Saturday, October 05, 2013

Put Cats in the Coffee

A new three month round of Nerd Wars has started and in celebration I'll post a project that I entered in the Spring round.
The hat was for the Big Bang Swap. The person I drew likes animals and the color orange. The orange yarn is sock yarn scraps held double and the white is Lush wool/angora yarn.

I made it thinking of all the cat references in the show. Lenard wishing for a Hypoallergenic Calico while singing emo songs, the never ending references to Schrodinger's cat and finally Cats-$20. I packaged this hat up and mailed it with the quote “This is Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, Otto Frisch, and Zazzles." Because, you know, Zazzles is zazzy.

Now the Nerd Wars challenge was to choose a character from another team for a dream dinner date. The project needs to be inspired by that meal.

Hmmm and how am I going to link cats to dinner? It took a little searching and creative thinking and I came up with this...

My dream dinner would be with Alice in Through the Looking Glass (Team One More Page). It’s a favorite book of mine and I’ve always wanted to visit the Looking Glass world. I would go to her coronation banquet when she is crowned queen. One of the verses of the song sung before she enters the hall is

“Then fill up the glasses as quick as you can,
And sprinkle the table with buttons and bran:
Put cats in the coffee, and mice in the tea --
And welcome Queen Alice with thirty-times-three!”

For such a large banquet there will be lots coffee so more cats will be appreciated and in a moment of whimsy can be used as a cozy.

The next part of the challenge was my team challenge. Team Browncoat joined up with Team Tardis for the Team Unity Project. The challenge was to use the colors significant in both of our fandoms.

Now I knit the hat with colors chosen for other reasons so I had to go searching for the colors. I also knit this in February when we were just  buried in snow as blizzard after blizzard has hit the Midwest. So the white is for snow in Doctor Who and Firefly. The orange is the color of my favorite companion Donna Noble’s hair. It’s also the color of Jayne’s hat.

And with that, I took a gift I knit with a particular person's likes in mind and tied it to three TV shows and a book. 



Glan Deas said...

Wow!!! I like your post. In it all the stories talking about are very good.

Kopi Luwak

needlefingers said...

I love reading your posts about Nerd Wars, but they sound complicated. ;)