Tuesday, October 2

Monkee? ........ or Mouse?


I'm a bit concerned about the latest creation hot off the needles at Monkee Towers. I'm worried that HP6 (yes, I have technically gone out of order) looks more like a mouse than a monkee ......


Don't be fooled that it appears to look much bigger than those "apples".



Or even that it looks quite monkee-esque sat on these railings .......

(please note ...... this is not our street. Sometimes at weekends RGH and I like to walk around the posh area of Bristol, maybe have a coffee there, and just generally pretend that we live there. We don't.) (And never will) (Sigh) (Like they'd let a monkee nutter like me live amongst them!)



But have you ever seen a monkee so small that it needed A REALLY BIG ARROW pointing it out?





...... or one so tiny that it could get lost IN GRASS? ........







....... one so small that it could be inadvertently posted?





....... a monkee so titchy that even a baby seat swamped it?





...... or a monkee that could fit in a tea-cup??



I think not.



Oh, and don't be alarmed by the fact that we were trying out the competition this weekend ...... we still managed to fit in one of these ........


(a monkee so minuscule that it could only just see over a muffin?!)



Hmm, maybe I should change my name to Mousee Maker, what do you think?


Oh hang on ...... apparently there's been a news-flash just in .......

I'M A MONKEE!!!

Right, well, I guess that clears it up then.

And just in case you're wondering about the proportions of the latest titchy HP, it's the same pattern as the others but using skinny minnie 4 ply wool and super slim No. 13 / 2.25mm needles. But I have a question for anyone who makes whole garments with said skinny wool and needles ...... how?? It's so fiddly and takes so long!

37 comments:

Viv said...

I am one of those knittists you refer to - even though, apart from the IMP (Improved Monkey, Purple) I am currently working on a giant coat/cardi with 7mm needles and feel like I'm knitting with baseball bats). It takes a lot of perseverance but, given the choice between persevering and looking like that Michelin Bibendum Blob (which I do, particularly in chunky *cabled* garments), I choose the tiny needles (the biggest needle size I'm comforatble with is 3,5 mm). That's what you get for being more Kate Winslet than Audrey Hepburn.
On a side note - HP 6 is not only cute but (unless my eyes deceive me) also a Designer Monkee, right? He's sporting a Designer Label on his cute behind - how posh!

Viv said...

"Ironic", eh? I'm an ironic seamsstres as well (though I improved a lot during my knittist years, as I used to be a caustic, then a sarcastic one..ahem).

And personally I think *all* designer labels should be positioned in the botty area.

the vicious chicken said...

HP6 is fab, MM! Worth the fiddliness I feel. And now you can't be embarrassed about getting your monkee out in public ever again - he's so small that people would need a magnifying glass to spot him!

I like the name tag very much too. Were you worried that you might lose him, as he's so tiny? OR, does the acquisition of branded name tags indicate that merchandising of the monkee product is imminent? (please?)
VCx

Katy said...

I love that little monkey! The monkey army look like they could take on anyone. Especially if they rolled really quickly on their sides and launched themselves at your head.OUCH!

Kitsch n Zinc said...

I'm loving HP6 - not at all mouse like!! As for skinny wool and any needles *sigh* always wished I could knit. Fell over your blog the other day - love it, keep up the monkey mischief ;o)

Kae said...

HP6 is sooooo cute!!! Love the designer label on his tiny botty :)

I am very relieved to hear that all home-made (lovingly hand-crafted) creatures actually need alcohol to survive :) That's mine and SockThingy's (and all other creatures' that might appear)Friday night sorted then :)

~x~

Lucy Locket said...

Message: Mousey-Monkee Most Marvellous - Must Make More!

Lesley said...

Very cute HP6 - a pocket sized Monkee - I could do with one of those. I've never got on with 4 ply either - it just doesn't grow fast enough for me!

Viv said...

Oh, VC - that's an idea...monkee merchandising..oh, be still my heart..
BTW, MM - you *will* take PayPal, non?

Totty Teabag said...

4ply and skinny needles? The Chinese Mandarins bred very small dogs they could keep in their sleeves. HP6 doesn't strike me as the sleeve monkey type; more of a sock monkey perhaps? I won't use anything smaller that a 2¾ with 4ply, and neither would I knit anything larger than a sock at that gauge...I'm not a complete glutton for punishment, so well done for the dedication to duty, Monkee Maker!!

Frances said...

he's an adorable pocket monkee! (too small to be a true hp?)

Working Mom Knits said...

Ooooh! You've given birth to a preemie primate!

ps: I was assembling a few treats to send The Stash Basket along with my "Oliver's Blanket" squares and my husband wanted take pictures of us holding a gun to the treats. (Thankfully we don't even own a pretend side-arm.) I am now wondering if it was a mistake to introduce him to your blog...

Michaela said...

I can announce to you all that Vera has a fancy designer label sewn to her botty too. She doesn't like to show it off too much though (saving that honour exclusively for 007 apparently!

SuzyB said...

Bless the liddle monkee. Ive posted a photo, just for you on my blog, all in your honour... I know its not quite a cushion with a monkee attached, but you know, I tried x

mrspao said...

What a cute monkey indeed!!!! Size isn't everything though!

trek said...

hee hee!

trashalou said...

I'm with MrsPao - I too have been told size doesn't matter.

MM, HP6 seems to be more similar in size to my monkeys, minus the oddly distended limbs.

Camera has currently been freed from purloining primates inhabiting k-nitticating bag. If it is still about tomorrow will try to take pics.

Gigibird said...

Firstly I think you should call him Kenny after my dog’s only friend who happens to be a Chihuahua.
I recently bought some 2 ply and I can see why it was languishing in the charity shop at only 50p a ball despite being Jaeger merino...it's probably for people who don't have tellies with nothing to do in the evenings.

Lucy Locket said...

Klever Kerry keeps knitting kunning kreations - kool kchick!

sal said...

I love the label! He's a fab wee mousey monkee!

Rubyred said...

Lovin the Teeny weeny widdle monkey,he's just soooo..cute!You could just hide him in your handbag and you wouldn't seem mad at all!

weirdbunny said...

You would have been devastated if he had fallen into that post box ! # love Julia x

Melissa said...

Love that label! I'm still working on a baby blanket for the Short One knit with fingering weight yarn. If I'm lucky, it might be finished by the time he has kids.

Lucy Locket said...

busy bringing bright brats boring breakfast - best beginning!

Suzie Sews said...

Called in as I need a smile...you do not disappoint...Laughing still!!!
Suzie Sews
I especially love the post box!!!!

Jennifer said...

I love your monkey!!! I am new to your site. My 5 year old niece and I have been looking all morning for a knitted monkey pattern. She said she would love one for Christmas. Which pattern did you use for HP 6? Many thanks in advance!

sal said...

ooooooooh! I've just seen a hint that there might be a monkee shop opening!!!! could this be the reason for a bag full of stunt monkees??? (thanks for the tip about bunnies and bananas - Paul refused to eat half one at this time of night to share with Bob to see if he likes them?! So I'll try him in the morning)

Lucy Locket said...

What?
Wait!
Who won?
Was whimpering-wailing-wimp-out weally winning?
Weally???
Whatever!

Well, we're waiting - where's Wednesday's witty words, Wise W-one?

What Wednesday wastage!

Witty words wanted!

Wake-up!

lauren said...

i was loving the term "mousee monkee" until working mom came up with "preemie primate"! :)

i'm not so keen on the teeny needlage myself...tho the results ARE undisputably adorable! (ok, i confess for a while i harbored hopes that bristol possessed a cafe selling muffins the size of my head--i was planning a field-trip!)

anyway, now i wonder, conversely, what the stunt monkee made with bulky yarn and size 13's would get you?! granny-square gorrilla, anyone??! :)

Lucy Locket said...

So glad you finally admitted defeat!

Ok, so it did take me all day and half a bottle of lovely red wine to come up with the last one - I was rather hoping you would think I hadn't read your email until late last night, but you were right - I'm a saddo that stays glued to the computer practically all day! (Boy do I need to get a life!)

Looking forward to seeing what yesterday's monkeying-around produced.

Lucy x

Cazzie said...

Love the ickle monkey :D

lucykate crafts... said...

monkey or mouse, i think he's pretty cute : )

Viv said...

Let's just say ...if you put some (entirely hypothetical) wee monkees in an (entirely hypothetical" shop, they'd sell like (entirely proverbial) hot cakes.
I am sooo subtle at times, aren't I?

My Paper World said...

What a cutie!

trek said...

Dunno on what to do with the poll results - really trying to get some ideas...

Di said...

Very cute titchy monkey! I agree - give me chunky wool and large needles any day!!

murdo said...

When I saw the monkey with the muffin I thought "Wow, Monster Muffin!!!!
Seriously cute monkey