I might not have made it to the March Monster Madness party… but May was certainly full of monster fun! When I started spinning with my drop spindle at the beginning of the year, I knew I wanted to knit toys for M, or myself, using my first handspun as I thought it would be pretty forgiving and I wouldn’t have to have a consistent gauge. Though the first monster I started with my first handspun is still languishing, as I started it before actually finishing spinning all the fiber, I made two monsters as birthday presents.
The first present I chose, easily, the more challenging project out of Rebecca Danger’s Big Book of Knitted Monsters: Leila, Lydia, and Lucas the Momma and Baby Monsters. To date, only the Momma has been completed… but at least in time of the party! This monster is the size of a small pillow… and it was a miracle I finished it as I panicked about what else I could get for a five year old girl’s birthday! M is only two and a half, and most of the time I don’t know what to get her either… that is, until I step into a toy store and want to get her everything.
The second monster, I chose carefully. It was a present for a close friend’s two year old son and I wanted it to be nice enough to grow with him, and be boyish enough. So it had to be Gort the Gym Bag Monster, also from the Rebecca Danger book. I had half a skein of beautiful Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in the Eastern Market colorway left after making another friend’s son a hat. I knew that the yarn would knit up well, creating interesting pooling and almost subtle striping throughout the monster, but that the orange color would be… manly enough.
Though M repeatidly asked when she would finally get her monster, she was so excited to gift both of these monsters! I tried to include her as much as I could in the process, so she could feel like she helped and she was proud of the monsters when she gave them to her friends! Since then, I have spun up new yarn to make her another monster… so I guess should actually finish the first one….