Monkey Madness!

June 15, 2009

I made my first monkey in February. He came in a “sock monkey kit”and my son named him Max.

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Max was the beginning of a hobby/obsession.

Since then I made Dora and Trixie for my girls:

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Lu Lu was a baby gift:

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Wanda and Rocko were made for my niece and nephew:

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And Cordelia and Penelope were birthday presents for 2 more nieces:

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You can bet there will be many more monkeys to come! They’re just so fun to make! Plus, who could resist that monkey face?

What? You want to know how to make one?

Well, the monkey kit instructions are long gone, probably in a pile of papers on my craft table, who knows?

However, I found that  www.youtube.comhas some awesome how to videos. The crafter’s name is Amanda Claire on behalf of Expert Village. No, I don’t know her personally, but I feel like I should really give credit where credit is due if I’m going to post links to her videos on my blog.

 There are quite of few steps, it’s really not too difficult to figure out but if you’re anything like me it really helps to be shown how to do something rather than read about how to do something.

I’ve tried to put them in order but it’s not rocket science, you can mix it up a bit.

Guide to Making a Sock Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXsj17uUwFM&feature=channel

Video #1. The Anatomy of a Sock Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kf_1V0pHyM&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=11

Video #2. How to Make Leg Cuts on Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxpNWr2B4sE&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=0

Video #3. How to Cut a Snout on Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0OC4BESi3U&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=2

Video #4. How to Cut Out Monkey Arms:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiL9b6Zd2Vc&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=1

Video #5: How to Cut Out Monkey Tail:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN-fyHgZ0Xw&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=7

Video #6. How to Cut Out Monkey Ears:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smtzl-H7dvI&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=4

Video #7. How to Stitch Legs on Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDw_dXnNij0&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=10

Video #8. How to Turn the Monkey Inside Out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFU7ZideNUA

Video #9. How to Stitch Monkey Arms:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8717V-kv1fE&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=12

Video #10. How to Sew the Monkey’s Body:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Evtw6i53R4&feature=related

Video #11. How to Attatch Monkey Snout:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzkJSgb-ZAc&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=16

Video #12. The Whipping Stitch for the Monkey Snout:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbK52_V1kEk&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=9

Video #13.  How to Sew on Monkey Ears:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rc6_VKYf9U&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=18

Video #14. How to Make Monkey Eyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krtfnYaRhBw

Video #15. How to Name your Sock Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0zuVDY7gLE&feature=PlayList&p=BB3CAF466C388845&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=54

Video #16. How to Stuff the Monkey’s Body:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crmhmhYv8UY&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=8

Video #17. Limb Placement of a Sock Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo4pVz1YUyI

Video #18. How to Attatch Arms and Tail:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-Cs8Yh0I1A&feature=PlayList&p=5F7DC3501D68125E&index=17

Video #19. Finish Stuffing your Sock Monkey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouKBM1JpWbQ&feature=PlayList&p=E76561F63741EFAC&index=3

#20. Sock Monkey Accessories:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1KZy_Mif5E&feature=PlayList&p=E76561F63741EFAC&index=16

So there you have it! Happy Monkey Making! 🙂

yarn and such

April 29, 2009

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When I was 13 years old my sweet grandma taught me how to crochet. I didn’t have much of an interest in it until my mother in law reintroduced me to the craft while I was on bed rest with my first baby. My little princess was welcomed to the world with a plethora of blankets and booties and hats!

That baby is now 7 years old! But, she still likes to cuddle with those baby blankets! Shh…don’t tell!

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The granny square afgahn is still my very favorite! It’s simple and fun to make and there are so many possibilities with what you can do with a granny square. There are all different types of yarn and all different colors and textures to use.
You can use one color and make one solid granny square blanket. You can alternate colors. You can make many small granny squares and sew them together, like the one my princess is cuddling with in the photo above. The possibilities are endless!
After 8 years of making these I don’t have a pattern but I found this tutorial that explains it perfectly.
http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/granny_square.htm
Also, http://www.youtube.com/ has lots of how to videos and crochet patterns. There are lots of different granny square patterns, I like the traditional one myself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11Wh7IOT9BI
What I usually like to do is start a granny square and just keep going.
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This is the blanket I made for my youngest when she was a baby. She calls it her “Luv it”.
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I love the purple and green together! My sweet little niece is pretty cute too!
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Right now I’m working on a “scrap blanket”. I’m saving my scraps and squares. Hopefully in the near future I’ll have a photo of  a completed granny square afgahn.
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Sharing projects

March 16, 2009

Even if I’m the only one that reads my posts I was thinking it would be fun to share some of my projects!
Here are some cards I made:

daisy and dots!

 

Bun in the oven!

Bun in the oven!

Get Well with Riley!

Get Well with Riley!

If friends were flowers, I'd pick you!

 Hey pumpkin!

 Welcome to the world!

 Happy Father's Day!

 Spooky little tooties!

 All aboard the Birthday Train!

 Baby Boy Blue!

 Birthday Buttons!

Random and silly!

March 16, 2009

Hi I’m Britt. Since I already have a blog for my cute little family I’ve decided to start this one for me.  I can assure you it will be random and silly, but hey, that’s who I am! 🙂

Hello world!

March 15, 2009

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