2018 Geek-A-Long: Sherlock Revisited

Hi. Hello. This is Jac, coming to you live from Vogue Knitting Live. Currently, I am sitting in booth 120 on the 5th floor of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, waiting for the marketplace floor to open. Like the extremely smart person that I am, I did not upload the pattern I had planned for today before leaving for New York on Thursday, so you probably won’t get to read this (and download your brand new Sherlock GAL pattern) until after we pack up and head home tonight.

I’ll probably talk more about VK Live later this week, but…

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2018 Geek-A-Long: Monty Python

It feels really weird to be typing “2018” at the top of this post. Like, I know academically that it’s the new year, and year five of the Geek-A-Long, but knowing it and feeling it aren’t the same. Still, here we are with the first post of the 2018 Geek-A-Long! We are on the inaugural square of a year-long celebration of the GAL and the fierce knitters/crocheters/cross stitchers/whatever-ers that have been putting up with us and supporting Child’s Play for four fabulous years. If you missed Jac’s post on how this…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Finishing

It’s join week! Time to get those squares put together. This year we decided to use last year’s crochet join again since we liked it so much. You can see the full tutorial here. I wanted to put that here, at the top, because I know it’s probably what you’re here for. We had thought we might do a new joint this year, but when we looked at all the squares laid out, we knew the crochet join would look best. Now that I’ve got the biddness…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Nightwing

Jac and I joked about both of us writing this post, not necessarily since it’s the last Geek-A-Long square of 2017, but due to the fact that both of us have a deep, undying love for Dick Grayson. We’ve always been big Batman fans, but there was something about Chris O’Donnell in the 1995 movie, Batman Forever, that made eleven-year-old me blossom into a woman. It’s probably the nipples on the suit that did it. I don’t know who in costuming said,”Give me more Bat-Nipples!” But I…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Thor

He’s hot. He’s sexy. He doesn’t understand your human ways. He’s…

THOR, GOD OF THUNDER!

Lightning bolts and abs aside, I never got into the Thor comics. The closest I ever got was when he made an appearance in Squirrel Girl, which honestly was delightful. Loki turned himself into Cat Thor and then stayed that way for a while just to upset Thor. Straight up charming, guys.

Squirrel Girl comics

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Static Shock

I loved Static Shock. The show was fun and heartfelt and relevant without being overt. It was the first cartoon to star an African American superhero and felt like it came out of nowhere. In reality, it was based off of a character created as part of DC’s Milestone Universe, which focused on Dakota City after a chemical explosion gave a bunch of people super powers. It was gritty and diverse and violent and didn’t…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen isn’t her name. It’s Spider-Woman. Well, really it’s Gwen Stacy. In an alternate universe where Peter Parker doesn’t get bitten, Gwen does. She starts fighting crime as the Amazing Spider-Woman until a tragedy strikes. On her prom night, her friend Peter, wanting to be a superhero, turns himself into the Lizard and dies while fighting Spider-Woman. She has to go on with her life, living next to the Parkers without ever telling them the truth of how their nephew died. It’s a great story, but started…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Beast Boy

Even though we put the final Geek-A-Long Guild boxes of the year into the mail, I still have trouble believing this is the 44th square, which means there are only four left after today! FOUR. Where did the year even go? How did we get only two days away from November? I swear to Chuck ::winks at Supernatural fans:: that I was crocheting sea creatures pool side yesterday and making Fourth of July plans. I know I’ve been chipping away at my Christmas knitting, knocking items of…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Kitty Pryde

There’s this cliche in X-Men comics that whenever a new character joins the team the cover says “Welcome to the X-Men, hope you survive the experience!” The first person to get that message was Kitty Pryde, a young teenage Jewish girl who could phase through solid matter and disrupt electronics. She is the point of view character for generations of fans and one of the most well known X-Men. In the comics anyways, she only had a very small role in the movies.

Shadowcat doesn’t care…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Blue Beetle

The Blue Beetle I know and love, Jaime Reyes, was actually the third person to take on the Scarab. He was a relatively normal kid from Texas until he discovered the Blue Beetle Scarab on his way home from school. He took it home and it did exactly what your innermost nightmares thought it would. It came alive, grafted itself onto his spine, and induced some weird dreams. Super fun, right?

To make matters even creepier, the Scarab is part of a living hive-mind, genetically engineered by these jerky aliens called…

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