Hey Friends! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, it took me awhile to remember how to log on! Life got pretty hectic for me and the blog had to take a back seat. I’ve started running again the last couple months, and writing blogs in my head…again! Will that translate to writing them on the actual internet? Maybe, I sure hope so. 🙂
Lately I’ve been busy working and promoting the Monster Buddy Project for The UNC Children’s Cochlear Implant Center. We’ve had a ton of interest from the state and local media which has stirred up lots of interest from knitters, which is amazing! I am hopeful that this translates into tons of monsters. In each interview I’ve done, they have asked what my ultimate goal for the project would be. My answer is, that the center would be overwhelmed with monsters. That they’d have so many, each child would have a hard time choosing their favorite, instead of picking one of the two that are left. That they’d have so many, there would be monsters in all their closets.
What can I do to make that happen? How can I bring more knitters on board to make monsters? These questions have been rolling around my brain for awhile. Then just yesterday, it occurred to me. I need to rewrite the pattern to make it simpler for knitters not comfortable with Double Points, Magic Loop, or other methods of circular knitting! Now, I know that it took me a full YEAR to come to this, even though I got that feedback the first week I published the pattern. Sometimes it takes me awhile….. My original intention was to write the pattern with the least amount of finishing possible, but if knitters are intimidated to even start, what difference does finishing make?
So here you go sweet friends, a Monster knit completely flat! Start with the legs, Make two! *Sorry about the picture quality, I did this while traveling to a Marching Band Competition*
Then move on to the body of your monster, you will only need two stitch markers and basic knowledge of decreases, knit 2 together, (K2tog) and Slip, Slip Knit , (SSK). Here’s a really helpful YouTube link for these stitches!
Next you roll your selvages to the center and sew them up. Start with the legs, then stitch straight up the spine. You can stuff your buddy through the hole at the top, then stitch the head closed, add arms, a face, hair, a hat………whatever you’d like!
I’m very hopeful that this revision will enable even novice knitters to become Monster Makers! It is such an amazing cause and well worth your time. As knitters we often make things that will eventually be lost or discarded, once, I even vacuumed up a hand knitted sock! But these monsters are each given a birth certificate that is dated the day the child’s implant is turned on, forever known as their ‘Hearing Birthday”. This simple little gift will be a treasure forever, I can’t think of anything better, can you?
You can do this, and I promise you will be blessed!!