Crochet monkey see, monkey do

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I haven't crocheted for a very long time.

A very long time.

I gave it up because I wanted to learn how to knit. You know, because you either knit or you crochet.

I hadn't realised that the two weren't mutually exclusive. You can crochet and knit. I know, gasp.

Turns out, it is pretty easy to pick up again. I made this monkey for my friend's baby's first birthday. They call him monkey, and I wanted to give him something hand-made and special.

The pattern is from Crocheted Wild Animals by Vanessa Mooncie. 

He's quite a sweet monkey, and definitely one of the nicer patterns out there. I looked through loads before choosing this one and ordering the book from the library. He's got long legs and arms, and a windy spiral tail. I particularly like his ears, and the way the front of his snout looks like an oooo.

All wrapped up with ribbons!

I don't think people realise how much effort and love go into handmade gifts. Supplies - especially yarn - costs an awful lot, and then you have to make each and every stitch by hand. By hand. It takes a lot of time.

That's why I rarely give handmade gifts. First birthdays are special, though. You should have something extra special for your very first birthday. It kinda sets a precedent for all of the amazing birthdays to come.

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  1. Your monkey is adorable. Great job. I agree with you about giving handmade gifts. A lot of people do not realize what it actually costs to make these wonderful handmade presents.

    1. Thanks Mary! I think the nice thing is that when you receive a handmade gift, you know exactly what went into it :) x

  2. hi Stacey!

    It was very beautiful !!!



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