Monday, March 22, 2010

Need a Hug?

I have officially gone off the deep end and become a batty old lady. Instead of knitting useful objects, like hats and sweaters, I spent the weekend watching C-SPAN and making affectionate monsters.

It won't be long until I'm lining up Beanie Babies along the headrests in the back of my car.

I'd been eyeing this pattern since Hannah Kaminsky's Valentine's post. It's available at MochiMochi Land (along with an anthropomorphized campfire and this teeny tiny vacuum cleaner). At first I was intimidated by all the sewing, stuffing, and i-cord, but I made it through with the help of some online tutorials, and picked up some new skills. You want me to backstitch eyelids for you? No problem.

This was a quick, compelling knit—once the body was finished, the hair, horns, arms, legs were so quick and so fun that I couldn't put my needles down. These things are addicting, and I think I've caught the bug. I sense the future holds more cute but useless yarn creations...

13 comments:

  1. ahhhh! so cute! love that campfire and vacuum too. i've made monsters before- but with a sewing machine. they're a lot bigger and can act as travel pillows. :)

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  2. Awww, this came out so adorable! I'm really glad you went and got the pattern- I just love MochiMochi Land designs. I can't wait for the book to come out (not too long now... June is the release month)!

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  3. That is the cutest thing ever!

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  4. I could backstitch the eyelids, but the rest? I wish. I'm jealous of your talent! And it's spring — you can put off the hats until next winter.

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  5. I love your color combinations! I whipped up one of these little guys for my bf for valentines day. They are just so sweet and cuddly :) http://theradioactivegan.blogspot.com/2010/02/sometimes-you-just-love-someone-too.html

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  6. Oh, so adorable! You're so talented, I'm really impressed:)

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  7. Those are fiercely, fiendishly cute (they are monsters, after all!). and they put me in mind of some of the critters in Where the Wild Things Are. Nothing that is that fun to make or makes this many people smile could possibly be a "useless thing." :-)

    LOL about the batty-old-lady-with-Beanie-Babies-lineup! You have your own style, though, so maybe your behind-the-headrests lineup will be a row of your affectionate monsters instead! (Even that wouldn't qualify you, because you're not officially a batty old lady till you have 32 cats). ;-)

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  8. If I knew how to knit this is exactly the kind of thing I would make! I love it! My house would be full of them, I'd just have to try to convince my dogs not to tear them to shreds.

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  9. This is too precious! I always could use a hug :).

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  10. The cuteness is blinding me, I love these!

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