Nerd of the Week

Meet Heather, a Crochet Nerd

Interview by Terra Olsen

What are you nerdy for?

I’m nerdy for lots of things, including books and movies. At the moment, I’m especially nerdy for crafts! Specifically, crocheting geeky hats.


How did you discover nerdy crochet?

My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was in gradeschool. I’ve maintained it as a hobby over the years, and was inspired by the video game “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” to create my own horned helmet out of yarn. I made one for my husband, and then for my son, and then added them to my Etsy shop.

Skyrim Hat

Skyrim Hat

What about Skyrim sparked the nerd in you?

The game is amazingly immersive. I love the scenery, the questlines, the gameplay, the characters, and the music. All of these elements are combined so artfully, and it’s a beautiful and completely engaging game.

Where do you want to take your nerdy crochet in the future?

I’m always working on little projects. I love that I can take my projects with me anywhere, because all I need is a crochet hook and a skein of yarn. I don’t have a long-term plan for my craft. It’s a fantastic hobby that allows me to follow whatever whimsy catches my imagination. I’m enjoying making helmets and little Princess Leia hats for babies — buns and all.


Any advice for others interested in exploring nerdy crafts?

Just have fun, and do what you enjoy. Try new things, and know that nobody creates a perfect product on the first try.


Heather Weaver is a nerdy mom who enjoys making things, including web sites, funky hats, chainmaille, and music. She has a master’s degree in environmental science, and lives in a quiet corner of Colorado with her husband and three children. Check out her blog, GeekMomMashup, her webpage, and her store! You can also follow her on Twitter  and join her community, G33kGirRlz.
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