My daughter has been busy – she has uploaded this pattern onto Ravelry for me.
I have to admit this is my favorite pattern of all the patterns we have written.
I know there are lots of sock monkey patterns out there in the cyberworld but what makes mine different is that there is a pocket in the front for treasures and the hands and feet have snaps.
I love the mini monk done up in leftover scraps of sock yarn – each one is a little reminder of a sock I knit up a long time ago.
But now I am running out of leftovers and I am eyeballing sock yarn that is still in the skein and I have to tell myself knit a sock first and then you can knit a monkey pal.
Monkeys are hanging from my lamp in the knitting room and tumbling from the shelves .
I have gone BANANAS over monkeys they are in every corner of the house.
I can’t stop….. they make me smile.
They are fast and easy to make. Start to finish one takes me about 6 hours or 2 evenings of watching the tv.
A few years back I dreaded sewing my knits together. I would do anything to avoid a seam. I only wanted to knit things that were in the round. Knitting toys has changed that for me. Sometimes I will knit a toy in the round but I actually have a bit more control when I sew them up afterwards. It allows me to play with the parts and position each thing just so.
I am finding myself slowing down and enjoying the sewing and talking to the animals as I finish them. When I am sewing the personality of each toy comes out. The monkey might tell me his name while I attach his smile. Or giggle and tell me a funny joke as I search through my button jar to find the right set of eyes. As I push and pull at the fabric while needle sculpting the ears I can whisper good wishes and hopes for the kids I donate these toys too.
My toys are teaching me to enjoy finishing and this week I am going to go to the library and see if I can’t borrow a book of finishing techniques to learn more.