2017 Geek-A-Long: Peggy Carter

I like the movie version of Peggy Carter. She started as a code breaker at Bletchley Park and was eventually moved on to MI5 and the SSR, and was one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D.. She worked as a spy and was Captain America’s love interest. I read a story that they liked the actress so much they kept making her part bigger and finding reasons for her to appear in short extras before giving her a short run TV show, which I liked. I also liked that Peggy gets the most difficult death a spy can achieve, dying of old age after a lifetime of kicking ass.

In the comics, it gets a little weird. She is also a love interest for a WWII era Captain America in any alternate story where Cap never gets frozen, she ends up as his wife after they both have long careers as spies. But it gets a little awkward when Cap finds out that she is the Aunt of Cap’s current girlfriend, Sharon Carter, also known as Agent 13. But hey it was the late sixties and Stan Lee probably didn’t even think about it twice.

Sharon is her own force in the comics. She is an idealist in an era where Steve Rogers is cynical and a kick ass spy lady who tells him to shove it every time he tries to sideline her because he loves her too much. When she does end up getting kidnapped, she waits for him to be captured too so that she can break them both out. More recently Sharon Proposed to Steve, but it fell apart when she was presumed dead. She eventually became the interim leader of S.H.I.E.L.D and encouraged him to lead the spy force. It turns out Steve was a secret agent of Hydra, because of a dumb cosmic cube so she tried to kill him, resisted some evil brainwashing, and took out a large number of helicarriers creating an opening for the heroes to save the day.

Peggy Carter was nominated by dragnnflye155 during the Fight For Your Fandom and Peggy made it to the number two slot on the Leaderboard.

I would also like to nominate Peggy carter from captain america. Even though she doesn’t have superpowers, I think she’s a total hero. She was an officer in an elite group of soldiers during a time when women were barely being tolerated as more than secretaries in the work force. She didn’t need to be rescued. She held her own against the boys in a skirt, heels, and red lipstick.

Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Peggy Carter pattern here. Instructions and charts for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to Instagram your squares at us @lattesandllamasyarn 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
Truth Time: Jac can’t stand Peggy Carter and was not happy when she got voted onto the blanket. She has a long argument justifying her hatred, which I’m pretty sure has a PowerPoint accompaniment by now. But it pretty much boils down to the fact that she is portrayed as Captain America’s lady friend first in the TV Show, and Peggy Carter second.

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