Haven’t you heard of Doomsday Knits yet? It’s an awesome collection of knitting patterns based on the apocalypse and put together by Master of Sassy Hats, Alex Tinsley. But this is not the sad kind of apocalypse like in The Road, it’s the fun kind, where civilization is upended and your free-spirited self gets to strike out at last, relying only on your wits, gumption and knitting.
There is nothing about this that isn’t a good idea. I cannot overstate how pleased I am to be in this book, because if there’s one theme running through all of my knitting, it’s the nihilistic horror of the end times.
Doomsday Knits itself is a hefty collection of 32 patterns, and will be fully released in December by the Co-Operative Press. In the meantime, there are 30 days in November which works out quite nicely for a pattern-a-day reveal and accompanying blog tour. Did I say November? Sorry. Doomvember. Today’s leg of the blog tour features the Desert Warrior gauntlets and matching legwarmers by yours truly.
Perfect for the lady that wants to maintain a hint of biker chic whilst smashing her way through foes in the anarchic new world. They have a textured knit and purl pattern that puts me in mind of checkerplate and armour. That’s just on the front though, the backs have some contrasting horizontal ribbing which looks nice and subtle but keeps things interesting. Best of all, they’re made in really, really good-looking Madelinetosh Merino DK yarn. It’s superwash, so cleaning off someone else’s blood will be a snap!
It was a whole lot of fun making these, but it’s quite clear that no-one has had more fun putting this book together than Alex herself… The Desert Warrior accessories can be found under the Global Warming section of the book, which covers a number of doomsday scenarios so you can be prepared no matter what. Robot uprising, nuclear winter, space pirates, etc. it’s all there. In fact the only scenario that’s missing is “all yarn suddenly disappears” in which case, I think you’re going to need a bigger book.
– You can buy the entire book in both physical and digital form at the start of December here. Go pre-order it. Now, before we all blow up.
– My Desert Warrior patterns will be up on Ravelry here, along all the others that are up so far.
– Last but not least, the next herald of Doom on this tour is… Alex! Who will be revealing another pattern over at A Dull Roar tomorrow.
This is the way the world ends. With a knitter.