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Doctor Who Knitters & Hookers

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Bigger on the Inside

The Bigger on the Inside shawl, created and modeled by Kate Atherley

Fiber Geeks are everywhere in mainstream geekdom; you’ll see knitters and hookers (crocheters) at cons working a few rows at panels, interrogating cosplayers where they got or how they made their own knit or crocheted pieces, and if the stars are right you may even see a group of fiber geeks break out the spindles and wheels in a really, really long line. Certain fandoms within geekdom do have some of the most visible and devoted knitters and crafters, and one of the most noticeable groups are the knitters of Doctor Who.

The most famous examples of geeky knitwear in the history of geeky knitting is of course, the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. A legendary test of endurance, the scarf is made up in the simplest stitch in knitting repeated over and over again for a dozen feet or more. Many are started but few are completed, but it can be completed by a patient novice. It can even be done marathoning your way through classic episodes or through the modern series, after you are familiar with the knit stitch. The Doctor Who Scarf , a website devoted only to the fourth Doctor’s scarf, breaks down all the variations, striping patterns and possible yarns that could be used in scrupulously geeky detail.

Ood Ski Mask

A crocheted, and creepy, Ood Ski Mask

Doctor Who themed patterns for crafters abound on Ravelry, the knitter’s social site. (An account is required to browse most pages, but it is a free, friendly and fun website) There you can find amigurumi Weeping Angels, Sonic Screwdrivers and Adipose, tams and doilies of Rassilon, the Fifth Doctor’s cricket jumper and Ood ski masks. The much beloved TARDIS and the terrifying Daleks are represented on any item you can imagine: sweaters, hats, stuffed toys, washcloths, mittens, and socks

Karen Gillan Shawl

Karen Gillan wearing the Bigger on the Inside shawl

One of my favorite patterns is a subtle and intricate tribute the Doctor’s TARDIS in the Bigger On The Inside shawl, by noted knitting writer and teacher Kate Atherley. A lace project done in light yarn and on small needles, it’s not a project for a beginner, and the results are stunning. It’s even more striking modeled on the Doctor’s own Karen Gillan, who was given it as a gift from fan Lisa Panedo.

Probably the biggest sign of how entrenched knitters are in Doctor Who fandom are the new special yarns created by Lorna’s Laces, a popular yarn company known for their whimsical, clever, and often geeky colorways. They’ve created a special TARDIS shade of blue for the sock-weight yarn Solemate and named it after the pattern for the the Bigger on the Inside shawl. Even more exciting is the new yarns dyed to the match the colors of the Fourth Doctors’ scarf in both sock and bulky scarf weight. Bundled kits with patterns are being put together with these yarns to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary special. Even if you’re just an observer of knitting geekdom, you’ll quickly see that if a knitter loves something, they have to knit a sock in a tribute to it. Stay tuned for more journeys into the world of geeky fiber crafting, and feel free to contact me below or in the forums if you have questions about starting to knit or crochet yourself.

Doctor Who Socks

There is a sock version of EVERYTHING. Stay tuned for more sock versions of Geeky things.


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Worsted for Wear

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Wednesday's Webcomic

I’ve been anxious to recommend Worsted for Wear since I began writing Wednesday’s Webcomic. Worsted for Wear is a bright, expressive webcomic comedy about a knitting group, their yarn, and their lives. Once Cam, a new and obsessed knitter, gets her friends started knitting and they get involved in an established knitting group; the comic follows all of these characters as they face problems everyone faces and knit through it. The comic is mostly humorous one shots and short stories. Recently, it’s expanded into more serious stories as the characters work through their biggest obstacles in life, like fitness, abandoned dreams, motherhood, and a controlling ex-boyfriend.

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One of my favorite parts about the story is that the characters have so much depth. They’re all very real, flawed, and funny women (and men too!) with real body types and then the challenges that go with them. They’re geeks with many loves and passions, who have very realistic relationships. The comic has serious knitter cred, as the authors know their worsteds from their warps, and their needles from their niddy-noddies. The comic pokes fun at the often silly rivalry between  knitters and crocheters. The excellently formatted website has been expanded recently to include character pages as the cast grows. A monthly newsletter started recently that includes news, a knit-a-long, and  links to knitting patterns as the cast’s wardrobe is often inspired by patterns available to everyone. Indeed, the comic is an excellent fashion-plate for the hand-made fashion world.  The comic  also has a big and friendly fan community on ravelry, the fiber social network.

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The Authors

The authors are a husband and wife team, Rachael and Joshua Anderson. Rachael is a professional comic artist and illustrator and is the fiber artist of the duo. Joshua is the main writer and long time webcomic creator. He is also the writer of Nerd Prom, a novella about an AlternaProm in a small town. They manage the site themselves, and recently started a Kickstarter to fund their first printing and their expansion, which funded in 25 hours!