Spock Knit Doll

What a busy week!  Mom came to visit me here in Cape Cod, all the way up from Maryland, so I didn’t get much knitting done over the weekend.  Now that she’s headed home, I was able to finish one project that’s been on my table since the end of February…

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I was very sad to hear about Leonard Nimoy’s passing, not just because I’m a fan of star trek and sci-fi, but because he sounds like someone I would have liked to know.  I channeled that into my knitting, and surprised myself by how quickly he came together.

Here’s my rough sketch…

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Unfortunately, during construction I didn’t stop very often to take pictures.  The first ones I thought to take were his hands, because I knew right away I wanted to alter my traditional “mitten hand” to do a mitten version of Nimoy’s “Live Long and Prosper.”  Here are a couple of pictures of me making his left arm/hand, which is the non-LLAP hand…

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Fairly straight forward… I work in the round on the arm until I come to the hand, and then separate 6 stitches out onto a stitch holder for the thumb.  You get something like this…

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At this point I hadn’t chain stitched the bronze pattern onto the bottom of the sleeve yet.  On the show, Leonard’s sleeves looked like this, with wavy lines, but after some experimenting, I decided I liked the minimalist look of just one straight line of bronze chain stitches.  You’ll see them later.

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For the LLAP hand, I made it pretty much the same way, but then for the fingers portion of the hand, I split it again into two sections, and ended up with a monstrosity on 5 needles… Yikes!

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Almost ready for LLAP-ing!

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The ears were a bit of a challenge, I eventually decided that I wanted to make them in the round, and it took some trial and error to get them shaped the way I wanted.  There’s a good close up shot at the end of this blog entry of what they look like from the side.

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Chain stitched where the blue changes to skin tone…  Starting to look like what I want 🙂

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All of the guys in Star Trek have their little insignia on their shirts, here’s a good shot of them…

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At first I tried embroidering the insignia on with a duplicate stitch, but it came out heavy and unwieldly looking, and it didn’t quite have the shape I wanted.  In the end, I finally just cut it out of felt (printed it out on paper at the size I wanted, so I had a pattern to cut from).  I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to include the little star on the inside, but I eventually decided to go with the minimalist approach again.  I like how clean it is.

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Here he is again, all completed!

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I wanted to pose him for the photo with his hand holding up the LLAP gesture, so I stuck a needle through his arm to keep it raised temporarily.  Without the needle, it lays flat like his other arm.

Here’s a few more shots, including the ear (sorry it’s a bit washed out… I only ever really knit the evenings, and I’m too impatient to wait until daylight to get a better photo, so I end up with these weird ethereally lit pictures…!)

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In this one you can see how I popped a needle through his arm to prop it for the photo…

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Oh, and here’s a banana for scale.

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And apparently Spock likes knitting too!

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Thanks for all the years of fun, entertainment, and adventure, Mr. Nimoy!

Finished another 11th Doctor color variant today!

UPDATE:  Exciting news, first Etsy listing is up at this link!

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ORIGINAL POST:

Not much to report today in the way of news, but I did finally finish a second color variant for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) from Doctor Who.  Throughout Smith’s run he wore probably 5 different iconic outfits, the first being the pink shirt with the red bow tie in his premiere episode. Exhibit A:

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This alternated with a similar blue bow tie, blue shirt version throughout series 5.  I think the blue first appeared in Victory of the Daleks, but also came back for Vampires of Venice and the Leadworth portion of Amy’s Choice.  Here’s Matt wearing it, and walking like a drunk giraffe:

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Strangely, while the red bow tie became THE symbol for the 11th Doctor amongst fans, the toy companies seem to have latched on to the blue outfit for a lot of their products, like the Character Building micro figures…

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(Just a side note, I’m handling my addiction to these stupid things in much the same way that Kurt Cobain handled the smack… PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME! 😛 )

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Sorry I didn’t stop to take construction photos as I knit this one (if you want to see that, check out my 11th Doctor in pink/red because it’s exactly the same, just with different yarn).  Here is the completed product:

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And a link to the Ravelry page is here!

As I said before, the blue and red shirts with the tweed are two out of five iconic costumes the 11th Doctor wore during his run.  The third is the series 6 premiere white shirt with red bow tie, which I quite like because it’s a bit more mature of a look than the colored shirts.  I actually did knit this one for a friend’s Christmas present, but I was still in my hair experimental phase so it came out a bit flatter than I would have liked 😐

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The fourth is the “Let’s Kill Hitler” green coat, which I hope to someday make, because it looks great, especially with a Stetson:

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There’s also a micro figure for this one… just sayin’….

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The last costume from Matt’s time on the show is my personal favorite, the purple “post-Ponds” coat that appeared in Bells of Saint John, was featured in Day of the Doctor, and basically stuck around until the bow tie hit the floor.

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And yes, Character Building did this one too!  But in a move that I think is frankly an odd oversight, they seem to have forgotten his bow tie?

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Now that I think about it, I think a major reason I really enjoy collecting these figures and knitting these dolls is because I love costumes/wardrobe design so much… Doctor Who in particular has some great designs and colors, they deserve a BAFTA, in my opinion.  Anyway, I do have immediate-ish plans to knit The Doctor this outfit, meaning that I have all of the yarn bought and it’s sitting on my project table ready to go.  As always, will post when the project actually gets off the ground!  😛