July 9

“Legend of Zelda” Crochet Blanket

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Holy carp, the detail in this blanket is amazing!! Romelnq recently posted this image to Imgur, saying that after five years, the blanket was finally finished. However, Romelnq was just the poster. Romelnq’s wife was the creator.

The black and blue background was crochet (with an H sized hook) and the rest of it was cross-stitched over. You can see a series of progression shots here. For a size comparison, Romelnq said in an earlier post that the “1991” at the bottom of the blanket is about as big as a banana, so we got our scale after all!

July 2

Crocheted Woodland Animals Modeled After Influential Women

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Alexandria Milford, also known as quirky1crochet on Imgur, posted a series of photos, of crocheted animals that are modeled after influential women throughout history. The photo above is Rosie the Riveter Fox and Frida Kahlo Bunny. Some of her other creations include Rosa Parks Deer, Amelia Earhart Raccoon and Marie Curie Mouse.

If you’re interested in buying any of her animals, you can find her on Etsy.

Or, if you’re interested in attempting your own influencial crocheted animals, it looks like these are fairly small and probably probably made with a lightweight acrylic yarn and a series of single crochets. If you need help getting started, you might want to look at some of these sets to help you get your sizing right: Star Wars Crochet, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Crochet or Disney Classic Crochet.

June 17

The Making of a Mermaid

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ilikeshields posted a series of photographs of a university project she was involved with, back in 2013. (The one picture I’ve posted here doesn’t do the project justice. Trust me, go check out the series!) In it, she spent two days having a full body cast done so she could be turned into a stylized mermaid.

Some of the commenters didn’t like the extra fins the mermaid was given, but I think the finished project is amazing! It’s like they created a new race of mermaids. Humans don’t all look the same. Why should mermaids?

June 5

Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn”

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Just because it’s now June and almost officially summer, it doesn’t mean that we don’t need awesome blankets to snuggle up with. And Anderlance of British Columbia, Canada has crocheted an awesome blanket to share with us!

Anderlance had been waiting for her local store to get in their shipment of yarn, after finishing the first panel of this afghan over a month ago. The pattern is by Cindy Joe, and there are three more panels to go. The square in the picture is 115 stitches by 125 stitches, measuring 4′ 2″ wide X 4′ 5″ long.

May 21

Girl Creates Freakishly Realistic Mermaid Scales With Makeup…

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just because she was bored. :)

Makeup artist Channing Carlisle proved she was more than up to the challenge of literally turning herself into a mermaid with the help of special effects products and some makeup brands you likely have in your own arsenal right now. She explained that she was inspired by fellow makeup artist Arianna Blean, who had posted a video where she painted fish scales onto a client’s leg. (What’s a leg except for a skin-covered fish tail that’s been split in two, right?)

But Channing didn’t stop at painting scales onto her leg, as she used SFX techniques to make it seem like her skin was being ripped open to reveal a glistening tail. To achieve the look, she used Inglot Cosmetics, Mehron Makeup, and Anastasia Beverly Hills products, among other brands. The result was a look so realistic, it went viral on Twitter and left some commenters confused as to what, exactly, happened to her leg.

But if you think this is Channing’s “grossest” work, you’d be far from correct. She pointed out that last October, she’d created a “maggot-infested wound” on her own hand. Yep, definitely the grossest. Mermaids have nothing on maggots.