Monsters – not just for stories
Sometimes they are for crocheting little desk friends and toys for people’s adorable nephews.
I’ve found mulling over story/novel things while making monsters to be a great way of not over-thinking the writing while doing something productive and fun. Besides, when you’re done, you have friendly little monsters to stare at you with their button eyes and keep you on task (and off YouTube where you’ll only end up watching videos of corgis barking at spoons anyway). And they make pretty great gifts for other people who might need a friendly monster eye watching out for them.
If you’d like to crochet your very own monsters, I can highly recommend Crafty is Cool’s tutorial on the basic monster. Starting the monster can be the hardest part (though very easy once you’ve learned how). Tracey Aiena’s video on how to make a magic circle (aka “ring” or “loop”) is a good place to start.
What about supplies for making monsters? I’ve been using the following:
- Red Heart Super Saver Economy Yarn
- Size 4.5 mm crochet hook
- Random buttons from purchased at Walmart and Button Button (for those in Vancouver, BC)
- A tapestry needle (or similar) to sew up loose monster ends
- Regular needle and thread for button eyes
- Polyfill (or the more eco-friendly, corn-based fill, Innergreen)
I’ve got reasonably quick at these now, so I can make one up in an evening (or over the course of 9 episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist) if I stay focused.
Monsters everywhere! In print, on your desk, menacing your husband while he plays video games, hanging out with your lunch in your work bag, guarding your snacks (or eating them when you’re not looking)…endless fun!