Neko what?

When I did an art trade with Marcy of Moon’s Creations I felt terrible that I only sent her a critter and a half (a little Starlord with an even littler Groot) while she sent me FOUR awesome little crocheted bunnies. GAH. I had deadlines to meet for my upcoming book, but I vowed to send her more stuff once that was done. I recreated a Ponyo that I made years ago, and cooked up a new critter: a Neko Atsume cat! Snowball, to be specific.

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For those who havent’t played, Neko Atsume is the dumbest “game” in existence. I hesitate to call it a game because there’s nothing to play and there’s nothing to win or lose. You put imaginary cat food in an imaginary bowl in an imaginary yard, and imaginary cats show up. When the cats leave they’ll give you imaginary fish, which is apparently a new form of currency. You then use said fish to buy imaginary cat toys to leave out in your imaginary yard. To attract more imaginary cats. And if you feel like it, you can take pictures of these imaginary cats to save into albums.

That’s it. That’s all you do. You don’t even get to play with the cats. It’s a lazy man’s hybrid between Pokemon Go and Tamagotchi: you don’t have to leave the house to “catch ’em all”, and nothing dies if you neglect it. It’s all so, so stupid. AND I CAN’T STOP.

Oh, and there’s cat butts too. So. Many. Cat butts.

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So I couldn’t possibly leave that little detail out.

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BEHOLD. THE CAT BUTT. Look deep into it. Yep.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

I’ve written up the pattern for this kitty too if any of you hookers out there want to make a little Snowball of your own! Pattern is available for the low, low price of FREE! You can find the pattern here. Just a note that it hasn’t been tested, so drop me a line if you find any goofs in the pattern! Go forth, and make all the imaginary kitties!

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Kupo!

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?

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Kupo!

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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.

Shy guys and boxed-in souls.

Earlier this week I posted the following tweet:

I got a lot of great guesses, and if you didn’t already see the answer elsewhere, here’s what the little mystery dude is:

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He’s actually a bit shy…

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Until you turn your back.

It’s a Boo! Not to be confused with the eccentric neighbor in To Kill a Mockingbird or the kid in Monsters, Inc. Also, has anyone else noticed this??

They freeze when they’re being watched. And then they chase after you like hell when they’re not. Like WHOA.

Anyway, in addition to Boo, I’ve got this coming to Comic-Con too.

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WHAT’S IN THE BOX?? AWW, WHAT’S IN THE BOX??

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Oh, nothing too dramatic, just an extra life. 😀

Ok, so maybe referencing “Se7en” there wasn’t all that appropriate, but I just wanted an excuse to use that line. 😛 At any rate, both of these lil’ dudes will be up for adoption at Comic-Con next week! That’s two more in the books! Hoping to crank out just a couple more over the weekend, and then I’ll post a full adoption lineup right before Comic-Con!

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Or if you can crochet, you can skip the hunt and make a Boo or a Mario mushroom of your own! Pattern for Boo can be found for free (yay!) here, and the pattern for the mushroom (also free!) can be found here. Happy hookin’!

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

“Game unplugged. Please help.”

For anyone who’s seen Wreck-It Ralph, we all remember (spoiler but not really a spoiler!) the sad story of Q*bert.

Qbert unpluggedWe find poor Q*bert without a game and looking for help. He tried other jobs:

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He didn’t do so well as a Christmas tree ornament. He just kept hopping his way up and down the tree.

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And it was kinda hard for him to be a dishwasher if he didn’t have any arms.

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The good news for little Q*bert is that there’s still plenty of people who still love the same games that we played long ago to keep them alive and kickin’. 🙂

My confession: I’d actually never played Q*bert until after seeing Wreck-It Ralph! I spotted a Q*bert console at an arcade, put in some tokens…and promptly failed the first level. WTF. It’s alright, I’ve always been more of a fan of Rampage anyway (random destruction FTW!). And so I ask all of you: what are some of your favorite vintage video games?

Got a copy of “Creepy Cute”? Make a lil’ hero!

First, let me get this out of the way: if you haven’t done so already, please vote for my entries in the Instructables.com Fiber Arts contest! Voting ends in 3 days, so please vote away! I’ve got four entries: Chewbacca, Spock, my lil’ zombies, and lil’ Link. You can vote for as many (or as few) entries as you like. 🙂

Either browse through the entries and click the “vote” button under the entries that you like, or click on the individual entries to open them and click on the little orange “vote” banner at the top right (Chewie & Spock are actually entered into two contests, so feel free to submit a vote in both of them ;)). And if you’ve already voted, THANK YOU, YOU ARE SUPER AWESOME! Woohoo! At any rate, relevant to this: one of the entries I’ve submitted is lil’ Link:

READY TO SAVE HYRULE! Oh yeah, and the princess. I guess he can go save her royal peskiness too.

He’s one of the most time-consuming little guys I’ve ever made (Link clocks in at roughly 8-10 hours), and while I was digging through some of my scraps in my crochet supplies, it turns out I actually wrote down some scribbles on my progress with Link! So with that, I’ve written my first ever semi-pattern. I say semi-pattern because Link’s head, body, and ears were taken directly from patterns in “Creepy Cute” by Christen Haden, so I won’t be reposting those directions out of respect for the author. I guess you can consider it more as an addendum to a previously published pattern. 🙂

I’ve been hesitant to post patterns, because 1) I rarely write down what I make, and 2) I get paranoid that someone will try to sell my patterns as their own design. Because of the whole theft thing, it turns sharing patterns into less of a fun community project and more into “HEY, LET ME SET SOME RULES LIKE A CRANKY SCHOOLTEACHER BEFORE YOU START MAKING FUN STUFF.” But I guess that’s the name of the game in the internet age. At any rate, Link’s a pretty great little dude, so I’d love to see other people’s results! So let’s get the cranky schoolteacher part out of the way, eh? My rules for this pattern:

  1. It is a-okay to sell any finished products that you make from this pattern! Link is very time-consuming because of all of his little accessories, so in the case of finished products, you are more than welcome to profit from the time and effort poured into the work. He takes some time to make, but he’s worth it!
  2. You are NOT permitted to take my semi-pattern and sell it for profit. I can’t imagine anyone trying to sell it since it’s not a complete pattern, more of an addendum, but meh, people will do weird things these days for money. 😛

So without further ado, you can find directions for making your own lil’ Link HERE. And if you make one, let me know! I’d love to see your results, or to see what kinds of variations you add to make him even more epic! E-mail me at geekyhooker [at] gmail [dot] com, tweet me a photo, or post it to my Facebook page! LITTLE HEROES FOR ALL!

Everyone has their bad hair days

Everyone gets bad hair days. Even street fighters. 😛 Last year I made a little Chun-Li to put up for adoption at Comic-Con, and well…when I look back on it, she had a bit of a hairline problem:

I wouldn’t say she looked TOO bad, but it could’ve been better. Sooo…I gave her a new ‘do:

Daaaahling, you look fabulous. Now that Chun-Li’s got a better hair situation, she’ll be reappearing at Comic-Con for adoption too. 🙂 I’ll be posting the full adoption lineup next week, so stay tuned! 🙂

All wound up and ticked off

Something’s hiding in my apartment.

I thought I heard a ticking sound…

Lo and behold, I’ve got a Bob-omb infestation!

Not really sure what kind of pesticides I could use for these lil’ punks, but pint-sized baddies like this couldn’t POSSIBLY hurt anyone, right? 🙂



Then again, you could say they’re wound up and (wait for it) ticked off. AHAHAHA…oh I crack myself up.

One out of these two Bob-ombs will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! I’m pretty confident that TSA won’t be ridiculous enough to consider these a threat when I board my plane to sunny California in July. Then again, stranger things have happened at airports.