“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

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Pretty in pink

Like many others with a Netflix account, I hit the “play” button on Stranger Things out of curiosity, and immediately lost 8 hours of my life to a bunch of kids seeing some REALLY weird stuff. It had suspense, a tinge of horror, plenty of charm, and LOADS of 80’s nostalgia hitting me in the face over and over again. Oh, and most of the show was performed by a bunch of kids. I LOVED IT. If the hooker likes it, it will be made into yarn:

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WE HAVE LIMBS. OMG.

I made a little Eleven! AND SHE HAS LIMBS. Up until now my critters have mostly been limbless little lumps of yarn. I thought I’d try something different this time. This decision was made largely because I felt like Eleven HAD to have her little socks.

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Of course Eleven could’t go around terrorizing people/saving her friends looking the way she does. She needed to be a little more “presentable” to stave off suspicion and recognizability from the bad people.

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Wow. Much blonde. So fluff.

Eh, I’m thinking she was more comfortable without the wig anyway.

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It cracks me up so much to see that the wig alone is practically the same size as Eleven herself. SO MUCH HAIR. Someone call Dolly Parton.

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And with that, I leave everyone with a message from the upside-down!

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Enjoy. 😀

“I Love Lucy”

The last time I made little baseball bat-wielding critters I posted a “teaser” photo of two painted baseball bats, inviting everyone to guess who they’d be for.

The ones that I posted were for making little Harley Quinn, but there was another guess who was a frontrunner:

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“Well hello sweetheart.”

Negan was a popular guess for a baseball bat-carrying character, and once a friend asked for one as well, I thought I’d give it a whirl. One of my stupider ideas was putting actual barbs on Negan’s beloved Lucille. When I initially wrapped the wire around the little bat it just didn’t look right. I twisted up some barbs to add to the bat, and ended up making an ACTUAL hazardous item. Given it’s more like getting stuck by a loose staple than actually being beaten by a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire (thank goodness), but still, I’ve already given my friend a hefty warning to be careful with this little dude.

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Oh. Oh no. Oh no oh no. Now you’re REALLY going to late for that board meeting. It’s okay business zombie, everyone else is going to be late too. REALLY late. You’re still the best undead employee ever.

On a side note, making little Negan made me realize a little Bob’s Burger set might have to be added to my ever-growing “to-crochet” list! I’m sure Negan could probably make a killer burger. His secret technique? He’s got one hell of a meat tenderizer in his hands. Lucy’s Post-Apocalyptic Burgers, anyone?

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“Say my name.”

Temperatures here in Houston haven’t gotten nearly cold enough to call it winter, but someone is still carrying some ice.

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“I am the one who knocks.”

I don’t make many things for myself. Out of all the things that I’ve made over the past five years of crocheting, the number of critters that I’ve kept for myself is still in the single digits. But when my co-worker asked me for a little Heisenberg, I knew I had to make one for myself too. I LOVED Breaking Bad. I loved and hated Walter White throughout the show’s run. I loved Jesse Pinkman and my heart broke for him over and over again. I LOVED Gus Fring and his cold, calculating ways without being too “Bond villain”-ish. I didn’t watch it while it was on the air, but I binged it like crazy once the final season aired and finished all five seasons in three weeks. It would’ve been two weeks if I hadn’t taken a trip to New York City within that time. I still miss the show. I was skeptical about Better Call Saul, but I was hooked immediately and it was like old friends had come back to visit. Needless to say, anything having to do with Breaking Bad was going to be a keeper for me.

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“Tight, tight, tight, YEAH! Blue, yellow, pink, whatever man, just keep bringing me that.”

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YEAH, SCIENCE!” – Contrary to popular belief, Jesse never says “SCIENCE, BITCH!”

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You could say he’s a man of science who hung up his hat for his family.

Walter White, ready to join the ranks in my small personal collection! Hoping to start on San Diego Comic-Con critters within the next month or two!

P.S. Did anyone else think that the Heisenberg sketch looked like the Mobile, Alabama leprechaun sketch?

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“THUNDER, THUNDER, THUNDERRRRR!!”

Ok, so maybe it’s not quite the same thunder-inducing character:

“SUPREME THUNDER!!”

Thundercats, Sailor Jupiter, eh, details. If only I had a tesla coil to give this photo the full effect. Sigh. At any rate, I’m slowly working on some critters for none other than geek girl royalty Team Unicorn! This one’s being made for Michele Boyd, three more to be made for the rest of the ladies! I’ll have photos posted once I’m done! 🙂

WHAT TIME IS IT?!?!

…why, it’s freakin’ ADVENTURE TIME!!!

Finn is finally together with his bestie Jake!

They spent some time adventuring around my apartment, but now they’re on their way to California to hang out with Jovee Edwards of Toygami. Can’t wait to see the results of the paper awesomeness that he’ll be sending my way for this exchange!

You can check out more of his work here. Seriously some cool stuff being made with paper there. 🙂

TOYGAMI from DJ EROK (LOS ANGELES) on Vimeo.

Is it Adventure Time yet?

No, not quite. But only because I’ve only got half of everyone’s favorite adventuring duo done so far. I was going to wait until I finished Jake to post these photos, but dammit, I’m pretty happy with how Finn turned out, so PICTURES FOR ALL!

It’s Finn the human! IN ALL HIS SKINNY, SPINDLY GLORY. Click on the photo to see him in super full-sized glory.

Finn wouldn’t be complete without his adventuring backpack.

Which has room to tote a few friends along while he waits on Jake to show up.

More photos to come once I finish up Jake. Then they’ll be sent off to Toygami in exchange for some Adventure Time themed awesomeness of his own making. Art trades = awesome. 🙂