Windsor Resident Creating Pokemon: The Story Within The Needles

This is 24-year-old Tiffany Murphy. While juggling being a mother and being a nurse on midnights, she also happens to be the mysterious Windsor resident who leaves Pokemon all over the place. She usually strikes at night so that by morning, her hand-made, knitted Pokemon creations are discovered without her being anywhere in sight. Many have recognized her work but none have ever met her in person.

by Shelbey Hernandez
The Lance – News Editor

She sleeps until 3 p.m., preparing herself for midnights as a nurse. When she wakes up, she spends some time with her two-year-old son and her husband. Then, when dinner is through, she does the usual parent bedtime jobs which include bathing her son and tucking him into bed before she has to start her shift at Sunrise Senior Living. With a couple hours to spare before it is time to go, she gets comfortable on the couch, turns on the television and begins to knit the various body parts that will eventually become one complete Pokemon.

And as she walks outside into the cold and leaves her condensation-covered windows, she packs up some Pokemon she has already crocheted and hangs them in trees for other people to find and take home for free.

For 24-year-old Tiffany Murphy, knitting Pokemon is the most relaxed she ever is. In fact, knitting in general has been her go-to relaxation method since she was pregnant with her two-year-old son, Logan.

“I quit smoking when I was pregnant and I needed to keep my hands busy,” said Murphy. “It was a way to relax and not think about what’s going on and be creative. I’ve always been a crafty person. When I was little, I would always sit on the floor and for hours, just colour.”

The idea of the Pokemon though came about a couple months ago. She had seen posts on Facebook where people in Toronto were placing hand-knitted Pokemon across GTA for Pokemon Go users to find. Her husband, Matt, said Murphy should try that out and she agreed.

Each Pokemon she creates takes about six hours which is spread out throughout a three-day span. She will usually put about between two to five Pokemon each time she goes out and will take photos of them to post on Facebook later. These Facebook posts end up on the Windsor Pokemon Go page as clues to where the public can find her creations.

The response has been positive. Every time she posts her clues, people are excited, demanding answers for locations or requesting to purchase one instead.

But it’s not about the money for her. In fact, she hasn’t sold any of her Pokemon creations, partly because she just doesn’t have the time but also because she just has way too much fun.

“I’ve been enjoying it, putting them out,” Murphy laughed. “It’s been fun putting them out with Matt and my son and spending that time together and seeing who finds them and who they give it to. It’s kind of cool.”

On every Pokemon she creates, Murphy sews a tag that says, “You found ME! Please take me home where it’s warm and dry, please join pokemongowindsor on Facebook and share your catch!”

And her tags have been working quite well. Many people post their finds on Facebook. Although they are quite often adults who are nostalgic about their Pokemon upbringing, many are photos of children holding the Pokemon.

As a mom, seeing children with her creations is what makes her happiest.

“You get all these parents who want to buy them but that’s not what it is about for me,” said Murphy. “I just imagine an eight or nine-year-old going out and just finding one randomly, how happy they would be because it’s a treasure, it’s something they’ll remember. Even a few years later when the Pokemon scene isn’t even around, they will still have it and be able to say, ‘I was out with daddy when I found this,’ and they will always remember. ”

It may be some time before Murphy puts out anymore. For the sake of fun, she decided not to say exactly when she plans to put out more or which Pokemon she will be creating. However, it should be soon since she wants to be able to put some more out before her vacation that’s coming up.

After that, Murphy may be taking a break from the knitting, temporarily. So keep watching the Pokemon Go Windsor Facebook page because you never know when you will need to be ready to go out there and catch them all.

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This is the start of a Charmander, according to Tiffany Murphy. When creating her knitted Pokemon, she has to crochet each body part first and then knit them together. In her hand is the start of what will become Charmander’s head. Once all body parts are complete, parts will be stuffed.

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Here, she is placing her Jigglypuff creation on a branch at the Peace Fountain in Windsor. Normally, she does this at night so people won’t see her. However, for the sake of the photo, she was willing to do it during the day. Needless to say, that Jigglypuff was gone within two minutes.

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