Liked Mike? Now you can make your own!

I don’t write patterns very often but I felt like Mike Wazowski deserved some love! He was relatively easy to make…the only parts that were a pain in the ass were the horns, but I tend to struggle with the exceptionally tiny parts. Otherwise the pattern is posted up on Ravelry FO’ FREE! I only did a quick one-time look through the pattern after I transcribed all of my scribbles, so feel free to let me know if you find any mistakes!


Go forth, and make a little monster of your own! Happy hooking!

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San Francisco: The recap

I’m back from San Francisco where I ate, I saw…and probably still didn’t eat or see enough. Here’s a slice of how the weekend went:


  • I did the touristy thing and took a trolley! It was actually pretty fun and it’s a great way to see some good views of the city from the streets.


  • I got drinks at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, which was basically Rainforest Cafe for adults. SUPER gimmicky and cheezy, but the drinks are strong (*ahem*) and it was definitely something fun to see once.
  • I did the other touristy thing and got a photo at the Golden Gate Bridge!


  • THIS SANDWICH. OH MAH GAWD, THIS PORCHETTA SANDWICH. Got it from Roli Roti at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market, and holy hell, it’s everything good in this world between bread. Savory, unctuous pork belly, peppery arugula, and crispy cracklings sprinkled throughout to add a crunch. SO EFFING GOOD.


  • THESE EGG TARTS. (@#*&$@(*#&$ THESE EGG TARTS. Best egg tarts of my LIFE. Perfectly flakey crust, and somehow they managed to get an AMAZINGLY creamy custard that’s just set in without making that delicate crust soggy. Got them from Golden Gate Bakery, they’re even better than ones that I’ve had in Asia. I thought about getting some to bring home, but I knew they wouldn’t be the same if I tried to reheat them. I love that there’s two little pissed off Cantonese ladies working at the counter…they were merciless if you didn’t speak Chinese, but they were merciless if you DID speak Chinese as well. No discrimination here. The egg tart nazis fed me well.


  • I found Yoda! The Lucasfilms lobby was closed though, so my husband and I ended up peering through the windows like a bunch of creepy stalkers to see all the cool stuff inside.


I ate and drank plenty more than what I’ve got posted, but other food highlights include ridiculously good handmade mochi at Benkyodo (little pillows of happiness, I tell you), lots of good coffee from Philz and Blue Bottle, and kouign amanns from b. patisserie. Oof. Bottom line is that San Francisco fed me well and I came back happy and a wee bit heavier. :D

Things that I’ll have to come back for:

  • Oysters at Swan Depot
  • Visiting Alcatraz
  • Seeing the Painted Ladies
  • Visit the “Full House” house?
  • Seeing the sealions
  • Sushirrito?? Funny how I had no qualms over eating a roasted guinea pig in Peru, but I’m skeptical about this thing.

And of course the icing on the cake during my trip is that all three of my critters were found! And I got some fantastic pictures sent to me by all the adopters! :)

Three successful adoptions out in NorCal! Thanks to everyone who picked up a critter, and thanks to everyone who joined the hunt and gave me recommendations on where to go! One thing that I’m still shocked about is how my goofy little hunt got picked up by the local press. I’m extremely grateful for them spreading the word (many of them asked if it was okay to share first, so I greatly appreciate that they gave that courtesy!), and I’m sure it’s a huge part of why my three drops were successful this past weekend. I’m just an idiot on vacation, so admittedly it’s still puzzling to me that it’d be featured in the news when there seems to be SO MUCH going on in a lively city like San Francisco, but I guess there are worse things they could be reporting on! There could be better things, but there could be worse. :) And because of the attention I got from the local press, I now have this AMAZING clip from ABC7 News where I get to hear the word “hooker” read aloud in that perfect news anchor cadence. It still cracks me up every time. I love it. LOVE IT.

Thank you San Francisco, for your food, your hospitality, and for allowing this hooker to leave a few sacks of yarn behind. I’ll have to come back someday, if not to eat more, then to bring some more critters to take over!

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Keeping an eye on things

I’ve got a third critter to take with me to San Francisco this weekend! You could say he’s got…a vision. And a keen eye for detail. It’s enough to make anyone green with envy. Ok, ok, I’ll see myself out.

Mike SF

It’s Mike Wazowski!


That rounds it out to three critters that I’ll be taking with me to San Francisco: Anger, Baymax, and Mike.


Baymax SF


Be sure to read this post for a general idea of how the drops will work if you plan on hunting this weekend! A few quick reminders:

  • I’ll be in town 11/6-11/9, but I only plan on doing drops 11/6-11/8.
  • I’ll only be dropping one critter a day
  • Drops will most likely be in touristy spots since I’m visiting as a tourist! Sorry!

Otherwise I fly out tomorrow morning! Looking forward to eating everything in sight and hoping for some successful critter adoptions. :) Happy hunting!

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Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know!

I’m flying out to San Francisco on Friday morning, and I’ve got 3 critters ready to go for adoption! Here’s some tips if you plan on trying to find one of my little dudes this coming weekend:

  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. Critters will be dropped one at a time. No pairs/groups of critters.

To recap, here’s who I’m dropping this weekend:



Baymax SF


Mike SF

Mike Wazowski

I’ll be in town 11/6-11/9, but I only plan on doing drops from 11/6-11/8, and I’ll only drop one critter per day. And a warning that I’ll most likely end up dropping them at touristy spots since I’m visiting as a tourist! Otherwise let’s get these guys some good homes! Happy hunting, everyone!

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Return of the cuddly robot!

Critter #2 for my upcoming weekend trip to San Francisco! So I know this is kind of stretching the whole San Francisco theme a bit…San Fransokyo isn’t exactly San Francisco, and it’s not exactly Tokyo, but dammit, I like Baymax, other people seem to like Baymax, so Baymax is coming with me one way or another.

Baymax SF

Baymax Bandaid

Hopefully he’ll be providing the best care for someone out there! Again, I’ll be in town from 11/6-11/9, but I’ll only be doing drops from 11/6-11/8. Just a quick warning that drops will most likely happen at touristy spots (stuff that locals probably don’t give a crap about) because well, I AM visiting as a tourist. :) I’ll only have a small handful of critters, probably just one a day, so keep an eye out!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in San Francisco this weekend,  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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If you’re going to @#$%-ing San Francisco…

I’m heading to San Francisco for a quick weekend vacation this coming Friday! And I’ve decided to take some critters with me! Since Pixar HQ is in the area, I thought I’d go with Pixar/San Francisco-themed critters for this weekend! I’ll be in town from 11/6-11/9, but I’ll only be doing drops from 11/6-11/8. Just a quick warning that drops will most likely happen at touristy spots because well, I AM a tourist. :) I’ll only have a small handful of critters, probably just one a day, so keep an eye out! Here’s the first critter coming with me to San Francisco!

anger 2

Say hi to Anger. He’s also new to San Francisco. So far he isn’t too happy with the place, but happy isn’t really his thing anyway. Maybe some food will make me slightly less angry. Just slightly.

anger pizza


anger table flip



You don’t mess with pizza. You. Just. Don’t.

In all seriousness, I’m pretty sure my food experiences there will be FANTASTIC. And I actually DO plan on doing a table flip. Not even joking. There’s a crazy Japanese table flip arcade game that I want to play and I’ve been tipped off that they have a console at the Japantown Mall. Food and table flips are already sounding like this is going to be a great trip. Otherwise if you’re going to be in San Francisco this weekend, keep an eye on my twitter account and you might find this little angry dude! :)

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in San Francisco this weekend,  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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I can crochet just fine, but I can’t sew worth crap. I’m a grown-ass woman who still needs mommy to help hem some pants, and my embroidery skills are okay at best. I started looking into cheapo sewing machines to learn with, when my friend Ellen was generous enough to give me hers!


It’s so pretty. And scary. WHAT TO DO.

I insisted on repaying her somehow, so I made her a little lucky cat!

Lucky Cat


Thanks again for the sewing machine, Ellen! Hopefully I don’t end up with a needle in my finger. May the little kitty bring you lots of good fortune!

P.S. Ellen does some cool work of her own! She’s well-traveled and takes cool photos. You can check out her cafe blog here.

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When I initially asked Urian what characters he wanted as thanks for his help with this year’s adoptions at SDCC, he gave me a few choices to pick from. He put a lot of time and effort into coming up with ideas for the drops, and his girlfriend was a huge help too, so I decided “screw it, they get TWO!” One of the other items he threw out was a Moogle from Final Fantasy. Now that’s something I AM familiar with, even if the only Final Fantasy game I’ve ever played extensively was a bootleg PC copy of FFVII back in the day. Who could forget those cute little buggers with the antennae on their heads?

Moogle 2


Moogle carrot

This…this is not a kupo nut. WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE?

The little moogle’s on its way to California along with little Luffy as we speak! Safe travels, little friend. Hopefully you’ll get those kupo nuts you were looking for.

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Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.

Since my accomplice Urian is an awesome person, it only seemed right that he gets a critter or two as thanks for helping me out with my drops this year in San Diego. When I asked him what he would like, he suggested Luffy from One Piece. To which my mental reaction was “Awesome! Wait, who?”

So yeah, I don’t watch One Piece. Never have. But it’s a fun challenge to make characters that I’m not familiar with, and considering that Urian put on a freaking banana suit to do a dance-off for little Star Lord, if the man wants a Luffy, he gets a Luffy. I did a bit of research, and here’s what I’ve got!


All hail the feared pirate Luffy!

Luffy hat

I personally would have preferred a classic tricorn hat for pirate headwear, but the straw hat suits him just fine.

Luffy box

Behold! A treasure chest!

Luffy money

Awwww yiss, diamonds and money!

Luffy infinity & ring copy

…and an ugly glove and a ring with some weird writing on it. Probably nothing important. And it’s still not the One Piece that will make him the pirate king. AWAY WITH THIS GARBAGE.

Luffy flag

Ladies and gentlemen, the future king of pirates. He might want to watch a few episodes of Antiques Roadshow to see what’s actually valuable and what’s not.

Little Luffy, to set sail for San Francisco Cupertino! Thanks again for all your help, Urian!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015: The recap!

Another year, another con gone. I can honestly say this year might have been my best year yet, and for better or worse, a large majority of it all took place outside of the convention center. I’ve had the idea that I’d probably still fly out to San Diego even if I didn’t get SDCC badges so that I can enjoy all the festivities, but this year cemented that sentiment even further. Here’s the recap:

The Panels:

OMG OMG STAR WARS PANEL!! Yeah, no, I didn’t do that. I kept on holding out hope that maaaaaaybe I could handle it, but as soon as I saw how ridiculous the line was by Thursday morning, I noped out of that idea pretty quickly. It would have been pretty cool to be there for what was undoubtedly a historic moment at Comic-Con though! The only panel I went to was for Drunk History, and I was perfectly happy with that. There was no line, I got to see the tail end of the Supermansion panel (hooray, Bryan Cranston!), and I got to see some hilarious footage for season 3 of Drunk History. Got everything I wanted to see and more, which is perfectly fine with me.


drunk history

Conan O’Brien Tapings:

I’ll say it right now: having Conan O’Brien at SDCC is going to be a HUGE game changer from here on out. I was lucky enough to get tickets to Wednesday’s show, and we had so much fun that we decided to try our luck to get standby tickets for Saturday’s “mystery” show. The show tapings were tons of fun, you got to have the star-struck moments of seeing your favorite celebrities, and you walked away with what might have been one of the most sought-after pieces of swag of the convention after the show. I have nothing but good things to say.


conan elijah IT’S FRODO!!!

conan hardwick And Chris Hardwick!

conan seth And a surprise lightsaber fight with Seth Green!

conan seth 2 Poor Seth iz died.



conan fassbender Be still, my heart. Oh Fassbender, you sexy beast. Well, technically Nicholas Hoult is the beast, but he’s pretty sexy too. :D

conan xmen The rest of the X-Men crew!

conan funko And the swag: everyone got Conan Funkos! People were offering to buy them off of us as soon as we walked out of the theatre…and hours later they were up on eBay for hundreds of dollars a pop. Helllll no I’m not giving up my super cool Conan Funko. I honestly feel like the show tapings were better than any Hall H panel that I’ve ever been to, and here’s why:

  • Wait times: I feel like the folks at SDCC could learn from Team Coco in this category. Line management was incredibly organized and efficient. If you wanted standby tickets, you lined up in the morning, then at 8am you’re given a numbered wristband, and then you can leave. Then you line up a little before 3pm to see if they call out your number. That still leaves the hours between 8am-3pm for you to go back and take a nap, explore the rest of the convention, etc. etc. Even if you didn’t get a spot, the amount of time you’d spend waiting on standby tickets was nothing compared to the number of hours you’d have to put in to attempt to get a spot in Hall H. This alone already made the show tapings a better bet than Hall H to me, as time is a precious commodity when there’s SO much going on at Comic-Con.
  • Venue: Spreckels Theatre holds about 1,500 people and is very well laid out. Even if you had seats towards the back you still had a good view of the stage (I could see faces!). I really hope they keep the show tapings here, it was just large enough to hold a good crowd, but small enough so you can still see the action.
  • Fun factor: Conan’s show tapings were just plain FUN. Hall H panels are a unique experience in that you get to feel the fervor of the crowd and get a first look at exclusive footage, but there’s still an underlying agenda to push whatever movie/TV show is in question. On Conan’s show that agenda is still there, but it felt like the guests had more freedom to goof off and say what they want, making things more fun for everyone. See: Jennifer Lawrence cussing for charity from Thursday’s show.
  • The swag: Everyone in the audience got Conan Funkos! In the past I’ve spent an entire day sitting through Hall H panels, had a great time, but left empty-handed. And if I didn’t leave empty-handed, I left with some crappy stickers and an oversized T-shirt. I was already giddy from a fun show, but to have an AWESOME piece of swag in my hands on top of that? Let’s just say it was a HEAPING load of icing on the proverbial cake.

So you spend less time in line, you get a better view of the stage, you have more fun, and you get better swag. It’s a no brainer. Needless to say, I’m excited to hear that Conan will be coming back to Comic-Con next year, and I hope some bad apples won’t sour the experience for everyone in the future (scalpers, etc.). It’s a win-win situation in that it gives more publicity to Conan’s show, it helps disperse some of the crowds from the convention, and it’s a good chance for anyone – badge or no badge – to have a Hall H-like experience and more. After having such a great time at two different show tapings, I can enthusiastically say it’s 100% worth aiming for tickets for Conan if it doesn’t interfere with other plans.

The Convention Floor:

To be honest, I think once you go to Comic-Con enough times the convention floor gets kind of “meh.” It’s the same big booths pimping out their next big movie or TV show, the same display of props and costumes, crowds of people trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrities…once upon a time I was trying to squish my way through the crowds to catch some photos of celebrities at autograph signings, now I squish my way past the booth, keep my camera on video mode and held up high, and then get birthed from the crowd and hope I catch something on tape. That’s pretty much how it went for the Game of Thrones signing this year before I picked off to the Walking Dead booth to take advantage of the fact that there was ZERO line because everyone was mobbing the Game of Thrones signing table. Overall the convention floor was business as usual this year.

Outside Events:

This year the outside events really shined. I’ve already talked about the Conan show tapings, but Adult Swim had a great setup this year with the carnival. They had a ring toss, skee ball, plinko, and the one that cracked me up the most:


The “smack my uvula” station. You climb the rope ladder and…yes, you smack the poor cat’s uvula. If you smack it, you get a ticket to pick any prize you want from the prize counter, in which they had some pretty seriously good stuff there. Otherwise admission to the carnival also scores you a free T-shirt (Adult Swim shirts are always the best because THEY ACTUALLY FIT), and you can turn in your game tickets for prizes. I got a sweet Adult Swim thermos out of it. Good stuff.

I also got tickets to see Guillermo del Toro, Tom Hiddleston (TOM!! TOMMMMM!!!), and Maisie Williams at the live Nerdist podcast. After being gouged by Ticketmaster fees, a $35.00 ticket was suddenly turned into a $47.40 ticket, and I was in the orchestra section to see Chris Hardwick chat with these guys! Yay! I hop into the theatre, see that there’s a big screen projecting audience tweets and I’m thinking this is going to be great. The show starts…and it IS a good show. BUT DAMMIT, YOU HAVE A HUGE SCREEN, WHY WON’T YOU USE IT?? The lighting on the stage was harsh, so all you could see was washed-out talking blobs. For anyone who wasn’t sitting close to the front, you could barely see what was going on. I guess you could argue that since it’s a podcast you don’t need to see what’s happening, but then what’s the point of having tickets to fill a theatre full of fans if we were only supposed to listen to it? Aside from the poor visual situation, the podcast was a fun time, and Guillermo loved poking at Tom by saying “awwwww…” as a response to just about anything Tom said. Because he is freaking adorable. They also tried to get him to drop an F-bomb, and eventually succeeded. Because even Tom Hiddleston can make an F-bomb adorable. Sigh.


This is the only decent pic I got. And none of my photos of Maisie turned out.

And to save the best for last…the single best outside event that I attended was again thanks to the Conan O’Brien team: Conan Bingo. It involved free food, an open bar (that’s where things got REALLY got crazy), ridiculous karaoke contests, dance-offs, a super sweet swag bag for everyone (which included yet another Funko!), and even sweeter prizes if you won. Again, if Team Coco is coming back and bringing in more fun like this, it’ll definitely be a game changer for everyone at the convention as it gives more chances to have a great time, with or without a badge. They’ve really set the bar this year, and I’m curious to see what else they’ll bring from here on out.

conan bingo



conan bingo swag

So. Much. Swag. Kind of hard to see in the pic, but one of my favorite items in the swag bag was the mason jar. Thanks, Conan!

The critter drops:

I’ve already made a post about this, but ALL 8 WERE FOUND!! Woohoo!! Best year yet for critter drops, with a 100% response rate!

The swag:

This was easily the best year I’ve ever had for swag. So much good substantial stuff, and most of it was from outside events:


Viking drinking horns, selfie sticks, ridiculous Sharknado hats, LOTS of Conan-related goods…lots of good stuff given out this year, and you didn’t even need to have a badge for most of it.

I wish I could say more about the convention itself this year, but I honestly didn’t see much outside of the usual crowds, and this year I felt like the booths didn’t have as much going on as they have in the past. But whatever the convention lacked, the outside events more than made up for it, and it really solidified the idea that you absolutely do NOT need to have a badge to have fun at Comic-Con. With a 100% successful critter drop, good celebrity sightings, and a great swag haul, I’d say this year might have been my best year at Comic-Con yet. Badge or no badge, I hope I’ll be back again for round 6 next year!

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