Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nerd Wars Begins

On, my favourite online yarn crafting community, there’s a special group for just about every interest. I happen to be a big science fiction nerd, so when it was announced in the Big Bang Gang forum (a group for lovers of the hit TV show, The Big Bang Theory) that there was going to be a big yarn craft competition for nerds from all nerdy fandoms, I signed right up for Team Bazinga.

Nerd Wars lasts three months and participants are eligible to submit to any and all of six different challenges offered each month. Each challenge has a category to which it belongs and entrants earn points for their team by completing projects that fit the challenge. The first Challenges were launched on Feb. 1 and I’ve just completed my first entry.

The challenge was for the Technical category, and called A BONDING EXPERIENCE.

“Chemical bonds come in many flavors (see the Wikipedia article for more information). An ionic bond is formed by the attraction between two oppositely charged ions, where one is a metal and the other is a nonmetal (these can be polyatomic). The resulting compounds, which include things like table salt (NaCl), have all sorts of useful properties.

Your challenge is to demonstrate the fiber equivalent of ionic bonding, using different types of fiber. Working with different fibers generally requires different techniques or tools to produce a finished object with the hoped-for properties. Therefore, in addition to presenting your finished object, you should discuss the technical aspect (fiber preparation, needle choice, etc.) of working with different fibers. Pre-blended fibers/yarns count as polyatomic ions and therefore can be one half of the ionic bond."

I think a lot of competitors are stranding different fibres together but I wanted to do something unexpected. I realize that knitting with wire isn’t all that new, but in this group, it won’t be an expected technique. I just hope it qualifies for points!


I used florists paddle wire, because it’s all I could get on short notice and I didn’t have anything finer handy. It was knit on 5mm needles with Swarovski crystals and features Patons Soy Wool Solids in Berry, crocheted down the centre and with a little “Penny Blossom” in the middle, accented with crystals. The Penny Blossom comes from Season 2, Episode 18: The Work Song Nanocluster, in which Penny is making hair accessories with artificial flowers and rhinestones to supplement her income. the boys try to help her and hilarity ensues. By now Penny is over the whole nightmare and would enjoy this pretty little bracelet.

I have some other, more traditional fibre projects lined up for the other challenges for this month. Cross your fingers for me that I’ll be able to complete them all in time!

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