It;s dangerous to go alone.

Zelda T-shirts, Doctor Who Scarf: The Things I’ve Been Up To.

So I am definitely not dead.

Though you wouldn’t know from my lack of blogging. I entered a SFWA’s science fiction poetry contest, and *sniff* didn’t place. But since it is the beginning of me starting to actually submit things again, I’m happy just to have done something. Yay for things!

I also finished the second Doctor Who scarf. It knitted up so much faster the second time around, and I even added the fringe, which I didn’t add to the one I kept. I still have yarn left so I may do  mini-scarf…or something.

I am going as the 4th Doctor for Hallowe’en! I have 2 weeks to figure out a sonic screwdriver, or rush order one from Thinkgeek.com

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My kids and I made Triforce T-shirts for back-to-school. Easy and fun and geeky. All it took was cheap T-shirts, gold fabric paint, brushes, bristol board and an exacto knife.

It;s dangerous to go alone.

We made shoes too. They were the first attempt and came out a bit gloppy, but for kid’s shoes that are going to get the crap beaten out of them at school? I am A-OK with that. Plus learning from mistakes…blah blah blah.

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I have also been pointedly not working on my WIP. I’m writing an urban fantasy (an embryonic version can be seen under the WIP tab) and I’ve gotten hung up on ‘how the magic works’ and exactly what everyone can do with their powers. If anybody has any advice for that, I could use some. It’s all sort of devolved into wailing and gnashing of teeth (on my part).

I got a really cool Hobbit Moleskine journal and even that hasn’t inspired me to write. Bleh. But NaNoWriMo is coming up, so maybe…maybe…

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It came with a cool map and everything.

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Cheers all! Lets hope I can blog a bit more frequently now. 😉 I’ll leave you with a crappy vid of my cat!

Keeping Busy in the Frigid Canadian Winter: Gryffindor Scarf

Okay, so it isn’t actually all that cold right now, but with my Doctor Who scarf finished I need something else to do. I decided to do this:

Gryffindor wallpaper

No, I’m not going to run away to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. What I mean is I am going to do this:

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No! I’m not going to do Harry Potter! What is he, like 11 in this picture? You guys are pigs. >:-/ What I’m trying to say is I am going to make a Gryffindor scarf. See? Totally appropriate…

I personally like this style better:

Gryffindor House Scarf and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Photograph

But I found some self-striping yarn in Gryffindor colours:

Harry Potter Scarf

The colour is off on the yarn on account of I’m a crappy photograph-taking type person. What I’ve learned so far is that I hate self-striping yarn. It doesn’t make a clean transition between the colours. :/ It may be that I need the correct amount of stitches to make the stripes work. If so, I’ll probably rip it out and start over…maybe I’ll even use knits AND purls! I’m adventurous that way.

Also, this:

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I Did It: I Finally Finished My Doctor Who Scarf!

The process had some setbacks and took me waaaay too long, but it’s done!

I don’t have the fringe on yet, but I am okay with that for now.

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Here’s my oldest modelling it like a boss (I couldn’t get a non-blurry shot last night):

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I’m Finally ginger!

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Doctor Who Scarfery

So now I need something else to do… :/

Doctor Who Crossplay is the Best Thing Ever

Crossplay is the cosplay equivalent of Rule 63. Which is one of the best rules there is. 🙂

Cosplay.com defines it thusly:

Crossplay (verb) = a subset of cosplay: to wear a costume where the character in question is of the opposite sex as the cosplayer.
Crossplayer = either a girl wearing a costume of a character who is a guy, or a guy wearing a costume of a character who is a girl.

If I ever, ever, ever, finish my scarf, I plan to be the 4th Doctor for Halloween (knit like the wind little Raven! Knit like the wind!). I’ve been looking around for instructionals and howtos and I found this awesome awesomnity (sure it’s a word. Now.):

via Sock-Monkey-Renegade’s DeviantArt

Not the Doctors I was looking for, but amazing nonetheless.

Again with the Sock_Monkey-Renegade’s DeviantArt

Ten is my favourite Doctor. I think Nine was a better actor, but Ten wanted it more.

go to http://sock-monkey-renegade.deviantart.com/ to check out all the awesome.

Anyway, it helps that the cosplayer is half-Scottish, and looks a smidge like David Tennant to begin with. But it gets better: I’ve long said that DeviantArt is the source from which all good things spring. And it is. Sock-Monkey-Renegade also has a wonderful FtM howto for these photos.

From this:

OMG it’s Annie Lennox! Oh. Wait…

To this:

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Allons-y!

…in only about a half dozen steps. Pretty incredible huh? Considering I think I’m doing well to smear on a bit of black eyeliner and smudge on some black lip gloss. I’m pretty impressed. I don’t want to post the whole thing, so check it out here. I encourage you to view it repeatedly, in fact. It’s the best thing EVER.

Muppet Cosplay is the Best Thing Ever

It may occur to you that I’m the slightest bit immature. And yeah. I am. I love the muppets. And costumes. It’s sad that I have no latent talent for making either one of those things. I do a mean Beaker impression tho…Anyhoo I’ve rounded up some of the neatest, weirdest, and bestest muppet cosplay that the interwebs have to offer.

This one is so clever, and so simple I may use it myself. Martian Muppets at ComicCon 2011 via Forbes.com (of all places):

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Here they are again, posing with the 6th Doctor. This is a match-up that needs to happen (via uproxx.com):

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Check out this crazy Animal cosplay from this year’s FanExpo in Toronto (via Captain Mondo’s Blog):

Fan Expo: Muppet Animal Cosplayer and a Fan

Awesome Floyd and Janice from the Muppet Show (via cosplay.com):

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Ok, not exactly Muppet cosplay, but again muppets and Doctors together at last:

And again, I know King Jareth wasn’t a muppet but how could I leave this out (via DeviantArt from whence all good things spring):

Also this (from youdressweird.com):

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This makes me want to giggle, but its just a little disturbing at the same time. Seriously, muppet cosplay is the best thing ever.

Doctor Who Scarf Update

I thought I’d better update my scarf progress. I *am* working on it, I swear.

Tom Baker Scarf

With it all spread out like that, I can see that my knitting has gotten a lot tighter than it was when I started. Also, the brown is a totally different kind of yarn and a heavier weight, so there’s not much I can do about it being wider. :/And I haven’t cut off the ends where I joined the colours yet, so it looks a bit messy.

I have about a foot of scarf left to go, and if I ever get to work on it I may finish it some day! I want it for Hallowe’en. If I buckle down, I can have it done by then.

That’s a big if.

Tuesday’s Knerdy Knitting

When I grew up knitting was something little old ladies did. Maybe it still is, but I’ve just grown into it?

I’m pretty sure knitters have been making science-fiction themed masterpieces as long as there has been science fiction to inspire it, but back in the day, no one but their friends and family would have known. Now, a quick Google search brings full patterns and instructions for all kinds of SF themed yarn-craft. Here’s a roundup of some of the best:

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This is Tara Carstensen, the Queen of Knerdly knitting. Her website wittylittleknitter has definitive patterns for the Tom Baker scarf. She’s researched the scarves thoroughly, even going so far as to match one of the actual scarves used in the series to a Pantone colour book. She has patterns for all the colour variations and changes by season. It’s amazing. It’s where I got the pattern for my vastly inferior Tom Baker scarf.

She also has a pattern for TARDIS socks, and the 7th Doctor’s sweater vest. This is the go-to site for all your Doctor Who knitting.

Over at knitty.com, a binary scarf by Christine Dumoulin:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only does it look stylish, you can record information you need to remember. Like the location of the bodies. Or where you parked the mothership.

Check this out. A DNA double helix scarf:

The pattern is available at twosheep.com

I can only knit a scarf, but don’t let that stop you from knitting up an evil horror from the basement of time:

Knitted Daleks! Anyone who makes these can die happy, because what could be better than that? Pattern available here.

Via bitrebels.com behold the majesty of the knitted Spock hat:

Star Trek Spock Hat Design

That is some majestic majesty there. I loooove it. This was from Etsy, but is apparently no longer available. 😦 I’m sure one of you out there can replicate this pattern. I know almost zip about knitting but I recognize the hat part as a modified version of the balaclava that my mom knits.

And I saved possibly the best for last:

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Legend of Zelda baby layette. Available here. Squeee, right?! Put your needles together for knerdy knitting. It’s the best thing ever.

Wednesday Random Roundup

My Irises are blooming. I love them: they smell like candy.

Mmmm...grape freshie...

 

My flowers are all the purple of the rainbow:

My Springy Chickens are at the bird feeder. Within a half hour of getting home today, I watched a crow, two bluejays, a grackle, a starling and a baltimore oriole fight over the prime nesting area next to my mulberry tree. Unfortunately I couldn’t find my camera in time. Yesterday, the blue jays tried to take away a ball of garden twine that I left outside – my mom was still holding the other end. If I can ever get it edited I’ll post it.

I finally gave up trying to match the colours for my Doctor Who scarf, and have gone with colours that are ‘close enough.’ The tiny Adrian Monk in my head isn’t happy but I’m putting duct tape over his mouth and forging ahead. I’m 55% finished! At this breakneck speed, I’m on track to have it done for fall 2018.

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It’s Tuesday: Best Wedding Rings Ever

We all have to admit that weddings are pretty boring and formulaic. If you’ve ever had the misfortune to watch wedding shows like Say Yes to the Dress, you’ll know that most wedding dresses are exactly the frikkin’ same.   And rings are even worse – plain, gold, boring.

Well bless my old husk of a heart. The interwebs are chock full of interesting wedding rings that are a good first step to making your wedding day the memorable, unique experience it ought to be. I mean, if you’re spending that much money anyway, it ought to be for a reason…

it actually takes two rings to bind them

The classic nerd ring. And by classic, I mean done to death. Luckily for you Amazon doesn’t know when or these will be back in stock, so you can’t embarrass yourself.

or you could just get Bender tattooed on your ass

I know just enough binary to get this joke: there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don’t. This ring features your message of up to 25 characters encoded in binary. All for the sweet price of 1,300.00.

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These just make me giggle.

Yes but is it bigger on the inside?

OMGomgomg! It’s a TARDIS ring. That’s almost reason enough in itself to get married. Any of you geeky Americans want some universal health care? It can all be yours for the low, low price of one of these! And also one of these:

Do you promise to love, honor, and exterminate?

(Courtesy of My Big Geeky Wedding). See nerds? Getting married *is* for you after all. And Muggles? Weddings don’t have to be tedious whitebread affairs. Fun is for everyone…