Crochet E.T. Costume
It is very rare for something in crochet to go viral to bring attention to the fabulous world of crochet but this E.T. has the airways buzzing and smiles of nostalgia hitting millions of people. Stephanie Pokorny, as featured in the video interview, is the mastermind for this costume that took her only 4 days to crochet.
Behind the scenes here at The Crochet Crowd, our Laura Jean did her nightly shares as usual and ran into this costume. She featured it and in the morning when I got up, I was gob-smacked on how many likes and comments there were. Even myself, I was floored with smiles and enthusiasm for crochet when I had seen this for the first time.
I was recently visiting a Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores in Akron, Ohio. Stephanie showed up holding this costume. I have to say, I totally flipped out. I was telling the head office staff that were on-hand that evening. “You have no idea how viral this is going to go online!”
I mentioned the pattern thing on the interview as many people were screaming for a pattern once they saw it. I don’t think one should be done and in reading her article, there are no plans to make this a pattern. She is completely right about respecting Copyright Laws involved with making a crochet licensed and trademarked character. For me personally, it’s a strong trait I respect in Stephanie to not do that. Many people being the scenes get on a trend and suddenly start charging for it. She has the same attitude that I do, “Make it because you love it, not because you want to sell it.”
Stephanie is a self proclaimed 80’s kid. I’m from the 80’s… I get it. Do you remember when you saw E.T. the movie for the first time. I was at drive in barely being able to see over the see of the car. It was a cool summer’s eve and when that baseball came out of the shed, I nearly lost my mind! Only to realize partially the way through, he would be a best friend I would want. I felt empathy and love for the creature. I would later get into the trend of collecting E.T. Collector Cards by buying packs of gum. I must have had 100 or so cards and a sore jaw from chewing so much gum!
I have never heard of Crochetverse before but it’s now on my radar. I am inspired to those in this industry that are here to inspire and share their passion. Not everything is free on the website and it shouldn’t be either. She has a strong passion and real bills to pay. So I admire how much is actually free with a fabulous cross mix of paid patterns too. She’s got the right idea of being balanced.
Stephanie has gone onto being featured at Huffington Post. Once I saw it there, I realized she had hit it big. We’ve never had anything on there from The Crochet Crowd. I’m not jealous but really super proud she has done the crochet world justice in bringing attention to our hobby. Also, she went onto being featured on Good Morning America and more.
The last time, that I recall, that something went massive into mainstream in crochet was the Shark by MJ’s Off the Hook Designs back a few years ago. They have something in common with each other. Both the Shark and E.T. have nolstagic feelings when we look at them. For the shark it’s Jaws the movie. For E.T. it’s the lovable best friend of Elliot. Being from the 80’s, we can relate and that’s what makes them special.