Some of you may remember my Sock Monkey Madness, well, in honour of my home-county’s Mad March Hare festival, I have started on the slippery slope to going Sock Bunny Bonkers…
I found this lady’s tutorial for the cutest lop-eared bunny rabbit. In my opinion, it’s the nicest sock rabbit out there online. Some of the others look cool – like those little monster creatures – but not floppy-eared like this one.
My Marshmallow insisted, as I made it (occasionally, I craft in front of my cutie-pie while he plays with cars or blocks, as I think it’s nice for him to know what I like to do), that I should “Put eyes on,” and “Tickly!” as he rubbed its tail on his nose. Ha ha. He was also pulling it, stretching its limbs to torturous capacity and the thread held!
As for the Mad March (all year) Hare Festival in Cirencester, England, how cool is that! My Mum went on the weekend and got some snaps. As a family, I suspect we’re on Jimmy Stewart’s side with his pal Harvey!
November’s been and nearly gone.
The early part of the month was flash bang wallop with enthusiasm and creativity. The latter part of the month has been quiet, I’ve chosen lounging and reading as my R&R activities. But still, things got done, for starters, a monkey got made out of toddler odd socks!
Whenever I’m in between crafts but feel a yen, a yearn for doing a little something I alternate with redwork and bluework.
To get my nearly two year old involved, I’ve been showing off his pen skills with a christmas decoration and a train.
A couple of my impending December posts have actually already been done and finished but I can’t share them until they’ve physically been airmailed. But that’s good, because I can tell you in advance December might be sunny & summery here but in my northern hemisphere heart it’s Snowman Season! Watch out!
I’ve kept all of my baby’s socks from when he was a tiddler, because I figured there must be something somebody is doing – that isn’t a baby mobile – that will help me hold on to them, without appearing to be too much of a hoarder.
I haven’t found that something yet, but with toddler socks, I found that they make a really cute miniature sock monkey! (In the photograph is also the purple heart sock monkey numero cinco, which is now in its new home.)
What I did
Using my favourite tutorial for making sock monkeys, I followed her instructions. It’s all exactly the same, except that the smaller sock means shorter arms.
From those odd socks lurking in my toddler’s closet I picked the best ‘match’, making sure that the sock for the ‘snout’ had a colourful heel. The body could be plain – which it is, and that worked well with the stripy arms.
Finally, I held my enthusiasm in abeyance by blogging about it several weeks later, when really I wanted to show them off immediately!
It’s an oldie but a goodie, classic upcycle: sock monkeys. I remember wishing I could make one a long time ago. I couldn’t say what stopped me but I remember thinking they must be awfully complicated. Anyway, a week ago I sorted out my sock drawer and put all the odds in my Tardis Craft Cupboard.
Then, as you do, my mind wandered to one of my favourite go-to bloggers, Deni Miller, and what she had to say about sock monkeys. Her sock monkeys are very perfect and her story is very funny!
What I did
I googled again yesterday for a tutorial and found one that made it seem easier and simpler than I thought possible – Craft with Confidence Sock Monkey Tutorial. And I just fished my socks out, chose the two least clashing odd socks. Did all the sewing by hand last night once Marshmallow was asleep.
Picked up some hobby filler for $6 today after eating strawberries fresh from the field with my two favourite chaps. And voila. Naptime Monkey made. The green button eyes are the ones I cut off from the outgrown baby sweaters.
I was talking to my Mum this morning about what could I use to stuff the monkey if I didn’t go and buy new stuffing. And, as per usual, her answer was instant and amazing: an old pillow – one of the foamy ones. Especially since I don’t use nylons (hosiery) enough to shred them anymore. That’s what we used to use in the ‘olden days’ back when all tutorials were from books or classes!
Anyway, at the strawberry field I said, ‘Let’s pick up filler for the sock monkey on the way home’ and Marsh said “ooh-ooh, aah-aah” and tickled under his own armpits. Ha ha. So hopefully when he wakes up he’ll see his new friend and monkey dance the afternoon away.