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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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L&L Book Club: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Week two of the L&L Book Club is underway and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how many knitters have joined us for our Shining Sequence Mittens MKAL. (You can catch week 1 here if you missed it.) I’ll talk more about the KAL’s progress in the project portion of this post, but I just want to say I’m really excited to find that so many other knitters love to make Christmas a year round event!

The Book

This week I technically read two stories, but one is really just a slightly overgrown poem….

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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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L&L Book Club: Merry Christmas Alex Cross

Welcome to Christmas in July!

Our MKAL is underway and on the Ravelry Hot List as I type this! It’s always a big honor to make the top five, it’s like the perfect validation of my chosen profession.

Sometimes, I think I love Christmas in July just as much as regular Christmas, because celebrating it now feels like I’m getting away with something. I don’t know who the “man” is in this case, but I’m sticking it to him with my unrelenting cheer. That’ll teach him. I’m seriously…

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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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L&L Book Club: Matched

I know it’s only Wednesday, but man does it feel like this week has disappeared on me. Yesterday morning I was thinking about a project that I need to do before a baby shower on July 9th. And I thought, meh, I have tons of time. It’ll be quick, I have all of this and next week. Tonight, I’m all:

Holy cast on, Batman! I need this next weekend to knit, and I haven’t even wound the yarn yet!

It’s that big pile of turquoise on the right. Sure, Megan-Anne, you’ve got pleeeeeeeenty of time. ;)

So it’s good that I went…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Green Lantern

Sure we all know about Hal Jordan, the test pilot gifted with a magic ring that can create whatever he wishes and is useless against the color yellow. There is a Ryan Reynolds movie about him. It is a bad movie. Seriously, don’t waste your time. Just watch Deadpool twice. Anyhow, although Hal is the best known Lantern, he is the least interesting of Green Lanterns.

I don’t care too much about Guy Gardner, who answers the question, “What if Green Lantern was a complete…

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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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