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Christmas in July

I decided to participate in the Christmas in July gift exchange hosted by Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects.  I was paired with Shannon from Crafty Bliggety Blog.  Since this was not a secret exchange, we were able to get to know each other a little and even make requests beforehand.  Shannon indicated that she really liked the crocheted headbands I had on my blog, so of course, I made her one.

Then, Shannon said that she loves the color purple and has a pet rabbit, so I came up with the idea to make an amigurumi bunny. I fell in love with this pattern for a floppy-eared bunny.

I thought the bunny needed a little something more, even after adding ear bows, so I made a little necklace by tying a Celtic heart knot.

Part of why I decided to participate in this exchange is because I absolutely love getting mail.  Anything addressed to me (besides bills) makes me happy.  I especially love getting surprises in the mail. I was super-excited to see what Shannon had in store for me, so I was thrilled when my package arrived and I found this:

A fun, handmade Peter Pan card in a sheet music envelope.  I love Peter Pan, it’s one of the first movies I remember seeing on VHS. Princess is a big fan of Tinkerbell.  I’m thinking I might have to frame the card for her room.  Plus, I enjoy playing the piano, so the music was a great personal touch.

Then I found this cute little jewelry box with my name engraved and two fun necklaces.

 I had mentioned that I collect thimbles, which I’m sure was the inspiration for the thimble necklace. I love the acorn as well. It not only ties in to the Peter Pan/Tinkerbell idea, but it makes me think about my recent Woodbadge training experience. These will both be fun pieces to wear.

I can’t wait to participate in another gift exchange.

Sock Monkey ornament tutorial

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for the amigurumi-style sock monkey ornament I invented for the ornament exchanges I participated in this year.

 Crochet Sock Monkey Ornament

Materials needed:
red yarn
brown yarn
white or cream yarn
I-9 (5.50 mm) crochet hook
yarn needle
Fiberfill

red pompom for hat
felt or tiny buttons for eyes
white and red felt for mouth – cut into narrow, elongated ovals with the white a bit larger than the red

Note:  I have a fairly tight crochet, so you may want a smaller or larger hook to create your desired size monkey.

For head:
(Work in rounds, use stitch marker at end of each round)
With red, ch 2 (or make magic ring)
Rnd 1: 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st, around (10 sc)
Rnd 3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (20 sc)
If you want a contrasting band around hat, switch to white or cream for round 5.
Rnd 5: sc in each stitch, around (20 sc)
Remainder of head and body is worked using one strand of brown and one strand of white/cream held together.
Rnd 6-9: sc in each stitch, around (20 sc)
Rnd 10:  *sc2tog, sc in next 2 stitches* repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 11:  *sc2tog, sc in next st*  repeat from * around (10 sc)
Finish off with a long tail to attach head to body.
Before stuffing, use needle to run length of red yarn through top of head to provide hanger.  Tie with a square knot and trim ends.
Stuff with fiberfill.

For body:
(Body is worked in rounds holding 1 strand of brown and 1 strand of white together.)
Ch 2 (or magic ring)
Rnd 1:  5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic ring)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each st, around (10 sc)
Rnd 3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 4:  *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  repeat from * around (20 sc)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each st, around (20 sc)
Rnd 7:  *sc2tog, sc in next 2 st* repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 8-10:  sc in each st, around (15 sc)
Rnd 11:  *sc2tog, sc in next st*  repeat from * around (10 sc)
Rnd 12-13:  sc in each st, around (10 sc)
Stuff with fiberfill.
Rnd 14:  sc2tog, around to close opening.
Finish off.  Tuck tail into body.

Arms & legs:
For each limb, cut 12 8-inch lengths of yarn.

Tie one end in a snug overhand knot.

 

Divide strands into three groups.  Braid together until braid measures about 3 inches for legs and 2 1/2 inches for arms.

Secure braided section by wrapping with yarn several times.  Tie off with a square knot on the back.  Trim ends evenly.
(Note:  You could crochet limbs, I would start with white or cream yarn and try about 3 sc in the beginning, then 2 sc in each stitch to get 6 sc per round.  Crochet several rounds, then switch to the two colors held together for the remaining rounds.  I try not to work with those narrow rounds any more than absolutely necessary.)

For ears:

Leaving a short tail, tie 3 overhand knots atop one another.  Trim ends close.

Assembly:

Using tail on head, sew to body.  (If needle can’t hold both strands or if it is too difficult to pull both strands through, use just one strand to attach head.  Cut the other strand shorter and tuck into head before attaching.)
To make monkey’s tail, run an 8-inch length of brown yarn through body at desired location.  Tie an overhand knot to secure ends together.  Trim ends.  If desired, add additional knots to tail length.  (I did one in the middle.)

Using hot glue, attach pompom to top of head.  Glue red felt oval to white felt oval for mouth.  Glue to front of head near neck join.  Glue buttons (or small felt dots) between mouth and edge of hat for eyes.  Glue ear clusters to side of head (about the same level as eyes), being careful to tuck raw ends under as much as possible.

Glue arms and legs in desired locations.
Tie a length of red yarn around neck joint and secure in a bow.
Hang your completed monkey on your tree and enjoy!

Or, cut a square of sock monkey fabric.  Roll ornament up and tie ends to create a fun little package to send off to your ornament recipient.

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