30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books,
Joan of Dark a.k.a Toni Carr
Andrews McMeel Publishing
February 21, 2012 / ISBN: 9781449407919
Nonfiction / Family & Home: Crafts & Hobbies
by Beth E. McKenzie
This book is
perfect for me! In the early 1980's I wrote to my local PBS station
and got the pattern to knit THE SCARF for one of my sisters. Then
I irreverently changed the color scheme and knitted a 20-foot rainbow
for myself that I have worn ever since that time. I've made costumes
off of Dragonlance covers and from museum displays, and I've tried
to dress up my horse like a unicorn (NOTE: tried). Toni Carr is
giving me patterns for Elf Ears and Princess Leia Hair! My husband
spoke up for the Star Trek:TNG tunic so I will have to get him some
yarn and needles :)
I tested a few of the patterns just to see how they worked and they
are easy to read and require very little interpretation so far.
The thing I like the most about this book, besides the cleverness
of the text and designs, is the photographs. Each model looks like
they enjoyed wearing the item they are modeling. The horse and rider
on the "Fantasy" title page is a brilliant way to show
the Dragon Rider Gloves; a flash of crimson in an otherwise colorless
scene. And flying to the far side of the color wheel is Tank Girl
in her stripes and lace and tire-tread patterned socks.
The unfortunate part of the book also has to do with the photographs.
Some of the items look less than finished, as in rough around the
edges. For example, the secret beaded bag looks coarse, but it is
made from wool on size 8 needles so it might be a feature of the
design, or it may be the lighting in the photo. And the Start Trek
sweater appears to need more design work for the neck. The uncurved
slit at the top isn't working for the model so it won't work for
my husband either.
I can't say I get all of the jokes as I don't know who Tank Girl,
Mr. Nancy or Firefly are, but that won't keep Knits for Nerds from
being a fascinating addition to my pattern library. I will make
the Dragon Rider Gloves and the Summer Queen Shawl at least once
for myself and I see the Robot becoming an old stand-by as a stash
buster and baby gift to keep on hand year-round.