FAQ

I get questions now and then. Here’s some answers. :)

Do you sell your critters?
Sorry, at the current time they’re not for sale! Update 6/5/12: I do! If you live in the Houston area, a small selection of my critters are available for purchase at Space Montrose. Supply is limited, and I don’t make duplicates very often, so grab ‘em before they’re gone!
Update 4/10/14: Sorry folks, it’s been a fun run at Space Montrose, but I simply haven’t been able to keep up and felt like I was doing a disservice to the good folks running the shop and to those hoping to purchase my critters by not being able to keep a good supply of critters for everyone to enjoy. I still encourage everyone to visit Space Montrose anyway though! The shop is run by great people, and it’s full of fun and quirky wares made by local artists.

Do you take commissions?
Sorry, no commissions either! Update 6/5/12: This part still applies…sorry guys, no commissions!

Awww…why not?
There’s a number of reasons, but the primary one is that I’ve got a full time dayjob that I have to tend to, so I simply wouldn’t be able to honor requests in a timely manner if I were to start accepting orders. Until I work out some logistics, I’d rather continue to do this without having the pressures of money and time to take the fun out of it. I’d like my crocheting hobby to remain as just that: a hobby. :-) But I DO leave my lil’ critters around for adoption now and then, so stay tuned to my twitter or facebook and you might be able to snag one! :)

I wanna make critters of my own! Where do I start?
I started off making critters straight from Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli. It’s a great starter book…simple patterns, uber-cute designs that can help you practice basic crocheting skills until you figure out how to do certain things on your own. There’s also GREAT tutorials complete with crystal-clear photos at PlanetJune’s blog. Goodness knows her tutorials were a huge life-saver for me when I started out. Another book I use is Creepy Cute by Christen Haden, but I wouldn’t recommend that one to a beginner. Lotsa awesomely cute critters (zombies and ninjas, woohoo!), but the instructions can be a little confusing to someone who’s new to crocheting.

Where can I find the pattern for ______?
If I make a critter straight from a pattern that I found online or in a book, I always mention at the end of the post where it came from. Otherwise, all the other critters are made from my own design on the fly…sometimes with LOTS of trial and error, and other times things just kinda work out on their own!

How long does it take you to make each critter?
It really depends on the critter, but on average I’d say about 3 hours if it’s something I’ve made before, with more detailed critters (such as Link from the Legend of Zelda) taking up to 8-9 hours. However, crocheting takes a pretty rough toll on my hands, so in an effort to avoid developing gimpy hands (gimpy hands = no bueno), I usually have to divide the time over a course of a few days.

If you’ve got any other questions, drop me a line!
Twitter: @GeekyHooker
Email: GeekyHooker [at] gmail [dot] com

5 Responses to FAQ

  1. Marisa Ortiz says:

    I love your work! It’s amazing, I just have a question that’s been klling me. What do you write on the cards attached to each critter? It intigues me. :3

    • Geeky Hooker says:

      Thank you! I usually write something along the lines of “Help, I’m lost!” from the character’s POV (ex. Iron Man’s card said he preferred homes with pretty girls and lots of booze), followed with a generic message asking the finder to let me know if they’ve taken my lil’ friend home. :)

  2. Wes Boemker says:

    could you make me one those are amazingly great

  3. Allie says:

    Can you possibly do tutorials or post up crochet patterns for the characters? They are adorable, and I really want to learn how to make them for my brother’s birthday. I tried looking for patterns online but I can’t find any for the superheroes! & Too bad your shop is in Houston, and I live all the way in Cali :(

    • Geeky Hooker says:

      Hi there! I don’t have specific patterns for my little superheroes because they’re made on the fly! But they’re mostly based on two patterns: the basic head and body pattern from “Creepy Cute” by Christen Haden, and this free basic doll pattern that I found a few years back: http://www.suncatchereyes.net/The_Ogilvies.html
      The pattern from Creepy Cute gives more of that cutesy chubby look, but the free pattern is a great place to start…it’s actually the exact pattern that I used when I first made my little superheroes at Comic-Con two years ago, and I just kinda learned to tweak it to my liking over time. Hope that helps! :)

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