It’s been over a decade since I watched Stargate SG-1. I remember sitting down to watch it when it aired and being so excited to get more of my first nerd crush, Daniel Jackson. He was magnificently nerdy and adorable in the movie. But, then Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter exploded onto the screen and I wasn’t there to watch Daniel anymore. I wanted to be Sam Carter instead, a theoretical astrophysicist, Air Force Officer, and queen of snappy comebacks:
Sam Carter: I’m an Air Force officer just like you are, Colonel. And just because my reproductive organs are on the inside instead of the outside, doesn’t mean I can’t handle whatever you can handle.
Jack O’Neill: Oh, this has nothing to do with you being a woman. I like women. I’ve just got a little problem with scientists.
Sam Carter: Colonel, I logged over 100 hours in enemy airspace during the Gulf War. Is that tough enough for you… Or are we gonna have to arm wrestle?
I can’t tell you how many people asked us for a Stargate square last year. I lost count somewhere around July. So when we decided on the theme for this year, Stargate SG-1 and Sam Carter were put on the short list of people who had to make it onto the 2015 blanket no matter what. And I’m okay with that. It gave me an excuse to curl up with my crochet and binge watch the show.
I wanted this square to be the Earth Symbol, but Megan-Anne convinced me it wasn’t enough. “The only thing Carter is more proud of than her work with the Stargate is her achievements in the Air Force.” So, she put a stylized version of the Senior Space Operations Badge over the Earth glyph. The badge itself (pictured right) is pretty hardcore, and I think the resulting design is pretty cool.
Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Sam Carter 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 @jac_attacking or Megan-Anne @Doctor_Llama 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.
“I don’t know. I guess I’ve always had a soft spot for the lunatic fringe.”
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