Thursday, 20 November 2014

Knitwear in The Matrix

One of my favourite things about my university is it has a SciFi society, I go there every Wednesday and watch a different film, usually its an amazingly bad 80s film and last week it was a film called Bubba Ho-tep about Elvis Presley and a black JFK as elderly men in a nursing home fighting an evil Mummy, and yes it is as amazing as it sounds.
But anyway, I digress, so I watched The Matrix for the first time yesterday, shocking I know but the opportunity has never really presented itself before, and it is an amazing film.The monologues about truth and "There is no spoon", were eerily similar to my post-modernist lectures but I loved it for many reasons, it's clever, original, has some kick-ass fight scenes (sometimes it was a bit like a Western Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), great camera angles, et cetera, but also the knitwear. I'm fairly sure that when you start focusing on the knitting in films that's how you know you've got a problem but if ever there was a proof for the saying "it's not a hobby its a post-apocalyptic life skill" then the dystopian future of The matrix is it. I loved the mittens and the ragged jumpers, especially Trinity's.
In my opinion this beats all the black leather any day.

And so I have been on an internet quest for Knitwear inspired by The Matrix.

1. The Matrix Sweater by Boadicea Binnerts.
matrix sweater main pic
I love the threadbare raggedy look of this jumper. The Pattern is available for $6.50 (about £4 I think) here on Ravelry.

2. Fingerless Mittens by Finn Garian
Perfect for keeping you hands warm while you do important and super fast typing. This Pattern is knitted in the round, claims to be really easy and best of all is free. It's also on Ravelry and can be found here.

3. Binary scarf by
So its not from the actual film, but you have to admit it does look pretty awesome and the pattern is also free, I love the internet. Not on Ravelry this time, you can find the pattern here.

 *Best Hugo Weaving voice* "Goodbye Mr Anderson"

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

DIY Supernatural Winchester Journal Necklace

"It was the heat of the moment..." 
 If Asia's waking me up then that means it's Tuesday. Have I mentioned before that I love Supernatural? I've just finished Season 7, my first essay has been handed in, the 200th episode has come out and I've passed the denial stage now and just let it consume my life so...

It is possibly the most amazing thing I have ever made and it was super easy, like, dying in Supernatural easy.
Everything I used, plus salt (obviously)
The notebook it a small rectangle of card (approx. 5cm x 3cm) and then 7 (or more if you want) slightly smaller rectangles on normal lined paper. Fold all the bits of paper in half and glue them together so you have a mini book, I dipped some of mine in coffee to make them brown and crinkly and beautiful, I think it probably says something about me that this was my first time using my hairdryer since I arrived at university. Then just let your imagination run wild, these were my pages but it can be whatever you want. I just used an ordinary black Biro and a pencil and on some of the pages I used bits of newspaper. This Wikipedia page is really useful if you want to make it really accurate John's Journal Pages but I like the fact you could also include quotes from the show. When I needed to write something to fill in the blank spaces I just used the lyrics from Carry on My Wayward Son and I found doing some parts in Biro and some in HB pencil was very effective.

As you can see some pages I replicated while others just payed homage to the show.

My initial idea was to draw the Impala, but cars are hard and number plates are easy.

Because you never know when having an exorcism on hand could be useful.

 For the cover of the Journal I just coloured in the card with a brown pencil, selotaped down an eyepin (I think that's what they're called, it's like a little metal stick with a loop on top) then I glued the paper book into it.
The devil's in Sam Winchester the detail.

I found the little bottle at a craft store, along with the necklace loops (jump rings?) and eyepins. After I filled the bottle with salt I super-glued the cork down, less practical for hunting ghosts I know but also less likely to result in awkward spillages.
Got Salt? I took mine from lunch today.

That's all guys, happy crafting and remember, don't be the first 5 minutes of an episode of  supernatural!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Doctor Who Scarf Update

So its now 50% done! I love it so much I want to wear it now but I'm determined to keep going until the the full 4m. Its less easy to transport now too, I have to roll it up if I want to take it anywhere and sometimes I do get a few odd looks.
Sorry about the lack of banana, well known fantasy book for scale.
I was knitting it on the train down to London and I think I'm going to write a letter to East Midlands trains suggesting that they make their seats at least as wide as two knitting needles point to point, I kept nearly poking the woman sat next to me. Knitting and train riding combined is definitely my favourite activity.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Merlin inspired Mittens

Without a doubt, especially if you don't include season 5 *shudder*, Merlin is one of my most favourite TV shows of all time. Luckily for me I share this love with my best friend and so for her birthday this year I decided to make her some Merlin themed mittens.

Like the Gondor mittens, they are just rectangles folded in half with a hole for the thumbs.

Boring instructions in case you want to make some yourself: I used 3mm needles and DK wool, the mittens are 40 sts across, the cuffs are 20 rows of K2P2 rib, then 5 rows of stocking stitch, continue in SS following the chart below (I put the furthest letter 4 sts from the edge with the thumb hole), then 5 rows of SS and 3 rows of K2P2 rib.

I can't believe its nearly two years since it ended :(. Nerdy Confession; sometimes I still get angry when I think about the way they ended it, in my opinion you can't spend 5 seasons on a plot line of Will Arthur find out that Merlin has magic? and then "resolve" it in the last 20 minutes of the finale episode, still I guess that's what fan fiction is for.
I leave you then with a slightly terrible drawing of Merlin and the wise words of Dr. Seuss "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

*Very deep voice of the Dragon* "Merrrrlinnn!"

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Gondor inspired Mittens

Gondor has no mittens, Gondor needs no mittens but if you're going to take the Pass of Caradhras, you're going to want some knitwear. Behold, mittens inspired by the White Tree of Gondor.

The man who (or woman) can wield the power of these mittens can summon to him an army more deadly than any that walks this earth, possibly. I love making mittens like this because they're just rectangles so they're super easy and quick to make.

To make the mittens I used 3mm needles and DK wool, but the friend I made them for has huge hands so I would recommend using a smaller size of needle.

Mitten Pattern
CO 48sts in white
Row 1: K2 P2 rib
Change to navy blue
Row 2-21: K2P2 rib
Row 22: Knit
Row 23: Purl
Row 24-55: Working from chart continue in SS
Row 56: K2P2 rib
Row 57: K2P2 rib
Change to white
Row 58:  K2P2 rib
Cast off in rib
To make up simply sew down the side using mattress stitch and leaving a hole for the thumb. Weave in all the loose ends.

For the left mitten make sure with RS facing pattern is on the  right and the opposite for the other mitten. I have in the past finished two mittens only to discover they were both left handed.

Knitting Chart

Feel free to comment if you have any questions or suggestions.

Happy knitting.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

25% of a Doctor Who scarf is...

...just a quite short stripy scarf :(. But it has been ages since I've made anything so simple and I'm really enjoying it, I even take it into some of my lectures (not the important lectures, but some of mine at the moment are on things like essay writing), what, you should use paragraphs in essays?!There was I thinking that crooked arrow key was just for sending messages on Facebook, revolutionary stuff.
 Anyway knitting helps me focus when the topics are slightly less invigorating and I love seeing it grow beneath my needles, I've been knitting for several years now but it still seems like magic to me.

Banana for scale
In case anyone's interested the pattern I'm working from for this scarf can be found Here. I'm using DK wool, 4.5mm needles and it's 56 stitches across. I am also aware of the fact that it's in the wrong colours, sorry, but I'm a poor student so I'm just using the wool I already had. Additionally (confession time) I've never even seen the Tom Baker Doctor Whos so it's not like I can claim to be a true Whovian anyway.

Until next time :)

*Whirring sound of a TARDIS departing*