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« on: July 26, 2005 11:01:33 AM »

OK, I was talking with some of my geeky crafty friends this morning while I was suppsoed to be working, and we sort of realized a simple, obvious, yet fascinating revelation:

Notice that most if not all, geek television shows/movies/books have some form of knitted objects in them? Knitted objects that become memorable in some way? Also, for smarter geeks, there seems to be a huge fascination with tying patterns and formulas to knitting. It's quite fascinating!

Off the top of my head, I can think of several geek-based knits, just by looking at these forums:

- Jayne Cobb's hat (from Firefly, in fact, I started that thread here on Craftster)
- Tom Baker's Doctor Who scarf
- Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy knit dolls from the movie(Ive seen some awesome attempts at Marvin!)
- Harry Potter scarves, sweaters, etc. (not to mention the several knitting references IN the books - there's a thread about that here somewere)

For science-minded knitters, we have:

- The ever-fascinated Fibonacci sequence, which people attach to knitting in a variety of different ways.
- The works-amazing-with-knitting Moebius scarf
- Hats fabricated on the ever-interesting science of Klein bottles.
- And my latest discovery, and possibly one of my favorites in the way of geek, the Probability Pullover.

That's just a small, small list of what geeky things can be knit. Add to the list! Discuss! What other geeky knits are there?
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2005 12:08:27 PM »

I just yesterday watched a StarTrek rerun (called Up the Long Ladder) where a woman was wearing a  lovely knitted garment with all these fancy cables. (It's weird how once you take up knitting you start seing it in places you never noticed it before.)  There was also a woman in this episode using a spinning wheel, and their farming/handmade lifestyle was presented as the polar opposite to the high-tech world. Although I think knitting is quite compatible with science, given all the math and patterning  involved.... and people will always have the need to craft!

In general, I much prefer fantasy to sci-fi because I'm much more attracted to that farming/handmade setting than I am to the high-tech ones. Much more interested in horses than hovercraft.

One day I must try the Magic Scarf:
http://www.spellingtuesday.com/magicscarf.html
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2005 12:18:44 PM »

I have nothing more useful to add than my comment that the Klein Bottle Hat website you linked is hysterical.  Much-needed midday geek relief! =]
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2005 12:19:15 PM »

My boyfriend thinks I'm a nut, now, because in all the horror movies and serious SVU episodes, I spend half the time trying to mentally pattern what one of the main characters is wearing Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2005 02:45:41 PM »

Another geek here (a true, bonafide math/statistics geek no less). I'm SOOOOOOO going to try that Probability Sweater. Like SOON. I have a stack of white recycled yarn just begging for some interesting texture.

I so look at knitwear when watching TV - I saw this AMAZING Teva-Durham-reminiscent sweater on Stargate SG1 last night. I can't even describe it, it was too cool (and it was only on screen for like 10 seconds).

I'm definitely going to have to knit some Moebius strips and Klein bottles to put on my desk when I start teaching (highschool math) again...

I totally think science (and science-fiction), math, and knitting are compatible. If no other reason than you really do need some hot knitwear when cavorting across galaxies meeting new species!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2005 03:02:55 PM »

Don't forget the DNA cable pattern.  I'm kind of fond of that one since I'm getting my degree in molecular genetics. Wink  I think I might have to knit a Moebius scarf for my mom, since she teaches high school math.
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2005 03:44:46 PM »

Umm, that Probability Sweater totally rocks!  I'm thinking I would do something on a smaller scale, like a scarf.  I'd wear it when I felt particularly quantum-y  Grin

I found this Geek Knitting blog post earlier this week  --> click here.  It has a ton of links to enjoy (including some already listed in this Craftster post). 

I think I'm going to make a button for my blog that says "Geek Knitster" or something similar.
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2005 05:55:47 PM »

Would it count as geeky that I've written PHP sweater shaping calculators with pre-set sizes and entry forms for gauge and needle size, and then hosted them on the web server on my home network so I don't ever have to think about set-in sleeve patterns and raglan shaping again?
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2006 02:01:11 AM »

Scary that this could be true.

Alternative Rock Band, They Might Be Giants, who did the theme song for Fox's Malcom In The Middle, now has done an alphabet dvd for kids for Disney.

go the site, and see what you see . . . .

http://disney.go.com/disneyrecords/Song-Albums/theymightbegiants/index.html

These guys have a huge geek following . . . .   This rocks!   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2006 10:11:00 AM »

Perhaps to a lesser extent than Harry Potter, Narnia knits have also spawned quite a following. Mr.Tumnus' scarf and Lucy's beret are quite popular subjects. Lots of controversy over Mr.Tumnus' scarf! I need to knit Mrs.Beaver's tea cozy!

http://www.narniaweb.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=12201&SCRN=0&PN=1
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2006 10:26:13 AM »


ok - great links! - i esp. love this klien bottle one - is there a pattern out there? - ....i could likely wing it but if a pattern exists i'd love to see it!
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2006 11:39:25 AM »

I totally think science (and science-fiction), math, and knitting are compatible. If no other reason than you really do need some hot knitwear when cavorting across galaxies meeting new species!!!

Knitting = math. Just think about it. You have to count the cast on stitches. Then at some point you have to increase or decrease. Maybe a short row or two. If you have to switch to cables, you need to adjust your stitch count for that..
Need I go on? Wink

Charmed has a lot of knitted/crocheted items in it, so does Buffy, and if memory serves, Angel, too. Narnia, and Harry Potter, obviously (as has been mentioned). Uhm...Spiderman? As in the movies, of course. The hats and stuff that MJ wears are often hailed by fellow knitters.
Can't think of anything else at the moment though, but there's a ton out there
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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2006 01:43:35 PM »

The one that pops into my mind is The Matrix movies. When they're on their ships or in Zion, they wear a lot of knit clothes. I seem to remember flipping through a book called Hollywood Knits (or something like that) that had a pattern for the sweater Neo wears (with deliberate drop stitches and whatnot).

And just to add: I have a degree in Computer Science, and the first large-scale item I knit (and the first one I knit for another person) was a Dr. Who scarf for my little brother for Christmas. Apparently I'm such a stereotype  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2006 03:33:47 PM »


ok - great links! - i esp. love this klien bottle one - is there a pattern out there? - ....i could likely wing it but if a pattern exists i'd love to see it!

your luck- theres is actually one in the most recent edition of knitty

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTkleinbottle.html
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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2006 04:51:15 PM »

your luck- theres is actually one in the most recent edition of knitty

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTkleinbottle.html

oh wicked - thanks [i totally missed it - i frequent knitty!]
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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2006 06:22:45 PM »

Don't forget crochet hyperbolic planes.  I have posted about them once before, now where did I put that link... I'll get back to you all with that.  *** dited 30/01/07 to add hyperbolic plane link *** 
http://www.theiff.org/oexhibits/oe1e.html

I have also seen a lot of Star Wars knits, especially stuff using the rebel alliance logo.  I am sure I have seen R2-D2 and Darth Vader hot sauce cozies somewhere on the net, I think they were crocheted too.

I can certainly understand the need to recreate an item from a movie or TV show.  I have made the crochet top Jennifer Love Hewitt was wearing on the beach in I Know What You Did Last Summer.  Not a geeky movie (and I didn't like it), but I figure it is a very geeky thing to do none the less.

One geeky thing I did knit, was a Gambit glove for my swap partner in the recent X-Men swap.  But he does not normally wear a knit glove, it's sewn.
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2007 04:13:00 PM »

Sorry that this is another crochet item from me but I think it deserves a mention.  Scientists have been using crochet models to understand weather patterns, really.  Yeah sorry, also not a TV or movie thing, but guys, it blows me away that this is for 'real'.  This is just a news article at this stage, no pictures yet.  I hope to find out more.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200701/s1835760.htm
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2007 05:42:53 PM »

well, i'm not sure if this really qualifies as geeky (more lame and sad?), but i've become a huge fan of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends lately.

And I'm 30.

Anyway, I've been playing their online game (the houseparty game)  (shut up, I know I'm 30), and basically, your character goes on little errands all over the foster's house, and you interact with all kinds of little imaginary friends.  And one of those friends, when i can find him/her, is always sitting in a chair and knitting.  Woohoo!  as far as I can tell, this friend is not featured in the cartoon.  But it always makes me happy when I run across him/her.

 Grin

i vow one day to come up with a knitting pattern for my favorite character:  Cheese!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2007 08:31:23 AM »

If you come up with a pattern for Cheese, I would love to see a finished object. Cheese is a favorite in my house, as I have a 6 year old boy. (Okay, I use him as an excuse to watch Foster's and Billy & Mandy...Shhhhh.)
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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2007 09:07:43 AM »

the mother lode of geek knitting can be found here:
the home of mathmatical knitting

a friend sent me this site recently, and i pointed out, at the bottom, there is a link to Thomasina's page of Geek knitting, (and thomasina credits me for some of her links! (at my old aol address, not my blog(i quit aol more than 2 years ago!)

my favorite geek knitting site is Hex and Bin, meet my friends knit and purl.
i recently made (and blogged about) a hat i made useing a fibonacci formula, (a second hat is in the works)  and now i am working on the Phyllotaxis scarf (norah gaughan, Knitting Nature) which is an other application of fibonacci numbers.

(i have also made klien bottle hats, and moebius scarves, and celular automaton fair isle hats.. and well, been using math very consciously in my knitting for years!)

even things that don't immediately seem geeky often are.
EZ's famous Pi shawl, works on binary numbers at its heart.
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« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2007 09:53:02 AM »

Scary that this could be true.

Alternative Rock Band, They Might Be Giants, who did the theme song for Fox's Malcom In The Middle, now has done an alphabet dvd for kids for Disney.

go the site, and see what you see . . . .

http://disney.go.com/disneyrecords/Song-Albums/theymightbegiants/index.html

i am embarassed to admit how long it took me to see the knitted renditions of john & john on the picture at the top.......  keep in mind that it literally took me years to figure out what TCBY stood for, and it was in the friggin song (the country's best yogurt).

knitting is totally geeky and i wouldn't have it any other way!  i know i'm not alone when i say that i find myself staring at people's sweaters in a creepy stalker sort of way, trying to figure out the patterns!
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2007 09:59:36 AM »

I was surprised how geeky Knitting Nature was. Pretty AND Geeky.

i know i'm not alone when i say that i find myself staring at people's sweaters in a creepy stalker sort of way, trying to figure out the patterns!

I do the same. I think it creeps some people out (esp. girls) when they catch me staring at them. Oh well  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2007 02:31:48 PM »

you might be able to use these geometric designs in a scarf?
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/01/parallelograms-left-slanting.html

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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2007 03:11:48 PM »

http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html

A sweater made in honor of Samus Aran, from Metriod.  Uber-gamer-geek!
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