Crocheting a love of video games, anime

Nikki, a nursing student, crochets cool little geek dolls in her spare time. She doesn't sell them, but she does explain how to make them.

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Blue Knight from Castle Crashers
The Blue Knight from Castle Crashers. Fullmetalpiglet/Facebook

Nikki is into crochet. She's also into anime and video games like Final Fantasy XII, Halo, and BioShock. Not one to lead a segmented life, she weaves her geeky and craftsy interests together, and makes crocheted dolls of video game, anime, and manga characters.

Totoro, Sackboy, and the knights from Castle Crashers have never been so cute.

Nikki--a nursing student who goes by the Facebook handle "Fullmetalpiglet," a takeoff on the manga series "Fullmetal Alchemist"--doesn't sell her dolls, but she does explain how to make them in detailed online video tutorials for crafting Pikachu, Mario, Inuyasha, Naruto, and Yuki from Vampire Knight, to name a few.

She provides patterns on her Web site, too, as well as all kinds of helpful tips (don't know where to buy darning needles, crochet hooks, or just the right shiny Sackboy button eyes? She's got you covered).

As you may have noticed from our coverage of stories like the Nintendo sweater , comic book sofa cushions , and wallets from game cartridges , we love geeky handicrafts here at Crave and were happy when Nikki wrote in to tell us about her artsy-nerdy pursuits. Watch one of her tutorials below.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.


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