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A Chip Off the Old Sock

Apr 18, 2011

by Linzee McCray

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Achieving artistry doesn’t necessarily require a myriad of materials. Sometimes constraints spur creativity and allow ingenuity to shine through. So it is with sock monkeys. With little more than a pair of humble heathery socks, loving grandmothers, artists, and all kinds of sewers have spawned creatures representing a variety of genders, emotions, occupations, and even species. Depending on the placement of button eyes, embroidered lashes, and embellishments on the wide, red mouth, a sock monkey can emulate sentiments ranging from tender wistfulness to panic.

The raw material for sock monkeys are Rockford Red Heels, socks that are currently made in Osage, Iowa, by Fox River Mills. The socks first appeared in 1932, when the Nelson Knitting Mills of Rockford, Illinois, added the red heels to differentiate their socks from those made by competitors. They named the heel the De-Tec-Tip. In 1951, when the company learned that crafters were turning De-Tec-Tip socks into stuffed animals, they started enclosing sock monkey instructions with each pair sold. Fox River continued the tradition (the pattern also includes instructions for a sock elephant) when it bought the assets of  Nelson Knitting in 1992.

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Left: Socks await toe stitching at Fox River MIlls. Right: One of Todd Thelen’s sock monkeys.

Of the 140 styles of socks that Fox River produces, Rockford Red Heels are the best sellers. Last year the company knitted and shipped more than 250,000 pairs. In addition to the traditional brown and white, Rockford Red Heels come in pink and blue, and in a kid’s size suitable for tiny monkeys. Fox River’s pattern book demonstrates that monkeys are just the tip of the critter-making iceberg: patterns include original drawings for sock squirrels, pigs, hobby horses, a dachshund, and numerous dolls and puppets.

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Photo by Fox Fiver Mills

Left: A sewer works on a Nelson Red Heel cuff. Right: Nelson Red Heel sock display stand.

Sock monkeys appeal to simian fans of all ages, and so they show up in a multitude of forms. They’ve been the subject of comic books and children’s books, stars of a 1998 Super-8 film, I, Socky, and regularly appear on textiles, children’s clothing, wrapping paper, and in a Flickr pool with more than 3,000 sock monkey images. Rebecca Lessard (who calls herself Fox River Mills’s Vice President of Monkey Business) notes that while the popularity of sock monkeys has waxed and waned over the years, the life-sized sock monkey who took the wheel of a Kia-Sorento in a 2010 Superbowl ad attracted lots of monkey love. “Not a week goes by that we don’t get someone asking if we can sell them a human-sized monkey suit,” she says. (The answer is no. Because socks at Fox River Mills are knitted seamlessly, in the round, they don’t have equipment to knit the large, flat pieces used to create the costume. Fox River worked with another mill on the pattern, sourcing the appropriate rag yarn, to create the Kia-Sorento monkey.)

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The red-heeled simians have also starred in numerous art exhibitions. Sock monkey collections have an appeal to those with an interest in outsider art, although collectors are as varied as the critters themselves. Some collect only monkeys wearing clothes. Others prefer critters that aren’t monkeys (the socktopus is a particular favorite). Todd Thelen, whose sock critters were photographed for this post, says he started amassing his collection of between 150 and 200 sock monkeys nearly 23 years ago. Why? Thelen says simply, “They’re hilarious.”

One of the best-documented collections belongs to Ron Warren. Photographer Arne Svenson, intrigued by Warren’s plentiful collection, photographed each monkey and included some in the book sock monkeys (200 out of 1,863). The large black and white portraits of individual monkeys grant each creature a space for personal expression, from a giddy, girly, peppermint-button-eyed critter to a jowly, lumpish-headed monkey lad. The photos provide ample demonstration that an extra stitch here or a bit of rickrack there is sometimes all it takes to create a sock monkey like no other.

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Three years ago I stitched a sock monkey, but failed to follow the instructions. My monkey’s back is twisted, as though she has an orthopedic malady. I decided that her spine curvature could best be hidden if I sewed a skirt to hide the imperfection, and then I needed to make a buttonhole in the skirt for her tail to pop through. With sock monkeys, one thing leads to another. What starts as two simple socks can take on a life of its own.

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154 comments

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 10 years ago

    Wow, that's amazing!

  • SheppardHillDesigns

    SheppardHillDesigns said 10 years ago

    Who doesn't love a sock monkey?

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 10 years ago

    so adorable I used to have a great vintage collection of monkeys but alas move after move they left me :(

  • emandbee

    emandbee said 10 years ago

    I love this post! Great collection of adorable monkeys!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 10 years ago

    So cute!!

  • Tina7383

    Tina7383 said 10 years ago

    I have bought a GREAT newborn sockmonkey toy from HOFFEEANDANUFFIN before. She is the last seller in the related items listing above. She made a custom size and I loved it . She is a great seller to work with and is very quick. Be sure to look in her shop because she has more that the sock monkey buttons listed = 0.

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 10 years ago

    I love Tony Millionaire's Uncle Gabby Sock Monkey, the star of the Sock Monkey books and Maakies! I've never made a sock monkey, back when I was a teen I made a sock doll for my little sister with an embroidered face. It looked a little frightening, I'm sure she would of preferred a monkey.

  • Littlezozo

    Littlezozo said 10 years ago

    some cute monkeys thanks for sharing :)

  • LittleBirdWallArt

    LittleBirdWallArt said 10 years ago

    This is so cool! I love sock monkeys, they are absolutely adorable!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 10 years ago

    How can you look at a sock monkey and not smile?! Gary

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 10 years ago

    Sock monkeys!!!!

  • WiggysStuff

    WiggysStuff said 10 years ago

    Thank you for including Ernie's map reading card in your amazing article on sock monkeys! Thank you for writing the article as well!

  • squarejane

    squarejane said 10 years ago

    thanks! i adore sock monkeys and sew them, paint them, collect them and make costumes for people to BE them! can you tell that i am bananas for sock monkeys? [ j ]

  • weirdwares

    weirdwares said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the fun article, I needed a good giggle! :D You're so right about constraints spurring creativity - I find some of my best ideas come from lacking a certain craft supply to do it the usual way! Emily :)

  • BoondockG

    BoondockG said 10 years ago

    Nice read and sock monkeys ROCK!!

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 10 years ago

    How you like me now.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

    sooo cute!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 10 years ago

    How sweet--I LOVE monkeys! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • VellasLittleThings

    VellasLittleThings said 10 years ago

    Right up my alley! Just started making crocheted sock monkey hats and listing them. They are so fun! Got my pattern from sockmonkeykook.etsy.com and I think it's the cutest one out there! :)

  • katlantis

    katlantis said 10 years ago

    imagine how comfy a sock monkey costume would be!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 10 years ago

    I just love SOCK monkeys - this is a wonderful story Monica TheIDConnection

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 10 years ago

    love these. :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 10 years ago

    So cute! =)

  • MothersMiniTreasures

    MothersMiniTreasures said 10 years ago

    I am falling in love with Sock Monkeys late in life!

  • InvitaPaperStudio

    InvitaPaperStudio said 10 years ago

    Awesome! I have a sock monkey that is 25 years old at least :)

  • CurioCabinet

    CurioCabinet said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great history lesson on sock monkeys. My grandma made one for my brother 50 years ago which my sister and I happily received as a hand-me-down when he outgrew it. It eventually disintegrated from all that love. Glad to see the tradition is alive and well!

  • choisette

    choisette said 10 years ago

    i am the proud owner of 26 sock monkeys.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 10 years ago

    What great childhood memories. Thanks for sharing.

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 10 years ago

    how fun!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 10 years ago

    choisette - we're worried about you... great story, so cute, thanks

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 10 years ago

    Sock monkeys are super cute but I'd love to see a sock squirrel! Great article!

  • LakesEdge

    LakesEdge said 10 years ago

    I love the socktopus! Fantastic, very cute items :)

  • emwi

    emwi said 10 years ago

    haha I like Sylvia!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 10 years ago

    So adorable!

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 10 years ago

    So cute! Great story!

  • purpleandlime

    purpleandlime said 10 years ago

    thanks for including my Banana Necklace in the Related Items! I'm beyond honored....and how cool that the Sock Monkeys started in IL!? (and yay for primates!)

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 10 years ago

    Who doesn't love a sock monkey?

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    We always had a sock monkey! Love them!

  • GlitzCouture

    GlitzCouture said 10 years ago

    Oh my goodness, how WONDERFUL! I have always had a bond with these cute buddies, my mother always called me monkey, and I have a bunch of monkey memorabilia. THANK YOU for this wonderful blog!! SO enchanting! :)

  • ModernButtercup

    ModernButtercup said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys! They're so cute! :)

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 10 years ago

    I never knew how prevalent sock monkeys are and I loved reading about their history!! I love bobo!!!! Great collection.

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 10 years ago

    Super cute...

  • SnowDayArtist

    SnowDayArtist said 10 years ago

    Great article!! What is it about Sock Monkeys? - I was totally bitten by this bug this past winer. Check out my blog for knitted pics: (the 2 March entries) http://snowdayartist.blogspot.com/ ~(:(0) (surprised) -(:()) (happy)

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 10 years ago

    Very cool!!!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 10 years ago

    sock monkeys are so cool !!!!!

  • BooPatch

    BooPatch said 10 years ago

    Favorite scene from Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is the one with the sock monkey reaching out to the mutant accountant :-) I have this awesome book all about how to make different kinds of sock monkey's and other animals out of errant socks and mittens...my kids love them!!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 10 years ago

    You can't resist the cute!

  • figurativepie

    figurativepie said 10 years ago

    Huzzah for sock monkeys!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 10 years ago

    oh Darling!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 10 years ago

    oh Darling!

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 10 years ago

    I have learned a lot about sock monkeys here ! Love the wedding couple aww. Now it makes me want to have a try at it. Thanks for this fun article! Val

  • HappyGirlzDesigns

    HappyGirlzDesigns said 10 years ago

    Hilarious! I am still chuckling. The dressed monkey next to the elephant and the "socktopus" is so ugly, that it is truly cute! Nice history on the monkey . . . thanks for the laugh.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 10 years ago

    This is so cute monkey:O)

  • mountainvintage

    mountainvintage said 10 years ago

    Such a good article. This reminds me I have a very old Sock Monkey and sock Kangaroo that I should list on Etsy.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 10 years ago

    So interesting and so lovely monkeys

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 10 years ago

    that sock monkey just wont die

  • wuggabird

    wuggabird said 10 years ago

    We adore our sock monkey clan here in The Rainforest :)

  • GrandmasStash

    GrandmasStash said 10 years ago

    thank you for a great article!

  • quabbinhill

    quabbinhill said 10 years ago

    Love the sock monkey! classic.

  • EllaBands

    EllaBands said 10 years ago

    Love this! Love sock monkeys. :)

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 10 years ago

    What a classic. You have to love the sock monkey...or and monkey for that matter.

  • ekra

    ekra said 10 years ago

    There was a woman from Milwaukee that shows how to make a sock monkey costume out of sweaters on HGTV: http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/sock-monkey-costume/index.html She wore it to Art vs. Craft in Milwaukee once and it was a HIT!

  • MapleMondays

    MapleMondays said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys and all the other critters that can be made with socks :)

  • tedandlucy

    tedandlucy said 10 years ago

    Gotta love monkeys! Sock monkey stuff is a best-seller for me ... check out my stuff on this site as well ... full of monkeys! http://www.everythingmonkeys.com/ ~ K

  • BijoDesigns

    BijoDesigns said 10 years ago

    My FAVORITE version of the sock monkey comes from Outlaw Heart Creations in Canada. I've already bought 2 and am in love! http://www.etsy.com/listing/72180708/made-to-order-customizable-zombie?ref=sr_gallery_3&ga_search_query=zombie+sock+monkey&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

  • theroyalvintage

    theroyalvintage said 10 years ago

    good old sock monkey...

  • heidibg

    heidibg said 10 years ago

    Love that crazy sock monkey. This is great! Thanks. :)

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 10 years ago

    Fun article! It's kinda cool to get the history behind the socks that started it all!!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 10 years ago

    sock monkey, that funky monkey!

  • cbbiggio

    cbbiggio said 10 years ago

    Indeed, simplicity is exclusivity....I love that!!!...these sock monkeys are great!...I believe few people in the world would dare to offer a sock monkey as a gift...I would love to receive one, because it would remind me my time as a child, when simple things were the best for me!

  • CitygatePR3131

    CitygatePR3131 said 10 years ago

    I LOVE sock monkeys! When my son, a Marine, was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan I made him a custom monkey to take along. It has a little red flat top (my son's hair is red), a USMC tat on his back (just like my sons), and cammo pants, they call them "cammies" Monkey is safely back in the states for a while and lives on an airbase in Arizona with my Marine :-)

  • earthgarden

    earthgarden said 10 years ago

    Yay for sock monkeys! Its been way too long since I had one, Im ready for my new sock monkey!

  • kararane

    kararane said 10 years ago

    fun! & so true- work with the materials U have,,B creative* lucky 2 b YOU.

  • DejaK

    DejaK said 10 years ago

    How awesome!

  • stitchingbevy

    stitchingbevy said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys! I've made so many. Did you know that there is a Sock Monkey Festival in Rockford, il every March? You can even sign up to make your own while you are there. It is a must for Sock Monkey lovers.

  • stitchingbevy

    stitchingbevy said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys! I've made so many. Did you know that there is a Sock Monkey Festival in Rockford, il every March? You can even sign up to make your own while you are there. It is a must for Sock Monkey lovers.

  • wearebandits

    wearebandits said 10 years ago

    these are amazing! also, congrats on the sly blog title.

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 10 years ago

    we have a small collection of sock monkeys here, including a lampwork glass bead made by an Etsy seller, http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBeadYouNeed It hangs from the rear view mirror!

  • NoelaniAvantrix

    NoelaniAvantrix said 10 years ago

    No sock squirrels here, but I have plenty of other species around. Those Red Heel socks are hard to find outside the internet, though. I usually use whatever I can grab from thrift stores or friends who are cleaning out closets. Makes for some very colourful personalities. Here's the one sock animal I made from the red heels, and it wasn't even a monkey! http://www.etsy.com/listing/66500438/

  • JanesSundayBest

    JanesSundayBest said 10 years ago

    Great hearing the history behind the creation. I've made sock dogs and really enjoyed being able to create personality along the way. Love what you are doing.

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 10 years ago

    I had never heard of sock monkeys before joing etsy. But they are very cute.

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 10 years ago

    Monkey socks are like "plushies grandpas" ;)

  • carolinesboutique

    carolinesboutique said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys! My children all got sock monkey pj's for Christmas and I'm making sock monkey leg warmers for my 5 month old granddaughter right now! :)

  • TheFabricVineyard

    TheFabricVineyard said 10 years ago

    I love Sock Monkeys. I had one as a child. Sock Monkey fabric is some of my most popular fabric. Loved this article.

  • dnatoli

    dnatoli said 10 years ago

    This is the first gift I buy newborns for family and friends. My 35-year-old daughter still has her sock monkey. It had seen better days, but she loved her so much she had her mended and now she's like brand new. Not many things nowadays you can say that about!

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 10 years ago

    incredible cuteness!!!

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 10 years ago

    LOL! I smiled and laughed when I saw the post. A good way to start the day!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys! This was an adorable article!

  • THEMONKEYSHOP

    THEMONKEYSHOP said 10 years ago

    Awe I would of love to see my modern soft machine washable sock monkeys on here. Great story I loved it.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 10 years ago

    Loved reading this history! Remembering how our granmothers, etc could make something out of nothing is so inspiring!

  • ALilLoopy

    ALilLoopy said 10 years ago

    What a great read! I am fascinated by sock monkeys and their massive appeal!!!

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin said 10 years ago

    So fun to learn a bit of the history behind the sock monkey~

  • YellowBugBoutique

    YellowBugBoutique said 10 years ago

    What a great article! Love knowing the history behind craft crazes. Wonder who made the very first one?

  • Jungle

    Jungle said 10 years ago

    I loved my little sock monkey as a kid ^_^

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 10 years ago

    My grandmother used to make us sock monkeys as kids, this brings back so many fond memories, thanks for sharing!

  • StudioSJS

    StudioSJS said 10 years ago

    I can't sleep without my sock monkey, Sock Miko Sover. :)

  • justmejewelry

    justmejewelry said 10 years ago

    very cute

  • HandyDuo

    HandyDuo said 10 years ago

    lovely monkeys!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 10 years ago

    Adorable!!

  • ConvergedCommodities

    ConvergedCommodities said 10 years ago

    sock it to me sock it to me sock it to me

  • Oldylocks

    Oldylocks said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys!

  • meandsis

    meandsis said 10 years ago

    Wonderful sock monkeys! Great ideas!

  • ArtsofEska

    ArtsofEska said 10 years ago

    There is something so fun and fresh about a sock monkey compared to the other stuffed animals flooding the market. I made one for my daughter when she turned 2 and I plan on doing the same for my son.

  • TripleGemini

    TripleGemini said 10 years ago

    I LOVE this!!! Brings back so many memories. My mother used to makes sock monkey dolls and when I was a baby she made me a sock monkey outfit and put me in the middle of all the sock monkey dolls for a photograph. Sock monkey are a classic DIY Craft and its so great to see them represented on Etsy!!

  • maggiem09

    maggiem09 said 10 years ago

    This is an adorable article. I want a sock monkey now. :]

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 10 years ago

    Sock monkeys - great memories!

  • Shhbang

    Shhbang said 10 years ago

    I love it too. I am the sock monkey costume maker. TripleGemini, I thought she was embarrassed when she was younger so lovely to hear her response to your article. Sock Monkeys bring peace and love.

  • GabriellaFiabane

    GabriellaFiabane said 10 years ago

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/62762526/sock-monkey-zen-bw-photo

  • BellaPuzzlesToo

    BellaPuzzlesToo said 10 years ago

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning!

  • dillonsgirl

    dillonsgirl said 10 years ago

    I just started making sock monkey beanies and the cutest sock monkey blanket I will be listing in a few days.

  • adessojewelry

    adessojewelry said 10 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous! Love this post....thanks for the cheer!

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy said 10 years ago

    cool!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 10 years ago

    That was a fun article - fascinating and very cute monkey's. I love Sylvia!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 10 years ago

    too ~ cute

  • aleahb

    aleahb said 10 years ago

    totally cute!

  • JustColor

    JustColor said 10 years ago

    So creative and cute.

  • MeShells108

    MeShells108 said 10 years ago

    cute cute

  • FoxRiverSox

    FoxRiverSox said 10 years ago

    Thanks for writing the article Linzee! It was great to meet you and Emily. We had a great time showing you the sock making process and talking about the sock monkey and the Original Rockford Red Heel® Monkey Sock. For any of you who are interested in buying monkey socks and our new Pattern Book directly from the manufacturer, visit us at www.foxsox.com.

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 10 years ago

    I never saw a sock elephant before - he's cute!

  • MorganNichole

    MorganNichole said 10 years ago

    Love sock monkey! Congrats on your interview.

  • VerukaDollsLand

    VerukaDollsLand said 10 years ago

    Up with monkeys!

  • loranscruggs

    loranscruggs said 10 years ago

    I use to have a hobby horse made out of these socks, what a great article.

  • helenerslev

    helenerslev said 10 years ago

    Now all they need is some vintage bling!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 10 years ago

    I love it!

  • bluewater607

    bluewater607 said 10 years ago

    great post! I have some sock monkeys on my site also. Take a look!!

  • yesstreen

    yesstreen said 10 years ago

    BRAVO!!

  • yesstreen

    yesstreen said 10 years ago

    BRAVO!!

  • Countrymouse923

    Countrymouse923 said 10 years ago

    Sock monkeys are so unique. It was fun to read about their history. Thanks:)

  • stufd

    stufd said 10 years ago

    Great read! I love the closing line "What starts as two simple socks can take on a life of its own" - SO TRUE!

  • RoyalFelt

    RoyalFelt said 10 years ago

    Adorable!!

  • soapz

    soapz said 10 years ago

    A few years ago I made a bunch of sock dogs. It's so easy to do and you can embellish them with al kinds of things, jewellery, buttons.. These monkeys are also very cute!

  • hoffeeandanuffin

    hoffeeandanuffin said 10 years ago

    FANTASTIC article! Very informative and full of history. I'm delighted to see my sock monkey stitch markers included in the featured collection and would like to suggest 'Sock Monkey Dreams' (found at Etsy shop 'SocksFifthAvenue') to those who enjoy reading.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 10 years ago

    So cute! Love these :)

  • jennerosity

    jennerosity said 10 years ago

    My sister is deathly afraid of sock monkeys, or any kind of monkeys, for that matter. too many horror movies, I guess. I can't wait to show her this article!

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings said 10 years ago

    The sock monkey is the Real Energizer Bunny! He goes on and on and on...

  • GldnRamMtlsmithing

    GldnRamMtlsmithing said 10 years ago

    I want one again!

  • jsanderso

    jsanderso said 10 years ago

    Monkies! I had one as a child; I have 5 now!

  • handknitted4you

    handknitted4you said 10 years ago

    Very nice! That's the first time I've read or heard the history behind those cute monkeys. Thank you!

  • charlenesbags

    charlenesbags said 10 years ago

    Wow, a great collection of moneys. I had a sock monkey when I was a child.

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 10 years ago

    So adorable, what a great collection!

  • littledarlynns

    littledarlynns said 10 years ago

    great article. Back in the day ( & I mean way back in the day) they taught girls how to make sock monkey dolls in home economic classes. Don't even know if that is a required subject anymore. Anyway, loved your article.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 10 years ago

    Wow! to death !

  • OhRita

    OhRita said 10 years ago

    I have loved Sock Monkey since I was a young girl. My parents had 6 kids and the first time I ever saw one I remember asking my mom for it. She said "We can't afford it." I always still wanted one for years and years. One day shortly after my first son was born I found the socks and a pattern on sale through some cataloge for toys that helped kids learn skills other than playing video games. This one taught you to sew. I bought it and made my son his sock monkey. He still has it and took it when he left home and got married. I make them for all my friends and their kids. I even made myself one last year....after all those years of wanting one for myself. Sock monkey lives on....forever. :)

  • GinnArt

    GinnArt said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys! What a great vintage piece.

  • TidbitsOfColor

    TidbitsOfColor said 10 years ago

    I love sock monkeys. I made one from a kit with slippers on and holding a teddy bear of felt. Now I'll have to try different animals out. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • HuntersvilleTile

    HuntersvilleTile said 10 years ago

    Cute! Love them!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 10 years ago

    I've always loved these - too cute photo of all those little monkeys together!! Fun article!!!

  • MonkeySprinkle

    MonkeySprinkle said 10 years ago

    Super Awesome Linzee! Thanks for all the great history and for sharing your pictures. Monkeys RULE!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 10 years ago

    Love the monkeys! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 10 years ago

    Great post! I loved reading about sock monkeys (I've got several of my own and have made a few too!). :D

  • PiecesOfOlde

    PiecesOfOlde said 10 years ago

    Love your article! I have a small collection that I have collected over the years. Mine are dolls and monkeys and elephants made out of socks. Some of the socks are probably Pre-Rockford Red Heels socks.....very old. I love the ingenuity of creating these toys out of the materials available at the time. I've made these monkeys too out of the red heeld socks...it's not as easy as it looks! But what fun!

  • mcrob86

    mcrob86 said 10 years ago

    I have never seen animal sock critters other than the monkeys. These are so cute!!

  • karenkcs

    karenkcs said 9 years ago

    Is there anyone out there that makes goods on this website that would make sock monkey curtains? I got a crib bedding set from someone on this website but she never answered me back about making curtains. There's everything under the sun for sock monkeys but some cute curtains!! Let me know, thanks

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