Li’l Monkey Blanket WIP

Lil Monkey Blanket WIP

Li’l Monkey Blanket, designed by Carmen Watkins, from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch n Bitch: The Happy Hooker book, WIP

Well, I’ve struggled through making what seemed like 100 million granny squares of different descriptions, and the blanket’s building blocks are now complete. Ellen Bloom of L.A. is my Beat calls granny squares “the building blocks of the universe” — who am I to quibble with such wisdom? Now I’m fixated on arranging them in the absolute perfect way in order to better showcase the sock monkey faces I’m going to attach when I finish them. Phew.

I must admit that, while I love the simplicity and speed of making granny squares, I absolutely dread seaming them all together. My distaste for seaming (and I know I’m not the only one) goes so far as avoiding certain patterns if they involve too much seaming or involve coming up with elaborate non-seaming alternatives. For the most part, I’ve managed to avoid having to do a lot of seaming and still feel like I’m living a fulfilled life as a knitter.

I probably wouldn’t have done this pattern either if it hadn’t been that my brother and sister-in-law are going with a monkey theme for the bedroom of the soon-to-be Cutest Niece in the World. Now I’m glad I did.

More pictures tomorrow after I make some monkey faces (you know what I mean).

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