In a little over a month, Pokémon Go has already proven itself to be more than just a fun way to pass the summer. It's brought awareness to global issues, motivated good deeds, and inspired creative expression.
One such example of Pokémon-inspired creativity is #CrochetGo, a project started by a crafty mom of two in Texas who goes by Knotty Nichole on Instagram. She's been creating adorable crocheted versions of Pokémon and leaving them at PokéStops for people to find and keep while they're out and about playing the game.
If you'd love to catch one of these cuties for yourself but don't live in Texas, have no fear. Nichole has made the designs available for free online, so you can make them yourself.
She's also encouraged other crafters to expand the project to their own neighborhoods, so even if you're not especially skilled with hooks and yarn, there's a chance you'll find one. Check the #crochetgo tag on Instagram to see if someone in your area is participating.
Here's one in Tennessee:
And another in the Happiest Place on Earth:
While Nichole's creations are definitely bringing joy to other people, the project has also had a positive impact on her. She told local news that it has helped with her social anxiety. "After being untreated for so long, I kind of forgot how to interact with people," she said.
To learn more about the project and Nichole's designs, be sure to visit her Facebook page.
(H/T: Bored Panda)