Maybe I'm the only one, but I'm the type of person to gleefully shout "Sock monkey!" whenever I spy one in the store. I get really excited when I see a vintage one in an antique store. And, yes, they always looked like they were very loved. The sock monkey is a classic American toy and for very good reason. Everyone loves them.
Those adorable monkey faces with the giant, red lips have stolen hearts since they first became popular during The Depression. Not only were they an inexpensive toy, one only had to sacrifice a pair of socks, but their soft bodies made them so comforting. My mother made mine before I was born and Weazer is still with me today, his huge red smile has a place of honor sitting on my bed.
I don't know if sock monkeys ever went out of vogue but, in the last few years, their popularity has returned with a vengeance and, it's no wonder, as they're still just as cute as ever. The best part about making a sock monkey is that each one is unique and so each one has its own personality. It's fun to dress them and give your monkeys accessories, or make a sock monkey with different kinds of socks. That's how I got my ballerina sock monkey, whom I have bestowed the name Merry Margot. Using a pair of knee high socks, I created a monkey with extra long limbs and I figured what else could she be but a dancer. I then had to fashion her a sweet headband and tutu. (Click here for the easy peasy tutu tutorial.)
But even though it's fun to do crazy socks, there's something endearing about the classic sock monkey. I named mine Tomas and he's the star of this week's new video tutorial. If you have trouble finding these kinds of socks, you can find them online HERE (I bought the large size socks).
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