After the euphoria of my Harriet the Hippo, I couldn’t wait to cast on another little critter (especially as my son has absconded my Hippo). Say hello to the start of Jerry the Musical Monkey. I’m knitting him in a self striping sock wool, not because I want a stripey monkey, but because I want to make some character monkeys, and by using self striping yarn, I can then measure lengths for colour changes and not waste or run short of the colours I need. Where the pattern is written for a 10ply and will make a body about the size of your face, this little guy is squishy hand size. I am really enjoying Rebecca Dangers patterns, and think I may need to get my hands on her book. They really are perfectly lovely, cute and quick gifts for kids (and some grown ups I know.. hehe).
And while my puff knitting has slowed down, I have been playing with some lovely yarns that have been donated by lovely Ravelry people, and that I’ve traded for.
Madelinetosh Merino Lite (right) – Such pretty colours and an interesting texture, being a single it does tend to track when knitted. I really like it and would love to see it knitted into something larger.
Wollmeise Twin (left) – I was a little scared to use this yarn, as I didn’t want to fall in love with a yarn that I couldn’t afford to feed my addiction. While the colour is lovely, I know other dyers who get just as rich a colour. And I have to say I am not mad about the base. It’s lovely yarn, just not the awesome I was expecting.
I am thrilled that I have bested my “one puff per day”, considering just how many I’ll need to make a quilt for the bed. I am at 57 whole ones, and 5 half-edge puffs. I definitely need more paler yarns, like the Jonquil and maybe some butter yellow/cream colours, otherwise it’s going to be a very dark quilt.