This time last year Jac and I set out to make the nerdiest blanket of all time. We didn’t know if anyone would like it or if anyone would want to make it. It’s kind of weird to be in a job where I just lay it all out on the interwebs and hope for the best, and guys, I couldn’t be more thrilled with how things turned out. With a rash of year end donations, we exceeded our Child’s Play donation goal in 2014, and I think we can double it in 2015. Speaking of which, it appears to be the first Sunday in 2015 and that means it’s GAL time again. Grab your needles/hooks, drag that stash out of the basement, and let’s cast on for the Geek-A-Long 2015!
For the first annual Geek-A-Long, we started the party with a caffeine molecule. I chose that because it’s more or less my emblem, and at the time I was the only one making a blanket. This year, we are starting off with a tribute to Nicola Tesla, because he is the greatest geek who ever lived.
Nicola Tesla was essentially a real life Tony Stark, sans fortune. Despite going to his grave with massive debt, Tesla pioneered neon lights, remote controls, lasers, fluorescent lights, alternating current, radio, modern x-rays, robotics, and wireless communication. And that’s just the inventions that I know of. The truth is we probably owe at least some part of the majority of all modern technology to Nicola Tesla. One day, when all disputes are settled with laser-eyed robot shark fights, you will have Tesla to thank. His legacy of innovation continues though Elon Musk, the CEO and chief inventor at Tesla Motors and SpaceX. In the proud tradition of the mad scientist for which they are named, Tesla Motors gives their patents away, so that other companies can make awesome things too.
The 2015 Geek-A-Long will feature eight real life scientists over the course of the year, in addition to the fandoms that you are accustomed to. For each IRL scientist, we chose one of their contributions to honor on the square, and to honor Tesla we are knitting up the schematic for his infamous Tesla Coil. The yarn version won’t sing, but it’s still pretty cool.
Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Tesla pattern here. 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, so we can all oooh and ah at it together.
If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here, and if you would like to learn to crochet, Jac has a fabulous tutorial here. You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.
I wonder if I could get Mr. Musk to add some patents to the 2015 prize baskets?
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