2017 Geek-A-Long: Wolverine

Look, we could go into a whole long thing about Wolverine. He’s an amazing character with a rich backstory. But let’s be real, you can read the wiki if you want to. I’m here for Hugh Jackman. I’m pretty sure he secretly loves me. It seems logical anyhow, and should Kevin ever die tragically, he’ll be my next husband. Kevin and Hugh’s wife are ok with it, since we’ll wait an appropriate mourning period in the style of Gone With the Wind.

Ahem.

So…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Hawkgirl

My memory of Hawkgirl from cartoons like Justice League and Justice League Unlimited was that she was a fierce independent woman, who also happened to have a one true love reincarnated with her throughout time. Since superheros tend to have multiple origin stories as they evolve with the times, I didn’t want to just rely on what I knew of…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: The Guardian

Alpha Flight was the Canadian spin-off of X-Men, and it was the only way I learned anything about about that magical and mysterious land. Well, I guess that’s not completely true, I served in Americorps*VISTA in Burlington VT and got somewhat acquainted with the Quebec party scene, but I don’t really think that’s representative.

It was also the first Marvel comic to feature an openly gay hero. I read a lot of Alpha Flight and got into the soap opera style drama between these weird characters. I think…

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Geek-A-Long News

Megan-Anne and I have a lot of new stuff to share with you today. We’ve been working on some of this for a while, so I’m super hyped to finally get to show it off. First and foremost, a little business:

APRIL GEEK-A-LONG WINNERS

To reward our Geek-A-Long participants for their hard work and for raising awareness for Child’s Play Charity, we put two of our soon-to-be-released Coffee Cakes up for grabs. You can read more about the giveaway here. To qualify they had to submit their favorite 2017 Geek-A-Long square from weeks 11-16 that…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Saturn Girl

I’m super excited that Mabel the Merciless is growing up in a world with some variety for female hero role models. Squirrel Girl is some diamond crusted role-model-goodness. Kamala Khan is defying stereotypes. Lumberjanes tell it like it is. Options were much more limited when I was growing up. So I think it’s worth taking a moment to acknowledge the criticism of some…

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Dabberlock Pashmina

Dear Crochet,

I know it’s been a while since we’ve spent time together. We survived long winter nights by making gloves and hats for my family. We counted down the days until autumn together, creating washcloths and amigurumi, while we dreamed of blankets and a plethora of cozies to keep my caffeinated drinks warm. I’m writing to you today to tell you that those times mean a lot to me, even though we grew apart as I spent more time with my new friends, Knitting and Cross…

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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…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Martian Manhunter

Martian Manhunter, or J’onn J’onzz to his friends, made his debut in 1955 during the Silver Age of DC Comics. He’s green, he’s fabulous, and he’s here to make Earth a better place. Imagine if Superman had a more cro-magnon brow, no hair, green skin, and super sweet telepathy powers to go along with his super strength, you’d have Martian Manhunter.

Actually, J’onn has more than just super strength and telepathy. He also has the ability to shape-shift, invisibility, and telekinesis. Basically, he has…

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2017 Geek-A-Long Giveaway: Coffee Cakes

Hiya, knitting nerds! Are you ready to find out what super sweet prize you can win this month just for participating in the Geek-A-Long? Well, I’m super excited to tell you about it. Megan-Anne and I had planned on making this the prize for May, but then we were like:

No. They deserve to win it before anyone else can buy it! They shall be The Chosen Ones.

Overseen by Mabel the Merciless, Megan-Anne and I are hard at work, putting together something special for the store: Coffee Cakes.

Just for kicks, we knitted our

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Storm

I realize, obviously, that we’ve already honored X-men. They’ve shown up on every blanket except for 2016 (here, here, and here). I’m not even remotely sorry that you are seeing so much of them. They are the best. I’ve brought it up before, but have you watched X-Men: Evolution yet? I was SO into that show. I wish it would get a reboot.

And as long as I’m busy not apologizing for…

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