Bow down.

I watched Black Panther over the weekend. And OF COURSE I was going to make a little T’Challa. I worried when Wonder Woman came out because DC had a poor movie track record, and if Wonder Woman failed it’d be a huge setback socially speaking. But I didn’t worry for Black Panther, and that faith that Marvel would do things right was solidified again.

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King T’Challa, The Black Panther, Protector of Wakanda and the world.

I’ll be honest, I can’t say I’m 100% happy with little T’Challa, but eh, it’ll do. It’s difficult to replicate all the subtle details on the Black Panther suit with yarn, and there aren’t as many silver contrast details on the new suit for me to work with compared to the original Black Panther suit we saw in Captain America: Civil War. I cheated a little and added some extra here and there, but it wasn’t technically movie accurate.

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Of course King T’Challa was the main protagonist of the movie, but there’s one character who overshadowed his royal highness for me:

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Can we talk about how awesome Shuri is for a moment here? Now THAT’S a princess I can get behind. She was smart, sassy, and wasn’t afraid to put up a fight. The fact that she’s the brains behind all of Wakanda’s tech made me love her so freaking much, because that kind of imagery is so important when it comes to showing these types of characters to a young audience. Growing up if a movie or TV show had a “brains” character, that person was invariably 1) a dude, and 2) the nerdy uncool dude. It gave us kids the impression that being smart wasn’t cool, and you’d always play second fiddle to the brawn of the group. Tony Stark has been a pretty good character to make science nerds look suave, but Shuri is the fun female science geek that I wish I had around as a kid. And on top of that, Shuri was smart for the sake of just being smart! There was no need for her to one-up a team of male scientists, there was no need to her to struggle against people underestimating her because she’s a girl. The movie didn’t feel the need to throw in some sort of boys vs. girls conflict to make a point…she was allowed to be a smart techie geek simply because she was good at what she did, and people trusted her expertise. If Shuri can inspire more little girls (or hell, grown-ass women) to get into science and tech, then HELL TO THE YES let’s get more of her out there. I’m hoping SO badly that we’ll see some friendly techy banter between her and Peter Parker and Tony Stark in Infinity Wars.

I also loved her costume design. Actually I just loved the costume design on just about everyone, period. So many little details.

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Otherwise my spoiler-y thoughts on the movie coming in 3….













  • Wakanda looked AMAZING. I wasn’t sure how they were going to pull off fusing what was supposed to be the most advanced technology on earth while maintaining traditional aspects because Wakanda had never been colonized, but holy hell they made it work. Gorgeous visuals with lots of glowy vibranium and fancy gleaming towers among colorful traditionally patterned textiles. I love how even the street hawkers had nifty handheld holograms to sell their wares, as if that was just a baseline piece of equipment everyone had. So freaking cool.
  • Speaking of traditional African aesthetics, THIS GUY:
    I remember reading about tribal lip plates as a kid in kiddie science magazines (my parents started me young on the nerdiness), but DAMN they made this guy look so freaking cool with it. I don’t care that the plate itself was CGI’d, this man managed to 1) rock a teal suit and look damn good in it, and 2) GOT A MATCHING LIP PLATE AND ROCKED THAT TOO. He looked straight up pimpin’ in this.
  • More on Shuri: I love how she didn’t give af and straight up interrupted T’Challa’s coronation to be all like “look, can we just crown him already so I can get this stupid corset off and then we can party? kthx.” Actually I just love how she doesn’t give af about T’Challa’s status as king, period, because to her he’s still her big brother and she’ll still give him hell at every opportunity possible, throne be damned.
  • SHURI’S SNEAKERS PUN. YES. Also she gave T’Challa shit for his sandals while also chiding him for having open-toed shoes in her lab, YES LAB SAFETY.
  • Main criticism: this was one movie where I felt like there weren’t too many big surprises. Movie plot was pretty straightforward and predictable (come on, no one was buying the whole “OMG HE DIED” thing) and just about everything you needed to know was in the trailers.
  • Killmonger’s cheeky “Hey Auntie.” Ohhhh you ridiculously good-looking, charming, irreverent bastard.
  • Nice to see Andy Serkis as himself for once!
  • Another small criticism: I thought it was kind of corny how after the big fight between T’Challa and Killmonger, Killmonger was suddenly all cool with T’Challa (okay, maybe resigned is a better word), and quietly made his exit on a cliff to a sunset. Killmonger bursted onto the scene with so much anger and rage, and his character was built up to be the type to never let anything get in his way of what he wanted (he shot his own girlfriend!), so it seemed out of character that he’d take a beatdown and would suddenly be like “welp, I guess this is the end.” But I get that it’s a superhero movie, and that Marvel has never been in the business of having gritty, bitter ends to these types of things. And while it was cliche, I liked that they showcased T’Challa’s sense of compassion and forgiveness by insisting that he could still save Killmonger, and when he refused, allowed him to die peacefully while watching the sunset that he’d only dreamed of as a child. Nice way to bring things back around to the whole “You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king” line from Civil War.
  • I loved how well-rounded Okoye’s character was. Black Panther wasn’t just a great movie for ethnic representation, it was great for representation of women as well. She was a warrior, but she wasn’t a mindless killing machine. She had a sense of humor, she had compassion, she felt conflict when she knew her duty was to the throne but she couldn’t stand behind the new king. And GODDAMN does Danai Gurira rock a shaved head. The only minor criticism I have (and it truly is minor) is that I felt like her relationship with W’Kabi was pretty much unnecessary. I guess they wanted to round her out by showing that the Dora Milaje can still maintain romantic relationships while being some of the strongest warriors in the world, but it felt like they just kind of threw it in as if to mark off a checkbox. Who knows, maybe there was more footage of their relationship and it got cut, but I felt like they did plenty to show Okoye’s humanity without having to throw in a barely-there boyfriend/husband.
  • Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. Ohhhhhhh mama. I watched him as scrawny little Wallace on The Wire recently and seeing him on the big screen with so much swagger…hell, just give the man the throne, he marched in like he owned the place. Fantastic villain with a good conflicted backstory. He also had some of the deepest lines in the movie, which is significant for a Marvel film, where they’re usually easy-peasy superhero flicks. His final line about the ocean drove a big message home, but the line that struck me more was when he said “Can you believe that? A kid from Oakland walking around, believing in fairytales.” Something about that hit me so much more because it speaks to a stark reality that’s around us every day. Killmonger’s fairytale was Wakanda, but the fairytale for other disadvantaged kids could be as simple as graduating from high school, or just being able to have a life where they can have three square meals a day. It’s not every day that a superhero movie goes beyond the good guy-bad guy story.






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At any rate, both of the royal Wakandan siblings will be up for grabs at Comic-Con this year! As per usual, find them and they’re yours to keep!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker


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You want a porg?? Make your own!

Man. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since my last blog post, it’s that y’all really, REALLY like porgs. They weren’t my favorite, but I didn’t hate them either, so I made one since so many people suggested it for Comic-Con. And holy hell did that open a can of worms. My top-liked post on Instagram EVER was when I posted up this little Christmas porg over the weekend.

At any rate, you want a porg? You got it. But you gotta make it yourself. BEHOLD! THE SACRED PORG PATTERN! For the low, low, price of free fiddy. You can find it HERE. Make all the porgs so I don’t have to! Have fun, and don’t forget to tag me if you post photos of your work! Happy hooking everyone!

EDIT 1/5/2018:

Since I’ve had several people ask (and thank you to everyone who gave me that courtesy!): I don’t mind if you sell finished products from the pattern as long as you credit back for the design, either by tagging me in your social media posts or linking back to the pattern directly! Please do not sell or reproduce the pattern itself. Happy hooking!

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May the porg be with you.

EDIT: Porg pattern is up and running here!

OKAY OKAY I MADE A GODDAMN PORG. It was probably the single top suggested critter that I should make for Comic-Con this year, and I held out until I watched The Last Jedi first. And you know what? I’m not feeling the porg love. Sure, they’re kind of cute, but if I found one nesting in my spaceship you can be sure I’d chase that sucker out. I get enough problems with birds nesting in the vents of my house, ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat. INVASIVE SPECIES, I SAY. But I made one anyway because I like you guys. ❤

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Stupid little penguin hamsters.

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Otherwise I liked the Last Jedi. I didn’t LOVE it, but I liked it more than Rogue One, but not as much as The Force Awakens. I know there’s been loads of debates of over everything that happened in the movie, but either way I think it did its job, which was to set up the next movie installment. Otherwise here’s my thoughts:



  • Overall I felt like there was too much happening and yet not enough? Too many subplots, and within that some of the subplots dragged on.
  • I thought it was hilarious how the first interaction between Luke and Rey was Luke taking his light saber and essentially saying “fuck this thing” and tossing it over a cliff.
  • Loved the interactions between Rey and Kylo Ren. Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver were great at creating the tension and conflict between (and within!) their characters without resorting to over the top declarations or random shouting matches. One of my favorite moments between the two was when Rey quietly tells Kylo how she’s never felt more alone and he tells her “you don’t have to be.” Looking forward to seeing more of these two interacting in future movies.
  • The sentient brussels sprout came back! It was nice seeing Yoda again. 🙂 BUT….unpopular opinion time: as much as I enjoyed seeing Yoda’s return, I didn’t think it was necessary to the movie. THERE. I SAID IT.
  • Loved the entire casino scene in terms of visuals, but I felt like it could’ve stopped after they met Benicio del Toro’s character and skipped out on the “escape on alien horses” chase entirely.
  • Holy shit, that silence when Holdo sacrifices herself for the rebellion! Chills.
  • Sad to see Luke gone, but it was a good final exit. Loved the casual shoulder brush after Kylo tried to blast him into a pulp, and I especially loved how he drove in the whole “You think you’re cool?? I’m your uncle and don’t you forget it” sentiment, even at the very end. UNCLE LUKE STILL WINS.
  • Thank you, Captain Salty, for informing us all that the planet has salt on the ground. For no reason whatsoever. Salt. Cool. Thanks.
  • RIP Captain Phasma. 😦
  • I loved that when Kylo revealed who Rey’s parents were, it was exactly as they’d advertised all along: nobody. Shitty parents who sold off their own daughter for booze money. Given there’s a possibility Kylo could be lying, but I’m hoping it stays true. I feel like it’d give a much better start to Rey as the newest generation of Jedi and it allows all of her upcoming accomplishments to be her own, and not because of some sort of fancy bloodline.
  • I’m totally team ReyLo. They need each other, they understand each other more than anyone else in the world, but they can’t work together. At least not yet. 😉


Otherwise this little pocket porg will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con in July! Find him and he’s yours to keep. Please take him off of my hands, I don’t need a swarm of these around my house.

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

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…a league of their own?

I know, I know, I’m a month late on this, but hey, life gets in the way. One way or another more critters are here!

Justice League. I’m not sure what I expected. I already had low expectations because DC hasn’t had a great track record with their recent movies (with Wonder Woman being an exception), but I felt the need to see Justice League out of some strange obligation because I’d already seen all the other movies leading up to it.

I really didn’t want to keep comparing it to the Avengers. But man, it was SO HARD not to constantly think of what the Avengers got right and what Justice League got wrong. Without spoiling the movie, I feel like the movie actually made me realize how flawed the entire idea of the Justice League is to begin with. But I’ll put in my detailed commentary below after the pictures. Critters will still be made, because at least the characters still have a long-running legacy that won’t be ruined by just one mediocre movie. 🙂


First up, Superman! And oops, spoiler alert, SUPERMAN COMES BACK. Because as much as the studio tried to suppress that super-obvious fact, yes, he does show up in the movie. Otherwise the man of steel has been a constant companion with me at Comic-Con for the past seven years, and he’ll be coming with me for an eight round!

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“I’m rich.”

Next: the rich dude with major abandonment issues. Batman has also been a constant critter at SDCC from the first year that I’ve been doing my critter drops, and he’ll be joining Superman in the 8-year club this coming summer!

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And uh…dammit, I missed him again. This guy’s fast. REAL fast.

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There he is! The Flash is a new addition to the critter line up! I loved Ezra Miller as Flash in the Justice League. He added a fun “rookie superhero” element to it all, very similar to Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.

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He was a fun addition to the movie, and hopefully he’ll be a fun new addition to my critter drop lineup!

Otherwise here are my more detailed thoughts on the movie:









Okay, there were SO MANY things wrong with the Justice League movie. And really the more I think about it, the more I get pissed off that DC just can’t seem to get their shit together to make all this work. So just a warning that this is really going to be more of a rant.

  • …why did they need Aquaman? They spent so much time on Aquaman’s refusal to join the team. Storytelling 101 dictates that if you’re going to focus that much on the conflict, the payoff in the end better be pretty big. When the final “battle” came, he did nothing relevant to his powers. They couldn’t have conveniently put a CGI river somewhere? A kiddie pool? Anything?? Why would you showcase Aquaman if you’re not going to put him near ANY sort of body of water?
  • Also are Atlanteans only capable of speaking to each other in air bubbles? They’re water people. They can’t…talk through water?
  • All the heavier-hitting jokes that people would’ve laughed at were in the trailers and TV spots. The only gag that wasn’t revealed in the trailers or promo clips was the whole thing with Aquaman sitting on Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth. Whoever is cutting the trailers and TV spots, please stop doing this.
  • So….you just had to scare Steppenwolf and the parademons would’ve turned on him because they could smell his fear? And you made him fearful by…destroying his axe? Just…what?
  • Relevant to the fear thing: if it’s already been heavily established that the parademons can smell fear and wreak havoc based on this, why were they completely ignoring this terrified Russian family that the movie felt the need to focus on?
  • WHAT’S THE POINT OF A JUSTICE LEAGUE IF IT TURNS OUT SUPERMAN CAN DO EVERYTHING? The entire premise of the movie turned into “Batman collects all these people with special powers just to hold us over until Superman gets back.” I get that the entire scene with Superman taking out the rest of the Justice League upon resurrection was supposed to remind us all how powerful Superman is, but to me it only showed how useless everyone else was in comparison. The only character who had abilities that Superman didn’t already have was Cyborg. And maybe Aquaman’s fish-talking abilities, but clearly no one needed that shit. The entire Justice League could’ve been reduced to Superman and Cyborg. This is what I mean when I say that this movie actually showed me how flawed the idea of the Justice League is to begin with. I hate making comparisons to the Avengers because I really want to see the two as separate entities, but the thing that makes the Avengers an actual team is that each character has their own abilities and limitations, and together they complement each other and help each other out when they need to save the world. The Flash is fast? Welp, so is “faster than a speeding bullet” Superman. Wonder Woman is super strong? So is Superman. Aquaman can talk to fish? Superman can’t do that, but he can zip through water and save entire cruise liners from going under. Superman is too omnipotent to effectively create a team without it seeming like “Superman and his lesser minions.”
  • Just give the movie to Patty Jenkins.




The thing that’s so frustrating about The Justice League is that it had everything set up for it to be good. They’ve got a huge budget, they’ve got iconic characters already to start out with, and the cast is full of charisma – Ezra Miller seems like a genuinely excited geeky guy, Gal Gadot’s become a Hollywood darling thanks to her work as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill is oozing with good looks and charm, and Jason Momoa is the kind of guy who could hype up a chess tournament, and yet somehow the movie STILL fell flat. You can have all the best ingredients in the world with a top-notch recipe, but you still can’t expect to bake a good cake by throwing everything into a bowl and thinking it’ll all magically work out. The Justice League starred the top three most iconic superheroes known in history and DC somehow still couldn’t make it work, while Marvel has been working with characters that people didn’t give a damn about and instantly put them on the map in everyday pop culture. Before Marvel kickstarted their current movie franchise, the only thing I knew about Iron Man was that he was a dude in a flying robot suit. The only thing I knew about Captain America was that he was some guy in a goofy-ass ‘MURICA! outfit with a shield. I had zero clue who the hell Star Lord was or why there was a raccoon involved. And yet all of these characters are now considered household favorites. I grew up far more with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman than I ever did with any of the Avengers, and yet these are the characters that keep disappointing fans over and over again. I’m probably taking it more personally than I should, but it hurts a lot more when it’s your childhood favorites that are being repeatedly dragged through the mud. DC, please do better. For all of us.

My own salty views on the movie aside, I’ll still have three little members of the Justice League in tow with me at San Diego Comic-Con this summer. Find them and they’re yours to keep!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker


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STOP. Hammer time!

Thor: Ragnarok: LOVED it. Easily in my top 3 from the Marvel cinematic universe. It’s like they studied Guardians of the Galaxy, extracted all the parts that made it great with surgical precision, and upgraded all of it into a fantastically fun movie while giving Thor a great reboot to his character. Thor has been my least favorite standalone character out of the entire Marvel cinematic universe, but Thor: Ragnarok was so freaking fun that it’s brought him solidly back onto my radar. Loved seeing Loki’s return, loved seeing Doctor Strange for a little bit, loved Valkyrie and the Grandmaster, loved loved LOVED Korg, but if there’s one character I wished we saw more of, it was Hela. So I made a critter. 😀

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My sister is back and you’re gonna be in trooouble,
He-laaaaaa, He-laaaaaa, my sister’s back!”

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Hela, goddess of death, certified badass, and well, she definitely doesn’t like sharing her toys. To the point where she breaks her little brother’s favorite one. Booooo.

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I LOVED her look. Making the headdress was kind of tricky, but I managed to figure something out with some craft foam.

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She may be the goddess of death, but she’ll sparkle in just the right light! All the reference photos I looked at showed her headdress being a beautifully subtle mix of black, green, and gold. I tried to replicate that as best I could without it looking too showy.

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And guess what? She’ll be coming with me to San Diego Comic-Con 2018! My first critter for SDCC 2018 is officially done! Find her there and she’s yours to keep! Otherwise here’s my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok:








  • Can we talk about what a shitty dad Odin was for a minute here?? First he failed to tell Loki that he was adopted. But we still saw him as good ol’ noble Odin for some reason. Now you’re telling us that he had a daughter who became one of his biggest sources of support and power for his campaign to create an empire, and then when she got “too ambitious,” instead of trying to talk things out or find some other way to use her potential, HE LOCKED HER UP AND ERASED ALL MEMORIES OF HER? And then he didn’t bother telling his other two sons until she breaks out? “LOL I forgot to tell you guys, you have a sister and she’s coming to wreck shit up. Have funnnnnn.” Goddamn Odin, you really suck at parenting.
  • Short hair Thor > long hair Thor. There. I said it. The haircut is hot. ❤
  • Minor pet peeve: where the hell did all that ammo come from in Skurge’s guns in the end?? I’ll chalk it up to some Asgardian upgrades or something.
  • The Hulk calming down after seeing Black Widow was cheezy. Meh.
  • I really wanted to see more of Hela. She came in guns blazing, but we didn’t get to see much else from her. Loved Cate Blanchett in the role, it’s a shame we didn’t get more of it.
  • A few wonky CGI jobs here and there, but otherwise visually speaking it looked fantastic. I LOVED the shot with the valkyries battling Hela.
  • There were SO many good moments in this movie. From Thor’s spectacularly awkward story about Loki turning into a snake, his quietly bewildered utterance of “what the hell?” as he’s being transported to meet the Grandmaster, ALL of Korg’s lines, Bruce Banner heroically leaping from the quinjet and then falling flat onto the bridge…seriously great pacing and loads of great gags to keep things moving.
  • Lots of fakeouts from the trailer, and in a good way! Sometimes you watch a trailer and then you walk away from the actual movie thinking “wait, what the hell, none of that was there.” This was a case where the trailer fakeouts all worked out to be pleasant surprises.
  • Korg. I know people keep saying we need more Korg, but I’d argue that we had the PERFECT amount of Korg and it was amazingly hilarious. I’d love to see Korg in future movies, but only if they sprinkle in just the right amount like they did here. He’s definitely a treat that is best used in moderation.





I had loads of fun making Hela, and I’ve already got a preliminary list of what critters I’ve got in mind to make for SDCC this year! Critter making season has begun! Let the fun begin!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker


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You’ll float too. YOU’LL FLOAT TOO.

When it comes to horror movies, I’ve got a VERY narrow range between what I enjoy and what I can handle. Slasher films? Meh. Dark and twisted narratives with a few scares peppered in? Love it. SUPER twisted shit that’ll make me lose sleep for months? Nope. NOPE. Bottom line is that I’m still a big ol’ chicken shit. I’ve grown to enjoy horror movies more, but all the horror movies I’ve watched have been at home, with friends, and with one light on somewhere. But the trailer for the “It” remake intrigued me enough. I wanted to see it because it looked good. I DIDN’T want to see it because it looked good.

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“I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had.”

I’d never watched the original miniseries in its entirety before, so I thought I’d make up for lost time and fully watch the original before watching the remake. It’s pretty dated now, but one thing that doesn’t change is how FREAKY Tim Curry was as Pennywise the clown.

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It’s not every day where a look of horror is the EXACT reaction that I want out of a critter I make. 😀

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That red nose would be kind of darling if it weren’t for the whole “eating children” thing.

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Pennywise could use some fashion advice, but on the other hand his outfit is nailing that whole “creepy ass sewer-dwelling murder clown” look.

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One thing that was surprisingly difficult for me to find was the balloon. That damn balloon. I was planning on getting a little plastic balloon cake topper and calling it a day, but I couldn’t find one instore ANYWHERE. I tried looking for other alternatives, but in the end nothing beats the real deal. Turns out inflated water balloons did the trick perfectly.


As for the new movie: it was my first time seeing a horror movie in a theater. And it was FUN. Turns out horror movies are the one exception where it’s permissible to speak in a theater, because goodness knows there were plenty of times where I involuntarily uttered “oh HELL NO” at the screen before something happened. I won’t be stepping into a theater to watch The Conjuring anytime soon, but I’ll definitely be looking forward to It: Chapter 2. Until then this little guy will be around to terrorize me from my shelf!

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“We allll float down here.”

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“Börk börk börk!”

I’m still feeling stunned from Harvey last week, and I wasn’t even directly affected by the storm, but the sooner I can get back to your regular crochet programming, the better! Please continue to donate and help out, and for all you folks in Florida and its neighboring islands, please stay safe in the face of Irma!

You know all those super cool photos in my book Literary Yarns? The clean and stylish page layouts? The formatting of the patterns? The pre-order campaigns that were rolled out? I can’t take credit for ANY of that. When I wrote Literary Yarns, I was fortunate enough to have an amazingly helpful team of folks from Quirk Books to help me through the process and do a lot of the heavy lifting for me. I wrote the patterns, the how-to instructions, and I shot the step-by-step photos in the tutorial sections, but everything else? It was all done by some amazing people. Once the book was out I knew I had to make thank you critters for everyone involved with the book. I’ve already posted some of the thank you critters I’ve made on my social media accounts, but there was one that I still needed to make, and that was for my editor Tiffany. She kept on insisting that working on Literary Yarns with me was good enough, but I kept insisting back that she should pick something. And it just so happened that her pick was also one of my favorite characters:

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“Börk börk börk!”

THE SWEDISH CHEF. I FREAKING LOVE THE SWEDISH CHEF. It always slightly freaked me out that he had these creepy normal human hands, but I still loved him with his nonsense gibberish and his chaotic “cooking.”

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“Heer we håv de choppy chop!”


“Und heer we håv de chicky! Güd chicky. Tåstee chicky.”

Looks like that chicken’s going to be in some trouble. SAVE YOURSELF, CHICKEN-FRIEND.

And here are the other thank you critters that I’ve made!

Photographer Mike wanted an Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi:

Editor Blair wanted a fangirl from the cover of the Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy:

Designer Andie wanted a Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls:

Designer Molly wanted a little Glenn Danzig:

And publicist Kelsey wanted an 11th Doctor:

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Literary Yarns couldn’t have happened without all their help, and I can’t think of a better group of people to work with on my first published work!

And just one more plug (with good intentions!)…if you enjoyed seeing my Swedish Chef, maybe help out a food-related cause by donating to the Houston Food Bank! They’re always doing good work around town, but they’ve especially been beefing up their efforts since the storm hit. Feed some folks who need a hot meal, and save some lives. The Swedish Chef thanks you!


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F*ck you, Harvey

I’m safe, my friends and family are safe. My parents are now in a mandatory evacuation area, but otherwise so far so good. Hopefully it stays that way.

I’ve been extremely lucky during this storm. I’ve had some street flooding, but none of it entered my home and I never lost power or running water. I was supposed to go in to work over the weekend, but once the storm started coming down, I couldn’t have made it in if I tried. The Texas Medical Center became entirely inaccessible. Most of the city was entirely inaccessible.


Many of my co-workers at the hospital I work at ended up stuck and became the ride out team, unable to go home for days. Thankfully they’ve finally been able to go home, and I’ve been called back into work.

The thing that pisses me off more than this storm? The way the news outlets have covered it. I’m not one to grumble too much about the media. I feel like as long as you keep a diligent eye on what you’re reading and do your homework, it’ll be fine. But goddammit, FUCK ALL OF YOU NEWS OUTLETS for the kind of reporting I saw during the storm. While people were trapped in their homes calling for help you were busy focusing on the MINUSCULE amount of negative incidents that happened during this time. You CHOSE to focus on the one asshole who decided to rob someone. You CHOSE to shit on mayor Turner’s decision to tell everyone to stay put. I noticed almost all of the ridiculous articles that focused on his decision not to evacuate (I’m looking at you, CNN) didn’t speak to a single person who was from Houston to give commentary. Guess what? A vast majority of us Houstonians feel like he made the right call. I originally had a long profanity-laced rant about this, but for the sake of time I’ll let this twitter thread speak for me (click to read the whole thing):

Mayor Turner has been calm, collected, and cautiously warning us that just because the sun has finally come out it wasn’t time to be unwise. Long story short, he couldn’t save everyone, but he very damn well saved thousands of us. Don’t you dare talk shit about this until it’s over.

The coverage is starting to look more positive now that the storm has passed, but it was extremely frustrating to see our own local news anchors working nonstop to keep us informed (and in many ways, alive), while the national coverage seemed to be telling a different story. What SHOULD have been the focus was the incredible amount of good that happened during this time. When 911 was overwhelmed, regular citizens who owned boats went out and took it upon themselves to rescue people from their flooded homes. There was no city-wide statement asking anyone to help, people just did it. When some bakers were trapped in their bakery for two days, they passed the time by baking loads of pan dulce to give to flood victims once they got out. A local furniture salesman who is usually known more for his tacky commercials opened up his stores to shelter people who had lost their homes, and sent out his delivery trucks to pick people up from their homes to transport them. (side note: Gallery Furniture stores are also by far the cushiest shelters in town right now, with people sleeping on high-end mattresses instead of cots) Our local Texas grocery store chain HEB sent out emergency convoys as soon as the storm hit the southern coastal parts of Texas and started providing food and supplies for those in need. When the George R. Brown Convention Center opened itself up as a shelter, there was a line DOWN THE STREET of volunteers ready to help out. When I tried shopping for donation items after I had cleared out everything I already had in my house, the store shelves were already sold out of all of the items that were listed as needed items. The George R. Brown Convention Center (which is a HUGE facility) had so many donations that they had to start collecting at ANOTHER large stadium, and even that got filled up overnight. OVERNIGHT.  There’s so much love and willingness to help each other in this city. We may have been under water, but we will not drown.

The rain has stopped, but the recovery is going to be a long process. Please keep Houston in your thoughts, but please don’t forget about the southern coastal towns like Rockport and Port Aransas who were hit so much harder than Houston from the get-go and are also desperately in need of help.


J.J. Watt, our resident nice-guy Texans player started a fund and it’s become an insane and amazing celebrity bidding war to see who can donate the most. You can contribute your part here.

And here’s (9/5: edited to an updated link from NPR) a good list of charities to donate to, spanning across relief funds, to additional funds for first responders, etc. And remember that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being cautious before donating. When in doubt, check any charities that you plan on donating to on Charity Navigator.

If you’re local, here’s a list of shelters that you can volunteer at or donate supplies. As of the time of writing this (8/31), George R. Brown Convention Center, BBVA Compass Stadium, NRG Park, and Salvation Army are at capacity with donations (within DAYS of opening!), but they still could use volunteers! FYI: if you’re volunteering as a medical professional at George R. Brown or NRG Park you can go to the front of the volunteer line and tell them you’re a medical volunteer (I showed them my work badge) and they’ll let you in.

Houston isn’t an easy city to love. It doesn’t have the immediate glitz or glamour of New York or LA. Even as a local I wouldn’t recommend it as a vacation spot. But it’s a FANTASTIC place to live. Things won’t come to you in Houston, you’ll have to do some work to seek out everything that’s great about this place. But once you find your place in this city, it loves you back tenfold, and a large majority of that is because of all the amazing people we have here. Hang in there, everyone. The bumpy road to recovery has just begun, but we’ve got each other and we’re going to make it. ❤

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FINALLY. After over a year of slowly working on these guys on and off, I’m finally done! BEHOLD! THE DYNAMIC DUO.

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It’s Rick and Morty! And they’re ready to get schwifty:

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The toughest part about making these guys? Rick’s bald spot on the back of his head. I made a bunch of tiny little cones, and arranging them on the back of his head was surprisingly difficult. Too spaced out and he looked TOO bald. Too crowded and then it looked like an awkward blank spot on the back of his head. I’m still not 100% sold on it, but I think it worked out alright in the end.

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And of course I had to sew on a little burp spittle on him. Rick wouldn’t be Rick without a bit of a mess on him.

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It took me over a year to finally get these guys done, but here they are. With season 3 currently running, I have a feeling I’ll be steadily adding to my mental list of characters to make. Wubba lubba dub dub!

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It ain’t over ’til the last critter drops

Alright, let’s talk about this year’s critter drops. Forty-nine. Forty. Nine. Drops. The most I’ve EVER brought on my own was fifteen, so this was quite literally over 3 times more than my heaviest haul in seven years. But dammit, I was determined. I didn’t get the 100% response rate that I wanted (I knew it was ambitious, but dammit, I TRIED), but I’d say it went pretty damn well! Here’s the breakdown:




I flew into San Diego with a duffel bag (a freaking DUFFEL BAG) stuffed with 44 critters, and upon landing I tacked on an extra 5 pieces as a last minute addition. Forty-nine critters in need of good homes!


I wanted to put this at the end of the post, but I felt like it would be better to put it up front before people start zoning out and they miss it at the bottom. THESE GUYS ARE UNACCOUNTED FOR! Britt’s Wonder Woman, Marcy’s Skeksis, Pam’s fleeb, and my Deadpool, Penguin, and Dr. Strange were all taken from their hiding spots, but I never received a confirmation message! If you or someone you know has any of these critters, it’s never too late to check in! Remember that if you have a private twitter account I can’t see your tweets, so if that’s the case then please email me at! I’d love to hear from you, and I’d love to let the guest artists know that their work is safe and sound! 🙂 I’m not going to add these to my lost list quite yet, so hopefully I’ll hear back on these little guys!


You guys, dropping 49 critters was HARD. I had to break some of my own rules and do a few things I don’t normally do. I did drops after dark because I couldn’t get my day’s stash out before sundown, I personally handed off a few critters  when I normally drop ‘n run (which actually turned out awesome, but more on that later!), and I ended up doing Sunday drops for the first time because I just couldn’t get through all of my stash by Saturday! A lot of it also had to do with me staying in Hall H all day Saturday, but it was still a constant drop train the whole way through. I split up the work between friends, family, and the good folks over at the SDCC Unofficial Blog which helped IMMENSELY, but since I was acting as the primary point of contact for all the drops I was still keeping a constant eye on my phone for tweets and/or text messages to let me know a critter had been dropped or that a critter had been found. Many of the drops also felt rushed and I could have hidden some of them better. I had help (thank you thank you THANK YOU to everyone who helped me drop!), and with all of our efforts combined, I’d say we had a pretty successful hunt!


Before heading out to SDCC, I had a few followers ask if I could sign their copies of Literary Yarns while I was there. Since I had a decent number of people ask, I thought I’d do an informal offsite book signing and scouted out Berkeley Pizza as a location. I also still had one Superman critter left to drop for the day, so I thought I’d hand it off to the first person to find me there. I set up shop on Wednesday evening and waited.

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I’ll admit I was a little nervous. What if no one shows up? What if too many people show up and I get overwhelmed? What if it turns out that none of my followers were real people, but all one giant trollbot who’s been TAKING ALL THE CRITTERS ALL ALONG AND NOW IT’S COMING AFTER ME OMG PANIC PANIC PANIC?? Turns out I didn’t get overwhelmed, nor was I stalked by a giant trollbot (that I know of). The first people to show up were a pair from Hawaii and I got to hand off my little Superman to a longtime hunter! And I get to add Hawaii to my critter map! Woohoo!!

We chatted for a while, and then I noticed the following tweet alert on my phone:

WAIT WHAT. I wasn’t about to interrupt my conversation, but HOLY CRAP I WAS BEING STALKED BY A TROLLBOT AFTER ALL. Except not really. Turns out Satoru, a longtime hunter who was doing drops of his own this year, decided to do a drop RIGHT BEHIND ME like a creeper without saying hi first. 😛 Once the kind folks from Hawaii took off I turned around, found my creeper, and invited him to sit with me. 😀 We exchanged stories about our drops for the day, and I got to hear about how he found one of my critters last year! I had a fantastic time meeting hunters and droppers and it was a great way to kick off my first evening of the con. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous about putting myself out in the open like that because I’ve managed to keep myself under the radar for so long, but I had such a great time I might consider doing this again in the future. Thanks to everyone who came out!


Here’s the breakdown of where they went! A large majority ended up in California, and we had a few international adopters! Slightly jealous that none of the international adopters picked up my stuff, but such is the nature of the hunt. 🙂

California got a whopping 31 critters, my home state of Texas got 2 critters, and Arizona, Oregon, New York, Washington, Missouri, and Hawaii each got 1 critter that found a new home. 1 was found with an unknown location – I think it might be Washington, D.C., but I’m still waiting on a double-check first! For international adopters, 2 are going to Seoul and 1 is going to Mexicali, Mexico!

Breakdown by artist:

Amy: Amy contributed the most critters, and all 11 of hers were found!

New homes were found in California, Washington, Missouri, Texas, and Korea!

Gina: All 3 of Gina’s critters were found! They came a long way from the Czech Republic, so I was glad that these guys were all accounted for!

All new homes for Gina’s critters were in California!

Tina: Tina pitched in 4 critters for this year’s hunt, and all 4 were found!

New homes were found in California and Arizona! And LOOK! Her BB-8 was found by a hunter who previously found my Captain America! They’re critter roommates! 😀

Windi: Windi’s pokeballs were a last minute addition to the lineup, and all five of them were found!

All of Windi’s pokeballs found new homes in California!

Britt: Britt pitched in 6 critters, and 5 out of the 6 were found! Wonder Woman still hasn’t been checked in, but I’ve received photographic proof that she was taken!

New homes were found in California, New York, and Korea!

Marcy: Marcy threw 9 critters of her own into the pot, and 8 out of the 9 were found! The Skeksis still hasn’t been checked in, but I received a tweet that it was no longer in its hiding spot.

New homes were found in California, Oregon, and Mexico! I also LOVE that her Poe bunny found a home with other literary monsters!

Pam: Pamela brought in 4 critters and 3 out of her 4 were found! I received photographic proof that the fleeb was taken.

New homes were found in California and I think Washington D.C. Still awaiting firm confirmation of Kuchi Kopi’s new home, please correct me if I’m wrong! 🙂

Me: I brought in 7 critters this year, and 4 were found. I’ll admit I’m a bit bummed that 3 of mine went missing, mostly because it broke my personal 100% response rate streak for the last three years, and also because it’s the most that I’ve had go missing since 2014. But I would’ve been more bummed out if there was a higher concentration of missing critters that belonged to any of the guest artists! Four out of seven still ain’t bad, and there’s still hope that people will check in! 🙂

New homes were found in California and Hawaii!

And if you liked some of the work by the guest artists but couldn’t find one out at Comic-Con, many of them have etsy shops and many of them do custom orders! Check them out!







Whew. There was definitely a lot to be learned from dropping so many this year. If I were to collect guest art again I’d have to set limits, but man, I’m still blown away by how much people were willing to give to this little project of mine. When I put out a call to collect guest art to drop, I was expecting maybe one or two pieces from a handful of people, so it never occurred to me put limits of any sort on the submissions. So when I ended up with a flood of pieces to drop off, I had a double “holy shit” moment. In that I was thinking “holy shit, these people are crazy generous and awesome” and “holy shit, how am I going to get all these out in San Diego?!” Turns out in addition to having plenty of people volunteer to contribute critters to the hunt, I had plenty of people volunteer to help me with the drops as well. I didn’t want to take away from anyone’s time at the convention so I tried to refrain from recruiting any more people than I needed to, but I was just as surprised with how enthusiastic everyone was about helping with the drops! Time is such a precious commodity at Comic-Con, so I felt bad taking that away from anyone, but everyone who helped out seemed to have fun looking for a hiding spot and they seemed to have even more fun watching people find the critters! Other people also decided to drops of their own this year, and I had a blast following along with their hunts as well, hoping that every single one of their works were also accounted for. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned this year from my drops, it’s that there’s a lot of good people in the world, and you don’t have to look very far to find them. The number of people who volunteered to contribute their work to the drops, the number of people who offered to help me with the drops, the number of people who decided to do drops of their own this year, all the fantastic people that I’d met throughout the whirlwind five days that was San Diego Comic-Con: you guys rock. Thanks to everyone who joined the hunt, thanks to everyone who helped with the hunt, and dammit, just thanks to everyone for being kind, generous, and all around awesome. Comic-Con is usually a fun geeky time, but this year was a little different in that it gave me a little boost in my faith in people in general. ❤ Thanks for another great year of critter drops, and here's to hoping that I'll be back to do it all over again next year!

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