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I’ve created a monster

Several of them in fact.

Aren’t they just about the most adorable things you’ve ever laid eyes on?

I am ridiculously proud of my monsters.

And for the fact that they are all Christmas gifts designated for the various rugrats in my life. Completely finished before the start of December. (Some of them are even wrapped, if you can believe that). But before they got all wrapped up, they had a photo shoot.

Never before in my life have I been so on top of my handmade gift-giving. You can blame it on my loneliness here in the Midwest.

Last March, when I turned the big 3-0, my aunt gave me a knitting book full of patterns for these monsters, The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. I’m not sure if she was being ironic (spinster old lady living alone with her two cats and her knitting) or if she thought the monsters were utterly adorable. I prefer the latter, so we’ll stick with that.

I instantly fell in love and started knitting. Each monster has such a personality and the author, Rebecca Danger, describes them perfectly.

Meet Leila, Lydia and Lucas, a little monster family:

Lydia and Lucas absolutely love jumping on beds, so that’s where the family tends to hang out most of the time…

This is B, the basement monster:

B is an excruciatingly shy monster. He lives in the basement so that he can meet new people and be around the ones he knows on his own terms.

Dot, the dress-up box monster:

Dot is a complete glamour monster and loves everything to do with fashion and style. You can generally find her in the dress-up box, playing with fabric and clothes.

And let’s not forget Tony, the toy-box monster:

Tony has claimed what he thinks is the best home in the entire house: the toy chest! Since he’s ball-like in appearance, everyone overlooks him when they look in the toy box, which leaves him undisturbed and able to play all day and all night with any toy he want.

There may have been some cat-monster wars (Puck was almost always victorious until I intervened…).

These monsters were so much fun to make…

And are undeniably silly. Which makes them perfect gifts.

Cozy Kiddie Cap

So I’ve been knitting a lot lately.  Partly because I need something to do while it is so cold outside and partly because I am trying to stay economical and heartfelt in my gift giving this holiday season.  I am not going to share everything I am working on at the moment, but I will share this cute little hat that I made one evening last week.  It’s a birthday present for my niece, who is turning 2 on December 19th.

I dug through my storage bins of yarn and finally decided on a pink theme. Some (and you know who you are) may even refer to it as “muppet vomit.”

Puck is always “helping” me with all of my knitting projects.

Ta-da!  Just a couple of hours and some scraps of yarn.  I like the pattern because it is super adaptable to needle size and yarn weight.  I use circular needles to avoid having to sew up a seam.  For this particular hat, I used size 7 needles.

Knit Hat

1. Cast on 41 (51, 61, 71, etc) stitches.

2. Work in garter stitch (K every row for regular needles; K one row, P one row for circular needles) for 4-6 rows, depending on how wide you want the band (this was 6 rows).

3. Continue in stockinette stitch (K one row, P one row for regular needles; K every row for circular needles) until the hat is 4-6 inches long.

4. K1; K2tog, K3 (K4, K5, K6, etc)* repeat to the end of the row.

5. Work next row in stockinette stitch.  When making larger hats work the next three rows after step 4 in stockinette stitch until you get to K2tog, K3 and then continue as described.

6. K1; K2tog, K2 (K3, K4, K5, etc)* repeat to the end of the row.

7. Work next row in stockinette stitch.

8. K1; K2 tog, K1 (K2, K3, K4, etc)* repeat to the end of the row.

9. Work next row in stockinette stitch.

10. K1; K2tog* repeat to the end of the row – there should be 9 stitches remaining.

11.  Work end of yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close.

It’s so easy, I may knit one for myself (one can’t have too many hats in Minnesota)…