Rarely do I rush to write an article but I want to see this get to 500 views before tomorrow. Mike Toole put this challenge to twitter to get this to 500 views. I will try to use the mighty readership of All Geeks Considered to get it there (hahaha). Here’s the video now watch it my stupid comments will follow.
This is one of the brilliant little things that come out of the internet every so often. This home made music video about a knock-off toy, in this case Robot King which is a Chinese version of Mobile Suit Double Zeta Gundam. This is not professionally done or anything but the amount of creativity and love required to make this video goes beyond anything I could imagine. Anyone can just post a picture or a video of a knock-off they found at a store but no this is something else. A song was written and sung to describe the greatness of Robot King. I have to say this toy will now be hugely popular and everyone will want Robot King. Mike Toole is one of the great pillars of anime fan community. If this is any indication of his talent, I encourage everyone to go to his panels at conventions (Dubs that Time Forgot is one but there are many others that are different at every convention) but also read The Mike Toole Show. ROBOT KING!
My favorite request is a tie between two projects, both commissioned from the same two people. John and Kristina happen to be married geeks of varying flavors and are good friends. Almost two years ago, they spawned baby geek Brigid, which is where the project requests come in. During the pregnancy, they came up to me and asked me to make a set of knitted dice. Not just some six-siders but the standard RPG pack, D4 through D20. Hey, if you want your kid to be dorky, you have to start them out young. It was a fun and challenging project to work on because of the fact that I was unable to find any real patterns for knitted dice. Having to find the correct shapes and putting everything in the correct order was the biggest hurdle to jump but I felt like they came out really well.
The second project was commissioned after Brigid was born. Kristina found a squid hat she wanted Brigid to wear. The hat was really cute and the fun but difficult to construct for a few reasons, not the least was the differing limbs of the squid that needed to be crafted. The other challenge was to make it in two different sizes so that Brigid had something to grow into. Differing sizes required that I expand the pattern and still maintain all the ratios and sizing. That may sound easy but can be tricky. The work was worth it though because it looked like some cthulhu-esque monster was trying to eat baby geeks head when she wore it.
The point I am making for all you knitting geeks is simple. Make sure you open your hoppy up to other people. It may make a lot more work for you and you have to be a bit adventurous, but in the end, your reward will be more skill and some awfully geeky projects to share.
It didn’t occur to me when I started to knitting back in college how much yarn would take over
my life. Of course it didn’t happen all at once, it started off slow. At first, I would only buy yarn for
projects that I would be working on currently. And then it went downhill from there. Two things started to happen: 1) I started to buy yarn that I just thought look cool or interesting, 2) I would get yarn as gifts or as a way for people to get rid of yarn because they had too much yarn and wanted to get rid of some of it.
At this point I have a big plastic bin of yarn and I have no idea what to do with it. The yarn itself
is of many different colors and kinds. The bin sits right by me as I sit on my computer, so I’m always in constant reminder of how much yarn I have. This being said, if I’m out with friends and we pass by a yarn shop, I have the urge to go in. Plus don’t even get me started on Etsy.com. Etsy makes it so much easier for me shop for yarn and not move anywhere.
Every time I walk into a shop or look around Etsy, several thoughts go through my head. The
first thing is that always passes though my head is “what are you doing? You know that you have so much yarn. “ The second thought is a voice yelling at me saying that I have too much yarn and I shouldn’t buy anymore. The last thought is always something along the lines of I don’t have this other pretty yarn that I could have a lot of fun with. And it’s so pretty and I bet it’s soft too.
I know there are other people that do crafts that also have the same problem. I know its
borderline hording but something that I have fun with and it’s nice to have different projects. Even when I’m working on a project, I’m always looking at what to do next. There is always something else to knit. Always.