Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Knittin' Crap: Birth of a Red Shirt

While innocently walking the corridors halls at HQ yesterday, to my surprise I espied my sr. officer director and accosted him approached respectfully to inquire about the status of Red Shirt #1. Red Shirt #1 was, in fact, safe and sound, but as my sr. officer director still needed him for another mission meeting, I agreed to leave him in his hands. Literally, because he is a finger puppet. I decided instead to make another Red Shirt in my quarters hotel room that evening.

Red Shirt in Progress - 9PM
9PM - Starting point
However, I got back later than I expected, so I didn't begin the endeavor until 9PM. Also, I had decided after Red Shirt #1 that it might make more sense to knit the puppet from the top down rather than the bottom up, as this would reduce the need to turn it totally inside out to finish the details on the head and sew in ends around the neck, etc. I had scrawled some notes on how to do that before my away mission trip, but this was the first time putting them in practice.

Red Shirt in Progress - 9:30PM
9:30PM - Hairpiece and top of head
Red Shirt in Progress - 10PM
10PM - Head finished and hair attached

I took a 20-minute break a little after 10. Then after I knit the first row of the pants, I realized I needed to swap the last two rows of red shirt color (a purl and a knit), so I had to rip out 3 rows. Around 11:30, I was really sleepy, so I went to bed, leaving the cast-off end to sew in and the arms to make. (I figure they're about 10-15 minutes each to make, attach, and dispose of all the yarn ends.)

Red Shirt in Progress - 11PM
11PM - Shirt done
Red Shirt in Progress - 11:30PM
11:30PM - Bedtime. Just needs arms

1 comment:

spajadigit said...

2 and a half hours to make cannon fodder... Awesome!

By the way, Jon (I think) Scalzi wrote a humorous story about red shirts (and why they must be sacrificed...) I haven't read it yet, but it's got rave reviews.

Also... Cabin in the Woods. Amazing. Unrelated.