Knitted Cos-Play

WIP: Daryl Dixon Vest

WIP: Daryl Dixon Vest

Wonder Woman Shrug

Wonder Woman Shrug

As we all (me) wait with baited breath for the blessed email alerting us of the pre-registration privilege that badge squatters possess, all I can do is plot my diabolically knitted cos-play designs for 2014, and reminisce about my brilliance in the past…

The summer of 2012 I threw all of my efforts towards a Jak & Daxter costume for my teenager, complete with 4.5′ Daxter that he wore strapped to his back for 12 straight hours through the Exhibitor’s Hall. Totally worth it and STILL the best costume I ever made (although not knitted), he got tweeted and favored at the Naughty Dog booth. True story. So I only had time to make a Galaxy Quest shirt for myself and my willing friend. Although I got stopped and admired, I vowed to go more legit for 2013.

Last summer, I was blessed with the miracle of acquiring two-day passes. Thus, the challenge of two costumes was born. Since I am forever hopeful that the Justice League will be resurrected (yes, still) and well-cast, I wanted to pay homage to the baddest, awesomest brunette from Amazonia. Although nearly at the climax of my decade-long midlife crisis, not at all cougarish, and only an aspiring 6.5 vs. Linda Carter’s arguable 10 (even now), sporting a one piece bustier/short-short while circulating among my Comic Con brethren would just not do. But I could knit a shrug with an intarsia WW logo across the back, and manga-style leggings that resemble her ass-kicking go-go boots. Knitted cuffs and crown and lasso of truth and done. Since Into Darkness was arguably the best sequel ever since Two Towers and Empire Strikes Back, Lt. Uhura was the obvious choice for day 2. With two weeks left before Comic Con, I searched my books and the internet for a basic pattern I could alter into a red Starship officer’s dress and pretend I was Zoe channeling Lt. Uhura. My feeble 6.5 vs. Zoe Soldana’s 10+ incurred an epic challenge that would require considerable work (and Spanx, dammit) to pull it off. Thanks to Knits for Nerds and the basic trek girl dress, I was able to alter and add the black trim for the full effect. Both days I got stopped and selfied with strangers and pulled into booths and recognized!

So, while I wait for the Powers That Be to release the pre-registration email, I shall ponder what to do for 2014…the fun of knitted cos-play is so delicious a challenge, and a frequent war cry of mine is “if it exists, it can be knit”. Inherently a vampire junkie, I have never been much of a Zombie zealot. But my son kept watching Walking Dead and I tried to resist, I really did. I couldn’t tear my eyes off season four and there was Daryl, all bad ass and squinty. And then I saw it, the leather vest with angel wings. It imprinted on me, and my mission is now clear. A chart will be made, a vest pattern written and/or altered, my thigh high Doc Martens donned in July, and Daryl Dixon will be honored via knitted cos-play.

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