So, to all of you talented pattern-makers out there, first of all, let me say I have a newfound appreciation for your art! As you know, I've been trying to design a monkey of my own and sheesh, it is no simple task. Quite simply, there's no guarantee on cuteness. So, allow me to introduce you to experimental monkeys #2 and #3. I first made monkey #2 out of a stretchy light grey material and he looked ridiculous. His body was too long, his belly was huge and weird and all the felt faces I'd cut for him just didn't look right. So I gave up on him and he sat, half stuffed on a chair for a week and half until last night, when I started making Stripey monkey:
Stripey monkey was only slightly better than my previous monkey. He, was also too long, his arms seemed kinda big and funny, and I struggled with the face. I was about to give up, looking at these 2 really wonky guys, half-stuffed and half-sewed on the bed.
I was watching 2 excellent movies for monkey making - first, King Kong (only the first half - the second half depresses me), and second, Anchorman. Anchorman is worth watching if only for the awesome street fight between all the different network news shows - ha ha, Ben Stiller as the Spanish language news guy rocks! :)
So, cheered up by this nonsense, I unstuffed them, snipped them both in half and swapped their bottoms, so voila, monkey #2 wears stripey pants and monkey #3 wears gray pants:
So what do you think? Are either of these two characters worth their stuffing? :)