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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2015 Geek-A-Long: Dr. Doom

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I am more than amused by the prospect of a battle of wits. Though I fear that with you as an opponent, the struggle might well be brief.”-Victor von Doom

I love old school Fanastic 4 comics. When we put together our square list for this year, I lobbied for Reed Richards to make the cut. Jac wasn’t sold on him though, citing that “he is really a tool.” Don’t know what could make her think that…

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After some negotiation, we agreed that the best way to honor the franchise…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Buckaroo Banzai

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“If he’s not one thing, he’s another.” – Rawhide

It’s difficult for me to put The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension into words. Maybe it’s because the title is so long or maybe because the 1984 cult classic is completely ridiculous. Nothing is ever quite clear, especially the opening sequence that assumes you’re intimately familiar with Buckaroo Banzai, a neurosurgeon/particle physicist/race car driver/martial artist/rock star. But the movie is deadpan funny with quotable one-liners…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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“Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner.” -Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four

This week the Geek-A-Long honors the impact Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had on modern forensic science. Doyle was a medical doctor, though he rarely practiced. However, his short stories featuring the infamous Sherlock Holmes allowed him to explore his passion for forensics. Holmes’ techniques are…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Elric Brothers

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As sisters, Megan-Anne and I disagree on many things: DPNs vs. Magic Loop; who holds lusting claims over Malcolm Reynolds; whether or not it was Megan-Anne’s fault she had to go to our senior prom with a guy she didn’t like, because she lost a bet with him. But, the disagreement that really gets us yelling childish insults at each other is Fullmetal Alchemist versus Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Brigid Tenenbaum

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Bioshock is one of my favorite video games of all time. It’s right up there with Portal and the classics, Mario and Zelda. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at first person shooters, so I usually don’t play them. But one day, Mr. Llama convinced me to give it a try on easy mode and I never looked back.

The thing that sets Bioshock (and Bioshock Infinite) aside from other…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Bunsen and Beaker

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Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today.

If I had it my way, the 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket would feature only Muppets. I’m not joking. I tried to convince Megan-Anne that it would be perfect for 2015, but she said it was too narrow of a scope for the GAL’s sophomore year. I humbly disagreed, but was ultimately overthrown as you can tell. She promised me that one day — in the very distant…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: The Flash

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If you are not a big ol’ comic book geek like myself, you may not realize there are actually four Flashes: The Golden Age and original Flash, Jay Garrick; The Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen; and two Modern Age Flashes, Wally West and Bart Allen. Normally, I’m a Golden-Age-girl. But in this, and a few other select cases, I love one of the new heroes more. So this week, the Geek-A-Long honors Barry Allen, my favorite Flash…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Indiana Jones

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That belongs in a museum!

Nothing surprises Indiana Jones, he’s a scientist. Professor of Archaeology, expert on the occult, and how does one say it… obtainer of rare antiquities, Indiana Jones isn’t just another sexy man in a wide-brimmed fedora back-lit against the setting sun. He hates Nazis and snakes. And he knows that in the Latin alphabet, ‘Jehovah’ begins with an ‘I’.

Indiana Jones was the most talented bum Professor Abner Ravenwood ever trained. He also might’ve been named…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: The Magic School Bus

"Take chances, make mistakes, get messy." – Miss Frizzle #knitting #geekalong #lattesandllamas #magicschoolbus #MissFrizzle

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This week we honor the incomparable Miss Frizzle with a Magic School Bus square. Miss Frizzle has been out there taking risks, making mistakes, and getting messy since I was a kid. Let’s all be honest with ourselves, if you grew up in the age of the Magic School Bus, you looked at your own field trip permission slip with uncontrolled derision at least once as a kid. Miss Frizzle could have taken you on a way better trip than you were going on.

Miss Frizzle may not know everything, but she comes pretty close. She’s one of those…

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