As rare as a…

So last week people were losing their minds over that unicorn frappuccino at Starbucks. While people were hunting down that pink and blue sugary mess, I was busy trying to stitch up this little derpface:

Embroidery isn’t my strong suit, but dammit, I tried. I TRIED. So what’s with the unicorn? Was I looking for some magic in my life? Was I looking for some sunshine and rainbows? Nay (neigh?), ’twas not my intention. This unicorn was for someone else. Someone who has a much deeper love for unicorns:

Deadpool & unicorn copy

Oh yeah. That guy.

One thing I love about Deadpool is that you can accessorize him with just about anything. Sombrero? Done. Banana suit? Why not? Unicorn? Anyone who has seen the Deadpool movie may remember that Deadpool seems to like unicorns. Likereally like them. (link is slightly more SFW than the actual scene I’m referring to)

Deadpool unicorn closeup copy

One way or another I’m sure this chubby little unicorn will keep him company while he waits to be dropped off to cause trouble at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Deadpool, ready for some unicorn fun times at SDCC! Find him and he’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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Nananananananana – you know the rest!

San Diego Comic-Con might be months away (good luck to everyone during open registration this weekend!), but that doesn’t mean I can’t get an early start on my critters! With my book coming out soon I’ve got a lot on my plate, so I’m trying to pace things a little further out in terms of making Comic-Con critters. That being said, here’s the first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2017’s critter drops! And this time I decided to go retro:

Classic batman copy

Nananananananana BATMAN!!

Batman has shown up to Comic-Con every year for my critter drops since I first started making these little guys back in 2011, but I’d always modeled him from the animated series.

Batman 2011

First Batman I ever made! Memorieeees…

This time I went with classic Batman. There’s so much more color! And fun campiness! And all of the crazy onomatopoeias that would blare up on the TV screen whenever there was a fight. BAM! POW!

Batman detail copy

One that always confused me was “BIFF!” Not sure what kind of fight would produce the sound “BIFF!”, but it sounds kind of fun.

And Batman wouldn’t be complete without a villain! The beauty of the Batman franchise is that there’s SO many good memorable villains to pick from:

I’ve previously made the Joker, Harley Quinn (both classic and Suicide Squad), Two-Face, Catwoman, and Scarecrow, and I’m still nowhere close to making a dent into Batman’s extensive list of foes. For classic Batman, I decided to go with an eccentric little ornithophile:

Penguin copy


I don’t know about you guys, but it wasn’t until I was making this little guy that I realized that Penguin historically has nothing to do with actual penguins, with the exception of Tim Burton’s Penguin. (let me know if there are others!) He’s just a kooky dude in a tux who quacks and has an arsenal of weaponized umbrellas. Huh.

Penguin detail copy 2

You’re looking dapper as ever with your monocle, Mr. Cobblepot.

My first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2017, ready to go! You know the drill, if you find them at Comic-Con they’re yours to keep! If you’ve got your badges from return registration, congratulations! If you’ll be fighting the good fight during open registration this weekend, may the odds be ever in your favor.

Batman & penguin copy

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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Whispers from a little bird

So you’re on the fence about ordering my book Literary Yarns. You like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby looks fashionably fabulous in yarn form, and Napoleon from Animal Farm looks terrifyingly squishy. But it’s still missing something for you. Where’s the darker stuff? The kind of stuff that drives madness into your soul by repeatedly reminding of your past and implying that there’s no hope for your future? Fear not, if that’s what’s holding you back then we’ve got you covered.



For once upon a midnight dreary, a little birdy from the folks at Quirk Books told me that the pattern for this little chubster will be given for free to anyone who pre-orders my book, from any retailer! Just email a photo or a screenshot of your receipt to with the subject line “LITERARY YARNS PRE-ORDER” to snag your free pattern! Click here for full details. Get your free pattern and you’ll have this broody little dude to stalk you from your shelf in no time.

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Food, Magic, Purple Zone-outs, and Critters

Oh, New York City. I keep going back because I love the place so damn much. There’s so much happening at any given moment. I went back for another trip, stuffed my face, visited a few spots that I hadn’t seen before (or hadn’t visited in a long time), and of course I brought a few critters to drop too.

The Food:

The primary reason why I keep going back to NYC is to eat everything in sight. Houston’s got fantastic food, but for everything that I can’t get at home in Houston, New York hits the spot every single time. I ate at various bakeries, slurped up noodles at ramen shops, and I had one splurge meal at Aska, where my husband and I overdid our eating rampage and got a 19(!!) course Nordic tasting menu where we ate some of the most innovative and unique food that we’ve had in a long time. Two courses that particularly surprised me with how FREAKING GOOD they were were the fried lichen (reindeer moss) and the mushroom ice cream. It was different, and it was something that I’d never find at home, but in the end my favorite meals whenever I visit NYC are always the simpler, cheaper meals. There’s nothing like ending off a night of drinking with some cheap Japanese skewers.

Stuff that I didn’t get to eat this time around:

  • Katz’s and/or Russ & Daughters – AGAIN. I even walked past them, but I was too stuffed from another meal earlier and had to forgo some bites at these two spots again. Inner fat kid problems, I know.
  • Any Eastern European joints. I’ll get my fill of pierogies and blintzes one of these days!!
  • Ice cream. I had several different ice cream spots mapped out (Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Ice & Vice, a return visit to Momofuku Milk Bar), but I skipped them all because it was ridiculously cold over the weekend.
  • POMMES FRITES. I’M STILL UPSET ABOUT THIS ONE. It’s one of my favorite spots in NYC, then it burned down, BUT IT HAS RISEN FROM THE ASHES. Just about every night I told myself I was going to leave space for some delicious fried potato goodness, AND EVERY NIGHT I HAD NO ROOM FOR IT. WHY. WHYYYYYYY. (because I ate too much, that’s why)
  • Peter Luger’s: Being from Texas, it’s counterproductive for me to eat steak when I travel because we’ve got so much good steak right here at home. But I’ve had multiple people insist that I need to try this place (including other Texans), so I’ll have to give this a shot in the future.

The Sights:

  • The MetI hadn’t been to The Met in over a decade, and that was on a half-assed visit from a high school trip. My husband had never been to the Met at all. We decided to pay a visit, and we immediately got lost in all of the art and history on display. I flipped out over the Van Gogh paintings, and my husband looked like a kid in a candy store when we walked into the musket room in the arms & armor collection. But can I talk for a minute about how incredibly well thought-out the exhibitions halls are? Oh, we’ve got a collection of Greek and Roman statues to put on display – instead of putting them in a stark white gallery, let’s rebuild a freaking Roman temple to house them all. Got some portions from the walls of an Egyptian tomb? Let’s rebuild the tomb. European art ends up in rooms with royal maroon walls and gilded frames, modern art is in high-ceilinged white rooms with lots of open space. I enjoyed the Met when I was in high school, but I didn’t fully appreciate it until I visited as an adult. It really is a magnificent place.
  • Tannen’s Magic StoreThe world’s oldest magic shop! I’d read about this place and I wanted to pay a visit because a magic shop sounds crazy interesting to me. It was a bit hard to find…husband and I walked right past it a few times, and when we asked a girl at a clothing store about it she had no idea what we were talking about. Eventually we found it (it’s on the 6th floor of a small building), and we were rewarded with a small space with lots of fun and interesting magic trick supplies, and the staff was more than willing to baffle us with a few magic tricks of their own. Sleight of hand is a super impressive skill. Definitely a fun hidden slice of New York.
  • The Dream House: Another random piece of New York that seemed interesting to me. It’s an art space from the 60’s, and the plain English description is that it’s a room flooded with purple lighting, with speakers playing a loud humming sound at a low frequency, with pillows on the ground if you want to meditate, zone out, take a nap, etc. Artsy description is “sound and light can be experienced as a new form or new media: the sound and light environment.” I walked in, and sure enough there were people just…lying around. Some were sleeping. One way or another I went in, grabbed a pillow, and just laid there for a while. And wouldn’t you know it, I actually started to zone out. Took a short nap. And I actually did feel better afterward! Maybe it’s because I was thawing out from the cold. Maybe it’s because that humming sound was starting to become a light droning in my ears. Maybe I was just plain tired and needed some rest. I didn’t find the meaning of life or anything, but it was kind of nice in a weird way. I wanted to see something off the beaten track in New York and I definitely found it.
  • Ghostbusters Firehouse: CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION. FAIL. 😦
  • New York Public Library: Welp, I didn’t make it to the Ghostbusters Firestation, but the New York Public Library is just as good! And holy crap, this is their public library in New York City? Like people can just casually waltz on in there and study or read?? Beautiful, beautiful place.


I’ve been to NYC a few times now, and somehow it never occurred to me to visit some yarn shops! Thanks to the advice of some redditors, I visited Purl Soho and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and saw some amazing fiber art and touched some of the softest, most luxurious yarn around. I didn’t even want to know how much it cost, but there were so many pretty colors and it was super soft. Far better quality yarn than the cheapo yarn I usually use to make my critters.


For this trip I brought three critters with me, and all three were found!! Woohoo!! Here’s where they all went:

Iron Man was the first critter that I dropped, where I decided to leave him at Midtown Comics.

I know, not the most creative hiding spot I’ve ever done, but it seemed like a fitting place in the big city. About 20 minutes later I got confirmation that he’d been found!


That’s one down, two more to go! Next was Captain America. He’s the kid from Brooklyn, and since I had my dinner reservation in Brooklyn on Friday night, it only felt right to take him back home. I got a tip from a redditor to visit Desert Island while I was out there, and I ADORED the place. Small, but full of charm. I didn’t want to make a trend of leaving the critters at comic book stores, but I couldn’t resist leaving little Captain America there.

I later got a message on Instagram that the kid from Brooklyn had been found! He’ll still be around New York City, but he’ll be getting a change in scenery and be moving to Queens.

Last one was Spider-Man. I know, I know, I left Captain America in Brooklyn so Spidey should’ve been left in Queens, but Queens wasn’t in my plans so he was going to get dumped off somewhere in Manhattan. With Peter Parker being a journalist I felt like I found a decent substitute for a drop spot:

I later got a buzz that Spidey had been found and he’ll be moving to LA!

That’s another 100% drop report rate! I’ve been getting more of those lately. That makes me happy. 🙂 Thanks to everyone who joined the hunt, and thank you New York City for being amazing as usual. I’m sure I’ll be back. ❤

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Critters in New York, 2017 edition!

I’m heading to New York City for a weekend vacation this coming Thursday! And I’ve decided to take some critters with me! Almost the entire Marvel Universe is based in New York City, so it was only appropriate that I went with Marvel characters this time around. I’ll be in town from 3/2-3/5, but I’ll only be doing drops from 3/2-3/4, and I’ll be spending most of my time around Manhattan. I’ll only have 3 critters with me and I’ll only drop one each day from Thursday-Saturday, so keep an eye out! Here’s who I’ll be bringing with me:

SPider-Man IMG_8670

I’ve got a kid from Queens….

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A kid from Brooklyn…

Iron man copy

…and a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.

And here’s all three of them together! (this photo shows the actual critters that I’ll be bringing!)


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.

    The Geeky Hooker

  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 Thursday-Saturday (3/2-3/4). No pairs/groups of critters.

And I’m going to give just ONE spoiler in terms of where and when I’m going to drop a specific critter: I’ve got dinner reservations in Brooklyn on Friday evening (3/3), so I’ll be dropping Captain America back where he’s from while I’m out there! Otherwise Spider-Man and Iron Man will be dropped whenever I feel like the time and place is right! Happy hunting!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in New York City 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

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Like books? Like hooks? I’ve got just the thing for you!

Remember that book deal I talked about last spring? LOOK. LOOK!!!


I got my advance copy of my book Literary Yarns in the mail and holy crap, I’VE GOT AN ACTUAL BOOK OH MY GOD. Months of making new critters from scratch (all characters except for Hester Prynne & Julius Caesar are brand-new, and even those two had to be reworked), writing up patterns, getting those patterns hacked and slashed by an editor (which was VERY much needed), excitedly getting updates from the photography & design team on how the photoshoots were coming along…all of that has amounted to 112 pages with 22 patterns covering 16 works of literature. Whew. It didn’t really sink in until I finally had a hard copy in my hands. And what a feeling it is. I hope it’ll do well. And if it doesn’t, this has been one hell of a fun learning experience. AND I HAVE A BOOK. I still can’t quite believe it.

It’s up for pre-order (official release date is May 2nd 2017) on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but if you order through Amazon, might I suggest that you do it through AmazonSmile? That way you get to do some shopping and give to a charity of your choice at the same time. Literary Yarns is up and ready to go!

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Gear for the littlest heroes

A few weeks ago I got an email from a staff member of WhedonCon, a charitable fan convention that celebrates all things Joss Whedon. She told me that she organizes an event called WhedonKnit Nights, where people come together to knit and crochet things to donate items for Newborns in Need, and was wondering if I could donate a pattern of my own design for the cause. She said that the charity was in need of baby hats, blankets, booties, and sweaters. I’ve been crocheting for 6 years. I’ve never made anything wearable or remotely useful in that time. Try something new? Make something geeky? And for a good cause? I’ll bite!

I asked her how “Whedon-strict” the items needed to be. Would Avengers be kosher? Or are we looking more along the lines of Firefly? She told me anything that was related to Joss Whedon or made a reference towards his work was fine. WELL THEN. That opened up LOTS of options. This was going to be fun.

Baby Jayne Cobb hats seem to be an obvious choice, but there are already plenty of free patterns out there for those, so I wanted to try something different. Captain America immediately came to mind. A little Captain America baby beanie with a little shield blankie sounded perfect to me. Here’s the thing. Everything I’ve made for the past 6 years has been in the 3″ range. The hat wasn’t too much of an issue. Since it was all done in one color, I was able to keep adding rows until it got to a good size. The blanket is where things went wrong.



I wish I had a better picture to show just how stupidly small the “blanket” initially turned out. It ended up being 9.5″ across, and that’s AFTER I stretched it out a bit. It was barely bigger than a personal pan pizza. This was a blanket meant for preemies, and it wasn’t even big enough to be a napkin.


I had to take it apart down to the blue center and work it up all over again. Surprise! Babies (even premature babies) are juuuuuust a little bigger than the 3″-sized items I’m used to making. Just a little.

I worked it up over again, and finally! Much better! Managed to add a good extra 5 inches or so to the diameter.


It’s not exactly made out of vibranium so it doesn’t hold up too well on your forearm, but I think it’ll do well enough to keep a baby safe and warm.


And of course you’ll need a little helmet to go with that shield. Safety first, folks.


Hopefully everything will be fit to keep the littlest heroes warm.


Patterns for the baby beanie and shield blanket are up for FREE can be found here. Tag me in any photos you post of your work, I’d love to see how it all turns out! Share your work if you make anything from the patterns, and share the patterns too! Happy hooking!

Here’s the link to the pattern again:–shield-blanket

  • Credit is given where credit is due, the pattern for the star in the center of the shield can be found here, written by Jodie over at her Jelly Wares blog.
  • To find more patterns for items that can be donated to Newborns in Need, look here.
  • For more information about donating to Newborns in Need, see here.
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A very odd physician walks into the universe…

I’m about two weeks late on this, but after a close call with Suicide Squad I’m back to my rule of making new critters only AFTER its source material has been released and vetted. BEHOLD! THE DOCTOR IS IN!

I think I’ve found something that might be more frustrating that putting hair on my critters: making tiny jewelry for them from scratch. The eye of Agamotto. THE FREAKING EYE OF AGAMOTTO. It involved wires, sequins, rhinestones, string, and lots of careful cutting and patience. I’m still not 100% happy with it, but short of learning to use a soldering iron it’s good enough for me.

At least it doesn’t take away from his music trivia sessions.

His sling ring skills could still use some work. Somehow he always ends up in London or on a strange spaceship.

As for my non-spoiler thoughts on the movie:

  • Doctor Strange is 100% worth seeing in 3D. I usually feel like 3D movies are a waste of money and in most movies there’s only one or two scenes that fully utilize that “OOOOH AHHHH LOOKIT THE 3D STUFF” effect, but with all the crazy folding worlds and 360 views of visually stunning effects, Doctor Strange is worth putting on those goofy plastic glasses for 2 hours.
  • Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One: I. LOVED. HER. Casting controversy aside, I’m pretty biased on this one because dammit, Tilda Swinton isn’t just an actress, she’s a shapeshifting alien from another planet who can transform into ANYONE and nails it every time.
  • It followed your classic Marvel movie formula. Introduce the big baddie by showing him/her doing something terrible. Introduce your diamond-in-the-rough hero by presenting them as a human being first. Produce a montage of the hero transforming into the hero. Throw in a few one-line zingers. Throw in the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. End off with a big fight. It’s predictable, but IT WORKS EVERY TIME. Marvel clearly knows what works for them, and they’re very good at making good use of it.
  • BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Swoon-worthy as usual. However. HOWEVER. If I had to point out a flaw, it’d be his American accent. It’s not ‘Murican enough. He kind of cheats and does the James Earl Jones formal American tone, and many times his English accent starts to leak through. Benny, I love you darling, but your British is showing, do cover up dear.

As for the spoilery thoughts:














  • Wong! I freaking loved Wong! I actually wish there was more of him, but I guess his character was supposed to be the stone-faced librarian to begin with. He barely talked and I still loved him. Again, Marvel’s writers know how to work out quick ongoing jokes, and the whole “let’s try to make Wong laugh” running joke was pretty fun.
  • I love how smart the writers were with including that one-liner of “It’s our wi-fi password. We’re not savages.” That single line alone broke any expectations of Kamar-Taj being some sort of ancient temple trapped in the past, so when we see Doctor Strange writing an email to Christine or Wong listening to music on an MP3 player no one would be crying out “WTF THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.”
  • LOVED the fact that the final battle wasn’t actually resolved with a massive fight between Doctor Strange and Kaecillius, but with Doctor Strange basically being an asshole to Dormammu and saying “I can do this all day, bro.” It was a battle of wits in addition to showing Doctor Strange’s growing powers. When most of the Marvel heroes depend on superpowers, superweapons, or straight-up super strength for most big fights, it was fun and refreshing to see something a little different.

Needless to say, I loved Doctor Strange, and every time I think Marvel will have finally drained their resources and stop making fun movies, they prove me wrong again and again. I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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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:



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.


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.


Wow. Much blonde. So fluff.

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


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.


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


Enjoy. 😀

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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.


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.


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


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


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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