This is Makimaki Monkey. Hello!
Makimaki is Maori for monkey, and is pronounced Markymarky. Though technically, Makimaki Monkey is an ape, not a monkey, as he doesn’t have a tail.
He’s sitting on my bed because it was the only spot in my house I could find that wasn’t covered in pet hair or mud.
I made him using the same pattern as the other monkeys, but Makimaki is made from a 50% wool 50% acrylic blend I picked up at Spotlight. It was horrible to work with, and I have three blisters on my fingers from making him. He’s stuffed with 99.9% polyester fibrefill and 0.1% dog hair.
He’s currently squashed up in an envelope on his way to start a new life in Australia, where he will live with my friend’s baby. Hopefully they will have lots of adventures together. I’ve told my friend he’s stuffed with 100% polyester fibrefill, as Makimaki Monkey and I decided she didn’t need to know about the dog hair.
Also in the parcel is this book which I found in an antiques shop in Cambridge last week.
It was a real wrench to part with this book as I love old books, especially old books that are over 100 years old.
It’s a first edition, too.
I hope she loves it as much as I do.