2017 Geek-A-Long: Ghost Rider

I don’t have a long-standing, emotional relationship with Ghost Rider. I like things that contain Nick Cage, but that’s pretty much the only exposure I’ve had to Ghost Rider before he showed up on Agents of SHIELD. So I called in a ringer this week, the fabulous Mr. Llama, to give Ghost Rider the fanboy love he deserves. See you next week!

Ghost Rider is awesome. His head is a skull and it is on fire. And he rides a black motor cycle with tires made of fire. AND he has a chain that is also on fire. When I was a pre-teen boy, nothing looked cooler. He fought demons and saved the world by staring at bad guys until their brain melted. It was 1990 and he was the coolest thing. That is until 1992 when he crossed over with the X-men and fought aliens beneath New Orleans. That was a very formative comic for me.

Ghost Rider is a spirit of vengeance that has possessed a few different people in the Marvel Universe. Johnny Blaze and Danny Catch are the most famous ones on a motorcycle. More recently Robbie Reyes took over the mantle with a flaming hot rod. He is currently one of the coolest parts of Agents of SHIELD. There are Nicholas Cage Movies named Ghost Rider, and they are as crazy as you might expect. Megan-Anne has some sort of weird love affair with terrible Nicholas Cage movies, and it’s one of the many things about her that I can’t fully understand. But as Cage movies go, the first Ghost Rider is pretty good. 

Ghost Rider at its best is dark, a little scary, and a little absurd. It’s part of the reason we love comic books. Over the top action in which the power of good overcomes the forces of evil and awesome visuals that make kids like me want to run around going 

VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

~Kevin

Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Ghost Rider pattern here. Instructions and charts for both knit and crochet are listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to Instagram your squares at us @lattesandllamasyarn 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.

~ Megan-Anne
In order of extreme Cageyness: Wicker Man, Season of the Witch, Vampire Kiss, Magicians Apprentice, Face Off, Ghost Rider. If you are looking to get your Cage on, I recommend starting at Ghost Rider and working your way back. 

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