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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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!”
Ah, yes…it’s that time again: Earmuff Day! Actually, I’m ashamed to report that somehow this very salient holiday escaped my notice until this evening, when a friend alerted me to its existence. My response was, of course, to make little miniature earmuffs out of all of my leftover pipe cleaners and mini yarn pom pom balls from previous projects and go around the house putting earmuffs on everything from the owl shaped cookie jar in the kitchen to the hurricane lamps in the living room. (My boyfriend will be so impressed when he wakes up tomorrow morning and sees my handiwork! Is there such a thing as the Earmuff Fairy? I think I sense a new tradition…)
In the spirit of Earmuff Day, here are some crafty earmuff ideas from around the web:
These Princess Leia earmuffs made me smile (links to a YouTube video with DIY instructions, thanks to DeviantArt user Taniathepirate):
I want to learn how to crochet just so I can make these Spock ears (spotted on Croshame)!
I was unable to find any instructions for these Pokeball earmuffs found on Etsy.com [via monster.loveitsomuch.com], or these R2D2 earmuffs (spotted on DeviantArt from user Bee-Delicious), but they both look like they could be recreated pretty easily with some faux craft store fur and felt:
Plus, how to create faun earmuffs (thanks to Meri Greenleaf at Elfling Blog):
So, I’m dying to know: What are you up to this Earmuff Day? Any big plans?? Hope you have a good one!
CostumeWrangler recently shared a round-up of Geeky Winter Hat patterns – here’s another one you might want to get to hookin': Sara Jean’s crochet Twi’lek Hat from Star Wars.
Sara Jean designed the hat to look like Aayla Secura, a Twi’lek Jedi Knight seen largely in Star Wars comics and the Clone Wars animated series, as well as Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The hat pattern looks like it’s pretty quick to stitch up, and averages 4 out of 5 stars on Ravelry. Pretty impressive, considering Sara Jean was 12 when she wrote the pattern!
Might this hat make it into your con cosplay for the year? We’d love to hear in the comments below!
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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.
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Hello All! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving (or a great Thursday, if you’re outside the US). If you’re looking for movies to go see this weekend, I highly recommend Big Hero 6. It’s adorable and full of science! Plus, Baymax, who is the lovable healthcare robot, is a truly great character.
Part of Baymax’s programming is to be huggable and caring, and these crafts can help you make your very own robot healthcare companion!
First, for all you crochet lovers, Kamilla has posted an accurate and adorable crochet pattern on her blog, krawka.blogspot.com.
If you’re looking for a quick and cute project, Carolina from 30minutecrafts.com has instructions for a Baymax Bandage Tin, for those accident-prone people in your life, or those who just like to be prepared. (It’d make a clever stocking stuffer as well!)
And lastly, Jessica has posted her version of a Baymax plushie, filled with rice so you can heat him up to help with aches and pains. You can buy the plushie for $45 from her etsy store, or you can follow the plushie tutorial made by Hiro Hamada and make your own!
Baymax Rice Plushie
Pattern for Baymax Plushie
I hope you are satisfied with your Geek Crafts today, and that you all have a wonderful and geeky day!