Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Back in the Saddle . . . for the most part

Hello and thank you for all the get well wishes. I realized over the last week how much I take for granted the gift of pain free movement. It's quite humbling when your husband has to help you put your pants on. :(

So what would you do if you literally had to lay around all weekend? I found it quite hard honestly. Funny how I often say I'd love a weekend of nothing to do and when I got one all I wanted was to do laundry, dishes and grocery shop. Since there was nothing wrong with my hands I decided to get to work on some knitting and crocheting projects. Meet Priscilla:

As you can see Miss Priscilla is a prima ballerina who just loves the color purple. She is knit from Lion Brand Microspun (double stranded) and based on a pattern from Knitted Toys though I changed a few things, mostly the shape of her hands and feet.

She is quite light on her feet! Her clothes are crocheted and are my own original patterns. I just made them up as I went along. I am very happy with the way they turned out though I did forget to leave a hole for her tail. Luckily, Priscilla's dance recital leotards are two pieces and her tail can slip out and not be smooshed while she's pirouetting.

Don't you love her tutu and her ruffly sleeves? And how about her sweet rose wrist corsage? I used Paton's Brilliant (double stranded) in Lilac Luster. This was truly a "use what you have" project as I had 6 skeins of that deliciously sparkly purple yarn laying around for 3 years. I got them in a bargain bin for a dollar a skein. The Microspun was in my collection as well.

So now the quandary . . . do I keep Miss Priscilla who happens to be my very first knit stuffy or do I gift her as I originally intended? I really am torn as she has certainly grown on me and makes for a wonderful companion when one is catching up on one's Tivo watching.

One thing is for sure. Now I know that when someone asks me what I would do with three days of nothing but laying around on the sofa, the answer is obviously "Crochet tiny clothes for my knit monkey friend, of course!"


Coming tomorrow . . . the best darn mail a girl could ever hope for.


The ParTea Planner said...

She is so cute. I am so impressed with you gals who can knit/crochet such darling pretties!

I may have to put in an order for one for you to make for my DD. Can she be holding a teapot in one hand and a teacup in the other? All in pink and green, of course....*wink* ~Risa

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous monkey!! Glad your feeling better.

Sarah and Jack said...

Oh man, the lips are killing me! (Of course, I am a touch lip obsessed at the moment.)

Jenn Maruska said...

Wow! I'm so glad you are feeling better. And look at what you made! The flower on the front is a sweet detail!

Jane said...

Should she stay or should she go...(Sorry that song is now in my head lol) Well, I am not sure what you should do because she is wonderful and I have a real thing for monkeys...however, I am having a drawing where I will give away a vintage table cloth bag, stop by!

Anonymous said...

She is too cute!! Now see, I would love to knit or crochet some toys up for the kids but have a fear of doing so. It's sad really when you consider that I sew, knit, crochet a good portion of Emma's wardrobe.

Anonymous said...

OK. You win. That IS the cutest crocheted monkey EVER.

I would totally keep her. Love her shoes!!! Also liking the teapot and cup idea of another commenter :)

LA said...

I think it was meant to be that you sit around this weekend. I love, love her. I think you should keep her as she is your first. A great heirloom, so adorable!

Now you need to make some for that shop of yours. I like the partea idea, too.

Cheers! LA

Anonymous said...

Priscilla is DELICIOUS!!! (Maybe even "Queen of the Desert"? -grin-) I LOVE her and am (again) in awe of your crafting gift! I'm SO glad you're feeling better. And if you had to be down for the count, she certainly turned out to be the best of rather crummy circumstances. XOXO, 9

Taz said...

Glad to hear you're back up on your feet.
That Miss Priscilla sure is pretty, you could be sure if I was clever enough to make something like that my two smalls wouldn't allow her out of their sight.

Betty said...

I love Priscilla. I don't think I could give her up!

flanthrower said...

Welcome back. Aren't stuffies just great? (I just made one myself recently, although it's handsewn, not knit.) They're so much fun to make. Priscilla's lovely.

Katie Jean said...

my oh my, isnt' she just the cutest thing ever?!!

jungle dream pagoda said...

She's adorable! You made her in less than a wek? Wow! you have some flyin' fingers!!!

Anonymous said...

That is the cutest little monkey I've ever seen!


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