the thing about socks

..they aren’t just for your feet..

I adore sock monkeys…well anything sock animal…well REALLY anything that is practical/useful, that has a dual purpose & ability of turning into something ultra sweet like sock animals!

Recently I picked up this sock monkey book, it’s printed on a heavy weight matte stock (it feels so good) & is filled with seriously sweet hand drawings depicting the techniques used to create all of the different 40+ animals & dolls, it’s 48 pages and was only $10! Hopefully you can find it locally, or you can always get it online from them directly at (it looks like on their site you can get 1 lb of monkey sock 2nds for cheap!) If you happen to have an old pair of socks lying around (really any kind of sock will work) and want to have a go at making a sock monkey or elephant, here are their original free instructions!

Sadly this isn’t even my 1st sock animal book…it’s my 5th

You know my love for all things Japan. Well unlike their crochet & knit books, which are charted, it seems in order to use asian sewing books you almost need to be able to read the language. They do contain some sweet drawings & measurements, but I find they are only somewhat helpful…I often wonder what crucial step I am missing when I only have cute pictures to amusingly guide me. Lucky for me sometimes they get re-released in english. 

really who wouldn’t love a ribbed elephant or sock BANANA!

I’m not even sure what it is about socks, I have quite a few knitting books on socks too, but I have never even tried to knit a pair…I like the idea of it though!

Everyone in my family is slightly sock obsessed…well…I guess they are all for “wearing” them!

My daughter:  Loves anything plaid, argyle or wild, usually a thinner dress style sock, toes, no toes, long, short is doesn’t matter, if they match eeeh it’s ok, even better if they don’t! She will wear a sock even after it has a hole!?! She has a christmas shoe (instead of a stocking) and loves it when we fill it with socks!

My husband: I think if he could have one wish, it would be to have new socks for every day of his life, he says there is just something wondrous about a snug, well-fitting sock. His favorites are goldtoes & smartwool in browns, greys & earth tones, crew length. He has left & right socks !?! …when pairing socks once long ago…he said “you have 2 lefts there.” I said “what?” he explained that with his large feet he actually has a left & a right sock and I was paring up 2 lefts..all I could do was laugh! 

Me: I tend to favor stripes, wide stripes (¼” -½”wide) usually gray with another color, orange, green…somewhat of a witchypoo sock, 100% cotton, but in reality…I am usually barefoot.

The dog: anything soft & squishy, he will hunt out lose socks. Sometimes he will just wander into where you are with a sock tongue hanging out the side of his mouth & look at you like…what? …he has a thing for kleenex too.

The cat: She’s indifferent towards socks, but I guess, really prefers to be barefoot too! …she has a thing for dental floss & anything wool.