May 25

Battlestar Galactica Craft: Starbuck’s Mandala

Crochet Starbuck's Mandala by Angie Pedersen

It’s been a while since I shared one of my own geekcrafts, so in honor of Geek Pride Day, I thought I’d share this little beauty – a crochet representation of Starbuck’s mandala.

In the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” TV series, the character Kara Thrace, aka Starbuck, paints various versions of the same mandala image throughout her life, her unconscious attempts to recreate the “Eye of Jupiter” (depicted  in the above left image, from the second season episode, “Valley of Darkness”). I was immediately drawn to these abstract paintings with their bold colors and strokes, and thought it might be fun to recreate in crochet form (as I’m not much of a painter). When I found Marinke Slump’s Crochet Mandala pattern, I knew immediately how to put it to good use. The pattern was quick to work up and I completed it in a weekend. I stitched it onto a light blue canvas for hanging on the wall.

Interesting geek trivia: the mandala on the wall in Starbuck’s apartment was actually painted by Starbuck herself, actress Katee Sackhoff, according to the Battlestar wiki.

We previously featured a Starbuck’s mandala knitted hat project here on GeekCrafts, and I’ve also seen a quilt that incorporates the image. Have you seen any other mandala geekcrafts floating around the Internets? I’d love to try out some more!

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May 18

Magic the Gathering Craft: Crochet Blocks and Dice Bag

Magic The Gathering Mountain Mana Crochet Potholder by Ann Pierson D'Angelo

My daughter is big into playing Magic: The Gathering, so I was pleased to find a series of posts by Ann at WonderStrange where she translated the mana symbols into crochet charts. On her blog, she posted charts for Mountain/Red, Swamp/Black, Island/Blue, Plains/White, and Forest/Green.

What’s cool is that since she provided the charts, you can adapt the project to whatever suits you – you could make individual potholders, placemats, or coasters, or link blocks together to make a scarf. Ann also provided a tutorial for stitching two together to make a cool Magic: the Gathering dice bag.

What’s another way you could adapt the charts?

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April 13

The Creature from the Black Lagoon amigurumi

La Chapa, a self described, “hardcore yarnie” from California made an incredible Creature from the Black Lagoon amigurumi.

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She made him made this for the lovely kittykill in the Vintage Halloween Swap last year on Craftster. Check out her series of photos of him…he’s even got scales down his back and tiny little claws! Unfortunately, he’s going to be a OOAK toy, because La Chapa said she didn’t write down any notes when she was making him, so he can’t be recreated again in all his scaly, yarny glory.

April 13

Star Wars Crafts: Amigurumi Wampa

Star Wars Amigurumi Wampa by Mysterious Cats

When I was a kid, I was pretty scared during the scene when the Wampa attacks Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back,” but who could be scared of this little guy? Hook yourself up with this great amigurumi Wampa pattern from Ana at MysteriousCats.

Also be sure to check out her other Star Wars patterns: Tie Fighter, Imperial Walker and other Star Wars ships.

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April 6

Pokeball Jewelry: Gotta Wear ‘Em All

Pokeball Jewelry Set by Linda Potts

Back in the day, my son was all about Pokemon. He had this set of cards that told little stories about each one, and we would let him pick five to read aloud before bed every night. I also vividly remember making him a Pokemon ABC scrapbook, with all the first 150 Pokemon in alphabetical order. Mother of the Year, I tell ya!

It is with these fond memories in mind that I share with you this craft: a lovely matched set of crochet Pokeball pendant and earrings by Linda Potts. She has very kindly provided a full pattern for both.

She also has patterns for more than 35 individual Pokemon plush amigurumi patterns, including Pikachu, Charmander, and Azumarill. Snorlax is particularly cute.

Which Pokemon would you choose for a pet?

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March 23

WOW What a banner!

Crochet Horde banner by Kristin Dragos

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my family of geeks has long been fans of the massively multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft (WoW). And as long as they’ve been playing, they’ve always played Horde. So I was quite pleased when I ran across this crochet Horde banner by Kristin Dragos.

When I showed it to my husband, he told me it would be ok if I made it for him. :) I think it would also make a great addition to my son’s dorm room.

What about you? Are you Horde or Alliance?

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