Friday, November 15, 2013


I'm not a Dr. Who person myself. When I was in high school, I had a problem with insomnia, and I watched it--in reruns--occasionally on the 12" black and white my parents let me keep in my room. (Can you imagine trying to explain that to a high school kid today?) It was a privilege, and when I got in trouble (which occurred with surprising frequency), the TV had to be given up. (My sister had a small color TV, but that was later, and it was the one we hooked the computer up to.) (Seriously, life has gotten so strange.)

So my experience of Dr. Who was of the original doctor, and I came in late. All the reruns in the world weren't going to help me sort it out. Of course if the original Dr. had been a little more David Tenant, I might have tried a little harder. (This is also the same period that I got into The Prisoner, and my sister and I would watch it on this tiny b&w sitting on the hardwood floor of my bedroom  because it was so crazy and crazy-different from anything we had seen on TV.) (Patrick McGoohan then showed up with incredible regularity on Columbo, one of my favorite shows.)

At any rate, Dr. Who is 50. And someone scoured the internet and brought together 10 Cross-stitch projects with which to celebrate. My favorite comment is about this Tenth Doctor pattern by BabyMish, "The finished design measures 4 inches wide by 7 inches high when worked on 14-count Aida fabric, so it shouldn’t take you too long to complete." Yeah, except the part where there are a million stitches because it is 28 square inches of solid stitching! I guess it all depends on the definition of "too long." Enjoy! 


Margaret said...

DH was into the Prisoner and Dr. Who, in olden days. Not the recent ones. I think I watched a few at most. Love that Dr. Who and booth in the pic. So cute!

Needle Nicely said...

I just had to hit the calculator to come up with: 196 stitches per square inch of 14 aida; times 28 square inches = 5488 stitches. Right, can do that in the blink of an eye! Ah! literary license is a wonderful thing.

Christine said...

Not too long at all, relatively speaking, if you happen to be a 900+ year old timelord.
I love the stitched Doctor and TARDIS, but I don't suppose I'll ever make them.

Melody said...

I enjoyed reading your post. I also had a small b/w TV in my bedroom. I felt pretty proud to have it, too! It had rabbit ears and I could get 4 channels.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You had a TV? Of your own? Spoiled American kids! We didn't even get a telephone in the house until I started work. Then I realised that everyone was listening to my calls so I still went to the phone box to call my boyfriends!

Anyhoo, the Dr links are great, love the alphabet and the Warhol Doctors. Have you seen the Muppets as Doctors too? Not a cross stitch, just a poster.
But that photo which they have charted into 4x7 is not going to look anything like that actual picture is it? Honestly? Not unless you do it over 1 on 40 count.