Sock monkeys, sock monkeys, and more sock monkeys! When I made my first sock monkey last year, I didn’t really envision myself making another. But last summer I broke out the needle and thread when I was sick and created a second monkey. Then a couple of weeks ago, I found myself creating a third.
Half-way through that third monkey, I lucked into a free sewing machine so I finished off the monkey’s arms and tails with a machine in minutes! And that made me realise that I can actually go into a bit of sock monkey production.
So I broke out the sewing machine yesterday afternoon and by this morning I had another two monkeys to add to my troop!
But before you start worrying that I will soon be lost in a sea of monkeys—these guys are all spoken for!
The black and grey guy on the left (Red 42) will go to my eldest niece, Virginia. The next one over (Pinky Toes) is for my dear friend, Bea. The spotty one on the right (Dotty) will go to my niece, Krystyne. And the little guy in front (who has yet to be named) will find his way to my cousin, Genie.
My goal is to make a sock monkey for all of my nieces and nephews who want one. Though I have to stop production for a while so that I can finish a swirl I started when I was on my American holidays—and then I need to finally start working on a special swirl for my friend, Sharon.
But once I get my backlog of projects done (and once I acquire a few more pairs of holey socks) I will stitch some more monkeys. (Which is a lot easier on my [mild] arthritis now that I can do most of the work with a machine!)