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The Fast and the Finished

Meet "Georgia," the cheeky monkey interpreted as a knit (and crocheted) coffee cup cozy:

Sock monkey cup cozy based on a free pattern on Ravelry
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As soon as I finished (!), washed and blocked my Soft Waves Ripple, Jr., I grabbed the yarn and pattern for this quick project fix. From start to finish (if you already have the yarn and buttons) the cup cozy can be completed in about two hours. I had so much fun making this. A few months ago, a co-worker of mine at the yarn shop shared the free pattern she found on Ravelry (designer: Alejandra Quiroz) and we each bought a skein of the Manos Wool Clasica "Naturals" and split it three ways. I loved knitting with the yarn -- especially the lighter-colored one that I used for the monkey face. In the skein, it's lightly marled; you don't really see the potential until it's knit. It looks a little bit rustic and wild, and it makes a perfectly cute monkey.

And did I mention I was finished with the Ripple?! I have to admit that I was really sick of it towards the end and so glad I chose to make a smaller version of the blanket. To recap for those who haven't seen my notes on Ravelry, I used Cascade 220 Superwash (about 15 different colors). I started with a Boye 4.25mm (G) crochet hook but lost it (probably somewhere in the sofa) and finished with a Susan Bates 4.25mm (G) hook. Each stripe was 2 rows of the ripple pattern, all double crochet stitches. As I've shared before, this ripple was one of my motivations for wanting to learn how to crochet in the first place, so I'm pleased I stuck with it and finished it. I'm already planning at least one more, slightly wider and longer, for my sister Jayne who requested a pink / brown / white color scheme.



For those of you who are local, the blanket will be at Twisted Yarns for a while. Feel free to squish it.


I'm looking forward to seeing the blanket in person this weekend. :)

I have seen that coffee sleeve pattern before - it's so adorable! And the ripple turned out great!

Oh, my gosh. That monkey is just the cutest! What a great teacher's gift. I give you credit for sticking it out with the blanket. Projects that last that long just wear me down.

You've finished it! The ripple blanket looks great :)

I love your Ripple so much!

Love the ripple afghan. It's so bright and cheerful!

What a gorgeous blanket! Well done on finishing it, it looks fabulous, just fabulous!
Vanessa x (do you mind if i knit)

Georgia is very cute!! The blanket is fantastic!

The monkey cozy is too cute! And I think the buttons are a great touch.

Congrats on finishing up your Ripple...one of these days I just might start mine. :)

The ripple looks stunning - well worth all that effort I'd say. And I love the monkey cosy, what a great gift idea!