Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Around these parts we love monkey's, but we really love one in particular, SOCK MONKEY! The Nelson Knitting Mills of Rockford, Illinois, produced the first red heel socks. Crafters were turning the "De-Tec-Tip" socks into stuffed animals. In 1951, the company started putting sock monkey instructions with each pair of socks sold. The Fox River Mills, in Osage, Iowa, took over the Nelson Knitting Mills in 1992. However, they continued the tradition by enclosing instructions for sock elephants. Fox Rivers best seller to date are still the Rockford Red Heels. There's an array of animals, facial expressions, colors and sizes to choose from when making your own creation!

The best sock monkeys I've seen so far are from Etsy sellers, of course!

Etsy shop TerraceHill ,
which also sell vintage inspired aprons!
Personalized tattoo for sock monkey
Etsy shop sewwoman

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