Stitches

Scandinavian Man Crochets Detailed Video Game Blanket

Kjetil Nordin, 31, of Denmark, channeled his love of video games into his other hobby: needlecraft. Originally from Norway, the computer programmer spent the last six years hand-crocheting a blanket depicting a scene from Super Mario 3.

The blanket measures about 7 feet 2 inches by 5 feet 10 inches. It took Nordin about 800 hours to recreate in yarn a screenshot from the popular classic Nintendo game. “The hardest thing has been to accept that it took such a long time,” he told Norwegian media outlet, NRK.

Nordin’s attention to detail delayed the painstaking project by about a week. He unraveled a portion of the blanket after realizing he’d chosen the wrong yarn color for the water. “[The yarn] was almost purple, and very ugly, so I had to undo all of it,” Nordin says.

Of course, the last six years haven’t been just about crochet. He also made time to win the Norwegian Sky Diving team championship twice, earn two university degrees and launch his programming career.