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About the Author

 Joan of Dark (a/k/a Toni Carr) is an avid lover of all things knit and crocheted. She has been featured on two DIY Network shows, Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty. She's the author of the book Knockdown Knits (Wiley), and her patterns have been published on KnitPicks.com and in Vampire Knits (Potter Craft). Her sense of style was also profiled in Indianapolis Monthly, Nuvo, and Intake Weekly. With a science fiction writer for a mother, and a father who made sure that her comic book collection was always stocked, she had no choice but to grow up a geek!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449407919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449407919
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
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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.
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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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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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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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I respect her work and the designs are perfect for beginners, but as an experienced knitter I would have liked more complex patterns. But I don't regret my purchase. If you're a nerd and a knitting noob this book is totes perfect 4 u!
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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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