We all have favourite comfort foods, but have you ever considered using any of those foods as a comfy pillow instead of a tasty treat? Would you rest your head on a slice of pizza, a taco or a piece of macaroni & cheese? Perhaps you’d rather cozy up to a peanut butter & jelly sandwich or a creamy eclair?

Canaveral Groves, FL-based fiber artist Natalie Quirk has a test kitchen where she knits and crochets these delightful Comfort Food Cushions. Her current menu includes Lunch, Dinner, Sides, Dessert and even a selection of Snacks. She also accepts commissions for custom off the menu items.

Check out Natalie’s Etsy shop ComfortFoodCushions for her entire selection of comfy handmade faux food.

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Ravelry contributor Anke Klempner used her creative knitting skills to realize something that we’ve long suspected: teapots look a lot like snails.

Anke designed an adorable teapot cozy that accentuates the teapot’s resemblance to a snail’s shell and adds a pair of eye stalks to complete the transformation. They really do look like cute snails, but with the added bonus that these charming mollusks won’t eat your garden plants.

Click here for the Snail Tea Cozy pattern and instructions.

[via Neatorama]

It’s no secret that the Geyser of Awesome loves a good sweater, particularly when they’re impressively ugly and/or being worn by cute animals. We’ve seen sweaters on Shetland ponies, cats, pugs, turtles, mini pigs, lambs and even snakes. There was also that unforgettably upsetting clown sweater worn by wilwheaton, but let’s try to stay on track.

Let’s talk about penguins, penguins that don’t just look cute in little sweaters, but who desperately need them to help recover from the potentially lethal affects of oil pollution. When their feathers become coated with oil, penguins lose their ability to keep warm. And when they try to preen their dirty feathers they end up ingesting the toxic oil. As a result oiled penguins frequently die from exposure and starvation. The Penguin Foundation at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria, Australia takes in oiled penguins and uses knitted sweaters to keep the birds warm and prevent them from preening until their feathers can be properly cleaned.

And you can help them.

If you’re a knitter you can download the penguin sweater pattern here and send in sweaters. But wait, if you aren’t a knitter but still want to help, you can support the foundation by clicking here to donate or adopt a penguin. Put a penguin in a sweater and you’ve not only made the world a cuter place, you’ve also helped save a penguin.

Click here to learn more about the Penguin Foundation and their awesomely good work.

[via Fashionably Geek]

Tokyo-based knitter Hiroko creates all sorts of lovely knitwear, which you can see on her Flickr stream or Ravelry page, but our favorite pieces are the awesome hats she makes for her adorable dog Cochi. Over the last few years Cochi has been dressed as medusa, a bunny, a cow, a tiger and more. But most recently Cochi was transformed into a magical Unicorn.

Words of wisdom by Elle Lothlorien via KnitHacker: “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.”

[via KnitHacker and KitCameo]

If you love plants, but don’t have a green thumb, perhaps you should try crochet or knitting instead of gardening. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is currently hosting an exhibition entitled Knit, Purl, Sow, for which textile artists created beautifully detailed stitched botanical specimens.

"The exhibit has been two years in the making and contains 21 works with 19 provided by artist Tatyana Yanishevsky, who studied biology at Brown University. The Rhode Island-based artist dissected flowers and studied their anatomy in textbooks and greenhouses before starting down her creative path.”

Knit, Purl, Sow will be on exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden though January 23, 2014.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Chelonian craft maven Katie Bradley (previously featured here) has added food-themed turtle and tortoise cozies to her MossyTortoise shop. If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that the world needs more turtles stoically plodding around looking like the cutest cheeseburgers, roast turkeys, and crabs that we’ve ever seen.

Visit Katie’s MossyTortoise shop to check out more of her completely awesome handmade creations.

[via Serious Eats]

This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.

The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.

"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”

[via Laughing Squid]

Awesome yarn-bombing artist Olek (previously featured here) has struck again, this time in San Francisco where she used her extraordinary crocheting skillz to completely covere the famous Doggie Diner heads in lots of colourful yarn.

John [Law] reports, “Olek wanted to work with a San Francisco icon. The Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t available this trip (the girl is AMBITIOUS so who knows…) but the second most iconic SF landmark(s) was!”

Photos by John Law, caretaker of the Doggie Diner heads.

Visit Laughing Squid to view more photos of the famous giant wiener dogs looking extra fabulous.