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Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy [Paperback]

Joan of Dark a.k.a Toni Carr
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Book Description

Feb. 21 2012
Finally—a knitting book for nerds who love sci-fi, fantasy, comics, and manga!

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.

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About the Author

Joan of Dark (a/k/a Toni Carr) is an avid lover of all things knit and crocheted. She has been featured on two DIY Network shows, Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty. She's the author of the book Knockdown Knits (Wiley), and her patterns have been published on and in Vampire Knits (Potter Craft). Her sense of style was also profiled in Indianapolis Monthly, Nuvo, and Intake Weekly. With a science fiction writer for a mother, and a father who made sure that her comic book collection was always stocked, she had no choice but to grow up a geek!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi knitting! Feb. 4 2013
I'm not particularly into sci-fi / fantasy / maths but nonetheless found some of these projects quite cute and inspiring, notably the brown hat with coiled up braids ( a la Princess Leia); a lacy shrug inspired by a Lord of the Rings elf and a scarf based around the Mobius strip (knitted in the round and twisted) .
But although I accept I'm not personally familiar with some of the shows and comics mentioned, I did feel a lot of items were just bog-standard socks, sweaters etc which were only allegedly representations of sci-fi stuff. The Star Trek jumpers certainly wouldn't have put me in mind of the show unless I'd been told! Nor would the woolly balls have made me exclaim 'Tribbles!' (Trekkies know what Tribbles are!)
NB My dictionary defines a 'nerd' as 'a dull person...anyone who fails to fit in with the gang...socially inept, over-scholarly' so not necessarily into sci-fi at all ! Comment Comment | Permalink
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Cool book, some patterns beyond my knitting abilities, but will keep trying. Delivered on time and was exactly what I ordered. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fandoms inspired great projects Feb. 26 2012
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on
This collection of fandom inspired knits is just fantastic. Toni Carr got contributions from other designers and put lots of her own patterns in the book. There is a good range of skill levels as well, so beginners will have patterns they can use, and more advanced knitters will also find some lovely lace items. The patterns are written out clearly with fun photos of finished items modeled by roller derby girls at Neil Gaiman's house.

As a long time geek, I was thrilled with the books and movies covered.

The Lord of the Rings inspired Toni Carr's pair of hobbit slippers and Ashley Fay's Light of Eärendil Shrug, a lacy ethereal shrug patterned with leaves.

Neil Gaiman's Death and Mr. Nancy both make an appearance in felted knit hats. A tiny top hat for Death and a bright green fedora for Mr. Nancy.

Firefly makes a strong showing with the Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket, cunning socks and a cunning scarf.

Star Trek is covered with a Next Generation sweater, an original series mini dress and tribbles.

Also covered are Doctor Horrible, Real Genius, The Big Bang Theory, Temeraire, Harry Potter, Wicked Lovely, Star Wars, and Doctor Who in a variety of projects like fingerless gloves, stuffies, sweaters, shawls and bags.

For the male geek, there is a unisex Harry Potter inspired book bag, a sweater that looks like a Star Trek- The Next Generation Uniform, a wonderful cabled sweater vest and Mr. Nancy's Hat.

The end of the book includes a key to commonly used knitting abbreviations, and an overview of how to knit with photographs.

My daughter, who is a proud nerd and fan, and who loves to knit snatched this up as soon as we got it, and took it for 3 hours. She chortled and giggled and got very enthused. Her favorite patterns are the above mentioned green fedora, the cape pictured on the cover, and Aim to Misbehave jacket, which is a lovely longer jacket for Browncoat fans and the Big Bang Theory Raj inspired cabled sweater vest.

My favorite projects are the shrug mentioned above, the Super Awesome Fantastic Mega Super Cute Manga Leg Warmers which are flared to look just like illustrated chibi style legs, the colorful Tank Girl socks (I love Tank Girl!), and the adorable, quick to knit, button eyed Creepy Filler Bunny.

[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerds Do It For Themselves Jan. 28 2013
By Joel Rockey - Published on
If you're reading this, it's because you respect what i have to say and you are wise because of it. Now, hear me when i say that i don't care whether you are a nerd, a geek, a dork, a turd burglar, a booger eater, a freak or a super-market employee: YOU NEED TO MAKE YOURSELF SOME HOBBIT FEET!!! Joan of Dark shows you how. If you don't know how to knit, stop picking your nose and get on it, bro.
34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not nerdy enough! March 3 2012
By kurichan - Published on
I waited eagerly for my copy of this and just got it. I am VERY disappointed. With a very few exceptions, most of the patterns are generic and any connection to the source is forced and tenuous. At best they are merely "inspired by" some work, such as the "Cunning socks", which are merely striped socks and have no relationship to Firefly other than the author's notes. A basic cabled sweater vest is just a cabled vest, despite the author's "inspiration" from Raj in The Big Bang Theory. A pair of plain yellow gloves is nerdy? Not. The Cat Woman Hat is cute but I've seen many similar patterns. Her choice of the silly legwarmers which are supposed to be manga-inspired is uninspired and a bit insulting to manga readers. The Time Traveller Scarf is not nearly as good as the multitude of patterns already out there for the Doctor's scarf. If you saw these patterns elsewhere, without the author's notes, you would not consider them nerdy/scifi/etc. Most of them are fairly generic patterns labelled as "nerdy". I don't understand why people are squeeing when they just aren't that special.

I will say that two of the patterns ARE special: The Summer Queen Shawl and the Light of Earendil Shrug. BUT: the author notes that Galadriel gave the Light to Sam, when of course she gave it to FRODO. Epic fail. I also really love the beaded bag (who wouldn't want this magical item?!), but again, if I'd seen that pattern elsewhere there would be no association to HP.

Bottom line: Since I got this from the library, I'm not out any money, just a bit of time looking through the book. I gave it 2 stars because it has a couple of good patterns but I would caution any real fan of any of the source material to not waste your money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made of Win! March 20 2013
By Eve-Marie Hughes - Published on
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I'll admit, I bought this JUST for the Horrible Gloves pattern... then I started flipping through pages and fell in love with The Cunning Scarf, Cunning Socks, Aim to Misbehave Jacket, Next Generation Sweater.... well, you get the idea. The patterns are well-written, the yarn recommendations are for reasonably priced yarns and include yardage to make yarn substitution easier. There's a fair blend of easy, intermediate, and advanced patterns - I am somewhere between novice and intermediate and there are plenty of projects to improve my skills with.

If you're a knitter, buy this - you won't regret it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Aug. 10 2012
By Samaire Provost - Published on
I eagerly awaited the release of this book and I wasn't disappointed. Although I am a beginning knitter myself, there was plenty to engage me in Toni's book. I was able to knit several pieces without trouble, the instructions are good. I was so proud of myself when I finished the Firefly scarf! :-D
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