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Monster Lump for Isabel

I just finished a small knitting project. I hate to admit how long I took to finish it, since it could easily have been completed in part of a day.

Nonetheless, I’m delighted with the result. Just look:

The pattern I used is a free one from Rebecca Danger (who makes many knitted “monster” patterns, she’s wonderful). This design is called “Monster Chunks.” The Free Pattern is here.

(I made the face very different than Rebecca did – less Japanese, more kid/stuffed animal. I got the idea for the tuft of hair from my friends at Sticks & Strings, a yarn shop in Old Town Lansing. Love it. Makes the monster look a little like a pinkish tomato, though… don’t you think?)

But do yourself a favor… check out this wonderful, charming, happy video called Monsters on Parade. One knitter, Sara Roth, knit a litter of little Monster Chunks and made them into a stop-action animated Happy Birthday video for her child. I’ve watched it several times, even though I’m generally not a fan of videos.

Rebecca suggests sweater-weight yarns for these. I have lots of sockyarn leftovers and am rather fond of tiny knitted things, so this one was knit in fingering weight/sockyarn on size 2.5mm/2US needles.

The only thing that caused a problem with the smaller gauge was stuffing the feet. My fingers were too big, so I used a drinking straw to push the polyfill into the toes. No harm done, and absolutely ADORABLE!

The last precious day I had with Isabel was before her April birthday. She saw the Monster Chunk pattern and insisted I cast on RIGHT NOW.

It’s now June, but I have a finished monster ready for her, whenever I get another precious day. She is such a fine little person (aged 7) that there is a waiting list for her days off! I do think she’ll enjoy a birthday spread out over a month or so. More presents is always a good thing!

10 Responses to “Monster Lump for Isabel”

  1. Irene Blanchard Says:

    Hi Lynn!

    I’m happy that you put the monster in  your hand so we could see the scale – the first photo it could have been any size!  What a riot!  I love the monster, and I will actually check out the stop-action video as well.

    Thank you for this cheerfulness today.  Feels good!

    X  O          Irene

  2. Ottergal Says:

    It’s so CUTE!!! I often use chopsticks for stuffing tiny things, too.

  3. kathy b Says:

    I must ask if Grace inspired you with all her monster knit ups in May

  4. Trish Says:

    adorable, and I loved the video. That took some patience! Well worth the effort though! 

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I didn’t see Grace’s until you mentioned hers, then I went and checked them out. She had some fun!

    Really, I don’t remember how I heard of the little chunk guys, but I did go to Rebecca’s blog where I saw the video, and fell in love. Took me a while to actually knit one, though!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I had a rather firm straw sitting on the table when I needed a tool, so it was the fastest choice. We have plenty of chopsticks, as well.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    My pleasure.

    Yes, I thought since so many other folks are making chunks just smaller than a softball, I figured I needed one photo of its diminutive size.

    x o yourself!

  8. Emily Says:

    this is ridiculously CUTE!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, isn’t that video worth the time? Just adorable.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I’m still waiting to give it to her, but I’m delighted with the result. Would love to make more little fun things, but work beckons when I have time to knit. The odd part of being a professional in the knitting industry is that you’re often knitting samples instead of what you wish you might knit… It’s a high-class problem, though.

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