Ah Nerd Wars. You crazy, lovely group on Ravelry. I knit things that I never thought I would knit because of you. I am, as always, on Team Hellmouth (that’s the Buffy the Vampire Slayer group). It’s a wonderful little group and through the tournaments they other members have become an online Nerd Wars family. I know I can post something and ask for a tie-in to the show and within no time someone will have a reference for me. I love that we get little virtual badges for completing projects. It’s like we are a merry band of mistfit girl guides collecting very specialized badges for our sashes.
This was for submitting my 6th project this tournament. I realize that I am sort of stating the obvious here.
And as much as I love my team and can’t think of any other team that I would want to be on enough to pull up my stakes and high tail it away from my other Hellmouth knitters, some of my favourite challenges occur when we have to knit something inspired my another geekdom and then tie it back to our own team. This time it focused on a “tool or gadget” that would be helpful to one of the charactors in our geekdom. Before I was even finished reading to the bottom of the description I knew that Xander really needed a Sonic Screwdriver. (Really, who doesn’t)?
I mere few hours later I had this
For those of you not in the know, this is a Sonic Screwdriver from Doctor Who. Here is my rationale behind it: The first idea that popped into my head was the Xander really needs a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver. Being the only member of the Scoobie gang that doesn’t have any mystical powers to back him up, a physical object that makes things happen would be a perfect stocking stuffer him. So here it is, Xander’s Sonic Screwdriver.
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So today’s post was supposed to be final photos of my last two shawls, but I finished Clink for Nerd Wars and I think he’s just too darn cute not too share. He marks my third entry this round and completed the Geek Culture challenge. Fans of Buffy know that there is a Buffy Bot that makes an appearance a few times in the series and I envision this little guy being her bff. Sure, he might be all old school robot style, but with those big eyes and squishiness, how could it not work out!
I will guard the knitting books!!!
I see you!!!!
Do I blend in?
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Nerd Wars Tournament four is in full swing, and I’m having a blast with this round. This is my third Nerd Wars, and the first one that I am finally feeling like I am getting to have a lot of fun with. Like other Nerd Wars competitors, my first Nerd Wars was spent trying to figure things out and learn my way around. My second Nerd Wars happened over the months that involved Christmas Knitting, so I had to find ways to make my pre-existing projects fit into the parameters of the competition. But this round, I have time to be creative and make things for whatever categories strike my fancy.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nerd Wars, here’s the scoop. Nerd Wars is a place where knitters with similar interests can find their tribe, join up, and make things inspired by their chosen geekdom to earn points for their team/tribe. For me it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But you can join space based teams, the mythology focused team, focus on your favourite Doctor, or solve the mystery with the detective group. Whatever your passion, there is a group for you. And let’s be honest, we all have a show or genre that we know more about then the person standing next to us. In this competition you get to take your geek and wear it proudly and even show it off!
Each tournament lasts three months, and each month challenges are posted in six subjects. The subjects always remain the same, but the content changes each month. Think of it like highschool math, and if you were like me and hated highschool math just bear with me (the comparison is really not that painful). One week in math class you might be studying algebra and the next week calculus, but it was always math. Nerd Wars is the same way. For every category that you submit a project for you get ten points (five if you don’t quite finish in time), and you get three extra points if you can explain why the project is inspired by your geekdom. I can find a ton of inspiration from Buffy and I’ve been having a blast.
My two completed entries so far are my Batty Dishcloth for the Scientific challenge, creating a single project that is knit is one piece, and a little heart bookmark for the Geek Pride challenge for depicting a relationship that occurs in your geekdom.
On the needles is Clink for the technological challenge and a Bunny nugget for the intellectual and team unity challenge.
More updates to follow as things progress. Now if I could just get the songs from Once More with Feeling out of my head I’d be a really happy knitter.
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The second annual Nerd Wars over on Ravelry has come to a close. It’s a great deal of fun and the knitters who run and organize the whole thing need a big huge thank you. I can’t image putting in the amount of work that these knitters did for a whole bunch of other knitters that they don’t even know. So THANK YOU! YOU’RE ALL AMAZING!!
Unfortunately my dissertation was a stunning failure. As I said early this week I really need to make my spinning a priority. My fleece suffers a terrible fate in my house currently. I love it so much and then it sits and waits to be spun. From time to time I take out fleece and fondle it. You can almost hear the other fleeces cheering and enjoying the victory that receiving my attention is. Then the happy little fleece gets tossed back into the stash and is left to be consoled by its buddies. (One day my fleece will rise up against me and start throwing itself all over my floor. Or maybe I just watch too much sci-fi.) So, no happy ending on that front. And then I entered the WIP category, (because you know that is an area that I excel at) and forgot to add my finished items to the thread, thus missing the opportunity to get any points for my team. The moment that realization dawned on me produced a forehead slap that was probably audible to the neighbours down the hall.
It was, however, not all sad. I did finish two projects, and for my efforts received team points, FO’s, and these two badges to display proudly on this page.
This was for completing the "Why I'm on the wrong team Challenge."
For completing a three-dimensional object
Basically, I made Stone the Gargoyle and added a Mr. Pointy in the next round.
Stone's ready to defend the house! No vampires allowed.
The next tournament is starting soon and I am considering signing up again. I’m going to run with the theory that there will be something on my Christmas knit list that will fit into a least one category. My only hope is that this time I am able to be on Team Hellmouth and not Team Browncoats. I love you Mal, but my heart really belongs to Drusilla, Spike, and Buffy. Don’t take it personally. I started reading vampire books when I was six and didn’t discover space cowboys till I was an adult. You have a lot of years to make up for.