November 21

Gift A Geek: Geeky Ornaments

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The Holidays are coming! The Holidays!  Currently its early enough that you can still make something, or get gifts to decorate for the holidays. So we are going to start with geeky ornaments. Hallmark is surprisingly good at this, but we have so many options, from making to buying. And its not too late to start making!

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For the Geek Crafter/Soon to Be Crafter

 

For the Geek Shopper

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I’ve put together a treasury list of a variety of geeky ornaments one can find from a variety of sellers on Etsy. They are  a mix of shapes, styles, and fandoms and nearly all the shops cover more than the fandom pictured. So I would say give it a click through and enjoy.

 

August 22

We Are Groot.

Everyone wants to get their hands on a certain dancing tree. Well there are ways now, you can give a crafter some support, or you can take up the tools of your preferred craft and have at it. Heck there was a post here just a couple days ago with a lovely piece of Groot jewelry.

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So lets start a list:

Want to Crochet your own Groot? There’s a free pattern for that!

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Would you rather buy a crocheted Groot? Go here,  here or here!  You might end up with a few other figures at that last link!

Want to wear a  Groot? The Bird The Bee has got you covered. The shop also has a smaller Groot head pendant.

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You can also find a Groot Brooch here. Perhaps you want a decorative but non wearable Groot. We have that too and more.

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I know what you are saying, that’s all well and good but I want my Groot to dance.  Well, The Mary Sue shared the instructions to do that as well.

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After all that there is only one thing left to say. I am Groot.

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August 17

Star Wars Craft: Death Star Cushion

crochet Star Wars Death Star cushion by Pops de Milk

When I added this Death Star Cushion to my Geek Pinterest board and it got 50 repins, I knew I had a winner. Nothing like a little pre-testing before sharing something with you here on GeekCrafts!

Pops de Milk has done all the mental gymnastics for you and figured out how to make a perfectly spherical (and evil) Death Star in crochet form – no small feat! The result is a nice size pillow accent that would be perfect for a den or dorm room.

But if a 96-stitch/28″ circumference seems too much for your needs, she also made an adorable Cutest Little Death Star that is sure to capture your heart (and hook)!

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August 10

Ami Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Crochet

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles amigurumi by Laura Carrascosa Fuster

In honor of the recent release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I thought I would share this cute Ninja Turtles amigurumi pattern from Laura Carrascosa Fuster / Las manos de Alea. I love their little round yellow bellies and felt accents, and the little loop to make them keychain/lanyard-friendly.

My husband saw the new movie over the weekend and wasn’t overly impressed, but also wasn’t under-impressed. “It’s a Michael Bay film. Zero expectations equals lots of fun,” he said. He likened it to the first Transformers movie. Have you seen it, and if so, what did you think? How did it compare to the first Turtles movie? Also, what fun geeky amigurumi projects have you tried?

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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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