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The Adorable Hobby - Sock Monkey!
A few samples from my first batch of sock monkeys using my family's old socks. Sewing together each sock monkey by hand soon got better.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Sock Monkey Invasion: How one sock monkey was introduced to me and then there were more.
The story below on how I started with MoeMonkee has inspired me to add this hub through a thoughtful and friendly advice from MazioCreate (Mary Hobbs). Thank you, Mary! Please also visit Mary Hobbs at http://maziocreate.hubpages.com/
MazioCreate posted a comment to the hub MoeMonkee:
“Your creations are fantastic! To enhance the hub itself I'd like to know how you started making these Sock Monkees. I'd also be inclined to reduce the number of photos in this hub and make a series of hubs about your creations and use the photos throughout these works. Good luck with this endeavour.”
My daughter Monika "Moe" came home one evening all too excited. She dropped her stuff on the floor and came to me at the dinner table. I just had started with my dinner when she disrupted me with some jungle news. “Mom, I know how to make a sock monkey! Do you want me to show you?” she exclaimed. “I’m eating, Monika. Later.” I replied. She was too enthusiastic about it that all she wanted was to get me motivated. She came back with an old pair of socks, a pair of scissors, some thread and a needle. She said, “Mom, it’s easy!” Well, with all the things she needed laid right before my dinner, who can’t resist what was going to happen next.
She started cutting one sock and then taught me how the other sock should be cut in parts. She was forgetting that she was hungry and went on with showing me how all the pieces had to be assembled. I asked, “Where did you learn this?” Monika was not secretive about what she knew and said, “From a website.” I did not further ask her to show me which website since I was still enjoying my dinner. Later I realized that there were a bunch of sock monkey websites to check out. My oh my, all those creative people out there and how beautiful their creations were! I do not deny it; it is pretty contagious!
It did not take long for her to say, “I want to eat.” After her dinner, she went back to the socks that she had started, turned to me and said, “Mom, how do you sew this part?” Soon after showing her, she said, “Okay, you finish it. You can sew better. I will just cut more socks. I’ll do the cutting; you do the sewing, how about that?” She left me with a first primate made out of old pair of socks and stuffed with cotton from one of my old throw pillows. She was resourceful to look for fillers and opened up a cushion pillow that I had kept inside the storage room. So guess who got hooked with making a sock monkey? You are absolutely right, that is obviously me! Since Moe had no patience with a needle and thread, it got me all thrilled to finish up the job. I alone ended up successful until 2 in the morning with the very first sock monkey grinning right at me. It felt a little bit creepy while everybody else in the household was fast asleep. The next day, the day after, and days after the next, my home was invaded with more sock monkeys!
That is how it all began, a sock monkey from an old pair of socks, from my daughter Moe who shared how to make it, and all the patience in creating one after the other, individually hand-sewn.
P.S. I do not own a portable sewing machine. Each MoeMonkee is a labour of love.
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