The first sock monkey toys evolved around the 1900's in the U.S. They were crafted by mothers for their children in times when money was scarce. They were made famous by the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois in the 1920's who gave out free sock monkey making plans with their red heel socks.
Sock Monkeys are still popular today in modern culture and are featured in many books by the cartoon artist Tony Millionaire.
My favourite sock monkey book is by Arne Svenson and Ron Warren titled 'Sock Monkeys (200 out of 1,863)' it features 200 black and white sock monkey portraits and is quite amazing.
Here is a sock monkey I have made using these special red heeled socks, I can make them to order in my etsy shop. I have been making sock monkeys since 2005 and opened my etsy shop in 2006. I pride myself on producing high quality sock toys made with love and care.
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