“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!”

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“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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Castle of Dreams: Studio Ghibli art show

Over the weekend I had some of my work up at the Castle of Dreams: Studio Ghibli tribute art show. It was a small and casual art show, with over 200 pieces of work on display in all kinds of media, free beer, and lots of fun enthusiastic people in attendance. There were paintings, sculptures, painted wood rounds (some of my favorites!), and other crocheted items in addition to mine! Check out all the goodness!

…and then there was my stuff, which looked pretty underwhelming compared to all the other amazing art that was out there.

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But hey, all three pieces got sold! If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from this, it’s that I need to learn to present my work better if it’s going to be up for purchase. I’ve gotten used to taking some photos of my critters and then unceremoniously dumping them in public places, so presentation “in the wild” wasn’t on my mind. Maybe I’ll put it all in a nice diorama and price the entire thing instead of having a bunch of sad looking little items in a glass case. One way or another a lot of great art was shared, and proceeds all went towards the Center for Recycled Art! I’ll have to look into more art shows around town, I’d definitely do this again. 🙂

Bunny Troubles in Little China!

I’ve only done two other art trades in the past, but I’ve always had a good time with them. So I was particularly excited to be doing a trade with Marcy of Moon’s Creations. I was already a big fan of her work so I knew that doing a surprise trade with her was going to be a good time. We sent each other a list of each other’s interests, and let the other person run with it! She mentioned that she liked Guardians of the Galaxy, so I sent her a little Star Lord with a teeny tiny Groot:

Nothing could have prepared me for what AWESOMENESS Marcy was going to send me though. I mentioned that I loved campy cheezy movies, citing Big Trouble in Little China and Kung Fury as examples. When I got her package in the mail I couldn’t stop giggling.

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IT’S A LITTLE JACK BURTON. WITH A LIPSTICK MARK. OH MAH GAWD.

I LOVE her attention to detail. Just look at this 80’s-tastic hair:

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And the little kiss mark! It’s perfectly dabbed on there!

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BUT WAIT. THERE’S MORE.

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“It’s all in the reflexes”

It’s a Dead Lo-Pan. I couldn’t stop smiling at this, with the little knife in his forehead. If you haven’t seen Big Trouble in Little China, Lo-Pan’s death is a hilarious “welp, that didn’t work” moment.

…and there’s STILL MORE. GAH. It’s too much already! This one might have had me laughing the most:

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IT’S AN EXPLODING THUNDER.

Lookit the blush on this chubster! Lo-Pan’s death scene is already hilarious enough, but nothing tops the self-destruction of Thunder. For anyone who needs a reminder of how HILARIOUSLY AWESOME this scene was (skip to 1:41 to get right to the explosive greatness):

These are amazing. AMAZING. Shameless plug: Marcy has a store in case anyone wants to order some awesome bunnies of their own. They’re extremely well made and the attention to detail is incredible.

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And then. AND THEN. As if the three Big Trouble in Little China bunnies weren’t enough, she sent me ANOTHER bonus bunny! It’s one of my favorites that she’s made before, and I was absolutely thrilled that she sent me one of my own!

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The cutest, creepiest little Pinhead bunny EVER. I love it. LOVE IT. I feel like a jerk for only sending 1.5 critters, so I’ve already got more planned to send back to Marcy because I really need to step things up for this level of awesomeness and generosity. THANK YOU MARCY! 🙂

To follow more of Marcy’s awesome bunnies, here’s her twitter, facebook, and her etsy store! GO GO GO!

Vote for the Hooker!

So on a whim, I submitted some entries to a few contests on Instructables.com. They seemed to have some pretty cool contests, and the worst that could happen is that they reject my entries. BUT YOU GUYS. I thought I’d be lucky enough to have just one entry accepted into the contests, but I actually had several successfully entered! Woohoo! So, with that, I’m asking for everyone’s help. Please vote for my entries!

  • Under the “ThinkGeek Sci-Fi Contest” I’ve got two entries:
    • Lil’ Spock
    • Lil’ Chewbacca
  • Under the “Fiber Arts Contest” I’ve got four(!) entries:
    • Lil’ Spock
    • Lil’ Chewbacca
    • My lil’ zombies
    • Lil’ Link from Legend of Zelda (with a semi-pattern! more on that in a later post!)

You’ll have to register with instructables.com to vote, but registration is free, or you can sign in via Facebook instead. 🙂 And definitely peruse through some of the other entries too! There’s some seriously impressive work out there (of course I’d be a little biased towards this awesome crocheted Triforce pillow, but that’s just me). Go forth, and vote for the Hooker! 🙂

Go Team Unicorn!

I’m done with my critters for Team Unicorn! As I posted earlier, Michele wanted a mini-Sailor Jupiter, so I happily made everyone’s favorite lil’ butt-kicking thunder-monger:

Meanwhile, the rest of the ladies wanted crocheted versions of themselves dressed in their custom Team Unicorn superhero costumes for Comic-Con 2012:

Apparently they used their super geek girl powers to transform and uh…shrink themselves down a bit:

Wee lil’ Unicorns!

Ready to defend the universe with their super powers of awesome girl-geekiness!

Creating a better world with unicorn magic and awesomesauce.

Hope the ladies like their new lil’ buddies! And with that, I’ll leave everyone with one of my favorite Team Unicorn videos:

Go Coogs!

A few months back I was approached by the folks at the Bare Bowls Kitchen food truck to make a little mascot for them, particularly one related to the University of Houston since they started serving their bowls of deliciousness to the starving masses of students there. I still don’t really take orders or commissions, but 1) I’ve had their food before and really enjoyed it (it’s tasty! it’s locally sourced! it’s 12,876,234 times healthier than the crap in the cafeteria!), and 2) I earned my professional degree at UH and had some good times there, so I couldn’t turn this down. 🙂 And seriously, where were all these awesome food trucks on campus back when I was in school?? I was one of the unfortunate souls that had to resort to the fast food joints in the campus cafeteria. I feel like I missed out. 😛

At any rate, they asked for a lil’ cougar (UH’s mascot) holding one of their signature bowls, so I got crackin’. The toughest part about making the little cougar was…well, making it look like a freaking cougar. I’ve made lions before, so I thought I could make a lion and take away the mane. Turns out taking away the mane left me with a yellow teddy bear. Then I pointed the ears and I ended up with a yellow kitty cat. STUPID COUGAR, WHY WON’T YOU SHOW YOURSELF?? After lots of fiddling (you’d be surprised at what kind of subtle alterations completely changed how the lil’ dude looked), I think I finally managed to get a serviceable lil’ coog. 🙂

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And this lil’ coog is feasting on a bowl of his own. 🙂

I dropped by campus to deliver the lil’ guy and to grab a bite. I ordered a Western Indian bowl (marinated chicken, spinach, corn, all over a lovely bed of seasoned rice), topped with a poached duck egg. Let me repeat that. POACHED. DUCK. EGG.

Ohhhh mama.

The pieces of chicken were tender, the spinach was silky and took on the flavors and spices used in the chicken, and don’t even get me started on the duck egg…

GET IN MAH BELLY.

With the rice soaking up all that eggy goodness (I’ve got an unhealthy obsession with poached eggs), this was a bowl full of win. If any of you are fortunate enough to be on UH campus, these guys serve up some serious goodness. They’re super affordable, and they dole out hefty portions to boot. You eat well, spend less, and you get to support local farmers and growers in the process. TRIPLE WIN. Next time you drop by, say hi to the friendly staff, and say hello to their new pet!

Lil’ coog, happily perched in his new home.

You can keep up with Bare Bowls Kitchen on twitter or facebook. They’re honestly doing (and cooking) great things, and for all you UH students out there, seriously, ditch the Taco Bell and go straight for the trucks. I WILL LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH ALL OF YOU, since I never had the chance back when I had my days at UH. Go forth my dear coogs, and EAT WELL. 🙂

Twitter: www.twitter.com/BareBowls
Facebook: www.facebook.com/barebowlskitchen

Info about UH’s food truck food court can be found here. Goodness knows I would’ve eaten through ALL of those trucks if they were around when I was in school. 🙂