I'm making monkeys too, but my pattern is a free one I got off of a shelf in Wal-Mart. I picked up three of four copies of the pattern since I lose them easily, and actually lost the (last remaining copy of the) pattern one weekend when I wanted to work on it, and I was so bummed out. Then three days later I was walking outside my dorm with my boyfriend (We live in the "Windy City of West Virginia"- aka Huntington) and found my pattern laying in the grass completely unharmed. It had laid there through rain and high winds and wasn't even damp. I'm not sure how it survived, but I am almost finished with two monkeys, and have two more to make.
This is, simply pu, stunning! I would LOVE to do it in "peacock" colors of turquiose, green, purple, blue and a hint of gold. If only I had the pattern lol... Now I will have to look for a similar pattern on one of the free sites
Awesome! My sister has a set of four trees she leaves up year round, and decorates for different seasons. Sadly, they don't celebrate Halloween (once her FAVORITE holiday, but now shunned). Only, her trees are a "special" kind (I think they are "americana style"), that are made more streamlined so that they dont get bumped in to the way a big tree like yours might. The tallest one is about 3.5 feet high and the smallest of the four is about 1.25 feet high, and they are really skinny trees, sort of like charlie brown christmas trees. since there are four of them, you can use just as many decorations as you would for a large tree, but space them out a little more. One day, I will have a halloween tree, and I hope it is as cool as yours!
My sister's "great-uncle-in-law", a man named 'Gurlie' (lol), makes similar ones for different loved ones in his family. My sister BEGS for them at christmas time. They are perfect for holding on to her work clothes and church clothes, most of which have satiny linings. They also hold her sweaters in place quite well. She cherishes them even, because "uncle gurlie" isn't getting any younger (well into his 90's I believe) and after he is gone, she will have his beautiful coathangers to remember him by every day when she picks out what she wants to wear. ( she started receiving them at about age 25 and is 36 now)
I made the same hat for my niece, and I also had to lengthen the back. I think maybe this was intended for a child with a MUCH smaller head than what was stated in the pattern. Anyway, I also made one in lime green, and am eventually going to add white teeth and triangular scales down the middle of it, so hopefully it will look kind of like a dragon or dinosaur for my nephew.
Well... If I had something fabulous like this lying around, I think I would knit or crochet up some really nifty capes, and layer this over top of them. Some of the capes I have only cover me from my collarbones down, and this would be a great way to change up the way they all look. awesome job!
When I was 19, I babysat my little niece and (3) nephews. (they were 3,2,1, and 4 months). As the youngest two got older, however, they began fighting if I turned my back on them for even a second. Since I was also in charge of the laundry and cooking at my house, I had to come up with a solution. I stumbled onto the Korean design of sling, and I SWEAR by it! I was able to "wear" the youngest one while I was doing my housekeeping things, and at times even my niece wanted to be in the sling (probably to get away from her little brother and her two boy cousins). Anyway, it worked so well that my sisters began to use it when we went shopping. Mine didn't require any sewing though, other than seaming the ends. I am really glad that other caregivers are interested in this. I have to say that the "baby" was carried for over a year, and he seems to be the most well adjusted. (I could just be biased though, since he is my pet.) Anyway, I will be bookmarking these links for my sister to reference when she finally decides to have baby # 3... so THANKS for posting links to different styles!