Challenge (Intellectual): MEMORIA TECHNICA
Challenge: Craft something inspired by a mnemonic or memory tool.
Challenge (Scientific): ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL
Your challenge this month is to copy the simplicity of nature and craft an item inspired by the simplicity of unicellular organisms by:
Option 1: Crafting a project made in one piece. (Examples: scarves, hats, dishcloths, granny squares…)
Option 2: Crafting a project from only one skein of yarn.
Option 3: Spinning a skein of singles.
Challenge (Technical): WHAT’S YOUR SPECIALTY?
Your challenge this month is to craft an item using a technique that you feel is one of your strengths. Do you love lace? Have you conquered cables? Are you a garter stitch champ? Are you the fastest n-plyer in the west? Are amigurimi your pride and joy? This is your opportunity to show us your mad skillz! (For the purposes of this challenge, a technique is a method within a particular craft. For instance, knitting is a craft, but knitting garter stitch or stockinette stitch is a technique.)
Challenge (Nerd Culture): I, FOR ONE, WELCOME OUR NEW MANMADE OVERLORDS
Your challenge for this month is to create something inspired by technology and human (or non-human, I suppose) ingenuity. Anything designed to make your (or a character’s) life better will be considered, from siege engines to pocket watches to moisture vaporators, and everything in between.
Challenge (Geek Pride): WOVE. TWUE WOVE.
his month’s challenge is to craft an item that symbolizes a past, present, or possible relationship within your nerddom. Whether that relationship is established as canon (Miss Piggy+Kermit), suggested by fans (Castle+Beckett), or merely a character that you love and would happily marry is up to you. Since relationships can get pretty complex, for the purpose of this challenge the word “love” is encompassed in all its forms: from strictly friendly, sisterly/brotherly, crush flirtatious, passing/one-night, passionate, abiding, long-term, all the way up to and including the ever allusive “Twue Wove”.
Challenge (Giving Geeks): HATS OFF TO GIVING!
This month we’re challenging you to help get hats into the hands of people who can really appreciate them, whether for their aesthetic or utilitarian qualities… or both! Chemo caps, preemie hats, headgear for the homeless, and helmet liners for military troops all qualify as do donations of time, money, or supplies to charities that supply these head protectors to the people who need them most.
I had written up my dissertation for the Tuck Shawl I will be knitting. This will be a project that will take the full three months of the tournament. Here is what I submitted...before I submit the final shawl, I will tweak the write up and make it better but this should suffice with the powers to be.
Team Team Precious
Summary and Pattern A knitted Shawl written by Sharon Dreifuss of She-Knits called Tuck
Yarn 2 skeins of Sunshine of Wonder by Wonder Why Alpaca Farm, LLC 220 yds each Suri Alpaca and Merino and 1 skein Happy Fuzzy Yarn 330 yrds Superwash Merino
Category and Team Spirit Tie In
In the Hobbit, Smaug the dragon makes an important appearance. This pattern has lace on the out edges and cables through the body. As seen in this photo of Smaug, you can see the lacelike webbing in Smaugs’s wings.
I am SMAUG! I kill when I wish! I am strong, strong, STRONG! My armor is like tenfold shields! My teeth like swords! My claws, spears! The shock of my tail, a thunderbolt! My wings, a hurricane! And my breath, death! --The Hobbit
This will be an Epic project for me using my new skills with cable knitting PLUS lace which really freaks me out. There are a bunch of techniques that I have not used before which means that I need to take my time, not talk and be super duper careful.
I am also working on a handspun submission (hmmm, me spin?) for one of the challenges. I haven't figured out which category it will go in but I have been meaning to spin this Polyworth dyed by Briar Rose for ages. I am actually going to leave it 100% wool too. Yes, no Alpaca added.
I have decided not to kill myself completing every challenge is round this tournament especially since I am working on a dissertation project. My hands will be full but they will also be productive and that is the beauty of Nerd Wars. So many amazing projects are created while enjoying my favorite nerddom with kindred spirits. Now...share your adventures in Fiber Arts.
Fiber Arts Friday !
- Submit your blog article using your current blog address NOT your complete blog i.e. you would submit
Link back to Fiber Arts Friday from your post so that your readers can come and see everyone else’s projects! Text link to WISDOM BEGINS IN WONDER!
- Visit as many of the other participants as possible and leave comments! That’s what helps us all connect!