And then

So, no word of a lie, this time yesterday my biggest accomplishments for the week, outside of having only one more workday left to survive, was that I’d won a free drink in Roll up the Rim and that since Saturday I’d found a cumulative total of $0.39 in loose change on the sidewalk.

And then yesterday afternoon Stephanie blogged about my super fannish little sock pattern, and then my blog stats exploded and I logged on this morning to discover that the number of Viper Pilots projects and queues on Ravelry had doubled, and then I had to go get that tea and have a little sit down for a bit.

And then it occurred to me that it is entirely possible, given that I didn’t manage to get the pattern out sooner, that (like Stephanie) there are handfuls of knitters all over fandom frantically trying to knit as much of this pattern as possible before tonight’s final episode, who have (let’s face it – I know how long it took me to knit these) no hope of finishing by tonight…

And you know, I think that’s fine. The fun part of being a passionate television fan in this moment that we’re in, is that you can keep on going back to it as many times as you want. If you’re knitting these socks, you know you’ll be watching those DVDs again, or you’ll be rediscovering it while converting encouraging your friends to watch, or even if you don’t watch again you’ll have put your memories of the show into the knitting process, and I think that’s the best part. The insanity never dies.

I’ll be watching tonight in the company of a few friends and am going to enjoy the fond farewell. Then this weekend I’ll clutch the knitting and look forward to a bit of a re-watch sometime.

I hope you’re enjoying the pattern if you’re knitting it, and if you have no interest in BSG whatsoever – with any luck there will be a finished Climbing Vines Pullover in this space by my next post. Is it wrong to keep wanting to knit sweaters when impending spring tells me different? If so, don’t tell me. Some insanity is a little bit comforting.

Catch you on the flip side of the finale, my imaginary knitting friends!


  1. not all imaginary! I think I’ll have to work my way through the socks and the series together, as I have never seen an episode. Advice on how best to start?

  2. emcknits · ·

    I will be watching the finale tonight. I haven’t started the socks yet, but I love the pattern.

    To Jessie:
    Best place to start on the series is season 1 the miniseries (4 episodes). You really need to watch in order. Most season 1 sets you get have the miniseries as the 1st 4 episodes.

  3. tinebeest · ·

    I have never watched a single episode of BSG, I don’t even have a clue what it’s about (I got as far as sci-fi. Did I get that right?) But I still love those socks and have every intention of knitting them. They remind me of the lego space ships I had as a child πŸ™‚

    $0.39 this week is a very good return compared to what you currently get on savings accounts. Keep it up.

  4. Hee, I saw that you’d gotten Harlotted.
    I’ll be watching tonight, soooo, we’ll all have a great evening!

  5. Marianne · ·

    My 27yo daughter calls me a geek but I love the series and love the sock pattern. Wouldn’t it be fun to have viper ships to knit in?

  6. I have to say, I definitely started these socks because it was so close to the series finale. I generally stick to free patterns, but Viper Pilots, a week before the end of a show that I have loved for so long? Sign me up! (I cast on Sunday, and will be finishing the toe of the first sock later today. I also feel like I’m a trendsetter; I started these socks before the Yarn Harlot said they were cool!)

    I also want to add that it is a fabulously well written pattern, and it has been a pleasure to knit!

  7. I didn’t know Harlotting was a verb now! Congrats, I was so pleased for you when I read Stephanie’s post.

    My fandom-of-the-moment is Dr. Who. Don’t be surprised if I knit me a Dalek or a TARDIS one of these days…

  8. Congrats! Those are some awfully snazzy socks — no wonder everyone’s hopping on the BSG sock bandwagon.

  9. I think it’s serendipity; knitters can knit these *while* watching the big show, and they’ll always remember what’s what they were knitting at that moment. They don’t have to be done yet. So cool!

  10. I’m certainly a member of the viper socks/BSG-lovin’ masses. Unfortunately my knitting mojo has been failing me utterly and completely of late – quite possibly due to the number of UFOs and queued items of all categories that have overtaken my life. The socks will, wisely, have to wait until I get caught up to the point that knitting is fun again because I *can* do it and not *have* to do it by such-and-such-a-date or by so-and-so’s-birthday or in-order-to-create-a-curtain-so-my-nakedness-does-not-offend-my-eldery-neighbors.
    Have fun tonight! I’ll be virtually watching alongside you (as will my reluctant neighbors)!

  11. Congrats on the fame! They’re awesome socks, even if I’ve never watch BSG. (I know, I know.)

    You know, I keep telling myself I should buy cotton and silk and make things for when it gets warm, but all I can think about is wool. Aran weight wool, to be exact. But you can hardly blame me – the weather now is so typically Danish I want to scream. We had two days of (freezing) sunny weather, which was nice when you were inside, and then today and all of next week will be grey and rainy. I definitely need wool.

  12. Beautiful socks (even though I don’t think I’ve ever watched BSG, gaaah, I’m not a fervent sock-knitter, and anyway, they look too tricky for me!)

    But, wow, Glenna, you’re getting seriously famous! Good on yer!


  13. I’ve never watched BSG but I must admit that you guys have me intrigued. I have to find out what all the hubub’s about!

  14. Ahhh, BSG – will be bereft once it’s over. But have to stay away from the internets until after Tuesday evening, when the final is shown in the UK. I’m planning on casting on my viper socks then

  15. I cannot even tell you how many conversations with knitters I have had about these socks. I was in [one of] my favorite yarn stores in Portland, OR yesterday and mentioned the Malabrigo sock yarn I purchased just for the lovely Viper Pilots that will, hopefully and shortly, adorn my feet. One of the ladies who works there, not the one I was talking to, yells from across the room, “Oh my gosh those socks! Oh my gosh the finale!”

    So I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for another reason to indulge my nerdiness, thanks for the great conversations this lovely pattern[it’s the first I’ve purchased from Ravelry] has started, and thanks for all the work it took to get from concept to pattern.

  16. I got so excited when I read the Harlot’s post. I thought, I “know” her! πŸ˜‰ Congrats on being Harlotted and the success of your pattern!

    I’m not a sci-fi lover, but I’m seriously considering netflixing BSG to see what all the fuss is about. I hope the finale was awesome.

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