Well I finished Mr. Foster, and he looks much more like I wanted him too. As soon as I can figure out how to post pictures on here without people having to jump around from one page to another, I will put up his post-surgery pics. He has been a busy little monkey none the less. I am so glad you said something about lifelines. I used it for the beginning of his mouth, and was glad I did. The third time around was the charm, and his mouth looks much more how I had envisioned it. I still think I can do better, but at least I am understanding the process a bit better. That was one area of his body that was quite stressful.
As for the pellets, I re-used the nylon I had in, but did not use nearly as many pellets. His rear end is bigger than the pattern calls for because I mis-understood the directions, and did short rows after the W&T's. But I like the affect. It gives him lots of sitting room, and my daughter likes the feel of the pellets. I used fluff for the rest of the body though. I have started a second monkey as a gift for my daughter's best friend, and will put in lifelines in several different places. Hopefully I will not need them this time. Thank you for your help! Wendy
Boy-oh-boy do I wish I had put in a lifeline in several different places on Mr. Foster's body! Sunday night he underwent major surgery to repair areas of his body I was unhappy with, and a lifeline would have saved the day. I filled his legs and body with 1# of plastic pellets. Loved the feel of it, and originally the look of it, but while I was working on the top of his head, he developed a horrible case of edema around his ankles! YUK!!! Everything sank to his feet, and it just didn't look nice, so I took them pellets out and stuffed him with fluff. Not liking the look of the fluff, it looks lumpy to me, but I don't know what else to do. I ended up having to cut his arms off, because I sewed the hole up so well, I couldn't see the thread. Having a lifeline right about there would have been, well.... a "lifeline". One is going in before I attempt the mouth again. Not looking forward to that one at all! But I sure kept thinking about you and your lifeline Sunday evening. :o) Wendy
The mitten story was in tall book of Christmas stories. I loved that book, my sister has it now, and I don't remember the title, but it is tall and narrow with a pink/peach background and a Christmas tree on the front.
Have you seen Whimsymoon's little Ms. Foster, She is just too adorable. I am right at the point where I think I can adapt her head pattern to my Mr. F so I think I'm going to charge forward with it!!! I am trying out a W&T that Cheryl told me about, so I'll let you know if he smiles, and if I have anything I need to cover up with embroidery. Good night moon, Wendy
Ah, I was wondering if that was what you meant. That is a very good idea. I sure could have used this last night, when I ripped out the mouth several times. I can hardly see these little stitches to knit let alone to rip them out, so a great idea!
I had no idea that I had comments or e-mail for that matter either until I got to playing around with this web site. It's lots of fun, but also can be a time stealer :) I would love to spend much more time looking at all the tutorials here and at projects people are doing on ravelry.
Thanks so much,
ps. are you the 'little old lady whispering hush'? my oldest loved this book when she was little, one of my favorites from childhood was the story of Great Granny Glittens who knitted up flavorful mittens. Have you ever heard that story?
Not wanting to sound dumb, what is the "lifeline" that you are talking about for Mr. Foster after the neck? I had lots of problems with his rear end and the W&T, and need to finish this little guy up before next Thursday, so I do not want to have to do any re-do's if at all possible. thanks, wendy