Category Archives: Star Trek

Geekalong Blanket Adventures

Looking more like a blanket every day!

Looking more like a blanket every day!

Look at that! That’s starting to look substantially blankety!

To boldly go into the pink

To boldly go into the pink

I added the ‘official’ Star Trek square. There’s an error. You can spot it, you know you can! I, however, will claim it is simply a star. Quite why there’s only the one star in all of space, I’m not sure, but it’s a star!

I was never really a Trekker. Apart from the tribble episodes – which I adored – I really just watched on, bemused, as my friends grew obsessed with Vulcans and androids and such. I do remember going to the movies to see the Star Trek film where Chekov is running around San Francisco asking about the ‘nuclear wessels.’ I watched it again recently and had never noticed how nattily Sulu is attired in those later films. Or how their references have aged so hilariously. However, I caught Voyager and found my Star Trek! I wish we’d gotten to see more of Captain Janeway.

Sexy dodo

Sexy dodo

I went off-script again, though! I updated my Facebook status to say I was knitting sexy dodo legs and planting mangelwurzels and one of my friends noted that she didn’t think anyone else had ever written that sentence before!

The sexy dodo is, of course, homage to Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. Pickwick isn’t actually sexy, to be honest, but a little license here and there is okay. I love the Thursday Next books, which are funny, clever and all about loving books. Thursday is herself a fantastic hero and she has a pet dodo, Pickwick. My blanket needed some Thursday Next love.

(You can find the charts I made for my off-script squares on my Ravelry project pages – gidgetknits – with links to the official geekalong and its charity!)

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Janeway

Janeway

Janeway

She’s up on Ravelry as a pattern: Janeway!

Coffee and some comfy socks and you can beat the Borg too. Here is a toe-up sock worked in a motif inspired by the Starfleet insignia used on combadges, with warp trails worked on the heel and cuff.

Fingers crossed, she will go well and not get lost in the Delta Quadrant or run into any Borg. Then again, I’m pretty sure she could handle it.

But for me, it’s been a long day and I’m about to go and curl up with Codex Born* for the night.

What I did today.

What I did today.

* A fantasy series by Jim C. Hines. It’s light, it’s about books and magic, the characters have a nice, not preachy diversity and it’s thoughtful, too. I’m enjoying it.

 

Why is everything I do so geeky?

I knitted a hat! In fact, I designed a hat.

Mr Spock Hat

Mr Spock Hat

I borrowed my Star Trek Insignia-inspired pattern from the Janeway Socks and with a little Renaissance Dyeing sock yarn in “Queen’s Blue,” I made a Mr Spock Hat. Because those pointy ears would need to be kept warm, correct? It’s only logical. It was kind of fun knitting something science-fiction inspired with a yarn dyed the old-fashioned way with indigo.

Insignia detail

Insignia detail

I’m really more inspired by old-school Star Trek, although have you seen this doggy video with Zachary Quinto? So the blue is closer to the reboot.

One of the reasons I love Firefly, too, is that it brings together a homemade feeling with space adventure. Remember the stenciled vines, the wooden table, the tin lamps in the galley? And Kaylee’s cabin door with the handpainted name plate and fairy lights? Or even how fresh food became something special again – a basket of apples or strawberries is amazing? So that informs my quilt-in-progress, which is doing very nicely, although we won’t mention how badly my points meet. Shhhh… it’s my first quilt. Perfection is overrated.

The Scot 'helping'

The Scot ‘helping’

The Scot likes to sneak into the lounge where I’ve got the blocks laid out.  He’s figured out how to nose open the sliding doors and he’s usually quite considerate about padding around the blocks to sit at my feet while I’m sewing. I made the mistake on the first night, though, of trying to sneak up on him to scoot him out into the hallway – he took off like a rocket and the blocks flew. Oops.

Meanwhile, Cosette is laying eggs again, so I’m thinking of making Eggs In Purgatory tonight. Trust me, one of my favourite recipes!