Baby Monkey!

Ok.  It's a little late but my new little nephew is finally here!!  He's become quite the little star around here getting lots of attention.  I'm not just saying this because he's blood, but he is soooooooo freakin' adorable!!!!!!!!  He's a good little guy and we're over the moon about him.  I could gush about him for hours but I might make you nauseas.  

So, moving on to the crafty side of life, embroidered baby monkey onesie is complete!  I had such a sense of urgency to finish it 2 weeks ago so I busted out those last stitches.  It's a good thing I did because my sister went into labor that night.

See, I gave him smaller eyes.  Those big pupils were a little scary so the downsize was necessary.  I didn't want to scare the baby!  There were so many strings and lumps and bumps on the inside, I was nervous it might irritate sensitive baby skin so I covered it up.  I cut out a patch from a soft white cotton t-shirt and stitched around the little monkey body.  I did that after I took these photos but you probably wouldn't have noticed those little white stitches anyway.

I'm really happy I ventured off into embroidery.  It's so enjoyable to me.  It's an easy way to add personal flare to a piece of clothing.  Satin stitch can be a pain but I love the way it looks.  It's basically coloring with string!  How cool is that?!

Now, I know I promised pictures of my beautiful completed sweater, but I have some bad news for you.  After I bound off the shoulders and added the rib around the neck I tried it on.  And it fell off.  Really.  It fell off my shoulders  and down to my waist.  My boat neck was an epic fail.  So naturally I cried.  After wiping my tears, I stuffed it back in the bag and refused to look at it.  Yesterday I was brave and ripped out the ribbing and binding.  It's not a total loss.  Just a couple more rows to go and then the bind off.  I'm still undecided on the sleeves.  The pattern has short sleeves that fall off the shoulder.  I was thinking about picking up those stitches and making long sleeves.  Lets get that neckline right first.

Nothing else is on the needles at this point but I feel a baby sweater is near.  When Webs was having a sale I stocked up on Cascade 220 Superwash.  It's time for that yarn to see the light of day.  Wish me knitting luck on my boat neck.  I'm going to need it.