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...]

Random Craftiness: Baby Sumo Wrestler Knitting Pattern

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Baby Sumo Wrestler Craft: Knitting Suggested Yarn: Cascade Superwash 220 HAT: With size 8 circular needles, cast on 64 stitches. Join in the round. Knit for 8 rows. Change to size 9 needle. Knit for 4.5-5” Decreases: Place marker after every 8 stitches. Row 1: K6, k2tog (56 remaining) Row 2 (all even rows) - Knit all. Row 3: K5, k2tog (48 remaining) Row 5: K4, k2tog (40 remaining) Row 7: K3, k2tog (32 remaining) Row 9: K2, k2tog (24 remaining) Row 11: … [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 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...]

Indulge Your Creative Side With Geeky Crafts

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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Welcome to the first of our brand new crop of writers, C! She'll be posting every Thursday with all sorts of geeky goodness. Don't miss it. Welcome, C! Imagine your dream store, catering to one of your favorite pastimes. The shop is full of nothing but creative goodness. Aisle upon aisle of things just waiting, hoping you’ll purchase them, take them home, and use them to their full potential. Some items are great for beginners, wanting to try something new but needing a lot of … [Read more...]