January 12

Geeky Winter Hat Patterns and DIYs


I don’t know about you, but it’s cold where I’m at.  Cold, grey, dead . . . Can you tell I hate winter? To combat my own winter doldrums I love using fun and ridiculous winter hats.  It’s hard not to laugh at a Yeti hat, no? (I bought this one at my local grocery store, but you can find one here.)


There are plenty of great patterns and DIYs for geeky winter hats on the intarwebz, so I’ve rounded up a few to help you with your own winter blues.  The first is this great, free crochet pattern on Ravelry, by SnappyTots, for a Police Box earflap hat. This would be a fantastic gift for the Whovians in your life.


This hat would be perfect for my 2-year-old nephew.  He loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as only a two-year-old can, with a deep and abiding wuv.  As much as he loves Turtles, he hates wearing winter gear no matter how cold it gets outside.  This hat, though, he might never take off.  And you could probably find the fleece you need in the scrap/remnant bins at your local fabric store (or in your own stash).  You can find the pattern and instructions, all by PiePopper, here on Instructables.



I’m a huge fan of Sharknado, and I absolutely fell in love with this Shark Attack Hat DIY on Instructables (also by PiePopper). It’s not technically Sharknado inspired, but it’s definitely shark-tastic.


Last, but not least, he is: Yoda! I don’t knit, but this hat pattern with giant Yoda ears makes me want to learn.  The pattern is free on Craftsy, and it’s by Kaira Anne Designs.  The pattern is sized for a child, but she’s got a link (http://aknitica.com/2010/10/01/how-to-knit-a-hat/ ) in her description to a tutorial on how to knit a basic hat, and the tutorial has some tips on sizing.

More Links of Interest

July 4

A Little Bit of Summertime Cosplay

I love the amount of work and care that goes into a good cosplayer’s costume, even more so when it’s genderbending the original character. There’s a lot of stuff to be taken into consideration when you’re turning Tonto, for example, into a female.


“Baker Jenny Rae of Lil Rae Cupcakes is a huge Johnny Depp fan who has an impressive collection of handmade aprons that she wears at her shop. When she saw Depp as Tonto in the upcoming The Lone Ranger film, she decided to make an apron in his honor, but went a step further and even made a headpiece and donned his makeup.” BTW, Jenny Rae mentioned on her FB page, linked above, that she’s going to see “The Lone Ranger” on the Disney lot in Burbank. Pretty cool!
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May 26

The Greatest Little Cosplayer Ever!


This little girl, whose name appears to not have been published anywhere yet, when to the Motor City Comic Con on Detroit last month as the one, the only, STAN LEE. This girl isn’t the only Stan Lee lookalike out there, as there’s also “Fake Stan Lee” (you should check out his You Tube channel; he’s actually pretty funny).

Later on, she even got in the line to get a photo with the real Stan himself!


Apparently, according to some Facebook reports, this little girl was very popular at the con for her costume. Timothy Ross Troshank said, “I was dressed as Finn and i walked by her and she screamed ADVENTURE TIME! i wish i got a picture with her.”

May 4

Bride Wears Dress Made From 10,000 Bread Tags

How about this project for the ultimate in recycling? And the best part is, is that her wedding dress is truly OOAK!

One bride in Australia wasn’t going to just walk down the aisle in any old thing. Using 10,000 bread tags she collected from friends and family, Stephanie Watson spent months creating her one-of-a-kind dress from recycled tags and hand-me-down fabrics.

“‘I always liked the idea of a design challenge and thought a wedding dress would be the ultimate test! Besides, when Will (my husband) and I started seeing each other we started collecting bread tags. We decided that when we had enough tags to make a wedding dress we would get married. Ten years later I felt it was time to give it a go,’ Watson wrote in an email.”



“The dress only cost Watson $38, since she used fabric salvaged from other garments and tags donated from family and friends. This doesn’t include the countless hours she spent planning and stitching, which she documented on her blog, Constructing Nadine.

“‘One of the tags I found had the name ‘Nadine’ printed on it. I thought it might be nice to give the gown a bit of personality by naming her, that way people would not have to ask me ‘How is the dress going?’ but rather ‘How is Nadine?” wrote Watson. ‘I later realised that Nadine is a variety of potato and the tag was probably used to close a bag of spuds! It makes sense as there are lots of potato farms in our area.'”


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