2017 Geek-A-Long: Matter Eater Lad

If you follow the Spoiler Thread on Ravelry, you already know that I am unapologetically scraping the sides of the barrel of weird heroes this week. In the middle of the Geek-A-Long year, I usually treat myself to really obscure references. I’m into Golden and Silver Age references the way a hipster is into $24 glasses of micro-brew. It’s not that we actually believe it’s better, it’s just that it’s special and we’re all special for knowing to order it. Let’s all embrace our inner hero elitists and celebrate one of DC’s weirdest lads: Matter Eater…

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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 Giveaway: Knitter’s Pride

The best part about receiving prize donations from Knitters Pride, other than when they occasionally throw in stuff for me and Megan-Anne too, is not knowing what will show up on our doorstep. They ask how many prizes we need and then they basically recede into the shadows, chuckling to themselves while rubbing together their hands. It’s all very Cloak and Dagger.

They’ve sent us everything from their Nova Platina Cubics to their Karbonz DPNs

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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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Dragonologist Shawl

I don’t know if you know this about us here at Lattes & Llamas, but we’re giant nerds. Complete shocker, right? When Megan-Anne set out to make a limited edition colorway for spring, she wanted it to have greens and blues and yellows. There are even hints of pink and red. Now, normal people would look at this color and call it something like “Spring Meadow”, but not us. We’re cooking up a special event for this October, so we have Dungeons & Dragons on the brain right now. Hence…

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