Saturday, September 3, 2011

I knitted a monster giveaway

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Yes, your eyes do not fool you, I finally finished knitting my monster! Aside from the small scarves I've knitted, I've never undertaken anything this big before, and I'm quite pleased with him. He was constructed through numerous 100+ temperature days and many TV series, including MacGyver, Magnum PI, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I can only assume he has taken on the characteristics of my favorite lead actors and is a take-charge, crafty, good-looking monster with a quick wit. Yeah, maybe all this knitting has made me a little loopy. So what. :)

I learned quite a few different things on this project, including Magic Loop, knit front and back increases, and 3 needle bind off. Also, I got to play with those cool "Safety Eyes" I'd never even seen before:


They sell them at my local Hobby Lobby, which probably means they'd sell them anywhere. I guess they call them "safety" eyes because they have a plastic part that snaps into place on the other side of the fabric, presumably so they don't end up in the mouth of an infant. Still, if you pay 99 cents for 4, I wouldn't trust them not to fall off. Anyway, this monster won't be anywhere near a child, he'll be my trusty cohort. :)

I pulled out my huge bag of polyfill and spent a whole afternoon stuffing mr. monster:


I had so much fun learning how to make this guy, that I thought I'd do a giveaway here! I guess I've done all my giveaways on Feeling Stitchy in the past, but I thought it would be nice to do a giveaway just for you guys - peeps who've been my blog friends (and lurker blog friends) for years. :) This book was a gift from my friend, so I'll pass along the knitting goodwill by giving away a brand new copy to one of you.

And since I loved this book AND my Addi Turbo needles, I'm doing a giveaway of both:
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All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight this Friday - please help me out and give my new monster a name:
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Also, can you tell me if my monster is a he or a she (or an "it"?) :) Next Saturday I'll announce the winner - I'll either select my favorite name, or make it random, if all the suggestions are equally awesome, and I'm stumped. :) Oh, and please include your email address so I can notify you if you're the winner.

So what do you say? Want a cool knitting book and the best knitting needles around? Leave a comment here! :)

31 comments:

Vanessa said...

Love this guy! I'd name him Monstie the Monster. Then again, I do like unimaginative names.

Daniel Davis said...

He does look great. I'd name him Mr. Bucket!

Jonesy said...

He's wicked cool and looks like a 'BoB' to me...

susanc said...

He's very cute Floresita! I'd call him "Chomper"!

Gus said...

He seems tough but fair and I'd call him Wendell.

Talia said...

I think he looks like a Lionel. Lionel John Bernard Smithson to give him his full name!

Casey said...

I would love to win this giveaway! I love those monsters and really want to give one of them a try!

I'd name your monster Spike! He's one of my favorites from Buffy. Or maybe Andrew :)

Kristin said...

I think he looks like a Jerome.

James-Linda said...

HE IS CUTE!
YOU COULD CALL HIM 'BLUE TOOTH?
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

anothermarker said...

He's so Cute.
I'd name him Peter Brand Jefferson
or
PJ for short.
Cause it looks like he's wearing Pee-jays
and those teeth look like they can cut into some serious
PBJ sandwiches, his favorite sand-o-witch.

Anothermarker@gmail.com

Amanda D Allen said...

He is adorable!

Brandon said...

My 3 year old says BeeBee

plaidoe77 said...

I think he looks like a Bert. Or maybe a Bob. Ooh, Ooh...I know...Bartholomew. Oooorrr Perhaps Bertolini. Billy the Boogie Man sounds good too. I guess I'm going with a B name here.

plaidoe77 said...

Oh...I forgot my email...plaidoe@gmail.com.

And if I don't win, it's cool. It was nice that you opened him up for naming. And he is so flipping cute!

LimeRiot said...

I think he's a boy. How about the name "Higgins", after the club manager from Magnum PI?? :)

I love all of Rebecca Danger's patterns. They are fun and fantastic.

Great job on this!!

Dani said...

I think he's a boy. definitely. And I would name him Biscuit. And you are progressing quite quickly in the knitting department!! You beat me to magic loop!

Linda P said...

So cute Flor!! How about Stripe? (Obvs, don't enter me in the giveaway :)).

fullnovembermoon said...

He looks like a Narg to me. He's cute and can nibble you.

Ras Yeti said...

Niiiiiice! Call him Gordon.

Matt said...

I'd call him 'Blueberry Bill'

Jacey said...

He's awesome! I don't know why, but I have the urge to call him Frederick.

exactwords said...

I'd name him Bludgeory. Or Bludgeory the Blue, if you wanted to denote family name and hue.

Traci said...

"Stubs" and it's a she, a tomboy who refused the insistence for monster supplemental dental care and went her own way. Her hobbies include extended lurking in the sock drawer and late night snacking on refrigerator light bulbs and drain lint.
She also enjoys long strolls on moonless nights.
flsweethrt@yahoo.com

err said...

He looks like a Roy. My dog's name is Roy, and this monster and my dog do not look alike at all, but sometimes my dog can be a little monster, and still be totally cute like this monster. So I see this monster as a Roy. :)

wenselrobins@gmail.com

Skwid said...

My fiance (you can see her knits at her website, Knits A Mystery) had this book, and loved knitting monsters as gifts...but it got misplaced a while ago, and she's missed it dreadfully. So a new one would be fantastic!

Robyn said...

I think the monster is a he, and his name if Frankie. Thanks for the giveaway!

robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

Triubhas said...

Archibald. F'sure.
I know an Archibald when I see one.

lilyeden said...

You clever girl! I'd call him bobo...

Susan Audrey said...

It's definitely a "he" and his name would be Vandiver. Vandiver would guard my bed every day while I'm at work!

(And you are not going to believe this, but the captcha I'm filling out below is "monsta" - no joke. I'm going to email you a screenshot so you will believe me!) :D

Cate Anevski said...

Perhaps it's just because you pointed out his eyes, but I really want him to be named Monster Magoo. So adorable!

Akazukin said...

How about Shimashima Gajiro?
It's Japanese for Striped Biting boy/man.