“I don’t like sand…it’s coarse and rough and…”

…I’m not even going to bother finishing Anakin Skywalker’s horrible, HORRIBLE pickup line from Attack of the Clones. At any rate, I posted a photo of some sand on Friday to hint at the latest critter that I’ve made:

Thankfully this character came from a MUCH better Star Wars movie than Attack of the Clones. Say hi to our little friend from Jakku!

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I might have to experiment more with this another time…I feel like my usual chubby quadriplegic look doesn’t work as well with Rey’s clothing, but in the meantime it’s what I’ve got ready for dropping at SDCC!

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She’s also got a teeny tiny BB-8 to keep her company!

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So smol.

Find them and they’re yours! That rounds out my critter total this year to 8, plus 3 extra guest critters made by Gina.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

I felt bad about not providing a critter for the blood drive last year and I wasn’t able to crank one out in time this year either, but I made a bunch of little Captain America shield pins to donate as prize drawings for the blood drive! Donate blood and you could get one of these too! Information on the blood drive here.

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Crocheted Captain America shield made by me, paper Captain America art by David Minh Tam Nguyen!

UPDATE: I’ve been informed there were some unclaimed prizes from previous blood drives! Donate blood and you could either win one of five Captain America shield pins, or one of these two little buggers!

If you plan on looking for a critter at SDCC, read through these guidelines to get you started! Otherwise here’s a recap of all the characters I’m toting with me to San Diego:

  • Deadpool
  • Batman
  • Superman
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Hipster zombie
  • Harley Quinn
  • Rey + BB-8
  • Poe Dameron (made by Gina)
  • Dr. Strange (made by Gina)
  • Poison Ivy (made by Gina)

Let’s give them all good homes! SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON IS UPON US! Happy hunting!

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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Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2016 edition

COMIC-CON APPROACHES!! Which means the hunt will be starting soon! I’m working on just one more critter (stay tuned!), but in the meantime I’ve been getting questions about how the drops will work from newcomers. The general guidelines for my drops will be the same as previous years, so here’s a recap:

  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. Search for the hashtag #CRITTERDROP to filter for critterdrop-related updates. I’m sure a lot of you will be following lots of other people/organizations on various social media venues during Comic-Con, so hopefully the tag will help sort things out.
  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, 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.

As for WHERE the critters might be:

  1. I never drop critters out on the main exhibition floor. WAY too crowded, and I feel like the critters would get lost in the shuffle. So no worries about trying to fish for one in the mad sea of geekiness.
  2. However, I HAVE dropped critters in the hallways outside of the main exhibition floor, both upstairs and downstairs.
  3. No badge? No problem! I drop my critters out in the Gaslamp Quarter too! I’ve left little dudes in trees, in random flowerbeds outside of restaurants, etc. etc. I only do Gaslamp drops when there’s still daylight outside though. No drops at night…I feel like there’s a higher likelihood that it’ll end up lost when it’s dark out.
  4. If I’m in line somewhere (like for the infamous Hall H), I might step out now and then to drop a few critters. If we’re all going to be in line for hours, I may as well try to make things fun.

I don’t have any insight in terms of WHEN I’ll drop the critters, but drops will happen from Thursday-Saturday. No drops on Sunday or Preview Night this year. Otherwise I try to evenly distribute how many are dropped per day throughout the course of the con, and I just drop ’em whenever it’s convenient and if I happen to spot a good drop location!

And most of all, HAVE FUN. It’s Comic-Con, for pete’s sake. There’s always something awesome going on, so enjoy yourself. And while sleeping is optional, don’t forget to bathe. Comic-Con stank is a very real thing. Happy hunting!

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She’s a bit unraveled…

On Monday I tweeted this picture of two little baseball bats drying for my next critter, asking folks to guess who I was making next:

 The two most popular guesses were Suicide Squad Harley Quinn and Negan from The Walking Dead. For those who guessed Harley, you could say you all hit a home run!


What’s up, pudding pie?


I LOVE Harley’s new look in Suicide Squad. It’s fun, flirty, and still distinctively Harley (counter example: Rita Repulsa in the new Power Rangers reboot who has ZERO resemblance to the original). I made two of these little Harleys so I could keep one for myself because I knew I was going to want to hang on to one. I may have gotten a little ambitious on this, painting little baseball bats with a toothpick, fraying out her hair to give just the right disheveled look…here’s to ensuring that someone will give her a good home out at San Diego Comic-Con next week! I’m just hoping the movie won’t end up anything like the trainwreck that was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. They used Bohemian Rhapsody in the Suicide Squad trailer, so at least that makes me happy. Find little Harley at San Diego Comic-Con and she’s yours!

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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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. 🙂

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Got plans this weekend? Come see my work!

At first I thought I wasn’t going to be able to participate in this, but with a hail Mary last minute e-mail and some generosity on the part of the people running the show, I’ll have some works up at the Castle of Dreams Studio Ghibli art show this weekend! And while I still don’t sell my work, these little guys will be up for purchase at the show, where proceeds will go towards the Center for Recycled Art.

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This mini-Totoro is a repeat offender and this time he’ll be around with a pair of soot sprites!

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Kaonashi (aka “No Face”) is also a repeated character and he’ll be at the show, ready to eat everything in sight and take on all the emotions of the world.

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And Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle is the newcomer out of all the Ghibli-related characters that I’ve crocheted in the past, burning away!

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Come to the show to see these little guys along with LOTS of other really cool Ghibli-themed art. I only caught a small sliver of what’s to come when I dropped off my work – I spotted lots of amazing paintings and I saw that someone crocheted an ENTIRE NEKO-BUS. I can’t even imagine how much time that must have taken. I’m excited about this show, there’s going to be food trucks, drinks, and lots of cool Ghibli-themed art! Come on out!

Here’s the info:

WHEN:
Saturday, June 25th – 3PM to 9PM
Sunday, June 26th – 2PM to 5PM

WHERE:
Texas Art Asylum
1719 Live Oak
Houston, TX  77003

HOW MUCH:
$2 per person cover charge (cash only) for ages 6 and up. Kids 0-5 years old are free!

Full Facebook event posting here.

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Reading ≠ Writing

It sounds obvious, but writing patterns is a lot tougher when it’s meant for other people to read. When I write things down for myself I’ll scribble some notes for reference in case I screw up, but it’s a bunch of nonsense shorthand that would only make sense to me. Writing a pattern for the general public is a different ballpark. I forget that every step needs to be accounted for. That every piece of material needs to be documented. Things that are habits for me aren’t going to be habits for everyone else. Things that seem common sense to me aren’t going to be common sense for everyone else. Will these instructions be clear? Will these materials be accessible to most people? I’ve already had to take a character apart entirely multiple times and remake it. I’ve looked through Amazon reviews for other crochet books to see what people liked and didn’t like about certain patterns, but I know I can’t please everyone. I’m just hoping it doesn’t end up like this:

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This whole book-writing thing is a lot of work, but it’s been fun so far. The most frustrating part is that I can’t show what I’ve been doing yet! I’ve been crocheting more than ever to meet my deadlines (to the point where I’ve had to intensify my old woman status) and researching more into works of classic literature than I ever did when I was ASSIGNED to be reading some of these works back in high school. Hopefully lit geeks (and people in general!) will be happy with the characters I’ve made, but I can’t say which characters will be in the book yet because I honestly don’t know who will make the cut and who won’t. Hopefully I can crank out an extra character or two for Comic-Con drops if I get some time in between the book-work, but my final deadline is RIGHT before SDCC, so  if my hands are still intact I might try to squeeze a few out just a week before heading out to San Diego. CROCHETING OVERLOAD HALP.

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TL;DR: Shit’s hard, yo. Hopefully the results will be good. Hard work, but fun work.

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Feeling a bit illiterate

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Since my upcoming book is covering characters from classic literature, I’ve had to go back and remember what I read in high school and what I actually remember from all those books. I feel like my English teachers did pretty well in giving me a good range of reading assignments (except for a few duds here and there), but there’s still SO MUCH that I haven’t read. Among a few surprise “never-read” books on my list:

  • Pride & Prejudice: On top of that, I’ve never read ANY Jane Austen. AT ALL. And Jane Austen was one of the few authors that I remember my peers actually liking at that time. That’s a huge deal when it comes to moody teenagers being TOLD to read a book. How??
  • 1984: I could have sworn that I’d read this one, but apparently not.
  • The Catcher in the Rye: Another one that I remember my peers actually liking, although I’m not sure if I’d find the same appeal if I were to read it now.
  • Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath: Steinbeck in general sounds likes a writer I would like.

As for the ones that I HAVE read, putting together this book has also let me remember all of the books I enjoyed reading for school:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird: My favorite. Easy to read, easy to understand, lots of southern charm packed in, and it teaches so much about life and being a good person. It’s the only book I read in school that I voluntarily re-read as an adult.
  • Bless Me, Ultima: I’m not sure how widespread this one is as school reading? It’s similar to To Kill a Mockingbird in that it’s also a coming-of-age story told from the child’s point of view with lots of lessons about life and humans in general, but with much darker themes and lots of rich cultural imagery.
  • Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451: I’ve listed these two together because they made me feel the same way while I was reading them. When I read them in high school they already seemed a little too close for comfort. I’d imagine if I were to re-read them now they’d be even more uncomfortably close to our current society.
  • Picture of Dorian Gray: A guy is so vain that he sells his soul to have a painting do all of his aging for him, while he goes on a hedonistic rampage. What could go wrong?
  • The Awakening: Okay, so I actually didn’t like this book at the time that I read it. I plodded through it only because it was assigned reading, but I grew to appreciate this one so much later on in life. This is definitely one where if you don’t read it as a teenager, you should DEFINITELY read it as an adult to pick up on all of its social commentary.

And then I’ve got the KILL IT category:

  • Anything by Charles Dickens. I DON’T NEED SIX PAGES TO TELL ME THE SUN IS SHINING JUST STOP. Sorry to all the Dickens fans out there, the man’s got great stories, but DAMMIT GET TO THE POINT, CHARLIE.

Maybe I’ll have to try to make up for some lost time when I’m done with this book of my own! So to all of you awesome people out there: what are your favorite books, what are books you haven’t read but feel like you would enjoy, and what books are in your DIE DIE DIE category?

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Guest critters, ready to go!

No new critters from me at the moment, but I’ve received an incoming transmission for a set of guest critters that will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! They’re made by Gina all the way out in the Czech Republic, and they’re currently hanging out in California at my accomplice’s home until we meet up in San Diego this summer. BEHOLD!

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A strange doctor! So strange he wears a cape! So strange that he can make himself look like Benedict Cumberbatch. Doctor Strange has never looked cuddlier and he’s ready to be picked up at Comic-Con this summer.

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BUT THAT’S NOT ALL.

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We’ve got a little pilot in our ranks!

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And his helmet comes off! Poe never got his jacket back, but he looks pretty darn good in his flight suit.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! This one might be my favorite one yet:

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A little Poison Ivy! Lookit that hair! And the little leaves! I end up killing just about every plant that I come in contact with, so she wouldn’t be too happy in my home, but hopefully someone with a greener thumb will pick her up out in San Diego!

They’re so stinkin’ cute. They’re actually about the same size as my little critters, so it’s impressive that she can squeeze so much more detail into such a small space.

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All three will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con in July, but if you don’t snag one, Gina also sells these little guys on Etsy! Find them and they’re yours to keep!

Credit: Gina’s Creations on Etsy

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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BIG NEWS: THE HOOKER IS COMING TO SHELVES

If someone had told me 10 years ago that I was going to learn to crochet out of boredom, I would’ve said “Yeah, okay, that sounds likely.” If someone had told me five years ago that my crocheting was going to go viral on the internet, I would’ve said “Meh, anyone can get their 15 minutes on the internet these days.” If someone told me one year ago that I’d be signing a publishing contract to make a crochet book, I would’ve said “LOL stop trolling GTFO.” Except there was no trolling. You guys, it’s real. I’m making a book. I’M MAKING A FREAKING BOOK OH MY GOD.

It’s going to be a pattern book for characters from classic literature, I’ll be working with Quirk Books, and it’s scheduled for spring 2017. SOMEONE PINCH ME.

Needless to say I’m incredibly excited about this. I’m also incredibly nervous and overwhelmed, but excited nonetheless. I’m hoping folks will like it. I’m hoping it won’t bomb. And even if it does, it’ll be a great learning experience and I’ve just gotten started.

On the other hand this means that there’s going to be fewer critters up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con this year as I work on the book, but I still plan on cranking those little guys out as much as I can in between. This goofy little hobby of mine has just grown a little bigger, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. To the shelves, and beyond!

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Zombie, the brain food isn’t quite the same as eating brains.

Credit: pattern for business zombie is from the cyber zombie pattern in Creepy Cute

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Tony vs. Steve. Iron vs. Vibranium.

BEHOLD! Two more critters ready for San Diego Comic-Con!

First it was Batman vs. Superman, now we’ve got another battle between Iron Man and Captain America. Apparently 2016 is the year where a lot of superheroes they got real tired of each other’s shit. I guess it’s kind of like having a group of roommates, just that no one owes each other money, but they still have to deal with each other’s habits and the occasional pile of dirty dishes in the sink. Let’s see who we’ve got here, eh?

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Steve Rogers, aka Captain America:

  • A soldier and the designated “nice guy.”
  • Doesn’t have a lot of battle equipment, but he does just fine with augmented physical abilities and a handy shield.
  • A bit old-fashioned, but in a charming kind of way.
  • Describes himself as “just a kid from Brooklyn.”

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Tony Stark, aka Iron Man:

  • Genius billionaire, a bit of a megalomaniac.
  • Has no powers of his own, but he has an entire arsenal of self-designed robot suits with a variety of abilities.
  • Can be uncouth, but it comes off as being too cool for school.
  • Describes himself as a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”

We’ll have to see the movie to see who wins out, but I’m sure these two will work out their differences. I mean, Marvel’s got movies lined up until 2019 at the earliest, so I’m thinking there will be plenty of time for them to make up, right?

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So who will you side with? Either way they’ll both be coming with me to San Diego Comic-Con, so you’ll have some time to decide! That brings my Comic-Con critter total up to six so far!

Otherwise I’ve got big news to announce next week, so stay tuned!

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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