The super-secret project unveiled!
May I present, Mr. Monkey. I am sure that someday the 1 1/2 year old boy, Nick, who now has him will give him a wonderful and suitable name but for our purposes today he is simply Mr. Monkey.
Pattern: Monkey by Fiona McTague from Knitted Toys
Yarn: Peaches & Cream 100% cotton, 2 balls of Chocolate and 1 ball of Army Tan. The pattern calls for worsted weight wool but this yarn was much cheaper and wonderfully washable. The only downside was that knitting with cotton is such a booger! That's probably part of why this project took me so long.
Mods: My mother-in-law makes sure that all her stuffed animals have hearts inside them so I took her idea one step further and stitched a heart on his chest. I just think it's too sweet! Also, I put magnets in Mr. Monkey's paws so that they will stick together. Much better for giving hugs that way. Oh, and every traveling monkey needs a scarf, too.
I started this little guy last July because he was supposed to be a 1st birthday present for Nick, then a Christmas present and now he's finally there for Valentines Day. I'm pitiful, I know. It's almost like once I put a project down I never pick it up again. *sigh* Either way, he's done now and I think he looks awesome.
Happy Valentines Day, Nick!