Friday, March 1, 2013

FO Friday: Calm Cowl + Sock Monkey Monkey!

I finished two long-term projects this week - all the better to make way for my Malabrigo March projects! My crocheted Calm Cowl seemed as thought it would never end, and that's partially because I didn't want it to! It was the perfect type of project to take on the CTA, so I ended up making it considerably larger than the pattern specifies. The yarn was perfect for this project, a nice subtle gradation of emerald green and occasional turquoise hues. You may recall that I ordered this last fall from Craftsy's Thanksgiving sale - I'm not sure if I mentioned it at the time, but they accidentally sent me an extra ball of yarn, something that ended up coming in handy after all!
The other project I finished this week is my Sock Monkey Monkey! I had been wanting to try the hand-dyed yarns from Haldecraft and fell in love with the Sock Monkey Colorway. When my SIL bought a skein of worsted-weight yarn in my color of choice, I knew I had to make myself a stuffed monkey. Using Rebecca Dangers's Jerry the Musical Monkey pattern and a few odds and ends from my stash to round everything out, the Sock Monkey Monkey project was on! I don't recall when I started this project, and for some reason I never entered the date in my Ravelry notebook, but I can guesstimate that I've been knitting in this for about a month.
I also repaired two more pairs of socks in my Darn-a-thon efforts: the Mineshaft Socks were originally knit in 2009; the lace section near the back of the heel was starting to get threadbare, so I thought it would be better to reinforce everything now instead of trying to put back the pieces once a hole cropped up.  The other pair of socks I repaired last weekend were begun at the tail end of 2009 and finished in January of 2010 using some really cool yarn I bought at a yarn store in Kansas City that is no longer in business. They're just simple stockinette, but I love these socks and am happy to have them back in the rotation!

By the way, there are some really awesome Craftsy Deals that I am trying not to be tempted by: Brown Sheep, Manos del Uruguay, Spud & Chloe, and yes, even Malabrigo awaits you if you are brave enough to take a peek at the latest yarn deals from Craftsy

Celebrate FO Friday by checking out more posts over on the Tami's Amis blog!

Have a crafty weekend!


  1. Lovely projects! My favorite is the monkey.

    Here's my FO:

  2. ERMAHGERD! MERNKEY! How did I miss that adorable sock monkey monkey?! I loves it! You did my yarn much better than I did your Mr. Nubbins pattern, heh. That's still giving me the giggles.

    (And can I just say that whenever I get a sale from someone from a city, or close to a city, that also contains a friend, I wonder if they know my friend. Is that crazy? I mean, it's a big city, right? What are the chances!)