Monday, March 19, 2012

REVIEW: Knits For Nerds

Knits For Nerds
30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy
by Joan of Dark aka Toni Carr
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing (February 21, 2012)


Knitting meets Comic Con in Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy.  Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr) has created an extensive collection of dorky patterns for clothing and accessories inspired by cult classics such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Harry Potter. 

The patterns in Knits for Nerds have been organized into four categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics and Manga, and Other Stuff for Nerds.  Whether you're looking to knit a pair of Hobbit Feet Slippers or a Baby Elf Beanie, there's sure to be something for everyone to get their geek on!  Perhaps you've been longing for Padme's Battle Cape to wear to the grocery store... but be careful, your sweetie just might put in an order for his very own Next Generation Sweater.  If you've got some spare time on your hands, perhaps it's time to cast on the Time Traveler Scarf... it's 20 feet long!

I'll admit... I don't recognize many of the themes in Knitting For Nerds and I'm wondering why my very own geeky sci-fi favorite, Fringe, wasn't included.   I'm thinking a Walter lab coat or a Fauxlivia scarf would be fitting.  However, I am excited that The Big Bang Theory was included via the Big Bang Guy's Sweater Vest and Big Bang Girl's Sweater Vest.  The gal's version is actually based on Penny's work uniform - love it! 

There are a few patterns for those of us "not quite as geeky."  One of the more universal knits in the book is the Book Wizard, a carry-all for your e-reader.  However, I must say I'm a little disappointed to see the pattern written in only 2 techy sizes - iPad and Kindle.  What about those of us who love a little Nooky?

The photography through out Knits for Nerds is quirky and colorful.  Instructions are clearly written and the techniques section is adequate for both beginners and experienced knitters who need a refresher.

Verdict?  It's not a personal favorite of mine, but that's only because I'm not nerdy enough! If you're ever dreamed of going to Comic Can, Knits for Nerds is for you!

About the Author: Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr) is an avid lover of all things knit and crocheted. She has been featured on Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty and her patterns have been published on and in Vampire Knits.  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!


SissySees said...

Sounds like Halloween costume fodder...

WonderWhyGal said...

I hope Barnes and Noble gets it so I can flipped through the book before I buy it. I am a Nerd BUT not sure if the projects will be items I'd want to knit.

Verdict, I'll wait to flip through a copy unless one gets gifted to me. Now...back to Middle Earth.

Bubblesknits said...

hee I could see a lot of those being good for sci fi conventions.

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