Is nerdiness “cool” now? As a self-confessed Gigantic Nerd, I couldn’t possibly say. However, I do know that on FaveCrafts.com, we’ve all got something we obsess over, and doesn’t that give us a sort of kinship with every comic book fan and video gamer? Maybe that’s why there are so many craft projects out there that pay tribute to some of the stranger and more fantastic franchises and hobbies. Today, we round up our five favorites, in no particular order.
1) Stuffed Daleks
For those who don’t know, Doctor Who is the incredibly long running (since 1963!) British TV series focusing on the adventurers of a charming rogue alien who travels through time and space in an obsolete police-box that is actually a time machine. Having trouble wrapping your head around that? Stay with me, because one of the title character’s most implacable and dangerous foes are the Daleks, evil xenophobic aliens that resemble nothing so much as giant pepper-grinders.
Of course, while no true Dalek would consent to hugs (their catchphrase, after all, is “EXTERMINATE) you can get around that by knitting these cute stuffed versions. Just make sure you get them right on the first try; Daleks aren’t known for being forgiving.
Doctor Who has an especially dedicated fanbase, as you’d expect from the Guinness World Record holder for Longest Running Science Fiction Television Show, and they’ve come up with a few variations on this project:
2) VHS Toaster
Our younger readers may strain to remember the days before DVDs. Back then, movies were recorded onto strips of magnetic tape, encased in plastic, and played on something called a VHS (believed to have stood for Victory Handholding Society.) These miraculous devices could also serve as a compartment for holding waffles, pizza, and pop tarts. It’s all true kids, ask your parents.
In the meantime, bring a slice of those days to the present with this neat project, which lets you turn an old VHS into a working toaster!
3) Keyboard Jewelry
4) Crochet Brain Slug
With technology getting replaced faster, and fixed less often, it’s not uncommon to have a few spare bits lying around. Keyboards are among the most common victims of this syndrome, but with this craft you can turn those old alphabet gardens into eye-catching jewelry. Plus, you can always be ready to esc. if things go badly.
Futurama is a critically acclaimed show that won its way back from cancellation through clever writing, A-list voice acting, and genuinely touching moments. At least that’s what the mind-controlling brain slugs want you to think. By means of this crafty crochet pattern there will soon be a Brain Slug in every yarn-buying household in the world. Then, the new era will begin…
5) Crochet Golden Snitch
What’s the easiest way to ensure victory for your Quddich team of choice? Sneak one of these crochet Golden Snitches into your seekers hand before the big match, and when he “catches” it you’re sure to have an edge over those pesky Gryffindors! The house cup will be ours! Mwa ha ha!
Do you have any secret nerdy leanings? Share your answer below!