Saturday, 21 May 2011

Tiny Knitted K-9

My friend Jamie passed on a weblink for a pattern of a tiny knitted K-9.  I just had to try it out.  Here are my results.

Resting on my hand to show size comparison.
To make your own, you can download the pattern for free from the Ravelry link.  I had to add a weight into his bottom whilst stuffing so he can sit on the table without doing a face-plant.  Knitted in 2.75 mm (US 2) needles with scraps of 8ply yarn.

Thank you Helen Callis for creating such a cute pattern!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Desktop Patrolling K-9

I have come across this news and must share.  In September a desktop patrolling K-9 is due for release.  Here is some info on them:


Set K-9 loose on a flat surface and he'll navigate his way around. Anytime K-9 senses a nearby object, he'll say, "Access denies, recalculating route. If he happens to bump into something, he'll apologise and move on. With 3 settings (OFF, Master for male owners, Mistress for females), K-9 will defend you and your desktop by warning you with "Danger Master/Mistress" when going near an edge, then backing away, as well as warning you of any deadly Desktop Patrol Daleks that may be nearby, even going as far as engaging them in battle!

I am rather excited by the release.  It shouldn't be over priced too, with a current RRP of £11.99.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Make a Mini K-9

This is a cute little K-9 project.


Make a K9
Make a cardboard K9 to go with your TARDIS

Dr. Who's K9 robot dog

Dr. Who's K9 robot dog
When the BBC decided to bring back Dr. Who, they even brought back faithful old K9, and a whole new generation of kids got bitten by the Time Lord bug.
. . . My kids were no different, and so we decided to make a K9 to go with our TARDIS. For anyone who doesn’t know what this is, K9 was Dr. Who’s robot dog from way back when, although he did make a brief re-appearance in the recent series. Dr. Who first came to TV in 1963, over 40 years ago. But then 40 years is just a blink of an eye to an immortal from another galaxy, and so the magic of Dr. Who is the same now as it ever was.
. . . If you haven’t seen the show, I recommend the series on DVD as almost essential viewing for anyone aged 8 and over (some scenes may be a bit scary for younger viewers).
. . . To make your K9 you really need to use foamboard, and to finish it off a hyper-bright red LED for the eyes, but these are not big hurdles, because you can easily and cheaply buy both on-line from various merchants.
. . . Dr. Who's K9 robot dogThis model was made extra tricky because my son wanted it to be the same scale as the TARDIS. Even though the TARDIS was quite big, K9 is still a small model, and a whole lot of new issues come with making a small model. If you build a bigger one, why not build it over the base of a cheap remote control car. Foamboard is very light and most remote control cars have their rechargeable battery compartment door on their underside anyway. All you need to do is build your body to replace the car’s body and hey presto, you have rejuvenated an old toy and made something really cool, a radio controlled K9. 

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Dr.Who vs Star Wars

This fantastic picture of a Cyber3PO & R2Dalek is by Kari Fry and Jason Novak for

This here design is a collaboration between Kari Fry and Jason Novak. Since Jason is an awesome writer, and Kari not good at making words, Jason's doing the interview solo:

Tell us about this design.
Well, Kari wanted me to come up with ideas for T-shirts. One thing that has always interested me is the idea of a mash-up, like in music. You know, taking two ideas and making something new from them. In fact, the blog I write for, To Eleven (at posts mash-up music we find on the internet. So, this shirt is an extension of that.

Where are you from?
I'm originally from Canton, Ohio, the Hall of Fame City. But I hate football, so I don't talk about that. Now, I live in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

How would you describe your style?
Well, the idea's style is the mash-up thing I was talking about. I was the brains, but Kari's the talent. Not that she doesn't have brains. I assume she does, actually.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you pick?
Kari Fry! If not her, then a graphic designer I know, Jayson Shenk. He cowrites the blog with me, and he does great design work, too!

What historical figure do you most admire?
Probably someone like F. Scott Fitzgerald or J. D. Salinger. Really anyone with a letter for their first name. No, seriously, I'm a writer, and those are two authors I love.

If you weren't designing shirts, what would you be doing?
Writing, listening to music, gaining super powers through high doses or radiation and spider venom. You know...keeping it real.

Would you rather guest star on a cartoon or a sitcom?
I'm kind of a walking cartoon as it is, but I'd like to guest star on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. I think Ted Mosby's from Shaker Heights, so we'd have something to talk about!

Cats vs. Star Wars: which would win the battle?
Star Wars, because cats don't have the Death Star. Cats would totally PWN Star Trek, though.

What is your favorite t-shirt color?
Black or Grey.

What has been your favorite vacation or travel experience?
I have visited Pittsburgh a few times, and I really liked it. Lots of independent music stores there.

Any shout outs?
I'd like to give a shout out to my girlfriend, Adele, and to my brother and my sister-in-law, Ryan Novak and Kari Fry! What up?!?

Saturday, 7 May 2011

K-9's Nose

I have been working on K-9’s head recently. To make him look more like the Hero prop, I have added a little nose addition from 3mm Foamex then sanded it down to the right shape.

The nose of my K-9.

Nose of the Hero prop.  Please note that the upper part of the nose was only filled in later.  In earlier versions that part is not there.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Ali Spagnola - K-9 Painting

Ali Spagnola has an interesting site that allows you to request free paintings.  The topics are varied, but she does some super cute robots!


Thursday, 5 May 2011

K-9 Plushie Pattern

I stumbled across this most adorable pattern and thought I would share it. It is for a K-9 soft toy. The pattern and description can be found here.

It is SO cute, I am very tempted to sew one myself. :)