Saturday Snapshot: Finishing the Doctor’s Scarf

My last big knitting project was to attempt the Doctor’s Scarf–that ridiculously long scarf that Tom Baker wears in old episodes of Doctor Who.  I got a pattern off of wittylittleknitter.com, chose some pastel variations on the Doctor’s colors, and happily knitted away from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day.  And the result is…

Doctor's ScarfOddly enough, I think the lighting made the colors look less pastel, and more like Tom Baker’s!  Believe it or not, I can actually wear this scarf…I just have to loop it several times!  I’ll have to get someone to take a picture of that for a future post. 🙂

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Favorites Friday: Stories in Paintings (d’Orsay Edition)

A couple of years ago I did a Favorites Friday centered around paintings, and I thought it would be fun to revisit the theme.  I’m a slightly compulsive museum visitor, in that I like to write down the names of the paintings I like best.  I have a long list of paintings that resonated with me when I visited the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and I thought I’d share a few today.

As may not surprise you, I tend to like paintings best when I can find a story in them…

611px-Degas_-_Tänzerinnen_in_blauDanseuses Bleues by Edgar Degas – This is a nice little moment backstage among the dancers of the Opera Garnier, and I think we know I have a particular interest in that area, yes? 🙂  I do love how Degas captures human moments of the dancers, yet with that ethereal style too.

501px-Pierre-Auguste_Renoir_099Julie Manet with Cat by Auguste Renoir – I’ve felt attached to Julie Manet ever since I became fascinated by a different painting of her, Julie Dreaming, painted by her mother, Berthe Morisot.  In fact, the heroine of The Wanderers is named after her.  Considering that and the fact that The Wanderers also features a talking cat, you may see why this painting appeals to me–and Renoir is one of my favorite painters besides.

466px-Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_034The Church at Auvers by Vincent Van Gogh – I have no high-brow reason for liking this painting (though I always liked Van Gogh).  You see, one of my very favorite episodes of Doctor Who centers around this painting.  When I was standing in front of it at the d’Orsay, I looked around at the other people gathered, and I so wanted to say, “Doctor Who fan?  Anyone?” but alas, I didn’t quite dare.  I did check for a monster in the window (there isn’t one).

526px-Louiswelden_HawkinsThe Sphinx and the Chimera by Louis Weldon Hawkins – I haven’t the slightest idea what’s going on in this painting, but wouldn’t it make a wonderful cover for a science fiction novel?  Maybe fantasy, but somehow I get a sci fi vibe from it.

It’s a very long list of paintings from the d’Orsay, but I think that will do for today. 🙂

Saturday Snapshot: Knitting the Doctor’s Scarf

A few weeks ago I shared a recent knitting project and alluded to my next one…a very large project involving seven colors of yarn.  As some of you guessed, I am in the midst of knitting the Doctor’s Scarf!

For the non-Doctor Who fans, the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker, is probably best-known as “the one with the really long scarf.”  I started watching some old Who, got psyched up on the 50th Anniversary Special just as I was finishing my last knitting project, and decided to attempt the Doctor’s Scarf.  Here’s the work in progress:

Doctor Who Scarf 2Oh, but that’s probably not quite what you wanted to see, is it?  🙂 Here’s the unrolled work in progress…

Doctor Who ScarfThe scarf is currently about eleven feet long.  See that red stripe with blue stripes on either side, on the righthand pillow?  That’s roughly the midpoint, so I figure the complete scarf will be around 20 feet.  There will be much looping when it is worn.

You may wonder about the design…there are certain websites where people take the Doctor’s Scarf very seriously.  I’m using a pattern from wittylittleknitter.com, a site I highly recommend if you plan to attempt this yourself.  I’m doing some variations on the pattern–I changed a few stripes due to complicated reasons involving what yarn I have, and mine isn’t as wide as the pattern recommends.  More significantly, while I’m following the color pattern, I chose my own shades of green, red, etc., because I don’t actually like the Doctor’s colors!  So I’m doing a pastel version of the Doctor’s Scarf–or as one friend suggested, it’s a Romana Scarf.

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Saturday Snapshot: New Scarf

I’ve mentioned knitting projects a few times before, and they always make a good thing to share for Saturday Snapshot…  I finished my most recent project on Thanksgiving, which was perfect timing for wearing it to family gatherings–and for a sudden cold snap we’ve had this week!

Purple ScarfThis isn’t the most accurate of pictures, as it’s more purple in life, and not so sparkly–but I thought it was a cool shot anyway.  My next scarf will probably take until next winter, as the plan involves seven different colors and will be 14 feet long…perhaps something to share another Saturday? 🙂

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The Weekend of the Doctor

Day of the Doctor OfficialIf you’ve been paying attention to geek news (or went on Google last weekend), you may have noticed just a bit of Doctor Who buzz…  Saturday marked the 50th anniversary, with a thoroughly hyped special that’s been promised for months.  Happily, I thought it lived entirely up to all the anticipation!

I went with some friends to see the special at a showing at a local pub.  The place was packed with Who shirts and costumes, and there was a photo opp with a life-size TARDIS.  Near as I can tell, this is the closest thing to the geek Superbowl. 🙂

The special, The Day of the Doctor, proved to be epic, hilarious, heartrending and, my very favorite thing in geek franchises, from beginning to end a love letter to the fans.  It’s all well and good to create something for “the general audience”…but we all know the fans really want something with in-jokes and past references galore!

The story centers around a meeting of Three Doctors (ish–maybe).  We’ve known since the beginning of New Who that there had been a huge Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks, which ended when the Doctor destroyed both races.  This special features the War Doctor, a previously-unknown Regeneration (John Hurt), who made the fatal decision.  The War Doctor goes through time and space to meet the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) to fight alien shape-shifters and make a truly universe-changing decision.

The plot is far more epic (and surprisingly coherent) than I’m making it sound!  It was epic and immense both on the level of threats to billions, and on the personal level of what effect one enormous decision has on the man who makes it, and then carries it through multiple centuries and lives.

But in between all the epicness and the heart-rending and the guilt, there is so much that is so fun!  I loved the Doctors bouncing off of each other, making snarky observations about one another that fans have been making for years.  And so many in-jokes, from the 4th Doctor’s scarf to the 11th Doctor’s fez to the 10th’s Doctor’s mysterious history with Elizabeth I (and his propensity for kissing).  And there was possibly my single favorite line, about reversing the reversing of the polarity–“we’re confusing the polarity!”

If you’re thinking you might like to jump into Doctor Who, this is not the place to jump, full as it is of earlier references.  But if that paragraph above all made perfect sense to you, do not miss this special.  It’s going on my list of top 5 favorite episodes–and that is saying quite a lot!