October 25

Finn the Human crochet hat

Finn the human beanie by Janet Neeth

Looking for a quick geeky Halloween costume that’s algebraic? Look no further than this Finn the Human Earflap Beanie from Dammit Janet, Let’s Crochet.  Those familiar with crochet could probably whip this out in an evening or two. Janet even offers a handy, printable PDF of the pattern. Pair the hat with royal blue shorts and a sky blue t-shirt, and you got yourself a costume!

What are you planning to wear for Halloween this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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October 12

Make Your Own Zombiebot Amigurumi!


I’m not exactly sure what a zombiebot is, but it sure is cute. Check out this free crochet pattern available on CraftFoxes.com, sourced from a super cute book (Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make, by Nelly Pailloux).

I like this kind of pattern.  It offers up instructions for you to make the zombiebot as is, or if you’re feeling daring, you can mix things up with different colors, “injuries”, stitches, and embellishments.  Just think, you can crochet your own army of crobots as you plan world domination!

Plus, read the Geek Crafts review of Nelly Pailloux’s Crobots book!

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October 11

The Doctor says bless you!

TARDIS tissue box cover by Charla Henney

In honor of the recent Doctor Who premiere, AND I Love Yarn Day (coming up on 10/17), I bring you a Doctor Who knitting project: a TARDIS tissue box cover by Charla Henney.

I love the clever design that allows you to pluck tissues from the little light beacon at the top.

How are you liking the new season of the Doctor? How will you honor I Love Yarn Day? Share with us in the comments below!

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September 27

Pay the yarn price for these Game of Thrones pillows

Game of Thrones crochet pillows by ICrochetThings

One of favorite crafts is crochet – when watching my geeky favorites, my hands are rarely idle. I can also knit, but I’m much faster at crochet. I have taught myself Tunisian crochet, which looks a lot like knitting, but have so far only made a pet mat. So I was intrigued when I saw these Game of Thrones Tunisian crochet pillows by icrochetthings.

Her pillow example features the Stark direwolf sigil on one side, and the Lannister lion sigil on the other. She also provides charts for the other house sigils, so you can customize to your favorite. She also commented that she plans to crochet all of them and make one big blanket. What a lovely gift that would make for a GoT fan!

Have you tried Tunisian crochet? Which houses would you represent in pillow form? Let us know in the comments below!


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September 20

Settle in for some crocheting

Catan crochet bag by Becky Simmons

I’m not a big gamer (video or otherwise), but my son enjoys playing a variety of board and card games with his friends. One of his favorites is Settlers of Catan (or just Catan now, apparently). So my interest was piqued when I saw this crochet Catan hexagon bag by Becky Simmons.

She developed a quick hexagon motif that she stitched up in Catan colors and assembled 19 into a bag that she uses as a project bag. I like it because it’s a subtle geeky reference not everyone would recognize.

Becky also has some neat motif afghans in her Ravelry shop – I liked her Fireworks and Nebula blankets.

Are you a Settler of Catan? What other board games do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!

September 14

Make Your Own String Dolls!


I was hanging out with my best friend and her family, including two very rambunctious boys, and we were at a big toy store when my friend found this really fun looking kit for making string dolls.  But the kit was $20, and we both kinda cringed at the price and put the kit back on the shelf.

However, it got me thinking, somebody out on that world wide web has had to have posted a tutorial on how to make these super cute little guys! A quick Google search, and lo! It seems the most excellent Natalie over at Doodle Crafts has got this DIY covered!

Unlike a lot of tutorials I saw, she uses pipe cleaners and a wooden bead for the string dolls’ bodies.  Other tutorials used heavier gauge wire and bits of styrofoam (or nothing at all for the base of the head).  Natalie also uses regular old white glue to secure the string onto the base form, whereas other tutorials use super glue (or other heavier duty adhesives).  I haven’t tried making one yet, but I certainly plan to.  It seems to me it would be best to experiment with whatever materials you have on hand and see what works best for you when creating your new little string doll best friend!  I would guess that different materials would have different staying powers and durability.

Have you ever made one of these cute little guys? What materials did you use?! How did yours turn out!? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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