Make: an adorable crocheted AT-AT Walker

You can make your own perfectly adorable chibi crocheted AT-AT Walker with this $5.90 pattern from Polish textile artist Kamila Krawczyk, AKA Krawka. (via The Stars My Destination) Read the rest

Crocheted budgies, for a friend who loves birds but can't have one

“They are the pets of a friend of mine and he wanted to give them as a gift to someone who loved them but could not have their own budgies.” Read the rest

All I want (to make) for Christmas: Yip Yips stockings

OMG, these hand-crocheted Yip Yips stockings by Carissa Browning sure do make me smile. The big mouths of Sesame Street's Muppet martians are perfect for stuffing in holiday gifts (and later for storing toys, Browning suggests).

One catch: If you want these, you'll have to crochet or knit them yourself. Fortunately, Browning has provided patterns for them which can be downloaded for free from her Ravelry page.

The spaceship has landed, and any fan of late 20th century children’s public television will recognize these lovable aliens.

Crochet them or knit them, use them as holiday stockings, toy storage, kids’ laundry, whatever really!

You should also be prepared to play with ping pong balls and pipe cleaners, and do a little light sewing.

Yip yip uh-huh uh-huh

(Cool Mom Picks, Daily Crochet)

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Mom crochets badass glow-in-the-dark Slimer costume for her son

Crochetverse's Stephanie Pokorny is putting all us moms to shame with the crocheted Halloween costumes she's made for her six-year-old son Jack. Recently her all-yarn Predator costume made the rounds and now she's back with this glow-in-the-freaking-dark Slimer costume. (You may remember when Jack was two, she made an adorable E.T. costume for him.)

Here's a look at her son in the Predator costume:

And here he is in the Slimer costume:

Also, get this, she freehand crochets her costumes. That means she doesn't use a pattern. If you know anything about crocheting, you'll appreciate what an incredible feat this is.

See more of her creations here.

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A crocheted Venus of Willendorf

Discovered nearly 110 years ago by a workman on an archaeological dig in Lower Austria, the limestone Venus of Willendorf statuette is guessed to be have been created sometime between 28,000 and 25,000 BCE, aka the "Old Stone Age."

The sculpture now lives in Vienna at the city's Natural History Museum.

If you crochet, you can make your very own Willendorf Venus. Head to Trishagurumi for the free pattern.

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Don these slippers inspired by Marty McFly's self-lacing sneakers

You probably missed out when Nike auctioned off 89 modern-day replicas of Marty McFly's self-lacing sneakers, but that shouldn't stop you from having a pair. While they don't tie themselves, these handcrafted slippers inspired by Marty's futuristic Back to the Future II Air Mags should do the trick. Read the rest

Spaghetti the corn snake has a newly-crocheted tube sweater

By crocheting over a piece of PVC pipe, Redditor Rancor_Emperor's (aka Sean) sister was able to crochet up a purple sweater for her brother's corn snake, Spaghetti. She gifted the long tube to the pet reptile on Christmas.

The Dodo shares:

“She asked me how long he was, and I was like, ‘Well, he’s about 39 inches last time I measured him.’”

...When Sean first showed Spaghetti the sweater, he happily wriggled his way inside of it, according to Sean.

...“Right before he sticks his head out through the end, he kind of parks it in there and waits,” Sean said. “Then after a minute or two, he’ll poke his head out and he’ll sit there and look around for a while.”

Sean posted a photo of Spaghetti in the sweater on Reddit and it blew up, capturing over 152K upvotes.

Rescue Snake Gets Special Crocheted Sweater For Christmas

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Krampus season calls for this amazing horned head covering

Regina Weiss of the blog Morale Fiber upped her Krampus game this year with this amazing hand-crocheted hat. Even its horns are made of yarn.

She writes, "I designed this crazy crochet hat after the traditional European Christmas monster who accompanies Santa to scare anyone who isn't on the Nice list!"

Get the pattern for free on her site or support her efforts by grabbing the pdf version for $5.50 at her Etsy shop.

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These 'temperature blankets' show a whole year's worth of weather!

All you knitters or crocheters, this one's for you: temperature blankets

The basic idea is that, every single day for an entire year, you'll stitch up a new row (or square or circle or other shape). The color you choose is determined by the outside temperature. 

When I first came across one on Instagram, I thought it was something pregnant women did to kill time while waiting for baby to arrive. I thought these soon-to-be-moms were measuring their internal body temperature not the one outside. I can see now that I made it too complicated, and weird. To be fair, the crocheter of the one I saw had described it as her "daughter's temperature blanket."

Anyway, it's a super cool and simple idea. And it leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Most people start them at the beginning of the year, but you seem like a rebel to me. Start one today. Read the rest