You can knit this badass Wonder Woman shawl

I'm so-o-o tempted to take up knitting again, because that's the only way to get my hands on this badass Wonder Woman shawl. For those of you more in the practice of knitting, its designer, Carissa Browning*, has made the pattern available for free through Ravelry. When you go to that page, look at all the many variations people have made using the pattern! And, since you're going down the rabbit hole, go look at the RBG-inspired Dissent Cowl she made too.

She writes:

I tried to keep this pattern as simple as possible so it would be accessible to a wide range of knitters. However, some fairly basic short-rows were required to get the logo right. With that said, I think an advanced beginner, or even an adventurous newbie, could still handle it.

(*You might remember Carissa's name from her awesome Yip Yips Stockings.)

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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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Take off the chill of winter with this giant 'tube scarf'

Remember Spaghetti, the corn snake with that snazzy tube sweater?

Well, now you can mimic his look with this cozy "Chunky Mohair Tube Scarf" available at Bulgaria-based online hand-knitting store Dukyana for $280.

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