Where No Knitter Has Gone Before . . .

I'll admit it. I'm a sci-fi geek. I love all things sci-fi; I'm even a member of the group Nerdy Knitter's on Ravelry! I prefer space ships and time travel over dragons and fairies, though. I'm pretty sure I've seen every episode of all five of the Start Trek series, including all of the movies. And Star Wars? Yes, please.

Who would have thought that knitting and sci-fi would meet, but they do in an upcoming book, Knits of Tomorrow by Sue Culligan.

Knits of Tomorrow is a nostalgic collection of designs inspired by space and technology. Vintage shades and iconic symbols have been combined to create a range of exciting accessories for the home and to wear. Memories of sci-fi comic strips, old toys, and retro technology have been incorporated into the patterns, resulting in a collection with appeal for all ages.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

     The inspiration for these retro designs came from vintage comic strips depicting colorful rockets shooting through space. Transformed into useful pots the rockets will keep your work space tidy, providing storage for pens and pencils in the short version and knitting needles, rulers, and paint brushes in the taller one. They also make the perfect gift for all ages; fill them with candy and enjoy. You can adjust the colors to suit your décor, or use up yarn oddments and knit them in multicolored stripes.
Robots are famous for being handy around the house so what better way to stop your door from slamming than wedging it open with a chunky robot. This 3D robot is knitted in hard-wearing denim yarn and then stuffed with a combination of dried beans and toy stuffing. The denim yarn is perfect for the job, but if brighter colors are wanted swop this for a double knit cotton and make it to the measurements given after washing. The design can be knitted using the fair-isle method or by Swiss darning (also known as duplicate stitch) it after knitting.
Atomic theory has been around for thousands of years and while it might still remain a bit of a mystery to most of us, the planetary model shows in simple graphics how electrons spin around a nucleus. The model was created early in the 20th century by a chemist and physicist called Ernest Rutherford and while he probably never imagined it would be used for a knitting pattern, it makes a striking design for this laptop cover. The cover has been felted after knitting to make it more durable and has a simple zipper fastening.

Pretty fresh take on knitted accessories, and knitting for the home, right? Knits of Tomorrow will be in our warehouse at the end of January, 2013. Pre-order your copy today so you can start knitting these cute, fun, futuristic projects as soon as the book is released. I can't wait to cast on!


P.S. Are you a sci-fi fan? Share your favorite shows or books with us in the comments. (My favorite is the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. So good!)

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