“Curse you, Sonic! Not only do you foil my plans, but you foil my speeches as well. I work hard on them.” – Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik after Sonic interrupts his gloating before the final boss fight of Sonic Colors.
In the early 90s, we were a Super NES family, not a Sega Genesis family. I spent hours playing Donkey Kong, ClayFighter, Home Alone, The Legend of Zelda, The Lion King, Mortal Kombat, Star Fox, and of course Super Mario World. None of my friends had a Sega either, so my experiences with Sonic the Hedgehog are limited. The only time I got to play the video game was when I went over to my aunt’s house.
Aunt Lisa’s house was my mecca in the 90s. She had all the best video games and her Disney movie collection could make a ten-year-old girl weep with joy. She introduced me to Kiki’s Delivery Service, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Sixteen Candles. She also showed me how cool crafting and reading could be. Still, some of my fondest memories from that time are of playing Sonic the Hedgehog with her and my uncle.
I’ll be honest. I was terrible at Sonic. Doctor Eggman thwarted me at every turn. If I was the only thing standing in his way, he would’ve succeeded in building the Eggman Empire. Luckily, my aunt and uncle were there with a cookie, kind words, and mad video game skills to get me to the next level.
For those of you unfamiliar with the vaguely egg-shaped doctor, Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik is the archenemy of Sonic the Hedgehog. Inspired by his mad scientist of a grandfather, he became one himself and eventually pursued a teaching degree so he could tell people what to do. That wasn’t enough for Dr. Eggman though. He became obsessed with the idea of an entire world under his rule, convinced it would become a utopia if they just did exactly what he said. He built everything from evil space stations to vast armies and cities that polluted the land. Once, he even teamed up with a Time Eater and used time travel in the hopes of defeating his nemesis, Sonic. Still, no matter how many times Sonic and friends thwarted his plans, Eggman always came back to try again. And really, what more could we ask of a mad scientist?
Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Dr. Eggman pattern here. Instructions for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to tweet or instagram your squares at me @jac_attacking or Megan-Anne @Doctor_Llama with the hashtag #geekalong!
If you’re having trouble with double-sided knitting, we have a how-to video here and a tutorial on crochet here. Want to hang out with other people making the blanket? You can find moral support in the Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry here.
I just hope I can be half as awesome of an aunt for Lazerwolf.
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