If you’re a knitter or crocheter that has a Ravelry addiction like I do, then it’s possible you’ve heard of Nerd Wars. Nerd Wars is a Rav group that just celebrated its 2 year birthday! Basically it is a friendly competition between fandom groups. I’ve been a member of Team Impala, the team for Supernatural fans, since its creation at the beginning of the second Tournament but there are a lot of other amazing fandoms that participate. Anyway, each Tournament consists of 3 twenty-eight day rounds with 6 challenges in each round. The challenges are always to craft an item based on certain criteria. Round 3 of Tournament 6 just ended and one of the challenges was to craft an item to help you, or someone else, survive the holidays. This challenge ended up being perfect for me since my husband had a particular knitting request for me that was all about survival!
My husband is very into being prepared for anything he does. He loves outdoor activities. Camping is definitely a favorite of his (insert groan from not-a-happy-camper-me) but he also loves hiking, kayaking, canoeing and rock climbing. The list goes on but I’m tired just thinking about it so I’ll stop there. Anyway, my husband can always be counted on to triple check that he is bringing everything he needs for any of those activities and extra for the poor souls who aren’t so well prepared. Lately he seems to have been thinking about emergency situations more and decided he would like a belt made of rope that could be easily unwound should he find himself in need of it. He asked if I could knit one for him so we ordered some rope and I got started. It was actually super easy although I dreaded it for days before getting started imagining the damage knitting with parachute cord would do to my poor fingers. But my fingers made it through unscathed and my husband is now happily wearing a little piece of disaster preparedness around his waist! This was a very simple project but I decided to write up the pattern for anyone interested and looking for a starting point.