Sunday, March 25, 2012

Three Silly Monkeys!

A dear friend of mine has Glioblastoma - an extremely aggressive form of the "C" word...
He also has a beautiful wife and cute little daughter... he waited a long time for both of them!
Now his time may be cut short.
I feel helpless... 

When in doubt, I crochet... but what?
They made it easy for me - their family nickname is: 
Perfect!
I hate to turn such a serious subject into a crochet blog post, but it is therapy for us all, right?
First - brown beanies.
I love the half-double crochet stitch - and my new love-hook-size is an H.
I can whip one up in an hour if I watch a scary movie!
"The Collector" (don't watch it - it is appalling) worked for me...
Papa Beanie... Momma Beanie... and Baby Girl Beanie!
  Now... how to turn these into monkeys... hmmm...
First I suppose they need ears... so I made a bunch of them by guess and by golly (literally).
Not sure exactly what monkey ears should look like, but this might be close.
Each turned out somewhat different, but I found three pairs that seemed to match up... kind of. 
What else... oh yea... I need some yarn needles.
"Quick run" (three hours) to Michael's... 
thankfully they are only 99 cents (so I could buy more yarn)!
At the risk of sounding like my Junior High, Home Ec teacher, 
I have one word of advice:  B A S T E
I ever-so carefully sewed the ear on, perfectly weaving in and clipping the ends before trying it on.  Big mistake.  As I painstakingly tried to remove it, I clipped the wrong yarn!  
Oops.
"Spirit of Grammy Mim"... what do I do? 
After tying and weaving, you can hardly tell - and the ear covers is nicely...
Whew - thanks Grammy!  Note to self:  buy a Styrofoam head
I thought about adding pink to the middle - 
but it looked even more like a mouse than it already did.
OK, I'm ready to make the flowers for mommy and Elly.  
As I finished the chain (3-doubles in each hole) I paused...
Maybe I should make little Elly's into little hair extensions?  Naaaah...
I love making these... they just roll right into a perfect flower... it is easier if you stitch them together before adding them to the hat - found that out the hard way.  
Roll... 
Stitch... 
 Plop...
Now what... maybe a puff of hair at the top?  Why not!
I wrapped the yarn around my fat little thumb and it was perfect.  Wrap wrap wrap.
Anchor....
Clip.... 

And Voila - Here is the final product! 
Wish a cure could be whipped up as easily...
In the meantime maybe this will bring a smile to
 THREE SILLY MONKEYS!

To be delivered...

September 4, 2012
Benham took his final breath tonight...
Rest in Peace my dear cowboy friend... 



3 comments:

  1. You are so talented!! They are adorable. Your friends are so blessed to have you. That means me too!

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  2. Oh! These are sooooo cute! What a sweet gift. Very, very sweet. I hope they love it. My best wishes for your friend.

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  3. You have such a loving and generous spirit and these will be received with awe! I'll bet that little chiclet will love seeing mom and dad being silly!

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