The Hooker’s Going to Iceland!

Iceland! It’s been on my bucket list for so long and it’s finally happening! I’ll be taking the Ring Road around the entire island for 11 days and I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous scenery and see some puffins, whales, and those adorable horses with the rockstar hair. And of course it wouldn’t be a hooker vacation unless I brought some critters with me:

Porgs. Freaking porgs. Fun fact: porgs exist because the creators of Star Wars: The Last Jedi couldn’t get rid of the puffins during filming, so they just CGI’ed them into a whole new species. Since Iceland has lots of puffins, I felt that it was appropriate that I bring some porgs with me! I’m bringing not one, not two, but THREE of these little buggers to the land of fire and ice. (Side note: I also have a free pattern written up for these little guys if you can’t find one out in Iceland!)

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I’m also bringing a little Mario mushroom with me! I made one of these for my trip to Singapore and Bali back in January, and I’ve made another for this round in Iceland! I had mentioned offhandedly on my social media accounts back then that I was going to post a pattern for the mushroom – things got busy for me, but the pattern is finally up! So if you don’t get a chance to find the mushroom out in Iceland, you can make one yourself at home! 🙂

That’s a total of four critters that I’ll be taking with me on my trip. If you’ll be in Iceland from 4/24-5/4, be on the lookout for these little guys! I plan on dropping two in Reykjavik, one on 4/24 and another on 5/4, but the remaining two will be dropped somewhere around other parts of the island between 4/25-5/3 as I make my way around!

If you’ve never followed my drops before, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Follow me either on facebook or twitter, but I highly suggest twitter for drop-tracking. Facebook does a weird thing where it doesn’t show my posts in real-time based on whatever magical algorithm they use to control people’s newsfeeds.

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  2. Follow the hashtag #CRITTERDROP to filter out my tweets if you want to see the ones pertaining to the drops only.
  3. Set up a twitter mobile alert on your phone! This isn’t required, but it’ll help! This way your phone will buzz every time I make a post on twitter, so you won’t miss a single drop! You might end up with your phone buzzing like crazy if I’m geeking out over something during my trip, but otherwise I’ll try to keep it tame. 😉 Instructions on how to set this up can be found here.
  4. Critters will be dropped one at a time. No groups of critters will be dropped.
  5. If you find a critter, let me know that you found it! Please, please, PLEASE check in if you find a critter. Each one is tagged with a card with my contact info. I just ask for two things if you find one: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend, and 2) Let me know where the critter’s new home will be so I can add it to my map! I do this knowing that there’s a potential that anyone could swipe the critter and never get back to me on it, but it doesn’t make it any less disheartening when one goes missing.

No specific hints on where my critters will be dropped, just follow along and try your luck! 🙂 Happy hunting!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in Iceland,  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

 

“Say my name” (no, this isn’t about Breaking Bad)

SHAZAM! I liked it! I liked it a lot more than I thought I would! I went in with zero to low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I saw Aquaman with low (like REALLY low) expectations and somehow that movie managed to do worse than I expected. So Shazam was a breath of fresh air considering the poor run that’s been coming from the DC Extended Universe lately.

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It was definitely a lot darker than I thought it would be but it still had a lot of heart. And dammit, Zachary Levi nailed it when it comes to portraying a kid in a grown man’s body. Billy Batson might have a superhero’s build and powers, but at the end of the day he’s still just a kid.

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Otherwise read on for my thoughts on Shazam! SPOILERS AHEAD: Continue reading

Higher, further, faster

I saw Captain Marvel last week! I was a little worried because I wasn’t seeing a lot of buzz about it, but I walked in keeping my expectations at bay, and I liked it! But I didn’t love it. I’d rank it as a solid middle-of-the-road Marvel film, but I’ve got some misgivings with that sentiment alone. Either way, I liked it enough to make a critter to drop at San Diego Comic-Con!

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Meet Carol!

Carol’s pretty cool. Air force pilot, spunky, and well, she kinda had this thing happen to her where she kinda lost her memory and thought she was an alien. Don’t worry about it, she managed to figure it out.

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Carol’s cool, but anyone who’s seen the movie can agree that her furry little friend named Goose stole the show. I won’t say how, but he’s quite the little troublemaker.

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Goose can be a handful, but otherwise he’s a good boy. A very, very good boy.

Otherwise here are my thoughts on Captain Marvel! SPOILERS AHEAD: Continue reading

Cat ‘n Bat

A bit of a late start this year, but at least it’s started! SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON CRITTER MAKING SEASON HAS BEGUN. If you’re new here, hello! I like to crochet little characters and every year I go to San Diego Comic-Con to scatter them around for strangers to find! And with that, I present to everyone the first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2019!

I’ve made Batman dozens of times. He was one of the first critters I ever made, and I’ve brought a Batman with me every year ever since I started doing my critter drops back in 2011. He’s been dropped at numerous comic conventions, vacation spots, etc. He’s been a constant in my lineup of critters for San Diego Comic-Con, and this year is no exception.

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But one of his most famous counterparts, Catwoman? Not so much. I made a Catwoman ages ago, but I’ve never made her for Comic-Con. Which is a damn shame because Catwoman’s such an iconic character, and one who wasn’t just on screen to be eye candy. Selina Kyle is kind of a badass, and it’s about damn time I brought her with me to Comic-Con.

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Like many of the Batman characters, Catwoman’s had several different looks over the years and across different media, but the animated series Catwoman (and Michelle Pfeiffer’s amazing Catwoman look in Batman Returns!) are always who I picture whenever Catwoman is mentioned!

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While I’d argue that Catwoman’s greatest weapon is her smarts, of course she wouldn’t be out without her bullwhip either:

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One of the fun parts of making Catwoman was having an excuse to draw on some cat eye makeup for her!

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But the part I was most excited about was her ears. Because after eight years of crocheting, I FINALLY MADE A TINY, POINTED TRIANGLE OH MY GOD.

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I’m not even joking about how stupid happy I was about this. This has been a struggle for me every time I make Batman. Those little ears always turn out a little bit rounded and I always have to fiddle with them so that he looks a little less like Bear-man and a little more like a bat. It never works out 100%. I didn’t figure this out until I made Catwoman, so Batman’s ears are still a little rounded out, but goddammit, I FINALLY GOT IT.

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At any rate, Catwoman will be causing trouble as usual and Batman will be trying to keep up with her at San Diego Comic-Con this year! Find them and they’re yours to keep! Comic-Con critter making has commenced!

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

 

Singapore and Bali – the recap!

I’m home from my trip to Singapore and Bali! It was an amazing time, I ate a lot of good food (good lawd, the food), I met some awesome people, and all four of my critters were found and checked in! Overall a great trip. If I had to sum up the Singapore portion of my trip in 4 photos, it’d be these:

And to sum up the Bali portion in 4 photos, it’d be these:

Read on for more!

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The Hooker’s going to Singapore and Bali!

I’m heading to Singapore and Bali next week for a vacation! And I’ve decided to take some critters with me to leave behind for strangers to find! I’ll be in Singapore 1/17-1/19 and Bali from 1/20-1/22 to stuff my face, climb a volcano to see the sunrise, and enjoy some warm weather when it’s blistering cold in other parts of the world. Here’s who will be tagging along with me on my trip:

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A little life-giving fungus.

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A little squawking hamster-penguin.

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A rich kid with abandonment issues.

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And a little forest guardian.

I’ll be doing 3 drops in Singapore, one for each day on 1/17-1/19, and one drop in Bali (in Ubud specifically) at some point on 1/20-1/21. No rhyme or reason to who will be dropped on which days or where, drops will happen whenever the time and place feels right for me! 🙂

If you’ve never followed my drops before, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Follow me either on facebook or twitter, but I highly suggest twitter for drop-tracking. Facebook does a weird thing where it doesn’t show my posts in real-time based on whatever magical algorithm they use to control people’s newsfeeds.

    The Geeky Hooker

  2. Follow the hashtag #CRITTERDROP to filter out my tweets if you want to see the ones pertaining to the drops only.
  3. Set up a twitter mobile alert on your phone! This isn’t required, but it’ll help! This way your phone will buzz every time I make a post on twitter, so you won’t miss a single drop! You might end up with your phone buzzing like crazy if I’m geeking out over something during my trip, but otherwise I’ll try to keep it tame. 😉 Instructions on how to set this up can be found here.
  4. If you find a critter, let me know that you found it! Please, please, PLEASE check in if you find a critter. Each one is tagged with a card with my contact info. I just ask for two things if you find one: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend, and 2) Let me know where the critter’s new home will be so I can add it to my map! I do this knowing that there’s a potential that anyone could swipe the critter and never get back to me on it, but it doesn’t make it any less disheartening when one goes missing.
  5. I’ll be dropping on critter per day on 1/17-1/19 (in Singapore) and one critter at some point on 1/20-1/22 (in Ubud). No pairs/groups of critters.

No specific hints on where my critters will be dropped, just follow along and try your luck! 🙂 Happy hunting!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in Singapore and Bali,  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