Nerdy Knitters Unite!

I'll come clean: I'm a nerd. Or maybe a geek. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I embrace my nerdy geekiness. I love sci-fi—Star Wars, Star Trek, the-best-show-ever Battlestar Galactica, and so forth. As I'm writing this, I have a Star Trek movie playing in the background. No joke.

Kirsch Cowl by Carina Spencer
Huggin and Muggin Mitts by Lisa Jacobs
Skyhawk Shawl by Megi Burcl

I was never into fantasy, though. I preferred start ships and time travel over dragons and wizards. However, I did see the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I admired it greatly, and I am just slightly obsessed with Game of Thrones. I have to keep a little distance, though, because they keep killing my favorites. If they kill off Tyrion, I'm out.

I was telling one of my friend's kids that I've been to two Star Trek conventions. The first one wasn't planned; I was driving in Bellevue, Washington, passing a convention center, and I saw "Star Trek Convention" on the marquee. I said to myself, "Don't mind if I do!" and swung into the parking lot. It was a blast. I walked around wide-eyed and slack-jawed, taking in the costumes and the passion of the attendees. Everyone was so nice! And I met Captain Kirk. So cool.

The second convention was intentional. It was a women of Star Trek theme, and it was great fun.

How does all of this geekiness connect to knitting? Well, I'm in the Nerdy Knitters group on Ravelry, and there are a lot of us! Knitscene Editor Amy Palmer considers herself a nerdy knitter as well.

Her nerdiness inspired a lot of the stories in the wonderful new issue of Knitscene Accessories. Here she is to tell you about how that came about.

Knitting Goes Nerdy

I consider myself a Grade A nerd. There have been references to it in every issue I've edited—project titles, story themes, these editor's notes—but it's probably time I just call it what it is and lay my nerdy cards on the table.

Calamus Hat by Teresa Gegorio
Pivot Socks by Kate Atherley

Part of the inspiration for this issue of Knitscene Accessories came from my nerdiness. When determining if I could work in my love of comic books, I found inspiration from the myths and legends of our collective pasts—the same source that drives many comic writers. That idea blossomed and grew into our Urban Legends story.

And really, my so-called nerdiness is actually passion. Passion for the stories, creativity, and the craft that goes into creating the television shows and movies that inspire me. Passion that drives designers to create incredible patterns that you want to knit.

It's passion that drives our featured designer, Carina Spencer, to design incredible knits for us, and to cook up delicious dishes in her day job. It's love for an artistic movement that generated the origins of the North by Northwest story.

It's a desire for shared learning and continued tradition that has Kate Atherley, Joni Coniglio, and even yours truly writing technique articles. (If you love sock knitting, you'll want to laminate Kate's article.)

And it's that love and passion that I hope have kept you knitting, and will keep fueling that fire in you.

—Amy Palmer, Editor, Knitscene Accessories

I just love how our interests carry over to our knitting. And if you don't consider yourself nerdy, you'll love all of the knitted accessories in this magazine. I promise.

Get your issue of Knitscene Accessories now, and cast on! You can download the issue from the Interweave Store, too.


P.S. Do you consider yourself a nerd or a geek? Leave a comment and tell us why!

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