April 6

How About A Free Darth Vader Cross Stitch Pattern?

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I love finding free pattern downloads, and this one is especially cute with it’s little Darth Vader.  Username Avozika has this design as well as a few others (including a rather pithy Chuck Norris design) for download on her Instructables page.

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April 5

Fully Knitted Captain America Cosplay

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I crochet, so I can appreciate the time and effort that went into this costume: Cosplayer Fangirl Physics knitted this Captain America costume, for SacCon in March. It’s made entirely of assembled knitted pieces. She doesn’t carry the Captain’s shield, but she has a pair of knitting needles in her bag to fight freedom’s foes.

For more of her costumes, check out her Facebook page. Make it a point to scroll through her posts. She has an awesome end of last season cosplay of Beth from “The Walking Dead!”

March 30

A Papercraft Millenium Falcon That Will Blow Your Mind

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It might look like computer graphics, but no.  This is made from paper–well, 99% of it.  The artist, Bernard Szukiel, says it took him 4 years to build this 38″ long model using photos he found on the internet, fiber optic lights, and LEDs.  For more AMAZING photos of this incredible model, you’ve got to check out his gallery!

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March 29

Geek-a-Long with Lattes and Llamas

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The gals at Lattes and Llamas are at it again – Jac and Megan-Anne are hosting another year-long nerdtastic “geek-a-long” mystery knitting project. I spotlighted their endeavor last year, and wanted to let you know they are deep into this year’s project.

They release an all-new geek reference block every week, so you build an afghan over the course of a year. They’ve already featured Bunsen & Beaker from the Muppets, the Flash, Indiana Jones, and Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus.

I *love* that their patterns include both knitting and crochet instructions – it can be hard to find geek love for the crocheters out there, so I appreciate that!

What geek references do you hope they represent in upcoming patterns? Do you prefer knitting or crochet?

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March 22

The cute is strong with this lovey

Crochet Yoda lovey by Kristen McCrory

Need a super cute gift for a youngling in your life? Look no further than this adorable crochet Yoda-inspired lovey by Kristen McCrory.

The little Yoda head gives your young padawan something to cuddle onto, while also toting around the ever-so-comforting blankie, all in Star Wars geek style. Win-win-win.

Make this Yoda blankie even more geek-tastic by watching “Star Wars” while stitching it up, so the Force is melded into every stitch. Which episode of the series would you watch while making this?

Side note: I noticed Kristen also has a mega-awesome Gir lovey in her Etsy shop – makes me think, “Aw, somebody needs a hug!”

March 21

Star Wars Pallet Coffee Table

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Holy recycling projects! This is something we all could do (and even, Heaven forbid, swap out the insignia with any other kind of geek tribal marking you’d like!): a Star Wars pallet coffee table!

OcelotNikon posted this on imgur recently. He took a nicely beat up looking wood pallet, deconstructed it, put it back together in tabletop form, sanded it, and started being all geeky with his craft. He actually made a makeshift project to trace the Jedi symbol he found onto the table top. As OcelotNikon put it, his drawing skills are limited to ninja stick figures. The idea for it came from this video.

That symbol looks like black paint, but he actually burned it into the wood, going through two wood burners from Michael’s. (But unless it’s a candle or my fire pit, I don’t play with fire. A good black paint would probably work here too.) But that wasn’t enough, so he got out the good ole trusty BLOW TORCH and seared the top of the table as well (Yeah, that’s pretty badass right there!). To project the tabletop, OcelotNikon finished with a light colored stain and a satin finish. It took about 12 hours and $100 for this project but it looks like it took about 12 parsecs and a million dollars!