How about a few FOs, kittens?

I’ve been taken down with the Cold Plague of DOOM part 3™ and feeling pretty wore down, but I wanted to post up a few FO pictures and keep up with blogging. (Seriously, I’ve been ill since Giftmas or the day after with no breaks in between. Just as I’m recovering from one cold another moves right on in. The first was awful, the second really mild, and now this third one is pretty cruddy again. I’ll eventually be healthy again someday…right?) In 2012 I’d like to get back to a couple of posts a week plus my end of the month and quarter posts. I’d also like to get better about being on top of current FOs rather than blogging them 6+ months later. Health and luck permitting, I should be able to do this.

*knocks on wood*

Anywho, let’s move into Fall 2011 and what all I worked on at the time….

Halloween was fun again this year. The Girl re-used her Hello Kitty hat with a new dress and tights and was perfectly happy with that as her costume. The Boy had a more specific request: he wanted to be Raccoon Mario for Halloween. Honestly, it would have been more cost effective to just buy a cheap, poorly made costume, but I was having none of it. So I went through the trouble and cost of finding overalls for a non-toddler boy–this is absurdly difficult and rather pricey, FYI, kittens–then I had to find a plain red long sleeve shirt, again, not the easiest thing to do…amazingly Walmart and Target do not carry these things for the over-5T boy. The hat I found from an Ebay store and that was the easiest piece to source. The Mario ‘stache is just some cheap black felt I had lying around and I free form cut it and stuck in on with scotch tape. Classy. Then, I bought some Knit Picks Swish bulky in brown and black and went to work knitting the raccoon components. It’s difficult to see the ears since the hat is a bit too large, and I didn’t think to place anything in them to make them stand up.

But look at that tail! Too cute. The Boy was so excited that during his school costume parade he kept hopping and leaping. He really got into it. I’m sure his teacher didn’t like me too much that day.

After that, I finally went to work on a mini monkey for The Husband, who was rather insistent that he needed one.

This resulted in M-800. While trying to pick out the color for the eyes, we both decided that we liked one of each; it made the monkey look like The Terminator and thus, the name. This guy was a pretty straight forward and drama free knit; but I did run out of yarn for the tail and half of a leg. Thankfully, Jill was able to help me out and sent me a few grams so I could finish. The Husband seems pretty pleased with his monkey, and we even gave the little guy a job this year….

He kept watch over us from our Giftmas tree.

That almost wraps up 2012’s FOs, kittens! It should hopefully be only one more post and I’m mostly up-to-date. I hope you’re all feeling better than I am today. ♥

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