Interview With The Geeky Hooker

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Health care professional by day, crochet ninja by night! If it’s fun and interesting to her, she’ll try to make it out of yarn!
That is THE GEEKY HOOKER.
She’s become a Twitter sensation, especially at the San Diego Comic-Con when she does her ‘Critter Drops’ all around the convention center.  We’ve been following her for years, trying to chase down one of her adorable creations.
Now she’s been kind enough to tackle our DorkUp Questions.  Check out the interview below along with photos of her insanely cute critters!

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Where are you from?  How long have you been crocheting?
Houston, TX. I’ve been crocheting for six years!

Growing up, what did you geek out on? What comics, tv shows, movies, characters were you into?
I grew up watching the Batman animated series, X-Men, Animaniacs…LOTS of cheezy 80’s and 90’s cartoons and TV shows. Captain Planet, Power Rangers, the Tim Burton’s Batman movies, all of the awesome stuff. I also used to geek out over reading Goosebumps and then “upgraded” to Fear Street even when I KNEW those books followed the same formula EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I also geeked out over classic NES games and still do today! Nothing like some good 8-bit fun.
What are you geeking out on now?
I think a better question is what am I NOT geeking out over? It’s a beautiful time for geeks everywhere because there’s SO MUCH to geek out over right now. Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey (I’m mourning its end), Better Call Saul, Walking Dead, Star Wars the Force Awakens…that’s just the tip of the iceberg in addition to the crazy buffet of geekery that Marvel’s been cranking out. I also had a Skyrim habit a few years back, but I’ve been a few years clean from that addiction.
When did you start crocheting the Geeky Critters?
I started crocheting them pretty much as soon as I started crocheting! I wanted to learn to crochet after I saw a photo of an awesome little crocheted ninja from the book “Creepy Cute,’ learned to make a few basic items first, and took off from there.

Every year at the San Diego Comic-Con, fans eagerly watch your Twitter account waiting for a Critter Drop. You essentially drop one of your latest geeky creations for someone to find and adopt. These are excitedly hunted every year.  What made you decide to start doing these Critter Drops?
I was still learning to crochet, and I made some lumpy little superheroes and I didn’t feel like keeping them around. Cue a perfectly timed trip to San Diego Comic-Con (my first year!), lots of inspiration from an Atlanta-based street artist called Catlanta, and the next thing I know I’m leaving them behind around San Diego for people to find. I went in thinking it could either be fun or it could be one of the stupidest things that I’ve done if they all went missing. Thankfully it ended up being incredibly fun and I just kept up with the drops every year after that!
Besides the San Diego Comic-Con, are there other conventions you attend and do your Critter Drops?
I’ve done drops at New York Comic Con and Comicpalooza here in Houston! I’ve been to plenty of other conventions, but I don’t bring critters to all of them.

How many Critters do you drop at each convention?
For San Diego Comic-Con I try to bring 10-15 of them for the entire duration of the convention. Otherwise I just bring however many I have time to make!

Do you do Critter Drops at other times besides conventions?
I used to do some drops around town here in Houston, but I never heard back on them so I stopped. I recently dropped some on a vacation to San Francisco and that caught the attention of the local news! I’d love to do more drops on my travels if I can get the vacation time for it!
When you drop your Critters, they’re usually accompanied with a note asking the lucky new owner to contact you.  Where are some of the people from who end up with your Critters? 
The majority of them seem to be in the LA area, but I’ve got a map of where my critters go and they’re scattered all over the US! For international critters, I’ve got one in Canada, one in Mexico, another one in Italy, and one in Taiwan. I’m slowly taking over the world, man.

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How do you decide which Critters to make?
Part of it is just a matter of whatever I feel like making, and the other part of it is making an honest assessment of how much time it would take to make a particular character. The fact is that there’s still a chance that my little critters could go missing, so I try to be realistic and not make anything TOO time-consuming. But sometimes I get carried away and make something more elaborate anyway!

How long does the average Critter take to crochet?
I usually spread it out over the course of a few days, but actual crafting time is about 3-4 hours, depending on if it’s something I’ve made before or not. Tiny details will always take longer, but I feel like it’s the little details that can make or break whether or not someone can immediately recognize a character that I make.
Do you sell your Critters? Or the patterns?
Nope! I don’t sell my critters or patterns, but I wouldn’t mind selling patterns at some point. For now I’m having fun on my own terms. 🙂

How has your life changed since the creation of the website, and your popularity on Twitter?
It hasn’t changed much in real life so to speak (and I like it that way!), but online the extra attention gets kind of crazy as Comic-Con rolls around! I’ve gotten some international attention too, apparently my critters were pretty popular in Germany? That just blows my mind. I know it’s just extra blips on my social media accounts, but there’s actual human beings behind those blips and it’s pretty awesome to get such a wide-reaching reaction to my goofy little hobby. My world gets a little smaller each year thanks to the internet.

Where can we find your Critters next?
San Diego Comic-Con! I’ll be back again this year with critters in tow!

Can you give us a hint as to who we might expect to see at this year’s Comic Con?
All I can tell you is to keep up with the geek-movie news and you’ll see some familiar faces!

You’ve been very generous with your time!
Thank you for this interview, and we look forward to seeing your next creations!

Be sure to check out The Geeky Hooker’s website: https://geekyhooker.wordpress.com/about/

And follow her on Facebook & Twitter to watch out for those Critter Drops!
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