I am going to attempt to document (or maybe showoff is a better term) a few of my favourite projects that I completed when I wasn’t blogging. First up, is my Knitting Olympics project, Mr. Foster from KnitPicks. My challenge to myself for this project was to finish the monkey and at least one piece of clothing during the Olympics. The timing was perfect as this was a present for Mathew’s birthday in early March. He had asked me to make him a knitted sock monkey (not a monkey sewn together out of socks) after seeing Mr. Foster in one of the KnitPicks Catalogues last summer.
This project was particularly challenging to me because I have a tendency not to finish stuffed animals. I do all the knitting but they sit around waiting to be stuffed, sewn together, and have their features embroidered on. I completely finished the monkey and his long underwear during the Olympic time frame, but the robe took a little longer. I came pretty close, and almost ended up hurting my hands in the final day trying to get the robe knit before the flame was extinguished. The finishing on the robe took another week, but everything was done in time for birthday gifting. The monkey was well received and after a few days of thought (and at my insistence that he needed a name), Mathew dubbed him Uncle Peter.