Has anyone else noticed a sock monkey revival?
They’re all around me. I got a baby shower e-vite today that had a sock monkey on it. He was waving, and he really wanted people to know “IT’S A BOY!”.
I see sock monkeys in stores now. They cost about 15 dollars, and I’m pretty sure they’re not made out of socks. They even have sock monkey Jack-in-the-Boxes. Yes, I bought one. Nothing says “Welcome to the World” like a little brown and white monkey that jumps out of a box! Perfect for a small impressionable infant.
I have sock monkey pajamas. A friend gave them to me when I was in the hospital holding my first baby. She knew I’m not the prepared type and if it hadn’t been for her, I would have been stuck in a hospital gown. She also gave me travel sized mouthwash, toothpaste, and shampoo…I don’t know what that was about, obviously I can pack my own mouthwash! (Okay, so I didn’t pack mouthwash. This is why I make friends with people who give travel sized hygiene products as baby gifts).
I felt a weird walking around the hospital with a bunch of festive, red hatted, monkeys on my back. Never mind that I was ALSO wearing slippers that smiled up at me in a nice, brown and white monkey way. Basically, I could have passed for an actual sock monkey if someone had handed me a banana.
I miss the old sock monkeys. The ones that were made out of actual socks, and maybe they had a few grass stains under their armpit. They were rare, and I never actually owned one. Now, I could just buy one at the store, but…wouldn’t it be so much more fun to make one?
My Sewing Resume:
I’m in the process of making a baby blanket. It will be my second attempt, I had made a blanket before but I didn’t have any pins. My Grandma kept saying “Babies don’t care how it looks, they just want something soft”. But I cared. A little piece of me died each time the fabric would bunch. Anyway, once I can manage a little blanket, I think I will move on to sock monkey. Maybe someday, I can make some sock monkey pajamas, and give them to a dear, dear friend who happens to be pregnant.
I post these instructions because maybe someone will decide to make a sock monkey and send it to me. By the time I get around to making one myself, I will probably be really, really old. What can I say? I’m an achiever.
On an unrelated/related note, Click here to see a Mr. T sock monkey. I KNOW! AWESOME!