Liara From Mass Effect 3

I’m not quite sure where to start this one; there’s no easy way to describe Mass Effect without playing it. As someone who has logged almost 300 hours of playtime for the series (judge me I don’t care it was worth it) I can tell you it takes place in the future where people fly around to different clusters within the galaxy and there’s aliens. I guess that’s all you need to know in order for this to make sense, but I STRONGLY suggest you just buy the games. The first two are probably $20 each now and you’ll get more satisfaction than you probably will from a month of World of Warcraft.

ANYWAY, there is a character named Liara who is an alien – an asari, actually. I recreated her in her Mass Effect 3 garb because there was something I really liked about the outfit. It’s weird, there’s is (what seems to be) a pretty high percentage of people who LOVE the asari, especially this character; I’m not one of those people. I don’t hate her, but if you’ve played the first game you’ll know what I mean when I say she’s naive, and her naivety enrages me in that game. You don’t really see much of her in Mass Effect 2, and by Mass Effect 3 you’ve formed relationships with so many awesome characters…by that point I just didn’t care about her anymore. The asari and their obnoxious omnipotence can eat dirt – compare them to the turians or the drell and they’re easily swept aside. If you’re me, I guess.

Liara Mass Effect 3

Yarn Liara

I made this up as I went and never wrote a pattern or really measured anything…it shows as her head is huge compared to the rest of her body; I wasn’t able to get her headcrest positioned correctly either. I think the proportions would look better if I had bigger eyes, but I bought a bag of 25 pairs and wasn’t about to buy more when I had that many laying around. Also, they are surprisingly difficult to find anyway.

Yarn Liara's uneven headcrests

Not sure who I’ll make next – my heart says Garrus, but I’m still burnt out with the headcrest so I don’t know if I want to tackle turian mandibles. Maybe Vega. I freaking love that guy. Or Blastos, because what the hell else am I going to do with the huge ball of pink yarn I have laying around?

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Games & Crafts: In Which I Realize The Two Main Parts Of My Life That I Have Been Keeping Separate Are In Fact The Same Thing

Sometimes I feel like I have two personalities. There Crafty Me, who…likes to do crafty things. (DURR) Then there’s kind-of-nerdy-slightly-pathetic me, who has played Mass Effect more than anyone I know combined, and almost cried the last time I went to the Magic Kingdom and they played the Mickey Mouse theme over the bus speakers. I really did view them as two personalities, that would rarely cross paths.

Additionally, as I mentioned a few posts ago, I’ve been making an effort to be more active in social media, and basically figure out how to make it work to my advantage. When I first got a Twitter account, I ignored it for years because I wasn’t quite sure what I was supposed to do with it. I figured it was because I wasn’t in high school and don’t have 30 close friends. NOPE, you can totally still use it if that isn’t you! I follow so many blogs, websites, and talented people on Twitter, and I know I wouldn’t see half of the awesome things I see online if I didn’t look at Twitter regularly.

This all came together earlier this week, when I saw a tweet from Holly Conrad (or possibly Jessica Merizan, everything starts to blend together on Twitter) mentioning that Crabcat Industries had a new show on the Nerdist YouTube channel about how they go about making their awesome creations.

WAIT WAIT, WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH VIDEO GAMES OR WHATEVER YOU SAID WHEN YOU CALLED YOURSELF PATHETIC?

I’m glad you asking, imaginary reader! Holly and Jessica were featured in Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope when they created some INSANELY AWESOME Mass Effect 2 costumes for the SDCC costume competition. The first time I saw the audition reel, I actually got chills, and cheered with everyone when Al-Jilani got decked on stage. I have put more hours into playing Mass Effect than probably any other game ever. I actually get yelled at for playing it so awesome because I’m apparently missing out on so much awesome stuff…whatever, I still have fun. So watching it all come to life was just…FUN. And now because of their “Try This At Home” series on Nerdist I get to see HOW THINGS HAPPEN? I’d say I’m tickled pink if it was such a pervy-sounding phrase.

A day later, I was browsing my Google Reader account, which I do about 50 times a day, and came across this post on Craftzine/Makezine. For some reason, it was an exciting and kind of bizarre moment – and that’s when I realized that these two iterations of myself I was trying to keep completely separate was, basically, all for naught. I couldn’t even think of a reason why I was trying to be two mes, instead of one crafty-nerdy-slightly-pathetic me. The combined version, which I suppose is “real me,” probably makes much better jokes anyway.

So, that was my strange revelation of the day/week/month/etc. On that note, I’ll be posting about the crocheted Liara I finished last week whenever I get around to taking decent photos of it. Then I’m sure I’ll be posting about my Halloween costume, which I’m super excited about, as well as the other 3 posts I have queued and half-finished.

Rocket flop corgi, AWAYYYYY