Crochet a Heart – Knit one too!


I realize the title of my blog is Mama Loves Knitting...but she also can dig on some crocheting every now and again. For the pattern of the week I'll share a little love: both a knit heart and a sweet little crochet heart pattern. I've heard rumor there are videos on You Tube (approx. 4 minutes long) for you to learn how to do this in no time flat! I found this one that I'm trying the second I get home.

I'm pretty sure Sloaney Baloney's blanket will have some crochet hearts upon it...due to the knitting mishaps that occurred during Lexie's labor - I had 'work fall off needles' more than a handful of times so we have a couple of holes. Whoops. Nothing that can't be patched/covered right up though. Oh and that blanket is purt darn near complete.

Happy Valentine's Day! My little Simon loved his cozy sock monkey and homemade gifties at dawn. I'm one lucky loved Mama.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Sock Monkey Love

Sock Monkey Love

Everyone loves a sock monkey right? Well I've been working on one, since about a week before Christmas. This is a kit that I actually sell at my toy store that is for children ages 8-12. I'm 33. To be completely frank, it wasn't the most simple project I've ever conquered, but with some help and some previous knitting experience I definitely think a 12 year old could knit this sweet monkey. I am happy to just "own" the pattern now. Usually in kits you get a whole mess of acrylic yarn and boy did I ever. I'm anxious to sub my wool delights to create a new and improved sock monkey, maybe striped? I'm a sucker for stripes. I'm no master knitter, in fact I still consider myself a beginner, but I've been knitting over a year now, in fact today is the 1st birthday of this blog, I've come a long way! Thanks for hanging in there with me.

I think I've decided this will be for one of my little Valentines. The monkey comes with a heart that can be stitched somewhere...and I think I'll put it right on the chest. I love knitting toys for my kids.

Sock Monkey Kit The Kit A leg Body, Legs, Tail

One thing that did happen while my monkey was under construction is I ran out of the main color yarn. You'd think in a kit like this they'd give you ample yarn to complete your project. Don't skimp people, it is acrylic and costs next to nothing. The place where I had to make some compromises will be obvious soon.

Sock Monkey

The construction of the body was simple and fairly quick. I was pleased the opportunity finally arose for me to use my counter. Knitting row upon row of 'monkey leg' takes some counting.

Body Empty Body

Monkey Face The Ears

So it was the ears - I ran out of yarn to complete the ears and had to use leftover scarf yarn. Colored ears on a sock monkey is nothing to turn your nose up at. A mass of acrylic yarn it might be, but that is one cute sock monkey (patting self on back).

Hangin Out Little Socky

Just chillin' on the couch.

Signing off so I can get some sleep on my blog birthday! Happy Knitting!

Night Monkey