Monday, April 30, 2012

Knittin' Crap: Starfleet, Month III

This month, Starfleet Fiber Arts Corps has been tangling with those nasty Romulans!

Division and Mission Requirements My report
Engineering: The hits we’ve taken from the Romulan Warbird have severely drained our dilithium crystals. Craft something with beading. This mechano-bird is studded with crystals to help fly and maneuver around the live dilithium crystals safely. In addition, it has a storage compartment which allows it to carry additional replacements.
Goodie Bird
Medical: We took a bit of a hit when the Romulan Warbird snuck up on us. Doctors and nurses need all the help they can get in running triage and taking care of the injured – especially head injuries. Make something to combat possible concussions. Perhaps something to keep people awake since you’re not supposed to fall asleep, etc. By affixing this rubber chicken to the head of a concussed patient, it will ensure that, should the patient start to fall asleep, their head will bounce safely off a surface, with the chicken absorbing the impact, and the patient will be knocked into an upright position and woken up in the process.
Rubber Chicken
Command: It is important to always be up to date and on top of things that are happening on your ship. The latest news, technology, and current events are essential to effectively running a ship and it is your responsibility to take charge to keeping up with these items.

Take charge of your knitting and knit something using an advanced technique (cables, lace, beads, short rows, entrelac, modular, intarsia, fair isle, tapestry, mitered, the list goes on and on).
For this month’s Command mission, I made a sampler to experiment with using beads in Tunisian crochet. Combining these two technologies could allow us to find more optimal configurations of dilithium crystals for our warp engines.
Beaded Tunisian crochet sampler
Diplomatic: Craft something to encourage a diplomatic resolution to this confrontation by making something a Romulan might see as a peace offering.This cat purse will remind the Romulans of two important facts: they can profit greatly from peaceful trading with the Federation, and that we have cats. And everyone wants cats.
Cat Gamaguchi Purse
Tactical: Craft something that will help get us out of this mess if things turn ugly. Here are some Red Shirt clones to act as decoys and draw fire if we get in a big mess and need to make a quick escape:
Red Shirt!
Red Shirt #2
Science: The Romulan Warbird managed to make it across the Neutral Zone without being detected. It has some sort of field preventing our attacks from being effective.

Mission: Craft something to disable whatever this mechanism is so we are able to detect the ship and fire if needed.
Starfleet xenobiologists have discovered a large feline creature which has a number of unique characteristics. Firstly, it seems to live slightly out-of-phase with our dimension. Secondly, it can not only detect cloaked Romulan warbirds, it thinks they are great fun and loves to stalk them. Because of the phase difference, it cannot interact with them physically (nor can the warbirds harm the cat), but when the space cat is stalking a warbird, its tail starts to twitch, which generates a specific form of radiation. Starfleet engineers are working on a device which can not only detect this radiation but also use its frequency and wavelengths to pinpoint the position and orientation of the cat, and extrapolate the warbird’s position based on optimal space-cat stalking position.

Plus it’s darned cute.
Space Cat
From The Brig (for completed UFOs* or for projects started and finished in the same month but not submitted for other missions)Lt Jr Grade Fuzzykaren of the USS Kitchener requesting release from the brig for this Chinese hopping vampire. He only entered the brig this month, but he’s promised not to try to gnaw on anyone if we let him out.
Mr Vampire Finger Puppet

Yes, that's right, I got promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade, at the beginning of the month!

Fortunately, May is a rest month. UFOs have been piling up, so I'm hoping to clear at least a couple out.

Bird Sachet pattern from Japanese Amigurumi Lucky Charm book
Rubber Chicken pattern by Cassidy Clark
Space Cat pattern from Japanese Amigurumi Collection #2
Cat Gamaguchi Purse pattern from Japanese Komono & Amigurumi

*UnFinished Objects

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Such inventiveness! Such unique charm! And I love the "stories" to go along with the projects. Congratulations on your promotion too.