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Friday, April 17, 2009

Thanks heavens for "law and order" marathons

That's how I was able to finish this little fella.

My coworker/friend and her husband are expecting a little one in a few more weeks, and they wanted the gender to be a surprise. (Though we all think it's a boy.) Their nursery set is a great mix of browns and greens and jungle motifs, so I figured they needed a little monkey. Perfect excuse to try out this delightful pattern.

extreme close-up

I spent a lot of time getting his expression just right -- pleasant but not too happy. I swear, that took me a half hour to achieve. We don't mess around with stuffed animals around here. And yes, I realize the eyes aren't baby friendly, but he can just be for decoration for a little while.

Like a certain stuffed hippo, we grew a little attached to this guy and may need to make a monkey of our own.

I also couldn't resist crocheting an afghan for the baby. I've seen some great finished blankies made from this pattern -- the combinations of stripes are endless.

I found a free shipping promotion code for JoAnn's, which was too good to resist in these tough economic times. I was intrigued by the new Naturally Caron Country yarn. I know some folks might turn their nose up at Caron, but it's a great acrylic/wool blend that feels a bit silky, like a bamboo. And the colors were perfect.

I was worried it was a little too '70s, but the couple seemed content with it.


Blogger SJ said...

That is the most adorable monkey! And the afghan looks great -- not '70s at all, if you ask me. (Now, if you'd done it in browns and oranges, that would've been a different story!)

4:49 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Such cute and lovely crochet projects! I've recently picked up the hook as well. I'm a very slow crochetista though.

10:46 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

that is one lucky baby! C still loves the crochet monkey that cathy made her :) so they are generally well loved.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute! His expression really is great. I hear you on the time that takes. i spent so long on the face of a bunny for my daughter and finally got it happy and not creepy.

12:42 AM  
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11:39 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

aww..nice toy. loved it.

cant wait to see the blankie !

9:17 PM  
Blogger Cait said...

I am obsessed with this little could just open a whole store of yarn creatures.

5:44 PM  
Blogger roseygirl said...

The Monkey is so Cute! I love it :)

1:43 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Nope, not too 70's; just 70's enough. Nicely done!

9:18 AM  

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