Saturday, February 26, 2011

Brigadier the Dalek

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been working on a dalek plushie for Chris Hardwick, aka @nerdist. For those of you who don't, here's the whole story:

My buddy Carole informed me last week that Chris Hardwick, whom I used to watch on Singled Out as a kid and have had a slight crush on since then, was going to be in Chicago March 16-19th. She also said that if I wanted to make something for him, she would do her best to get it to him. Chris is a Whovian like me, so the obvious thing to make him was a Dalek. Not only a Dalek, but one made out of Knit Picks Felici Sock Yarn in the Time Traveler colorway. Why? Because Time Traveler yarn is self striping and those stripes look like the Fourth Doctor's seasons 12-18 scarf. It doesn't get much geekier than that, folks.

So, I started on the Dalek, who was originally named Baker because of the yarn I was using and posted to my twitter that I was starting it. I got a DM from Chris Hardwick saying that he approved and to let him know when it's done :D

On 2/22/11 Nicholas Courtney, known to Whovians as Brigadier Alistar Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT passed away at age 81. It was my second day working on Chris's Dalek and when I found out, I started to bawl and I'm positive that many of my tears ended up on the yarn. Because of this, I changed the dalek's name from Baker to Brigadier. Of course, if Chris wants to change his name to something completely different, that's his choice :D

And now! After almost week of work, here he is:

The Front
The eyestalk, "plunger" and "egg beater" (anyone who watches Craig Ferguson should get that) were not part of the pattern I used, by A.M. Downs; I had to MacGyver them and I think they turned out well.

The Side
I have nothing to add here.

The Back
Behold the Dalek Bumps!
 " bumps, my bumps, my lovely dalek bumps!" (This is to be blamed on Michelle =P)

Doctor: What the bloody hell did you do to my scarf?!

And so, you have the complete story of Brigadier the Dalek, who will soon be on his way to his new home... I better get on setting that up... Allos-y!

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