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Monster KAL – Starting Line

On your marks, get, go make a monster! KAL starts tomorrow, Halloween Day!

Are you ready with your yarn and Rebecca Danger pattern? I am. I just wound my yarn and my daughter finally decided which monster she wanted to own and snuggle. She choose Penelope the Empathetic Monster.

The yarn on the ball winder is Malabrigo Worsted Pink Frost. The contrast yarn is Malabrigo Worsted Deja Vu, leftovers from multiple projects, it is my favorite Malabrigo variegated colorway. The pattern can be purchased in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe and on Ravelry.

If you would like to join us in this KAL, all the details can be found in this blog post. You can join anytime you want, the finish date is December 1st. If you read closely, you will notice that I have changed my mind or more precisely my daughter changed her mind on the monster I am making.

Much of the chit chat about the KAL and its participants will occur over in our Ravelry group. But I will do updates on people’s progress and monster choices.

So let the monster making begin…first thing Halloween morning. I think that children might feel that the first thing to do Halloween morning is to make sure their costumes are in order and how much candy they will receive and how much they will actually get to eat. But we know that knitting is much better (of course, it is made more enjoyable while eating your children’s candy, we called it the “parent tax” in our house.)

Here is my monster’s Ravelry project page.

What are Monster are you going to make and what is your yarn choice? Tell us about it in the comments and in the Ravelry thread.

~Angela

Second post in Make A Monster Knitalong Series

Part 1: Make a Monster Knitalong

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October 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Make a Monster Knitalong

Come join us knitting a Rebecca Danger monster

in our first Polka Dot Sheep KAL!

You likely have seen one of Rebecca’s monster somewhere on the internet, in a magazine or even on your knitting friend’s couch. They are super popular and with very good reason. Her patterns are very straightforward and yield a finished object that it is impossible not to love. Plus they are great ways to use leftover yarn from other projects or a great excuse to have fun with colors that you might not wear in a garment.

Monsters from top L clockwise: Harold the Houseplant Monster, Monster Chunk, Dot the Dress Up Box Monster, & Ursula and Uma the Understanding Monsters

So come join us over in the Knit ‘n Needle Ravelry Group.

Here are the details of the KAL!

Place: Knit ‘n Needle Ravelry Group Look for forum thread labelled Monster KAL.

Start date: October 31st (I thought Halloween would be appropriate for a monster.)

End date: December 1st (time for you to get started on all those Christmas projects)

Pattern: Any of Rebecca’s Monsters. They are available on Ravelry, single patterns are available in the Knit ‘n Needle in store Ravelry patterns, some magazines that you might have purchased in the past and in her awesome The Big Book of Knitted Monsters.

Yarn: Any yarn will work, your gauge will simply change the size of the monster, Rebecca recommends using 2 or 3 needle sizes smaller than you would typically use with your yarn choice. The popular yarn in the Knit ‘n Needle Shoppe and here at Polka Dot Sheep is Berroco Vintage.

Needles: Whatever size that will give you a tight gauge in your chosen yarn. You don’t want your monster to lose his stuffing.

Also needed:  polyfill stuffing , white felt for teeth , fabric glue or thread to attach mouth, and SAFETY EYES (we have 2 sizes, 12mm or 9mm). All of these items will be available in craft stores or in store at the Knit ‘n Needle. The fabric glue we stock is the one Rebecca recommends and we also have safety ears available online.

Why did I put the eyes in caps? Well, I didn’t use them for my first monster and for some reason, I look around and there is my 4 year old son carrying his new monster in his mouth by the monster’s button eyes. So Safety Eyes are an excellent idea unless you are absolutely sure the person who owns the monster will not carry them by their eyes. But the safety eyes still will stay put better.

From L to R clockwise: Daphne and Delilah the Momma and Baby Monster, Dot the Dress Up Box Monster, Coco the Canister Monster, & Gort the Gym Bag Monster

Read about one of our Ravelry group members (and monster maker extraordinaire) Kristy’s huge Hugo monster on Rebecca’s blog. You can see all of Kristy’s different monsters in her Ravelry projects.

All the monsters in the photos were knit by one of three people, Aimee (getknitty), Jamie (telogirl2003), and Melissa (graymatter). Photos used by permission.

My boy with his monster!

So go grab yourself one of Rebecca’s patterns or book, dig through your stash or come shopping with us, and let’s all knit a monster for someone we love (or maybe ourselves).

I will be knitting 2  Daphne and Delilah the Momma and Baby Monster, first for my daughter using Malabrigo Worsted using Uva and Pink Frost and one for my nephew for Christmas out of my Malabrigo Worsted scrap stash. My nieces are each going to receive a small  monster (have not decided on pattern) as part of their Christmas gifts. So there is my monster plans.

Let us know if you want to join us in the comments or over in our Ravelry group. We will talking monsters.

Happy KAL planning and knitting!

~Angela M.

October 20, 2012 at 7:00 am 2 comments

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