Geek-A-Long 2015: Gaius Baltar

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“It’s all so pointless. We kill them and they kill us, so we kill more of them, so they kill more of us. What’s the point anymore?” –Dr. Gaius Baltar 

We brought up Battlestar Galactica on the 2014 blanket too. If it were completely up to me, BSG would appear on every GAL until the end of time. As of right now, it isn’t on next year’s blanket since it doesn’t really fit the theme, but I still have plenty of time to figure out way to work it in. ;) It’s really the fandom I can’t live without. Last year for Christmas, I REALLY wanted this BSG notebook:

My sister-in-law asked me to send her a list of stuff I would like for Christmas, and I sent her 3 different websites that sell that notebook. Anyhow, it’s the one fandom I could never live without. Everything about it is perfect and I go selectively deaf when someone implies otherwise. If you haven’t seen BSG, fix that. The first time I watched it was after it had finished airing, and I binge watched the entire series in the space of 2 weeks. No joke, those were 2 of the best weeks of my life. And if you are a BSG virgin with the opportunity to ignore the real world for a while, have yourself a team Edward (James Olmos) staycation.

For my 2015 tribute to BSG, we are honoring Dr. Giaus Baltar. Baltar was delightfully naive and hopelessly lost in the clutches of his sometimes real/sometimes imaginary Caprica Six. He had triumphs; he made mistakes. Most of all, he was torn between two worlds: the Humans and the Cylons. Giaus never knew where he fit in. He wanted to lead, but was terrible at it. He never wanted to betray humanity, but at the same time, he loved the idea that he might be at least part Cylon. He created the only existing device that could differentiate Humans from Cylons, but in the end he only pretended to use it. He was a brilliant scientist and an idiot all at the same time.

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For this square, I wanted to focus on the dual nature that makes Baltar so interesting of a character. So I split the Colonial Fleet’s insignia and the Cylon Emblem down the middle and superimposed them together in a way that only Giaus would.

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Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Gaius Baltar pattern here. Instructions for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to tweet or instagram your squares at me @Doctor_Llama  or Jac @jac_attacking with the hashtag #geekalong!

If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.

~ Megan-Anne
“Nothing but the rain.”

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