A WOMAN has turned the idea of knitting on its head by using her skills to create science fiction and comic costumes.
Victoria Noad, from Aberdeen, spends months painstakingly crocheting, knitting and sewing her outfits for various conventions around the country.
Her current project, for a comic character called Squirrel Girl, has involved writing a small booklet of intricate instructions.
Her detailed plans also mean other woolly fans can have a go at making the outfits.
And a knitted “facehugger” creature from the 1979 Hollywood blockbuster Alien proved so popular she’s gone on to make several as gifts for her friends.
Victoria, 41, said she learned how to crochet as a child but didn’t take up knitting until a few years ago.
One of her favourite costumes was a knitted version of Wonder Woman’s outfit which took her five months to make.
She said: “The yarn is a cotton elastic mix so it can keep its shape. I designed my own boots and tiara.
“Apart from the wig it was all knitted.
“As far as I know I’m the only person in Scotland that knits their entire costume.”
Victoria said she spends a couple of hours most evenings working on her creations as well as several hours on weekends and days off.
In fact, she’s been working on one tricky design for almost two years.
Her latest costume –Squirrel Girl – involved 12 pages of instructions for the tail alone.
And she should know a thing or two about wool given she works in a yarn shop.
But despite the time involved in making her knitted wonders, Victoria said she enjoys every minute.
She said: “Each one is a learning curve. It’s a lot of fun and it’s worth it.”
Victoria is also part of the team behind a costume competition at Aberdeen’s annual comic convention – Granite City Comic Con.
As such she can’t wait to show off her creation at this year’s convention this Saturday and Sunday.
She said: “Squirrel Girl will be coming out at this year’s convention. I’m looking forward to giving it an outing.”