Portland, I love you

Oh, Portland. I took a leap of faith in planning this trip and it paid off so, SO much. I had an amazing time in Portland, met some awesome people, and dropped off a few critters while I was at it. If I had to sum up my trip in 4 pictures it’d be these:

Otherwise read on for more on my trip!

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The Hooker’s going to Portland!

I’m heading to Portland for a weekend vacation this coming Saturday! And I’ve decided to take some critters with me! I’ll be in town from 5/12-5/15, but I’ll only be doing drops from 5/12-5/14. I’ll have 3 critters with me and I’ll drop one each day from Saturday-Monday, so keep an eye out! Here’s who I’ll be bringing with me:

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A little blue totoro.

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A little pocket-sized porg.
(Bonus for fellow hookers out there, here’s the free pattern I wrote for this little dude!)

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And because the movie is coming out next week, a little Deadpool!

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. 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 from Saturday-Monday (5/12-5/14). No pairs/groups of critters.

I also generally try to drop them while there’s still daylight, so it’s unlikely that I’ll have night time drops. No specific hints on where my critters will be dropped, it’ll just be one per day, and I’ll drop them whenever the time and place feels right! Help me get these guys some happy homes!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in Portland 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

THANOS DEMANDS YOUR SILENCE

Like many others, I watched Infinity War last week. And I can’t talk about it. There’s a LOT that happens, and just about everything could potentially be a spoiler. So I’ll just say that there were Avengers present. And they said and did stuff.

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The movie started with a Hulk.

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And there was a Thanos.

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Thanos wanted to collect some pretty rocks so he could destroy the universe. That’s bad.

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Then there was a Captain America.

A bunch of other people showed up and they had a big fight. The end. There really isn’t anything else I could say without revealing too much, but I’ll throw in my own thoughts towards the end of this post.

Otherwise I’ll say my little Hulk’s been upgraded compared to the first one I made seven years ago!

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Summer of 2011. Lookit this little guy. It’s like looking back at an old yearbook photo.

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Fast forward to 2018. He’s bigger, and a little more hulk-like. He could probably pass as a super saiyan with that hair.

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Little Avengers for scale. Black Panther’s ears give him slightly more height. 😀

Otherwise here are my spoileriffic thoughts on the movie. If you haven’t seen it, SPOILERS ABOUND. I’ve written everything in white text so you’ll need to highlight over it to read it.

SPOILERS AHEAD, HIGHLIGHT AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

  • WTF I THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A NICE SENDOFF FOR THE OG AVENGERS AND PASS THE TORCH ON TO THE NEWBIES.
  • So yeah. Stunned at the ending. Holy shit.
  • I was initially worried that the movie was going to be too crowded and overwhelming, but I felt like they did a really good job in segmenting everything and pacing it well.
  • I’m thinking Loki and Heimdall are dead for good. I’m thinking Vision will be back. And I’m hoping Gamora stays dead because I think it would diminish the significance of Thanos throwing her off the cliff, but I have a feeling she’ll be back too. Everyone else who turned to ash will be back (duh).
  • I didn’t think Thanos’s paternal feelings for Gamora were developed enough for me to feel bad about it. When he threw her off the cliff it was more like “Oh. I guess he was really attached. Whoops” vs. “OMG HE LOVED HER THIS IS SO SAAAAAAD.”
  • Loved the new Spidey suit! I wasn’t familiar with Iron Spider from the comics but it was cool to see Spider-Man’s suit resemble an actual spider.
  • Also Peter Parker broke my heart at the end. Ugh. UGH.
  • Tom Holland killed his part in the movie! (okay, poor choice of words there) He’s so freaking good at being Peter Parker. I’m excited to see what else he brings to the table in future movies because he’s totally coming back.
  • One thing that initially bugged me was that I kept thinking Dr. Strange can turn back time, WHY DOESN’T HE JUST ROLL THAT SHIT BACK. Then my friend brought up a good point that he probably considered that in one of his 14 million scenarios and knew it wouldn’t work.
  • Thor! Holy crap Thor’s skyrocketed from bottom of the barrel in terms of Marvel characters to one of my top favorites. I hope our dear pirate angel hybrid is okay.
  • …we have a space Nazi! Red Skull’s reveal was awesome.
  • GIANT DINKLAGE. YES.
  • This scene is a lie.
  • Not sure how I feel about Vision and Scarlet Witch’s romance, but having her kill him, then watch Thanos bring him back to life and kill him AGAIN was brutal.
  • Pepper Potts better not be pregnant. I’d roll my eyes so hard. On the other hand I trust that Marvel would make it work if that were the case, but I’m still really hoping not.
  • Korg!!! Where was Korg?!?! I must know.

Alright, I’ll leave everyone with that. Otherwise little Hulk, Captain America, and Thanos will all be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! 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

 

“You gotta get your sh*t together!”

I know BoJack Horseman isn’t as much of a breakout hit as say, Walking Dead or Breaking Bad, but count me among its loyal fans. Who would’ve thought a ridiculous cartoon about a horse who’s a washed up 90’s TV star could be so funny, poignant, and heartbreaking all at once? The episodes are full of vulgar, biting humor, but then they’ll hit you with a gut punch that hits so close to home that you can’t help but reflect a bit on your own life.

Without going into detail, the latter half of 2017 was a SHITTY time for me. Life hit me with a truck full of lemons, and I’m slowly trying to make lemonade out of it all. I can’t tell if watching BoJack Horseman around that time was a good or bad idea, but it turned out to be unexpectedly cathartic. There’s so many parts of each character that hit so uncomfortably close. I think most adults at some point have all fallen into BoJack’s pit of self-loathing, felt Diane’s sense of self-doubt, or dove into Princess Carolyn’s compulsion to keep things in line for others but can’t seem to keep her own life together. You start out firing it up on Netflix thinking “oh haha look another Family Guy/South Park-like cartoon,” and then it hits you with a massive wave of emotion and you realize this show is really something else. It’s raw and unexpected.

Princess Carolyn was a character that first made me laugh, then made me see a little TOO much of myself in her, and made me cry by season 4. That’s a lot from someone who’s constantly crying out “YOU GOTTA GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!”

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“Laura! Clear out my schedule! I have to push a boulder up a hill and then have it roll over me time and time again with no regard for my well-being! “

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That necklace. THAT GODDAMN NECKLACE BROKE MY HEART INTO A MILLION PIECES. (Where my season 4 peeps at? You know what I’m talking about, don’t pretend like it didn’t break you too)

BoJack Horseman might be one of the most stunningly honest shows I’ve seen, and like BoJack, I think we’ve all hit our low points where we didn’t know where to go or what to do, and BoJack’s character shows exactly what NOT to do when you find yourself in that place. There’s nothing weak or shameful about seeking help if life gets you down, and so many issues in life usually have an emotional or circumstantial root that can be addressed with the right kind of help from a trained and unbiased professional. A good support system from friends and family is important, but having another pair of trained eyes can make a world of a difference. Things happen, and you don’t have to go it alone.

And with that, I’m going to continue to follow Princess Carolyn’s battle cry of “You gotta get your shit together!” I’m still picking up the pieces, but dammit, I’ll get there sooner or later.

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And yes, Princess Carolyn will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! She’s tough and she’ll work her ass off at anything you throw at her, but she’s still got a beating heart inside that she has a bad habit of neglecting sometimes. For whoever finds her: take good care of this one.  ❤

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

CHUBZILLA, ROAR!

BEHOLD. A GREAT BEAST ARISES. He’s come to terrorize your cities and maybe raid your kitchen. FEAR THE CHUBZILLA.

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I’ve teamed up with Louie of Club Crochet and Louie’s Loops for his little monsters theme and designed this little chubster for everyone to make! Louie makes a lot of great stuff, and I’ve been referring people to him for years for commissions. Now he’s got a shiny new site Club Crochet to help new hookers learn to hook, and it’s pretty great! The pattern for little Chubzilla is available for free over at Club Crochet, all you need to do is sign up for an account for access to loads of other fun patterns and video tutorials!

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He might look menacing, but he just wants to share some cookies with you!

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Visit here to get the pattern to make a little Chubzilla of your own! Happy hooking!

One batch, two batch…

You know that feeling we all got when we first saw Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark ten years ago? Where you saw him on the screen and you just knew this was exactly who Tony Stark is meant to be? That’s how I felt when I watched Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in The Punisher. Holy hell did he own that role.

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“One batch, two batch, penny and dime.”

I thought season 2 of Daredevil was underwhelming at best, and straight up DUMB at its worst (see here), but the Punisher arc singlehandedly kept me watching throughout the season. So when the Punisher got a show of his own, I was SO ready to see Frank Castle wreck shit up.

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Sure, there were some flaws (I thought several parts of Madani’s arc were inconsistent), but otherwise I loved it. Can’t wait for season two. Bring on the brutality.

At any rate, lil’ Frankie will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! Find him there and he’s 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

 

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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ALL HAIL PRINCESS SHURI.

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….

 

 

 

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  • 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:
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    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