This is Larry the monster, and he holds your stuff. He’s pretty awesome, being half vessel and part monster doll. His hollow body allows for you to fill him up with your yarn, remote controls, knick-knacks or other things. Larry is happy to just hang out in your living room or kitchen… wherever he’s needed. He’s solving an organization issue in my house, and he could help you too.
We have four remote controls in our living room. I’m not sure how it happened. Maybe they’re like bunnies. Who knows. There’s one for the TV, the cable box, the DVD player, and the sound bar. I’m always misplacing one of them. Now they have a home. They are put away instead of ending up in the kitchen, randomly. The remote controls now live inside of Larry. He’s much nicer to look at too.
Larry’s body and mouth was crocheted out of bulky pencil roving and sock yarn, held together as one strand of yarn. I used an H/8 (5 mm) hook, which I never do. I like to keep my hooks under size D/3 (3.25 mm) if I can help it. It worked out awesome for this monster. His arms, lips, eyes, eyelids, and fin were all crocheted out of cotton thread. The lids, fin, and arms have some picot stitches (sc, ch 3, sc in one stitch) and it really made a cool effect. The thread crochet work took forever and I almost forgot to stuff the monster’s hands before I sewed him all together. His eyeballs are lightly stuffed as well, because the safety eyes were poking through the roof of his mouth. They were also really deflated, and it didn’t look right. Larry was a quick and smooth monster to design.
I’m probably going to make Larry a friend. I have to figure out all the yardage used in making him anyway. I think I’ll add some buttons or snaps on the next one’s mouth, so I can use the new Larry as a yarn bowl of sorts. It’ll keep my yarn away from the cat and keep it cleaner in general.
Aside from yarn, I’m sure these can hold whatever you need to keep track of… journals, pens, small toys, and whatever else you can think of.
You can’t buy a Larry monster… yet. There’s pricing to figure out, pattern work to figure out, and this one lives on my coffee table, maintaining remote control organization. The crochet pattern will be released once it’s tested. I’ve added this one to the list of crochet kits to design for October/November. I’ll have the actual monsters for sale at some point if the pricing works out.
How do you store your stuff? Have you ever thought of functional art to get the job done? This is my first real piece of functional art in my home… maybe except for the bird cages that hold my plants. Let me know!