shades and iconic symbols have been combined to create a range of exciting accessories for the home and to wear. Memories of sci-fi comic strips, old toys, and retro technology have been incorporated into the patterns, resulting in a collection with appeal for all ages.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

The inspiration for these retro designs came from vintage comic strips depicting colorful rockets shooting through space. Transformed into useful pots the rockets will keep your work space tidy, providing storage for pens and pencils in the short version and knitting needles, rulers, and paint brushes in the taller one. They also make the perfect gift for all ages; fill them with candy and enjoy. You can adjust the colors to suit your décor, or use up yarn oddments and knit them in multicolored stripes.

Robots are famous for being handy around the house so what better way to stop your door from slamming than wedging it open with a chunky robot. This 3D robot is knitted in hard-wearing denim yarn and then stuffed with a combination of dried beans and toy stuffing. The denim yarn is perfect for the job, but if brighter colors are wanted swop this for a double knit cotton and make it to the measurements given after washing. The design can be knitted using the fair-isle method or by Swiss darning (also known as duplicate stitch) it after knitting.

Atomic theory has been around for thousands of years and while it might still remain a bit of a mystery to most of us, the planetary model shows in simple graphics how electrons spin around a nucleus. The model was created early in the 20th century by a chemist and physicist called Ernest Rutherford and while he probably never imagined it would be used for a knitting pattern, it makes a striking design for this laptop cover. The cover has been felted after knitting to make it more durable and has a simple zipper fastening.
Pretty fresh take on knitted accessories, and knitting for the home, right? Knits of Tomorrow will be in our warehouse at the end of January, 2013. Pre-order your copy today so you can start knitting these cute, fun, futuristic projects as soon as the book is released. I can't wait to cast on!


P.S. Are you a sci-fi fan? Share your favorite shows or books with us in the comments. (My favorite is the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. So good!)

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katglad wrote
on Dec 22, 2012 9:45 PM

Sounds like a great book!

Favorite Sci-Fi shows are Star Trek, although Babylon 5 was a good one, too. Books - pretty much anything by Heinlein or James Schmidt

on Dec 20, 2012 2:55 PM

I love all of the comments! Dr. Who? Check. And I loved all of the SG1 shows. I really wish Universe would have lasted. I enjoyed it so much and loved the characters.

I'm pretty sure the book will be available as an eBook, so stay tuned!


KimberlyC wrote
on Dec 19, 2012 7:12 PM

I love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and all things Geeky! I love Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon's hard to choose just one!

moozyt wrote
on Dec 18, 2012 5:05 PM

Wow! Knitting and Sci-Fi are my two FAVORITE obsessions!  Love the laptop cover. I am a long time Star Trek fan and adored the "new" BSG. Was so sorry to see it end.  Fringe is my current favorite, but alas, that is coming to an end as well.

on Dec 18, 2012 3:46 PM

(Sorry sent as reply before I finished reading....cringing here.)

SciFi nut?  If you haven't already, check out e. e. "doc" smith. Old, hard to find but scientifically so far ahead of his time it isn't funny. Too bad our own space efforts are so horse and buggy in comparison. Some of his thoughts have stayed with me for 50 years and I still read him again whenever I find him second-hand. 

annekaelber wrote
on Dec 18, 2012 1:14 PM

My all-time favorite science fiction is Firefly (with the movie "Serenity" which followed). Also love the BSG reboot. Stargate SG-1 was really good, too. I have a tendancy to fall for shows which don't get big runs (cancelled first season, that sort of thing). Both BSG and SG-1 were nice in that they had good runs.


SusanR@3 wrote
on Dec 18, 2012 2:32 AM

I also hope the book becomes downloadable, looks like projects to make for all the geeks in my life. I am a huge sci-fi fan, all of it, read it, watch it and my next project is Tardis socks. ps: Farscape was filmed here in Australia, where are all the new shows sigh.

on Dec 17, 2012 10:00 PM

Kathleen: I, too, am a BATTLESTAR GALATICA fan. I believe it is one of the best science fiction series of all time. I enjoyed the sci-fi aspects as well as the relationships between the characters. The human connection with the people of the fleet made the series personal. Not sure if I will connect with characters on any series ever again the way  I did with the characters on that series. Judy

IMCate wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 6:43 PM

I too am in the Sci-fi mob.  I most fervently second St1tchpunk's hope that the book is digitally available also -same reason &... it is a sci-fi theme after all, & we are living (some of) the technology thought of by the writers... mobile communicators, file /image transfer. holograms, space shuttles etc..  even elementary robots.   Kathleen, I'm going in search of the Nerdy Knitter's on Ravelry - never knew it existed... silly me! & i have a whole family of  compulsive sci-fi/sci-fantasy-ers.  Love the  Rutherford's pattern!  I also love that the first chapter in one  of my physics books is titled "Science & creativity"!  For the budding junior Dr Who fan.. "the Sarah Jane Smith Adventures" from (English childrens BBC) CBBC.  Knitsister2 -my daughter requested Rose's fingerless gloves last week!  kmlyfld - if you haven't already, try Farscape & Warehouse 13. The latter is set in this world, but great fun!!  I cant decide between Farscape & Babylon 5 as favourites... But it might be Farscape by a nose. Both have amazing wardrobe/costuming!

kate in nyc wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 5:00 PM

Oh gosh yes!  I was a HUGE fan of Robert Heinlein "boys" books (waay back when girls didn't do such things!). I SLEPT with my sci-fi library books!   Saw every episode of the original Star Trek so many times that within 2 seconds (literally) I knew which show it was. ... And I think JJ Abrams re-take on Star Trek is really really exciting - I hope he makes a whole bunch more. Got goosebumps when Star Wars (later :Episode Four) came out.  And Battlestar Galactica: looove Starbuck!  And .  well, you get the idea!  Knitting with sci-fi themes is an idea a whole bunch of us can get behind.

Knitsister2 wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 4:00 PM

Kathleen, please tell us you've seen the current Dr. Who series!  Who can resist trying to replicate the Rose Tyler fingerless gloves from her (nearly) last episode with the Doctor?  Thanks for the fun.

LisaH@8 wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 1:48 PM

love, love, love these cuties.  The only one I know to knit them for would be the guys in the Big Bang series.  I hope you're a fan of that too given your sci-fi preferences.

AmandaK wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 1:27 PM

I'm just the opposite:  I prefer dragons & faeries.  No interest in space ships or futuristic weaponry.  I have never had the slightest interest in Star Trek.  I love the Jane Austen knits patterns.  That is more my style than futuristic.  You should do a book of Edwardian patterns.  I'd be happy to design it for you!

St1tchpunk wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 12:34 PM

BIG BIG fan of sci fi. Favourite shows include Firefly, Stargate SG1, The X-Files, Dr Who (9 & 10), Primeval, Torchwood, the original Star Trek, Red Dwarf.... etc etc...

Will this be available as an e-book or just in hard copy? I really really want this but I'm a bit nervous about how much shipping to other side of the world might be.

kmlyfld wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 11:27 AM

I love Sci Fi too !  My favs were Firefly and Farscape, both of which are long gone.  Wish that the SyFy channel would bring them back.  Hint, Hint !!


suzannemoon wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 10:33 AM

I'm also a sci-fi lover. You'd have a hard time finding a sci-fi show I don't like at least a little and I read a ton of it too! I agree with the Firefly fans (love it) that the knitted accessories are great. My favorite knitting moment (but fans should check me on this) is from the original Star Trek series, which I recently revisited on netflix. There is an earlyish episode with Romulans where I swear their uniforms have a knitted sash. One episode features a Romulan woman who Spock goes undercover to spy on (and ends up romancing in a vulcan kind of way) - she's got a knitted outfit, unless my eyes deceive me!

So yep - pre-ordering in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.....

on Dec 17, 2012 10:03 AM

My favorite is Firefly and the accompanying movie Serenity. I love all the knit and crocheted items on the set. And the wardrobes there are some beautiful garments in there and then there is Jaynes cunning hat his mom made which has made a life of its own.

on Dec 17, 2012 10:03 AM

My favorite is Firefly and the accompanying movie Serenity. I love all the knit and crocheted items on the set. And the wardrobes there are some beautiful garments in there and then there is Jaynes cunning hat his mom made which has made a life of its own.

Nellie Bean wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 9:50 AM

Scifi geek... Yes. Knitter... Yes. Gonna looooooove this new book... Indeed I am!!!

on Dec 17, 2012 9:19 AM

The Knits of Tomorrow? It never ceases to amaze me all the themed knitting books are out there. There are infinite niche knitting markets that's for sure! I'm not a sci-fi fan, but I know knitters who are....Definitely go where no knitter has gone before.

mommabearto5 wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 9:00 AM

I've just read Orson Scott Card's book "Pathfinder".  FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's followed by "Ruins". Also fantastic although there is obviously a 3rd book that isn't out yet so the end is obnoxious. It doesn't really end. It just cuts off in what seems to be the middle of a paragraph!!  So I'll be on the watch for the next book.

If you haven't read OSC's series of "Ender" books, they are a must-read!!!

on Dec 17, 2012 8:51 AM

I love Battlestar Gallactica also!!

Joleen Knits wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 8:25 AM

Kathleen, Sci-fi geek and fan of BBC's "The Hour"? You are my hero! This is a great post. Look forward to the book. So many people on my list will love these as Christmas stocking stuffers next year. Thanks, and Happy Holidays, Joleen