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Homemade Doctor Who and Dalek Costumes


The Cardboard Keep has toppled. It wasn’t due to poor construction, or even an enemy invasion. No, the Cardboard Keep was pillaged by my own two hands, as evidenced by the quantity of paper cuts.

A bit of background: It was last Friday, and I had just learned that my local comic book store was participating in Halloween ComicFest, which included a costume contest among other fun things. I was brainstorming costume ideas for the kids throughout the day, with no clear winners coming to mind. It was while I was on hold, buying movie tickets to the much anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary special event in 3D, that these two thoughts melded so beautifully in my mind. Indeed, the kids will go as the Doctor and a Dalek!

The Doctor was a piece of cake. I had already made the 4th Doctor’s scarf, and the rest of the outfit was easily pulled from our closets within minutes. What I didn’t have on hand was a stockpile of cardboard and other materials for the Dalek. If I was going to pull this off I had to make haste. I ransacked the place for materials: a metal pot lid, plastic easter eggs, a honey stick, a plastic serving spoon, a plastic bowl, a whisk, broken lamp parts, and a plastic salt and pepper shaker set.

Dalek partsFinally, the Cardboard Keep had to come down. I tried not to think of it as destruction, but more like a metamorphosis (try leaning on that analogy with a two and five-year-old). A lot of hot glue and the majority of my weekend later, and the costumes were complete.

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IMG_5693 IMG_5682We didn’t even make it into the store and someone stopped us for a picture, which made the kids as proud as peacocks. We’re anxiously waiting to hear who won!


Knits for Nerds: Mission Accomplished

Finished Dr. Who Scarf

The Doctor Who scarf project from Knits for Nerds is finished! Seven hundred and seventy-four rows of knitting later!

Scarf chart

It is roughly ten feet, or, a four-year old girl, plus a two-year old boy, plus a medium-sized beagle/boxer doggy long.

Scarf Length

It feels great to have finished this project, and I’m so glad that I tackled it, even though It was pretty a serious project for a first-time knitter. Now I have a new skill in my arsenal, not to mention a very warm neck, or even a makeshift rope in case of an emergency. While I don’t have any other knitting projects on the horizon, I’m certain that I will knit something else at some point in the future. In the meantime, I have the rest of winter to wear my handmade Doctor Who scarf as a badge of pride.

Scarf roll


Knits for Nerds: Update #3

Knits for Nerds: Update #2

Knits for Nerds: Update #1

Knits for Nerds: The Prequel

Knits for Nerds: Update #3


I’ve climbed to the highest peak of  Mount Knitting,  and now I’m taking a brief respite to enjoy the view that overlooks Yarn Gully. That’s right – I’m halfway there, precisely 50% done! I can report this fact with complete certainty because I made a chart to track my knitting progress. Yeah, I’m that guy.

The scarf is now way longer than both of my kids, and it’s getting pretty close to passing me out as well.


  • I know I’m knitting much faster than when I started. Go me!
  • The official measurement at the halfway mark is 5 feet, 3 inches. According to the book, the finished product should be 10.5 feet. I can’t quite believe it, but I’m amazingly right on track. I originally misread book and thought the end result was supposed to be 20 feet long. Phew!
  • This scarf is producing lots of scrap pieces as I cut off the tails, so I started saving them and made a cat toy.

Jazzy Cat

The biggest and most exciting news is that Toni Carr, author of Knits for Nerdsfound my posts last week and wrote some very kind words of encouragement! What an awesome surprise! This will surely keep me motivated through the second half of the project.

Overall, this project is turning out to be a blast!  Much more so than I could have imagined. Knit on!


Knits for Nerds: Update #2

Knits for Nerds: Update #1

Knits for Nerds: The Prequel

Knits for Nerds: Update #2

Well, it’s been one week since I started my Knits for Nerds: Doctor Who scarf knitting project. According to my estimates, it is 18% complete. Here’s what I learned thus far:

Week 1 progress

  • Just like learning to play the guitar, knitting can be rough on virgin fingers, and after a while you’re forced to take breaks. I’m now starting to build up callouses.
  • Yes, they make apps for counting rows, and no, an iPhone does not work well as a row counter. It was worth the few extra bucks to buy a clicker.
  • Covering your legs with a blanket while you knit may be cliché, but it’s the only way I roll.
  • I knit too tight.
  • Someone suggested trying bamboo needles. I love this person. Bamboo works so much better for me than the metal ones.
  • Now when I see people wearing sweaters, vests, scarfs, etc., I’m beginning to wonder if they knit them. Believe it or not, this is a new habit.
  • Brands matter. Some brands of yarn are easy to work with while others I am beginning to loathe.
  • I was tempted to set targets for myself to hit, but with the holiday season in full gear, I don’t want to make this a stressful endeavor. I’ll just keep on trucking along at my own pace.
  • I can’t yet knit and actually watch TV 😦

So far, so good. No major mistakes or hangups. My daughter likes to click the clicker for me, which is really cute, but now I have to watch she doesn’t run off with it. She wants to knit, too, but I told her she’s still too young. Really, I just don’t want to get schooled by a four-year old. Of course, I do want to include her as much as possible, so instead we picked out three colors of yarn to make a friendship bracelet. After some instruction from daddy, she made me proud by weaving the rest of it herself. I thought she would lose interest, but she could see it coming together and became excited.

Friendship bracelet