Are you a geek who knits or crochets? Are you a member of Ravelry, the social network for knitters and crocheters?
If you answered “Yes” to both of these questions, check out Ravelry’s Nerd Wars page and visit the Nerd Wars’ own blog page to see 25 geek-inspired teams compete in knitting and crocheting to pay homage to Nerd Culture. Competitor Jennifer Crusie provided GeekMom links and explanations of her entries for this year’s tournament. Jenny’s team is Team UU, which stands for Unseen University, the school of wizardry in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld fantasy novel series. Most of Team UU’s entries tie back to the Discworld stories, and Jenny’s storytelling in her picture descriptions are so much fun. (It probably helps that Jenny is New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Cruise.)
*Aside from editor Corrina–if you love her descriptions, her books are just that funny, too.
The imagination going into these entries are great!
Here’s Jenny’s explanation of the mouse amigarumi pictured above:
This time, the technical [challenge] was about angles. The Discworld’s supercomputer is called Hex and it has its own mouse, so I made Hex’s mouse, sitting on a hexagon in homage to its boss.
If you want to take a quick trip through the teams’ most recent entries, Ravelry members can visit the Nerd Wars project site. Unfortunately, this year’s tournament is closed, but you can stay tuned for when next year’s kicks off!
Enjoy a sampling of Jenny’s other entries in this year’s tournament.
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Each tournament lasts three months (not a whole year, as implied above), then we give our mods a month to recover, so we have a new tournament starting every four months! The next one officially begins in February; more info here: http://ravnerdwars.info/important-dates/
Thank you for the clarification. I saw something to the effect of “Entries are closed for this year” which gave me the impression it was annual. Glad to know I could possibly join in sooner than I thought 🙂
In fact you can join in at any point as a Ninja warrior.
As a Ninja warrior you don’t join a team but you can compete and earn ponits as a individual. That’s what I’m doing right now and it’s heaps of fun. It also means I’m not so worried about letting a team down at this busy time of year.
I’m also kinda looking for team members for a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy team for the next tournament if anyone is interested.
And I need to add that Nerd Wars people are some of the most awesome people in the world, a gorgeous lace shawl will get tons off ooohs and ahhhs, but so will a basic garter stitch square from someone who says “I learned to knit last month” And while there are a bunch of people competing, there are also people hanging out.
Plus one of the six challenges every round is for a good cause, everything from raising money for Japan immediately after the tsunami earlier this year to the current blanket (and blanket squares) drive.
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