Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Musings by Knitwits - Knitting for Nerds by Toni Carr

Published: Feb 2012
Copy Provided by:NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads
The best of science fiction, manga, and animaguiri meets knit one, purl two as knit siren and part-time roller derby girl Joan of Dark offers up an out-of-this-world assortment of knitting nerdiness inside Knits for Nerds. The patterns for 30 iconic clothing and accessory items inspired by popular TV shows, books, films, comics, and more--including Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Firefly--are presented alongside full-color photographs showcasing completed projects, such as:
* Lieutenant Uhura's sexy Star Trek minidress
* Hobbit feet slippers
* Firefly-inspired scarf, socks, hat, and jacket
* Tank Girl socks
* Hermione Granger's secret beaded bag
* Manga-inspired leg warmers
* The Big Bang Theory-inspired his and hers sweater-vests
* Lord of the Rings-inspired shrug
In addition to a wardrobe of costume finery, hobbyists will also find instructions for practical projects such as an e-reader cover or a laptop bag crafted of checkered fabric that serves double-duty as a chessboard and carryall, as well as patterns for plush toys inspired by Star Trek, robots, and the comic book Squee! Wear (and knit!) your nerdiness on your sleeve with Knits for Nerds.
I got such a giggle from this book when I downloaded it from NetGalley.  There were lots of basic projects for the beginner in Knits for Nerds but lots of original patterns for items you really can't find anywhere else.  I love how the author referenced not only science fiction, and fantasy movies but also made reference to books and comic series as well.

As a closet nerd, I can definitely appreciate particular items such as The Big Bang Theory his/her sweater vests (Bazinga!), Space Princess hats (imagine being able to wear 3 of Princess Leia's hairstyles without getting hathead!), Next Generation sweater and Trek Girl dress (trust me, you'll be turning heads in this one) and last but not least, Pademe's Battle Cape.  I think I might be investing in this one when it is officially released at the beginning of the year.  Looking for a way to spend your gift certificates to Chapters or on Amazon?  Look no further! Knits for Nerds has got you covered...

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