Adventures in Monster Knitting

I’ve knit more than a dozen monsters, but they still don’t always go quite right. Their expressions, the stuffing, limb position, it can all be subtly tricky. Some times they come out right, sometimes they come out wrong. And what’s more, what I think is right for my monsters might be totally wrong for someone else’s. So sometimes, things like this happen:

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Attack of the lumpy monsters!! This is a result of going too quickly while stuffing. I was in a rush and didn’t bother to place it correctly, or break it up into small tufts before putting it in. Once I saw the result, I couldn’t help but laugh. After taking everything out, breaking it down, and starting again, the result improved.

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This is what Rebecca Danger’s Gort the Gym Bag Monster is supposed to look like! It only took a try or two to get him right. I’m super proud of him, though! This is another one of the monsters from her Big Book of Monsters that I hadn’t tried yet, but I’m glad I did! He’s simple and sweet, and I love the stripes.

Does anyone else struggle to get the details right on toy knits?

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FO: Mystery Project

The identity of my mystery project can finally be revealed!

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Isn’t he sweet? My goal for June is to build up my sister’s monster collection a little. She is an elementary school teacher, and the monsters live on her bookshelves so that they can be checked out by students as reading buddies. When we were cleaning out her classroom after the last day of school, though, I noticed her collection was looking a little paltry! We’re beefing it up with a new stock of monster buddies. This is Cecil the Computer Monster from Rebecca Danger’s Big Book of Monsters. This is my first time with this pattern, and it came together pretty quickly. I did a purl ridge mouth instead of a pick up stitch mouth, because this yarn splits like crazy and picking up with it is a nightmare. I love how toy patterns come together right in front of you. An arm, an ear, a smile, and the next thing you know you’ve got a smiling little creation!

What do you think about toy knitting? Do you find it rewarding, or too finicky to bother?

FO: Easter Egg Socks

Uhmm… I don’t really know when these happened. Sometimes projects just appear on your needles when you’re not looking.

5ad28232c47a11e29c8b22000a9f18f4_7It seems that as a sock knitter I have two modes:¬†impatiently¬†slow and magically fast. This is the Dicey Sock pattern, in a manner of speaking. I didn’t want to knit it from the toe up, so I applied the dicey cables to the Yarn Harlot Vanilla Sock pattern, over 64 stitches. I’m very pleased with them. This yarn was my first attempt at hand dyeing a few years back, done with Easter Egg dye tablets in my postage stamp sized kitchen. It always seemed to loud to use for anything else, but socks can be as loud as they want and no one but me has to see them! I’m excited to get these socks both blocked and finished. Hopefully we’ll see a bit of sun again so that I can take better pictures of them!

Continuing on in my sock knitting phase, I have the Earl Grey pattern on my needles right now. I suppose I should say needle, since I’m attempting this pair using a single 9″ circular. It’s certainly an adjustment, but I’m hoping that it will help me get my ladders under control. Does anyone else have tips for dealing with ladders? I’d love to hear some thoughts on the matter.