July 9

“Legend of Zelda” Crochet Blanket

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Holy carp, the detail in this blanket is amazing!! Romelnq recently posted this image to Imgur, saying that after five years, the blanket was finally finished. However, Romelnq was just the poster. Romelnq’s wife was the creator.

The black and blue background was crochet (with an H sized hook) and the rest of it was cross-stitched over. You can see a series of progression shots here. For a size comparison, Romelnq said in an earlier post that the “1991” at the bottom of the blanket is about as big as a banana, so we got our scale after all!

July 2

Crocheted Woodland Animals Modeled After Influential Women

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Alexandria Milford, also known as quirky1crochet on Imgur, posted a series of photos, of crocheted animals that are modeled after influential women throughout history. The photo above is Rosie the Riveter Fox and Frida Kahlo Bunny. Some of her other creations include Rosa Parks Deer, Amelia Earhart Raccoon and Marie Curie Mouse.

If you’re interested in buying any of her animals, you can find her on Etsy.

Or, if you’re interested in attempting your own influencial crocheted animals, it looks like these are fairly small and probably probably made with a lightweight acrylic yarn and a series of single crochets. If you need help getting started, you might want to look at some of these sets to help you get your sizing right: Star Wars Crochet, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Crochet or Disney Classic Crochet.

June 5

Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn”

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Just because it’s now June and almost officially summer, it doesn’t mean that we don’t need awesome blankets to snuggle up with. And Anderlance of British Columbia, Canada has crocheted an awesome blanket to share with us!

Anderlance had been waiting for her local store to get in their shipment of yarn, after finishing the first panel of this afghan over a month ago. The pattern is by Cindy Joe, and there are three more panels to go. The square in the picture is 115 stitches by 125 stitches, measuring 4′ 2″ wide X 4′ 5″ long.

December 18

Yub Nub Scoodie

In just a day, I’m going away for Christmas. I’ll be leaving a place that’s currently 66 degrees and going to a place that’s -5 degrees. As a project to help pass the time on my flights, and something to keep me warm once I’m there, I’ll be crocheting Kristen Stevenson’s Yub Nub (Ewok hood) scoodie. This is a free pattern on Ravelry, but you will need to make a username and password to get it.

I am going to make one change to it though. Kristen has directions on how to make the Ewok ears. However, I’m going to find a thrift store once I get a chance, buy a really nice looking teddy bear, and cut off his ears to attach to the hood, for just a touch more realism.

And if you aren’t familiar with the Ewoks, they are a fictional race of small, mammaloid bipeds that appear in the Star Wars universe. They are hunter-gatherers resembling teddy bears that inhabit the forest moon of Endor and live in various arboreal huts and other simple dwellings. They first appeared in the 1983 film Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi, and have since appeared in two made-for-television films, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985), as well as a short-lived animated series and several books and games.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 10

Knitting and Crocheting for Good

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So today’s entry is a little different and comes to us because of a letter in a recent Dear Abby column: The Knitted Knockers Support Foundation. How many of us know someone who’s had, or continues to have, breast cancer?

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Their special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.

Their website provides patterns to knit or crochet knockers. Women can also come and request a knocker in the size and color they want. In addition, they provide a how to guide on how to choose approved yarns, how to start your own Knitted Knocker group in your area, or how to find existing groups.