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Gotta crochet ’em all

Gotta crochet ’em all

Cierra

Gotta crochet ’em all
September 05
22:07 2016

If you live in the Denton area, you may have been finding crochet Pokémon-themed souvenirs at a few local PokeStops lately.

Azure Klein, a devoted Pokémon lover since its release in 1998 and crocheter since last year, has been one of many crafters leaving her crocheted Pokéballs for Dentonites to find on their Pokémon hunts.

Her interest in creating the Pokéballs was sparked by Nichole Dunnigan of Nichole’s Nerdy Knot, who was one of the first people in the area to leave various Pokémon-themed items at Pokéstops.

“It’s just something I do while at work to keep my hands busy,” Klein said. “Because I’m literally crocheting for 8 hours a day, this leads to a lot of completed projects. I literally just make way more than I need, so when Pokémon GO! came out, I realized I found my answer — I can just make pokéballs and either hand them to random people or just drop them off at PokéStops to see what happens.”

Pokémon GO!, an augmented, reality-based game, was initially released in early July and garnered up a following quickly. Die-hard fans from all over the world took advantage of the free-to-play game’s interactive atmosphere.

According to Klein, the Pokéballs are easy to crochet, even for beginners.

Klein has mostly worked anonymously, but she occasionally posts her work to the Pokémon GO!: Denton Facebook group. She would rather have the work enjoyed for its own purpose.

“I’ve been following Azure’s posts and I find it really adorable that she’s doing this,” Pokémon GO!: Denton Facebook member Johanna McDaniel said. “I crochet myself, but it’s hard for me to find time while chasing my kiddos around.”

The Pokémon GO!: Denton Facebook group was started by Brooklyn Taaffe the same day that the game dropped. The central idea of the group is to hold events and activities that Pokémon lovers can partake in.

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These Pokéballs were hand made by avid Pokemon lover Azure Klein. She said she makes them for about eight hours a day and has left them at Pokestops throughout Denton. Cierra Edmondson

While some may say that the game is dying out, those in Denton who have been longtime fans and continue to play the game say that the Pokémon community is still strong.

“I’ve been a fan of Pokémon my whole life,” Taaffe said. “I remember playing it when I was five or six and actually learning words from it. It’s pretty much always been a part of my development.”

Although Taaffe has not found one of the creations herself, she said it has been interesting to see everyone’s take on the crocheted crafts on the Facebook group.

“I think they are so cute,” Taaffe said. “It’s starting to go all over DFW, but I’ve just really enjoyed seeing people freaking out about them.”

Other crocheters, besides Klein, are also leaving souvenirs around for players to find as well.

“I didn’t start [leaving the Pokéballs] until several people, literally over 10, started tagging me in news articles about a girl dropping off Pokémon at Pokéstops and hiding them for kids,” Klein said.  “I looked into her further, and [found out] she designs the patterns herself and releases them into the wild for free.”

Although there are others who leave the crocheted Pokémon, Klein said the whole idea is for the benefit of the people playing the game.

Klein has completed somewhere close to 50 Pokémon themed items. These items include key chains, Pokémon, pokéballs and even Pokémon-themed hats, all crocheted and either left at PokéStops, or given to friends or family. So far, she has made one Pikachu and about 30 Magikarp.

Because Klein works a full-time job, she creates and distributes the Pokémon as a hobby. However, she would love to make them as a side job.

Until that happens, gamers will continue to have a good chance of running into a crocheted masterpiece while catching Pokémon.

“I’m sure there’s some word of mouth out there, but I don’t like to leave tags with my name on them or anything,” Klein said. “I’m not a big fan of spotlight, so I’d rather have the work enjoyed for its own sake.”

Featured Image: These Pokéballs were hand made by avid Pokemon lover Azure Klein. She said she makes them for about eight hours a day and has left them at Pokestops throughout Denton. Cierra Edmondson

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  1. spazure
    spazure September 06, 17:21

    Nichole Dunnigan of Nichole’s Nerdy Knots is the woman who created the pattern for the magikarp, the first one to leave pokemon at stops (that I know of, at least. I only did pokeballs before I heard of her, never pokemon.)

    Just wanted to give Nichole credit as well, as I’m sure her friends and family will stumble upon this article. 😀

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