This time with sparkles

Two years ago I put out a little sock pattern into the world, one that I was geekily proud of. I almost didn’t publish it because I honestly worried that it was far too geeky to bother with, and that nobody would want to take it seriously.

I needn’t have worried. It turns out that over 160 knitters (at least by Ravelry numbers) have knitted the Viper Pilots socks (still available for download on Ravelry and Patternfish), so that means that if it’s far too geeky a pattern to be bothered with, at least 160 other people besides me have decided not to care and just knit it anyway. And no mistake, it’s a challenging pattern. My first impulse in design is often for the insanity. (Throw more cables on there! What do you mean those stitches aren’t worked through the back loop, twist them, damn it!) In this case, I was validated in my twisted cable selections because I’d managed to match up some motifs together in a sock that went really well with the whole idea of a Battlestar Galactica themed knitting pattern. There was no way these things were going to get named anything but Viper Pilots. Little ships flying through space!


Then a little while after the pattern release, Steph knitted herself a pair using sparkly sock yarn. And frak me if that wasn’t the most brilliant idea ever that I was annoyed with myself that I didn’t think of it first. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to go back and knit myself a second pair with sparkles in it, and I haven’t managed to get around to it what with, you know, jobs and other knitting and life and getting sleep and meals and things like that. But I’m trying this new thing where I actually use some of the yarn that i buy, after I buy it, as opposed to just letting it sit beautifully on the shelf, and I came home with some Shiny sock yarn (merino/silk/nylon/silver) from Indigodragonfly Yarns this past weekend at the Knitter’s Frolic. (Colourway: Also I can kill you with my brain. A Firefly reference, not BSG, but the geekery still stands firm.) So, here we go, sparkly Viper Pilots shall be mine. I’m making this my 30-minutes-a-day project for the moment, in an effort to ensure some of my personal knitting time is not lost amidst the other fun design projects I get to sink my teeth into in the next couple of months, as well as getting reacquainted with my stash (it’s an awesome yarn stash). There’s just so much fabulous yarn to knit, I want to do it all at once. Some of it gets done 30 minutes at a time.

Happy weekend, dear knitters!


  1. Sooooo pretty…..

    Also, I love the color way name. And am irrationally tickled by the number of geek knitters. 🙂

  2. That’s adorable. Yay nerdery!

  3. I started these socks as my “Comic-Con 2009” project, and knit them with sparkly yarn as well (maybe one day I’ll update my Ravelry project with a picture). They may be my most intricate socks to date, and I did have to put them in time-out for a number of months when the twisty cables became just too much to handle, but they’re one of my favorite pairs of socks! I almost want to knit another pair now that the charts have been updated 🙂 Thanks again for a fabulous pattern

  4. Starshine on those wings! I love ’em.

  5. I need that yarn. NEED. IT. (Also, her Tardis yarn.) Thank Bob she is sold out of both, or I’d be breaking my yarn diet for it. Curse you!

  6. wow… knitting an entire universe 🙂

  7. Dang!!! They are drop dead gorgeous! And I think it would be a shame for them not to be the most important thing one was wearing when they are worn!

    I get a kick about the sheer numbers of masochists who will take them on as a challenge. I’ll probably join them, too. (Love the sparkley yarn, too.)

  8. Those are fracking awesome! However since I’m just learning to knit, beyond me at the moment…

  9. peacefulknitter · ·

    What a great combo! I have a project that is designated as my “evening” knitting, much like your 30 minute knitting. Eventually, it will get finished!

  10. I knew those looked familiar! I remember when Stephanie made them, cause she LOVED them! Also, great idea to give yourself thirty minutes; surprising how fast that will help finish a project. I should try it sometime 🙂

  11. Ah, geeky knitting!

    I love how I can see the sparkly in your yarn. It’s hard to get it to show in photos.

  12. Wonderful! I’m glad you’re knitting those for yourself and with such great yarn!

  13. Bobbie in AK · ·

    I haven’t knit these, but first saw them on another knitting blog – the blogger was knitting them while preparing for the series finale – if I recall.

    I do love me some BSG. For those who want to rewatch and don’t have the beloved series in dvd, BBC America starts playing the series on June 11!

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