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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
This collection of fandom inspired knits is just fantastic. Toni Carr got contributions from other designers and put lots of her own patterns in the book. There is a good range of skill levels as well, so beginners will have patterns they can use, and more advanced knitters will also find some lovely lace items. The patterns are written out clearly with fun photos of finished items modeled by roller derby girls at Neil Gaiman's house.

As a long time geek, I was thrilled with the books and movies covered.

The Lord of the Rings inspired Toni Carr's pair of hobbit slippers and Ashley Fay's Light of Eärendil Shrug, a lacy ethereal shrug patterned with leaves.

Neil Gaiman's Death and Mr. Nancy both make an appearance in felted knit hats. A tiny top hat for Death and a bright green fedora for Mr. Nancy.

Firefly makes a strong showing with the Aim to Misbehave Brown Jacket, cunning socks and a cunning scarf.

Star Trek is covered with a Next Generation sweater, an original series mini dress and tribbles.

Also covered are Doctor Horrible, Real Genius, The Big Bang Theory, Temeraire, Harry Potter, Wicked Lovely, Star Wars, and Doctor Who in a variety of projects like fingerless gloves, stuffies, sweaters, shawls and bags.

For the male geek, there is a unisex Harry Potter inspired book bag, a sweater that looks like a Star Trek- The Next Generation Uniform, a wonderful cabled sweater vest and Mr. Nancy's Hat.

The end of the book includes a key to commonly used knitting abbreviations, and an overview of how to knit with photographs.

My daughter, who is a proud nerd and fan, and who loves to knit snatched this up as soon as we got it, and took it for 3 hours. She chortled and giggled and got very enthused. Her favorite patterns are the above mentioned green fedora, the cape pictured on the cover, and Aim to Misbehave jacket, which is a lovely longer jacket for Browncoat fans and the Big Bang Theory Raj inspired cabled sweater vest.

My favorite projects are the shrug mentioned above, the Super Awesome Fantastic Mega Super Cute Manga Leg Warmers which are flared to look just like illustrated chibi style legs, the colorful Tank Girl socks (I love Tank Girl!), and the adorable, quick to knit, button eyed Creepy Filler Bunny.

[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you're reading this, it's because you respect what i have to say and you are wise because of it. Now, hear me when i say that i don't care whether you are a nerd, a geek, a dork, a turd burglar, a booger eater, a freak or a super-market employee: YOU NEED TO MAKE YOURSELF SOME HOBBIT FEET!!! Joan of Dark shows you how. If you don't know how to knit, stop picking your nose and get on it, bro.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I waited eagerly for my copy of this and just got it. I am VERY disappointed. With a very few exceptions, most of the patterns are generic and any connection to the source is forced and tenuous. At best they are merely "inspired by" some work, such as the "Cunning socks", which are merely striped socks and have no relationship to Firefly other than the author's notes. A basic cabled sweater vest is just a cabled vest, despite the author's "inspiration" from Raj in The Big Bang Theory. A pair of plain yellow gloves is nerdy? Not. The Cat Woman Hat is cute but I've seen many similar patterns. Her choice of the silly legwarmers which are supposed to be manga-inspired is uninspired and a bit insulting to manga readers. The Time Traveller Scarf is not nearly as good as the multitude of patterns already out there for the Doctor's scarf. If you saw these patterns elsewhere, without the author's notes, you would not consider them nerdy/scifi/etc. Most of them are fairly generic patterns labelled as "nerdy". I don't understand why people are squeeing when they just aren't that special.

I will say that two of the patterns ARE special: The Summer Queen Shawl and the Light of Earendil Shrug. BUT: the author notes that Galadriel gave the Light to Sam, when of course she gave it to FRODO. Epic fail. I also really love the beaded bag (who wouldn't want this magical item?!), but again, if I'd seen that pattern elsewhere there would be no association to HP.

Bottom line: Since I got this from the library, I'm not out any money, just a bit of time looking through the book. I gave it 2 stars because it has a couple of good patterns but I would caution any real fan of any of the source material to not waste your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I'll admit, I bought this JUST for the Horrible Gloves pattern... then I started flipping through pages and fell in love with The Cunning Scarf, Cunning Socks, Aim to Misbehave Jacket, Next Generation Sweater.... well, you get the idea. The patterns are well-written, the yarn recommendations are for reasonably priced yarns and include yardage to make yarn substitution easier. There's a fair blend of easy, intermediate, and advanced patterns - I am somewhere between novice and intermediate and there are plenty of projects to improve my skills with.

If you're a knitter, buy this - you won't regret it!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I loved Toni Carr's first book Knockdown Knits: 30 Projects from the Roller Derby Track, so I was super excited to find out about her second book, Knits for Nerds.

Most of the patterns in the book are fairly simple. The designs are inspired by the books and shows they reference, so the majority of the patterns are ordinary designs altered (either by color or a small addition) to fit the nerdy theme. The patterns, therefore, are useful for both regular and nerdy use. Two patterns in particular- Creepy Filler Bunny and Robot of the Future- would make adorable kids' toys.

Not every pattern in the book appeals to me, but there are several that I absolutely love. I'm giving the book five stars because I plan to make these patterns multiple times. Also, there is nothing at all wrong with the other patterns. I'm just not a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, and I've never seen an episode of Dr. Who.

The striped Dr. Horrible Gloves are my absolute favorite. They're long, fingerless gloves which button all the way down the side. I'm also planning to make the Baby Elf Beanie and the Top Hat Fascinator (a tiny top hat!). Future projects include the Light of Earendl Shrug (a gorgeous, long-sleeved lacy shrug), Dragon Rider Gloves (patterned fingertipless gloves), Summer Queen Shawl (a pretty lace shawl), and Aim to Misbehave (a long cardigan with lacy edges). There are also two awesome sock patterns inspired by Tank Girl and Firefly, cute vests, Star Trek outfits, and Star Wars princess hats. The patterns in this book will appeal to a wide variety of knitters, not just the nerdy ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I eagerly awaited the release of this book and I wasn't disappointed. Although I am a beginning knitter myself, there was plenty to engage me in Toni's book. I was able to knit several pieces without trouble, the instructions are good. I was so proud of myself when I finished the Firefly scarf! :-D
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm not particularly into sci-fi /fantasy /maths but nonetheless found some of these projects quite cute and inspiring, notably the brown hat with coiled up braids (a la Princess Leia); a lacy shrug inspired by a Lord of the Rings elf and a scarf based on the Mobius strip (knitted in the round and twisted).
But although I accept I'm not personally familiar with some of the shows and comics mentioned, I did feel a lot of these items were just bog-standard socks, sweaters etc which were only allegedly representations of sci-fi stuff. The Star Trek sweaters certainly wouldn't have put me in mind of the show unless I'd been told. Nor would the woolly balls have made me exclaim 'Tribbles!' (Trekkies know what Tribbles are!)
NB My dictionary defines a nerd as 'a dull person...anyone who fails to fit in with the gang...socially inept, over-scholarly' so not necessarily into sci-fi at all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
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Nerds, geeks, and fandom addicts can all find something here to enjoy. There are patterns for every skill level. And, boy, oh boy, do I wish I had the skill level for that Firefly/Serenity-inspired browncoat. Maybe I can commission it. Not only is this a knitting book; but the photography is stunning. Cosplayers can find great inspiration on these pages. My other favorites are the little felted hat (so many ways you can customize that!), the chessboard and the other articles of knitwear you just KNOW Jayne's mama made for him besides his cunning hat. I hope this book is the first of a trilogy--because that's the way the movies we love tend to go, and I'd love to see more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
These are great, fun ideas, particularly if you are into science fiction and fantasy costuming. My favorite project is on page 77, "Super Awesome Fantastic Mega Super Cute Manga Leg Warmers". (Fans of MegaMan take note!) You'll find accessories for CatWoman, Princess Leia, Mr. Nancy, Dr. Who, Hobbits, and Dragon Riders (just to name a few). Now, I have a convention coming up in two weeks; which project can I finish in time?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
A fun guide to celebrate your fandom without violating any copyrights. I haven't tried any of these projects but I have a couple in mind to do.
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