Etsy Crush of the Week- MiCrochets

I discovered Mike’s Etsy shop, MiCrochets when I did the post The Most Adorable Crocheted Video Game Characters. I fell in love with his shop and his creative way of making crocheted sackboy and sackgirl characters from Little Big Planet. Mike even does custom sackboys and sackgirls so you can conquer your not-so-secret desire of owning a sackboy or sackgirl version of yourself.

You already know which one is my favorite, I didn’t know David Tennant could get any cuter until I saw this Tenth Doctor sackboy! 

Girl Gone Geek Readers get 10% off  MiCrochets Etsy Shop with the code: GGGEEK

Doctor Who Tenth Doctor by MiCrochets 

Interview with Mike from MiCrochets:  

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How long have you been crocheting and how did you get into it?

Mike and his son

Mike: I am a large tattooed father of two boys. I have an attitude of “I can do that.”. When my youngest wanted a sackboy I checked around and Little Big Planet didn’t make one at the time so I thought “I can do that.”. It took me about a month to figure out how to crochet via the internet and off I went. First I did the tutor on youtube and my son was happy. Then it was daddy can you make me this and daddy can you make me that. Since I was self-taught and didn’t know how to read patterns I learned to create as I went along. So when my older son wanted his own sackboy I was ready to make my own design with working arms and legs (he wanted an action figure).

GGG: Tell us MiCrochets origin story?

M: One day while my son was playing at the park someone asked me if I sold the toy I was working on. I think I laughed. It wasn’t until I visited a yarn store that I realized I was good enough. The owner loved everything I had crocheted and would have taken them all if my son wasn’t there yelling these are mine! A week later someone approached me at the park again and asked if I sold on Etsy, I didn’t even know people sold hand-made online much less somewhere as cool as Etsy. I came up with the name MiCrochets by combining my name “Mike” with what I do “Crochets”.

GGG: How long on average does it take you to make a sackboy/sackgirl?

M: Depending on the difficulty 8-20 hours.

GGG: Do you have any funny crocheting stories?

M: Most local yarn shops are used to me now, but whenever I visit a new one I usually get looks like I am lost.

Dr. Horrible by MiCrochets

GGG: Are there any characters you haven’t made yet and can’t wait to create?

M: Death from the Sandman series, or Skeeve and friends from Robert Asprin’s Myth series.

GGG: Is there a personal favorite doll you’ve created that it was hard to part with when sold?

M: Almost all of them. I keep thinking I won’t be able to do it again but that’s just nerves.

GGG: Do you have any other geeky obsessions?

M: I play Magic the Gathering the card game at tournaments.

GGG: If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? (this deserted island has electricity)

M: LBP, Groo/Abarat, Titus (the Anthony Hopkins one), Wonderfalls

GGG: Where can we find you in the internets?

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Interview with Crafting Maven Lesley Karpiuk and Geek Soap Contest Winners

Lesley Karpiuk, the creator of Geek Soap and crotched Cthulhu goodies at The Pink Toque, was nice enough to take the time for an interview for Girl Gone Geek Blog. Read it below and find out her inspirations, geekiest thing she’s done, geek soap making process, her favorite video games, what she’d take on a deserted island and more!

Also a big congratulations to the three winners of the Geek Soap contest and thanks for everyone who entered! It was really tough for me and Lesley to decide on winners for each of the soaps there were so many great answers!

Winners:

Jesus won the Donkey Kong Barrel Soap! Here’s what he’s going to do with it: “If I won the DK barrels, I would use them as a mean for self-defense against guys in red shirts. Finally, after a long day of climbing ladders and rafters, I would retreat to my cave, and use my barrels to lather the stress away.”

V. Nerdy won the Hearthstone soap from World of Warcraft, here’s what they will do with it: “I would use the Hearthstone soap to unwittingly send myself back to Org mid-shower. Hilarity would ensue… including a flash-mob of whispers asking if I want some intimate RP action on the second floor of the Inn.”

Mister Z won the NES cartridge soap, here’s what he will do with it: “If I were to get the video game cartridge I would take it with me to PAX East when it comes back around and get it signed by the team behind Guild Wars 2. (They throw the best open bar/beta parties btw)”

Interview with Lesley Karpiuk:

Age: 31

Hometown: Greenwood, IN, but I’ve lived in Calgary, AB Canada for several years and am now back in Indiana.

How did you get into crafting:

I don’t know when, but I was young. I have been making things my entire life; as far back as I can remember. I must’ve had an active imagination as a child; I would make castles out of cardboard for my toys or draw backdrops for my friends’ Barbie playsets. I’ve always loved making things, and over the years I’ve tried it all at least once.

What made you want to take your crafting to the next level and start selling it?

When I first moved to Canada in 2006, I was unable to work. I had to wait on immigration for nearly a year before I was legal to work, and so I spent most of my days knitting or sewing. (in addition to A LOT of World of Warcraft, lol.) I started a craft blog during that time in 2006 as I was learning how to knit and sew, and I started making things that people were interested in purchasing. I decided that since I couldn’t get a proper job in Canada yet I would try to sell some of my handmade creations online. Etsy was barely a year old and most people didn’t know what it was yet, and I opened a store there. My husband also built me a store website and I began selling my wares online by the fall of 2006.  Continue reading →