Current Projects, Geekery

It Could Make the Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs

Yes, this ship could totally make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

First of all, yes, I realize that a parsec is a unit of distance (3.26 light years) and not a unit of time. (But it makes for a great opening line while teaching my students about astronomical distance.) So, technically, Han is boasting about completing a hyperspace route in less distance than his competitors. And, yes, I know there have been attempts to explain this line in terms of ‘hyperspace’ distances, and my response to that is, ‘MmmmHmmm‘.

More importantly: I am a Star Wars nerd and this isn’t my first foray into Star Wars crochet (evidence here). I do love crocheting technical things, and I’ve know for a while that I just had to try to crochet the Millennium Falcon – one of the most iconic ships in Star Wars!

SONY DSC

I’ve also turned it into a very long pattern tutorial (on sale here). It was a marathon of writing.

SONY DSC

Even though I toiled over my Millenium Falcon for quite some time, Mark has taken full and complete credit for it. Did he help with the design? Crocheting? Assembly? Oh, no. He chose the yarn. The yarn.

(I will admit, Mark, the yarn is perfect.)

It’s Red Heart Aran Fleck, which makes the Millennium Falcon look like there are little rust bits on it. The Millennium Falcon has never been a slick machine, but it’s particularly decrepit in Episode VII, where it’s given the best reveal ever while languishing in a junkyard on the planet of Jakku.

For a newer-looking ship, we’ll have to wait for the Han Solo movie in a couple of years!

SONY DSC

All the essential bits are here – the cockpit, airlock and docking rings, sensor dish, heat exhaust vents, and, of course, the quad laser cannons (top and bottom). And no, Mark, the quad lasers cannot rotate.

There’s also no retractable landing gear, so it can’t perfectly recreate those moments in Docking Bay 94… but it comes close.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s