Pet Accessories: Geeking Out With Your Best Friend

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I'll level with you: it's been a long time since I've owned a pet.  "My cat" actually lives with my mother, and has since I went off to college; after that I didn't have the heart to uproot her.  Still, I'd feel weird getting another animal while "my cat" is still out there. All this to say, when I last dealt in animal accessories, I felt extra special that my cat had a purple collar instead of a standard red or blue one.  Well, times, they have a-changed.  Just as it's now way easier to find … [Read more...]

Geeky Knitting Pattern: Nyan Cat Hat With Toaster Pastry Earwarmers

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Ever wanted to be a gray kitten flying through space, warmed by a toaster pastry? Now you can be! I've added "knitting geek" to my repertoire in the past couple years. A friend of mine is obsessed with Nyan Cat but there was very little in the way of knitted patterns available. So I designed one! This pattern features Chunky Mochi Rainbow yarn, Rowan Drift (for the cat), and Knit Picks Palette for the toaster pastries. You'll need size 10.5 needles (circular or double pointed) and size … [Read more...]

Geeky New Year’s Resolutions: Mid-Year Accountability Report

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Did anyone see where the first half of 2011 went? If you find it, would you tell it to come back to me? Because I had a lot of things I wanted to accomplish, and I’m sure I could get them done if I could just have those 6 months back. Seriously, time flies when you’re having fun. Among all the things I wanted to get done while time was flying away from me were my geeky New Year’s resolutions. I posted them in my column so I’d have public accountability to hold me to task, and also so my … [Read more...]

Props for My Homies: Making Handouts, Gear, and Props for your RPG

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As I've mentioned elsewhere, I’ve been involved in Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) since I was 20. I started as a player, graduated into being part of NERO’s National Plot Committee for years, and was most recently hailed as the “Spiritual Godfather” of The Isles, a LARP I’ve been shepherding and developing material for since 2001. One thing you learn early on is that LARPing is not a tabletop RPG. While you can describe a strange object to a bunch of tabletop players, if it exists in your … [Read more...]

Geeky Craft Project: Crocheted Mini Dice Bag

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Wouldn’t you hate it if one of your friends went on and on about the most awesome new anime, but never offered to lend you the DVDs? It does no good for someone to ramble on to her fellow geeks about something incredible, but then keep it all to herself. So, over the next few months, I’m going to share some wonderfully geeky craft projects with you all, so everyone can partake in the crafty goodness. These are all projects I’ve created myself, and are the sort of things I make for my friends and … [Read more...]

Geek’s Dream Girl’s Top 10 Articles of 2010

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Your clicks, retweets, and Facebookings have spoken! Here are the top 10 articles of 2010 by traffic: 1. Needles of Knitting +5: Using The Craft Skill To Its Best Advantage 2. GenCon 2010 Update: Castle Ravenloft Board Game 3. Coping With Being Single: Ur Doin’ It Wrong 4. Brainless Act Leads to Smart Decision 5. LiveBlogging: Dungeons & Dragons Experience 2010 (DDXP) 6. Top 5 Anime Speech Patterns that Drive Us Nuts 7. 5 Gosh-Honest Reasons Why Your Dating Life … [Read more...]

The Year Of The Geek: New Year’s Resolutions We Can Keep

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The winter holiday season for 2010 is just about wrapped up, with the last celebration waiting in the wings: the New Year. Along with the parties, the midnight kisses, the parades, the football, and one last big feast (eat your black eyed peas or lentils for good luck in 2011!) comes the most famous/dreaded New Year’s tradition of all: New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re anything like me, this is how it’s gone every year, no matter what your resolution is about: Make resolutions. I write … [Read more...]

Wrap Up Some Crafty Goodness: Gifts For The Crafty Geek

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Time is winding down to get holiday gifts for all your geeky friends. If there is a crafty geek in your life, you may have been leaving them for last, unsure what to get them.  Never fear, this crafty geek is here to help! Buying gifts for crafters can be difficult, especially for a non-crafter. The temptation is strong to buy them craft supplies and call it a day. While no crafter I know would turn down a gift of supplies, most of us are rather particular about what we use. For example, I … [Read more...]

The Crafty Geek’s Timeline For Festivus Gift-Making

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Ahhhh, early September. Summer’s trying to hang on by its fingernails, but autumn is showing itself more and more every day. The leaves are starting to turn, there’s a chill in the morning air, the days are getting shorter. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about making gifts for your friends and families for the winter holidays! Before you accuse me of joining the commercialism bandwagon, remember that I’m talking about making gifts. I’m as annoyed as anyone when WalMart starts putting … [Read more...]

Needles of Knitting +5: Using The Craft Skill To Its Best Advantage

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Back at the beginning of my career here at GDG, I wrote about the joys and benefits of making things with your own two hands, and I’ll be writing more about that in the future. In the mean time, how about some of that crafty goodness for your character? In the skill list of most pen-and-paper RPGs is the Craft skill. It may have a different name depending on the game, but it’s whatever roll you’d make to, well, make something. Aside from some obvious choices – Craft (alchemy) for potion … [Read more...]