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Spoilers ahoy!

The first series of the new Doctor Who had an arc to it which, in my opinion, has not really been duplicated in the series since. That is not to say that every individual was great -- I would say three single-episode stories and two two-parters are quite noteworthy, with the rest being either somewhat forgettable or seriously flawed -- but the overall sweep of the season, combined with the fact that this was a fresh approach to the series, made it add up to greater than the sum of its parts.
Cut for spoilers and for length )
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I mentioned to some friends that there is an interesting phenominon on ravelry: Torchwood fan fiction in which the characters knit. (One or two of the stories can't be seen unless you have a ravelry account, but here are a couple of examples: http://community.livejournal.com/dwfiction/913024.html http://meilin-miranda.livejournal.com/10327.html )

Then I was asked: "So which heroes character would be most likely to learn to knit?"

[Poll #1101079]
(LJ seems to have a limit on the number of answers you can have in a poll; sorry if I left out any of your favorite characters.)
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Chuck Norris IS Chuck Norris and Chuck Norris IN 'Face of Evil'Pretty good, but I was distracted by the fact that half the male characters looked like Chuck Norris. (Many of the others looked like Tom Baker, but that was more forgivable.)
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Spoilers? Yes, spoilers! )

[livejournal.com profile] sunburn can be held to be partly responsible for me writing this, since he threatened to give a cute robot an MRI if I didn't!
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After the useless and unpleasant blood-giving experience described previously the evening got much more pleasant. [livejournal.com profile] cgoldfish (who was also missing the pool party owing to a hair appointment) had suggested that we have some post-giving-blood ice cream, so I headed over around 8 pm and we had some triple chocolate ice cream with syrup. It was very good, and chatting with [livejournal.com profile] cgoldfish was very fun, as it always is.

At some point recently I mentioned that I had the most recent season of Doctor Who on DVD and Carrie had expressed some interest in seeing it, so I brought a few discs over and (after ice cream in the courtyard) we watched the first couple ('Rose' and 'The End of the World'). Carrie said she was hooked, so we plan watch some more on Monday, hopefully including the first two-parter, which I think is the first really excellent story of the new series.

In other news: less than two tapes left until the end of Harry Potter book six. With a little luck I'll finish them on the drive up to my sister's this weekend, as she and her husband want to borrow the set after I'm done with it.
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For some reason I wrote a bunch of dirty poetry yesterday. And this morning. *cough*

[livejournal.com profile] doctroid posted this dirty limerick to alt.religion.kibology:

This one! )

and Kibo posted a challenge to turn it into a Shakespearian sonnet. I wrote something that was four lines short of a sonnet, [livejournal.com profile] doctroid called me on it, and I wrote this expanded version, which I think is superior anyway, despite containing what might be considered 'fat humor', which I don't really approve of:

More toilet humor )

Next, [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort challenged people to write dirty limericks about Daleks. I came up with three:

Three dirty limericks )

The entire dirty Dalek limerick discussion can be found here. My favorite one is this one by [livejournal.com profile] doctroid.

(A couple of the poems above differ slightly from the versions I posted to a.r.k.)

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I have heard from [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort that the socks have arrived and more or less fit, so now it is time to reveal the ...

Secrets of Making Doctor Who Socks

[livejournal.com profile] plorkwort gave me a copy of the Doctor Who Pattern Book for Christmas last year. Later, she noticed the Knitty Very Tall Socks pattern and mentioned that if she were more of a knitter she would make a pair using the stripes and relative dimensions from the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who scarf. At last, an opportunity to repay her thoughtfulness!

A few things had to be worked out, though. First, there was the question of which scarf pattern to use. After some consideration, I decided not to use the pattern in the Pattern Book but to instead go with Chris Brimelow's. The next question was which season scarf pattern to go with (as the scarf became damaged it was altered somewhat), but it seemed obvious that I should go with the original Season 12 pattern.

I also decided that instead of making the socks identical I would make them each take up about half of the original scarf pattern. The conceit would be that the sock would start at the end of one sock, go down into the shoe, emerge from the other shoe, and continue up to the other end. I thought this would look nicer and more Doctor Who-like, would have the added advantage that I would be able to make the individual stripes wider, and would mean that it wouldn't be too big a deal if I didn't get the conversions quite right.

Next to do the math. After making a bunch of simplifying assumptions I multiplied together a bunch of conversion factors and, surprisingly, ended up with a ratio of 2:1, meaning that every two rows of the original scarf would correspond to one row of sock. Also happily the original scarf was done in garter stitch, with each color being used on an even number of rows. And, finally, Chris Brimelow's pattern site even had a diagram with the number of rows divided by two. This made it all very, very convenient.

To select the yarn, I took a printout of a photo of the scarf and tried to match colors as best I could, which approach worked pretty well, I think. The Knitty pattern calls for cheap acrylic yarn; I ended up getting a couple of different kinds at a couple of different stores.

The knitting was pretty straightforward. A few notes:

  • Note that the Knitty pattern calls for five #2 needles, not a set of number fives as I initially misread.
  • In the 'Work Short-Row Heel Shaping' section there's a line which says:
    Row 5 [WS]: Sl1 pwise, p8, p2tog, turn.
    It should instead say:
    Row 5 [WS]: Sl1 pwise, p8, p2tog, p1, turn.
  • When it comes time to knit the heel flap, continue with the same color for the entire flap instead of trying to continue the stripes. The problem isn't so much that it's difficult to continue the stripes as that you end up with a lot of loose ends, which is probably not desirable for the part of the sock that you're actually going to walk on. (Although there are probably tricks to get around this if you are a better knitter than I am.) Instead, do the heel in a single color and resume counting rows once you start knitting the top of the sock again (in the final step before the 'Shape Instep' section).
  • Note that these socks are both very warm and very heavy. A sturdy garter belt will be required!

Update: [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort has kindly provided some pictures of the socks being worn!

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That's right, the Doctor Who socks project is finally done! Well, except I still have to work some ends in.
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Here's a couple of pictures:

Onward to sock #2!

If they don't fit, maybe [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort can use them as Christmas stockings and get all the candy in the world!

(Sock pattern based on this, this, and this.)
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Some of you may recall that [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort gave me a Doctor Who Pattern Book for HMas. Inspired by this gift and by an offhand comment she made I've decided to make her some Doctor Who socks, based on this Knitty pattern.

After a couple of false starts I've managed to complete the first eight inches, so here's a photo (with some accompanying material so you can see what I'm going for):

picture )

The yarn is mostly Plymouth Encore (75% acrylic, 25% wool), although for a couple of colors I went with good old Red Heart acrylic.

Incidentally, if my attempts to make these socks are actually successful I'll probably post some information on how I went about it in case anyone wants to replicate this odd little project. I'm relying on this website for scarf-based information (and I'm going with the original Season 12 version of the scarf for various reasons).
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buettner [to jwgh]: you should watch Blackhawk Down and drink some vodka!!!

buettner [to jwgh]: that's what i did last night, and it worked out GRATE!

jwgh [to buettner]: Unfortunately, I have neither Blackhawk Down nor vodka.

buettner [to jwgh]: i guess you really blew it when you went to the store!!!

jwgh [to buettner]: I have a coke and some water and an episode of Dr. Who, though.
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I got a package in the mail today from [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort and opened it to find The Doctor Who Pattern Book, published in 1984! No knitted Daleks (I blame Terry Nation) but a really cute knitted K9 and a Yeti and all sorts of cool stuff! This will keep me busy for a while. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] plorkwort!

I will certainly bring it to the next [livejournal.com profile] snbprov for the admiration of all.


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