Saturday, 29 August 2009

Monkee See, Monkee Do!

That phrase sums me up craftwise, I see something crafty and I want to do it!

For a while now I've been admiring a couple of my blog buddies knitting projects: Marie with her snuggly toys, hats, wrist warmers etc and Jackie who basically can knit anything and everything! I've admired from afar as knitting ain't my thing, I've never been able to do anything except a basic knit stitch in a straight line and the whole P1, k2tog, turn thing quite frankly scared me (have you ever read a knitting pattern? Baffling stuff!).

However, that was until this monkee saw this on Marie's blog - this monkee needed to do! So, off to the library I go, Knitting for Dummies please Mr Librarian; pattern downloaded from Mrs Monkee Maker; practise on Emily's kids knitting needles and hideous pink wool; and off to Hobbycraft to buy needles, wool, stitch markers, darning needles etc...and off I go!

4 days, 2 very sore fingers, a few pleading emails to Marie and several expletives later, here he is:

Yay! I love my monkee! Well, only for a while as he's for Xander's birthday, but I'm quite proud of myself: I now know how to purl, increase a stitch, turn and all that other gobbledy gook! Go monkee!


Marie said...

Yey Monkee!! He's fab hun. I'm so glad you stuck with it and that you guys made up after your falling out earlier this week :)

Now. Need to get some use out of those knitting skills. Socks???


sarahlp1 said...

Oooh, i'm very impressed with your monkee, he's fab! I'm sure Xander will love and appreciate him too. I am hopeless at knitting.. perhaps something I could 'learn' to do properly for LSNED ;-)

Juicy3675 said...

yay you! My Nan taught me to knit years ago, sheep are my speciality and baby blankets its seems, everytime someone has a baby I get asked for a blanket and a sheep!! must take some photos and blog them next time, got one on the go at the minute. LOVE the monkey.. might have to swap patterns..sheep are