Nerd Wars the 5th – Round 1

I was out of Nerd Wars for a while while I recovered from stuff and things. I was so happy to go back it for this tour. This is the 5th Nerd Wars tournament. I competed in the 1st & 2nd but missed the 3rd & 4th. Now I’m back and kinda kickin’ butt. I managed to finish the 6 challenges by June 20th (we have until the 28th of each month to complete). I was selected to be on the Team Hellmouth again, which is a team that represents all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel the Series. Because we all know I’m still, at 30-something years old, obsessed with Buffy.

There is the matter of a dissertation. I kinda picked a doozy this time. I proposed that I would knit a pair of socks for each member of my family (there are five of us), and then in turn relate the pair of socks back to a character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer either by the yarn, pattern or whatever. When I was debating whether I should attempt such a fate, or should I just do a sweater again (I did a sweater for both T1 & T2), a friend asked, do you think you can knit a sock in 9 days. Of course I can knit 1 measly sock in 9 days. And thanks to math, I had a goal for the next 3 months, I need to have a sock finished every 9 days. I am please to say that at this very second, I am on target and have 1 day to spare. I have completed 3 socks (1 pair, plus 1 from the second pair)
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What have my kick ass knitting skillz done with the challenges this time?

Challenge #1: Challenge (Geek Pride): THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
These socks were then given to my friend who is having a baby on October.
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Challenge #2: Challenge (Technical): TIPS OF THE TRADE
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The challenge this month is to craft something that shows off the best tip you ever learned about your craft. Then show an example of your tip or trick at work in a finished project.
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Cableing without a cable needle.

Challenge #3: Challenge (Giving Geeks): NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
In honor of fathers and all men everywhere that we are challenging you this month to do something to make a positive difference in the life of a man or group of men. .
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Sent two knit washcloths to Warmth for Warriors to fulfill this challenge. TEAM TIE-IN: I made one of the wash cloths with a sun on it to represent the town in which Buffy the Vampire Slayer takes place, Sunnydale.
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Challenge #4: Challenge (Nerd Culture): GOOGLE DOODLE
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TEAM TIE-IN: Occasionally on the series we see Giles drinking coffee instead of tea. It just doesn’t seem right to see Giles, a sophisticated fella like he is to be drinking coffee from a boring paper cup. I felt he needed a little savoire faire added to his cup while patroling for vamps. After the battle, when he is ready to settle down with a soothing cuppa tea, I’ve made him a tea wallet to carry some tea along with him.

Challenge #5: Challenge (Scientific): TRANSIT OF VENUS
On the 5/6 of June this year Venus transits the sun. To celebrate this very rare astronomical phenomenon, your challenge this month is to use your craft to represent planets and/or their movements through the solar system.

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Hat knitted in a dark brown colorway with blues and grays speckled to represent the clouds of Venus’ atmosphere. TEAM TIE-IN: The hat would be worn by Riley while he was out on duty and in his full commando gear.

Challenge #6: Challenge (Intellectual): A MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE THROUGH HISTORY
Your challenge is to craft an item that represents an historical era, be it one you are interested in or one which inspires you.
Victorian era brandished much lace and elaborate decorating for both home and fashion.
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TEAM TIE-IN: Drusilla, resident crazy vamp on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was sired by Angelus in 1840s England. Before making her a vampire, he made her crazy. This gives Dru her unique personality.

I obviously put way too much thought and time in to these challenges, for a silly little game. To me it’s a lot of fun. I love seeing what my other teammates come up with. I enjoy chatting away in the team forum as well as checking what the other teams are up to. Its a wonderful outlet for my nerdery & love of knitting. Yes, I am a Buffy geek and I am no longer afraid to admit it in public. It’s nice to have other Buffy fans to chat with so as I don’t bore the heck out of my husband and friends going on about the development of each character on the show or how this happened on this episode, etc. Plus there is this:

Someday, I will write an essay about why I’m so drawn to the show. In the mean time I will continue to knit my way through the show.

In case you don’t know what nerd wars is: Ravelry Nerd Wars
A few of my other Nerd Wars posts:
Nerd Wars Conclusion (T1)
Getting Ready for T2
Final Nerd Wars Post
Grr Argh Monster Tutorial
Nerd Wars Kick Off

Here is the search on my bog if you want to read all of them:
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