he's helping the monkey bread dough to rise
The pattern was quick and easy, but the assembly directions left some things to winging it. One thing I didn't get is that the cast on of the body (the bottom) had fewer stitches (and therefore was smaller) than the cast off (top). I somehow increased too much and my body was 'bigger' than it should've been, but I had the same number of stitches as the pattern in the beginning and end. And the head opening circumference was nearly an inch smaller than the top of the body. I thought of putting it together the other way, but then it looked like a penguin (widest at their butts) versus an owl (widest at their shoulders). And, you make this small, more or less rectangular piece called the 'base'. It ends up being a good bit wider and longer than the opening at the bottom. The instructions were unclear about how/where to sew it on, and the pictures weren't all that helpful, so I put it on the inside, then stitched over it again on the outside. The bottom looked a bit like a stoma, but his legs covered that up!
the back of his neck is a bit wonky too
but the kiddo likes him!
The monkey bread... Mom brought this for me (the mix and the mold). The kid has been after me for a couple weeks, 'when are you going to make the monkey bread?'. It's a time-consuming proposition, kneading, rising, making the little balls, rising, baking.
the dough was so sticky I had to knead it in my hands!
I forgot to take a picture of it when it came out of the mold. It looked much like a gooey volcano with caramel sugar sauce oozing all over like lava. And what did kiddo say? 'I like the bread part, but it's too sweet'!!! He's a sweet fiend, so I was a little surprised! I think it would be better if it was made from scratch, with just sugar and cinnamon in the glaze (who knows what is really in those packets).
And exciting news... I have my own domain! I'm still setting it up, but have managed to import all of my livejournal posts. I didn't get the comments. Found instructions somewhere, but it was a whole page of code, and I just couldn't read it all. I'm thinking by the weekend it will be up and going...will keep you posted. I'm sure I'll have a contest to celebrate.