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Nerdy Knitters Unite!

May 28, 2014

I'll come clean: I'm a nerd. Or maybe a geek. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I embrace my nerdy geekiness. I love sci-fi—Star Wars, Star Trek, the-best-show-ever Battlestar Galactica, and so forth. As I'm writing this, I have a Star Trek movie playing in the background. No joke.

    
Kirsch Cowl by Carina Spencer


Huggin and Muggin Mitts by Lisa Jacobs


Skyhawk Shawl by Megi Burcl



I was never into fantasy, though. I preferred start ships and time travel over dragons and wizards. However, I did see the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I admired it greatly, and I am just slightly obsessed with Game of Thrones. I have to keep a little distance, though, because they keep killing my favorites. If they kill off Tyrion, I'm out.

I was telling one of my friend's kids that I've been to two Star Trek conventions. The first one wasn't planned; I was driving in Bellevue, Washington, passing a convention center, and I saw "Star Trek Convention" on the marquee. I said to myself, "Don't mind if I do!" and swung into the parking lot. It was a blast. I walked around wide-eyed and slack-jawed, taking in the costumes and the passion of the attendees. Everyone was so nice! And I met Captain Kirk. So cool.

The second convention was intentional. It was a women of Star Trek theme, and it was great fun.

How does all of this geekiness connect to knitting? Well, I'm in the Nerdy Knitters group on Ravelry, and there are a lot of us! Knitscene Editor Amy Palmer considers herself a nerdy knitter as well.

Her nerdiness inspired a lot of the stories in the wonderful new issue of Knitscene Accessories. Here she is to tell you about how that came about.

Knitting Goes Nerdy

I consider myself a Grade A nerd. There have been references to it in every issue I've edited—project titles, story themes, these editor's notes—but it's probably time I just call it what it is and lay my nerdy cards on the table.

    
Calamus Hat by Teresa Gegorio
Pivot Socks by Kate Atherley

Part of the inspiration for this issue of Knitscene Accessories came from my nerdiness. When determining if I could work in my love of comic books, I found inspiration from the myths and legends of our collective pasts—the same source that drives many comic writers. That idea blossomed and grew into our Urban Legends story.

And really, my so-called nerdiness is actually passion. Passion for the stories, creativity, and the craft that goes into creating the television shows and movies that inspire me. Passion that drives designers to create incredible patterns that you want to knit.

It's passion that drives our featured designer, Carina Spencer, to design incredible knits for us, and to cook up delicious dishes in her day job. It's love for an artistic movement that generated the origins of the North by Northwest story.

It's a desire for shared learning and continued tradition that has Kate Atherley, Joni Coniglio, and even yours truly writing technique articles. (If you love sock knitting, you'll want to laminate Kate's article.)

And it's that love and passion that I hope have kept you knitting, and will keep fueling that fire in you.

—Amy Palmer, Editor, Knitscene Accessories


I just love how our interests carry over to our knitting. And if you don't consider yourself nerdy, you'll love all of the knitted accessories in this magazine. I promise.

Get your issue of Knitscene Accessories now, and cast on! You can download the issue from the Interweave Store, too.

Cheers,

P.S. Do you consider yourself a nerd or a geek? Leave a comment and tell us why!


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violetclay wrote
on Jun 2, 2014 2:46 AM

I, like wendygoerl, don't associate any of the pictured designs with my own geeky obsessions - which are numerous, and which tend to leak into my polymer clay and bead work moreso than my knitting. I think the ultimate in knitted "haut nerdisme" would have to be Mary de Bruyn's Spiral Defect Chaos pattern. Lattes and Llamas's caffeine molecule (part of their Geek-A-Long blanket square challenge) ranks right up there, too. :)

PeninaD wrote
on May 31, 2014 6:53 AM

Working on a Fourth Doctor scarf for the last couple of weeks...thinking of the Knitty TARDIS wrap for a future project.

rynbla wrote
on May 29, 2014 2:25 AM

OMG!!!!!! I didn't even think to LOOK for patterns on stuff like this.... I want to be a knitting nerd SO BAD now!!!! I tricot blankets of all sizes so now am going to try to incorporate all kinds of nerdy stuff into my blankets  :-) yay!

rynbla wrote
on May 29, 2014 2:24 AM

OMG!!!!!! I didn't even think to LOOK for patterns on stuff like this.... I want to be a knitting nerd SO BAD now!!!! I tricot blankets of all sizes so now am going to try to incorporate all kinds of nerdy stuff into my blankets  :-) yay!

ssommers wrote
on May 28, 2014 4:10 PM

I'm a knitting nerd through & through. First came figuring out the pattern for Tom Baker's scarf when I saw it in the 70's. From there on, it's been a downhill run through many, many fiber arts to my current obsession with teaching geometry through knitting & weaving.

Yeah... Definitely a knitting nerd.

wendygoerl wrote
on May 28, 2014 3:22 PM

I guess I must not be a "grade A" nerd, since I couldn't connect any of the designs shown here to anything I follow. I tried to crochet a 25th Star Trek Anniversary afghan, but something about the yarn--it was a central panel intended to have the 25th anniversary logo with a "frame" around it--but the yarn rippled as I worked the frame. I took it apart and made another afghan out of it (based on the "thousand pyramids" quilt design, because I was watching Stargate SG-1 then), and it rippled, too.

I suppose I could make a Dr. Who scarf, but it's been so long since I've seen the show, I don't think about it much, and I certainly don't have a strong enough image in my head to remember the pattern or color sequence, and what do you do with a really long scarf, anyway?

Or maybe what I watch just doesn't trip my yarnworking circuits. I've certainly been inspired to enough paintings by my geek/otaku -ness. (In fact, my painting development was initiated by a landscape appearing in Initial D, but I digress.)

phelpshl wrote
on May 28, 2014 2:12 PM

Just saying, it's pretty bad form to put spoilers in an unrelated newsletter (the unnecessary Joffrey comment), especially from a popular premium channel show's current season. If I hadn't already read the books I'd be pretty upset right now. I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves the books/show and doesn't have access to HBO...

ilyra_morgan wrote
on May 28, 2014 10:38 AM

Complete and total geek here!  From my love of table top rpg's (i.e. Dungeons and Dragons) to Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica.  I also have a deep and abiding love for all things Celtic (hello Renaissance Faires!).  It makes life fun, and full of imagination and magic.  

headlemk wrote
on May 28, 2014 10:22 AM

Oh, Kathleen! I knew there was a reason I liked you! I too am a Nerdy Knitter...or would that be Knerdy Knitter? I became a science fiction fan in 4th grade when I read "I, Robot" and moved rapidly onward when Star Trek began on TV in the 1960s. Now my 2 sons are also Trekkies and Star Wars fans. Since retiring to Mexico, I've also become a huge Dr. Who fan.