2017 Geek-A-Long: Loki

I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this year all about superheroes? Loki is a villain in the Marvel Universe, not a superhero. Which is exactly what I said when he was nominated during our Fight For Your Fandom event last winter. His nomination came under scrutiny, and instead of telling you about Loki, who you should already be aware of by now if you’ve seen any of the Thor movies or The Avengers, I’m going to share the exchange the chain of events that ended with Loki making a glorious…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: The Atom

Before Marvel released the Ant-Man movie two summers ago, The Atom was the best-known shrinking superhero. He made his debut in a 1961 issue of DC’s comic anthology, Showcase, like a lot of other heroes we love like the silver age Flash and Green Lantern. The Atom, also know as Ray Palmer, possesses the power to alter his size down to a subatomic level and still keep his natural strength level. In the comics, this was accomplished by…

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Prize Winners and the Pebble Skipping Hat

As I type this, Megan-Anne and I are in a hotel in Pittsburgh. It’s the night before our trunk show at Knit One. There are trays of half eaten take out scattered over our beds along with a healthy dose of WIPs. Megan-Anne is working on another pair of Shining Sequence Mittens in different colorways to show you what they’d look like with duplicate stitch instead of beads and I’m racing to finish my latest amigurumi creation for the Summer of Crochet so I can work on Jessica Gore’s new…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Ms. Marvel

It’s easy for legacy heroes to be younger, hipper copies of their older counterparts. Think The Flash. They inherit or adopt the name and attributes of the original. Usually they’re family somehow. It almost never happens that a legacy hero has entirely different powers, and it’s rare form them to not already be an established side character like Wally West. And it’s even more rare that any hero be given an origin that involves protecting New Jersey. This is only a part of what…

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The Summer of Crochet: Lady Shelly Yertle

Moving forward, you should know something about me. I despise sewing things together. If there is a way I can eliminate using my tapestry needle by even one whip stitch, I’ll do it. Since I love to crochet cute little amigurumi as gifts, this creates quite a conundrum for me. Creating the eyes and mouth don’t bother me for some reason, but there is nothing worse than sewing on legs and arms. Which is why you’ll discover that most of my patterns this summer will ask you to crochet them…

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2017 Geek-A-Long Giveaway: Cascade Yarn

Normally, we’d be announcing the winner of the June prize today, but TNNA seems to have put everyone behind schedule and our prize for the month hasn’t shown up yet. Luckily, Cascade Yarn has our backs! They sent over a giant box full of yarn just for you guys. Apparently, when Megan-Anne told them they only need to send one thing this year instead of four, they chuckled with a roll of their eyes and sent four anyway.

As you can see from the giant pile, we have four sweaters worth…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Jessica Jones

Megan-Anne and I are back from our week-long craziness. First, we drove from Philadelphia to Columbus, Ohio to check out the summer TNNA show. We caught up with people and found some cool new stuff to put into our SOCK Club and GAL Guild boxes. Then, we drove up to Indiana to visit family and spent a few days helping our baby sister pack for her move to Philadelphia. I’m so excited to officially have her here! She’ll be living with my husband and me until she gets on her feet. Our respective cats aren’t exactly…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Raven

Raven is the dark and sarcastic member of the Teen Titans, but you would be too if your mother was seduced into a demon cult and then raped by an interdimensional demon, making your father the super evil Trigon. Luckily, Raven grew up in an alternate dimension and learned how to control her “emotions” (aka her demon side) from the pacifists of Azarath.

Raven is an empath, able to sense and alter other peoples emotions. She can even absorb the pain of others into herself and rapidly heal them. Her other…

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The Summer of Crochet: Octi the Fancy

Before I talk about this dapper little dude pictured above or finally launch the Summer of Crochet, I wanted to say thank you for the outpour of support in response to my post last Saturday, Fairy Tales and the May Prize Winner. Your kind and understanding words — and not to mention seeing my life flashing before my eyes — helped me come to terms with some things and find the joy of knitting again. Or, I should say, the joy of crochet!

This week, I…

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Fairy Tales and the May Prize Winner

Have you ever gotten an email from your tech guy full of acronyms that you didn’t understand and then spent an agonizing couple of hours Googling the terms only to find yourself more confused than when you started? No, just me then?

Here’s the thing, I’ve always been a fast learner, someone who can pick up new skills with relative ease. As it turns out, my Jac-of-Many-Trades ability stops at fixing the back end of our website. Hopefully, Jed was able to fix the troubles I wrought. But, this is the lead up to a larger apology…

Some of you have…

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