Another Sock Monkey…

Meet my latest sock monkey.  

Aptly, and rather embarrassingly, named “Mummy loves you” because quite frankly it took so long to make, Mummy certainly must love you to make one of these!  

As you may have realised, with all of the quick and simple crafts on this blog, I am a big fan of a craft that can be completed in under an hour!  That way you have something to show for your efforts, you’ve had your craft fix, accomplished something and can move on to the more exciting tasks of folding the washing, but I just couldn’t resist these little cuties. 

To be honest, it doesn’t really take that long.  You probably could do it in a few hours, or in my case more than a few nights in front of the telly, it really just took me a while to get around to it!  You might remember the one that I made last year for a friend….. it’s been promised since then!  I have since made three and the other two are now all bally and loved to pieces, reminding me of one of my all time favourite story books.  


The feeling of accomplishment having completed a slightly bigger than normal craft is definitely worth it!   If you’d like to give one a go – it’s made from a pair of socks, 2 buttons and some thread (seriously!) – check out this very well written tutorial.
Linking in today with the new home of our creative spaces over here.
Back to that pile of washing… or should I say mountain… I’d much prefer to be making monkeys from my socks rather than folding them…. problem is you need a matching pair and they are few and far between in this house!
What creative pursuits have you been up to lately? 
Do you prefer the quick and easy craft or the slow and satisfying?

MY CREATIVE SPACE…

For the last couple of weeks, I have been making sock monkeys!
We were invited to a first birthday party with a cheeky monkey theme and so I thought I’d give a sock monkey a try!  Amazing what you can make out of only a pair of socks!  Of course, as soon as I started the kids all wanted one, so they ran to their sock drawers and came back with a pair each!  I’m still working on theirs…
I followed a very well written tutorial with step by step photographed instructions, right here.
This is my new favourite thing to make.  I still can’t get over that it is made out of a pair of socks!

Joining in today with our creative spaces.

A CONFESSION…

I have a confession to make….
I currently have 23 odd socks.

Is that excessive? I think so.
Once I got up to 44 and for the last few years, have not been able to get below 13. I honestly don’t know what happens – maybe the washing machine eats them or maybe there really is a sock heaven. I still like to hang on to them, just in case their mate shows up one day. I didn’t really have a system for hanging on to them and this only compounded the problem!

On a recent stay at our house, my mother decided to do something about it! She searched under beds on a big hunt and was very proud to find 3 missing mates, but more needed to be done. So, she made me an “odd socks bag”, which now hangs with pride on my ironing board. Domestic Bliss here we come.

But 23 are just tooooo many – it’s time for a reality check – some socks are never going to be reunited with their life partner. There are newborn baby socks in there – I need to let go! Maybe it’s time for these socks to find a new life repurposed as something else. You might see some transformed into hobby horses for a farm party (thanks Anna for suggestion) if I get the time and the kids certainly have had fun with a few sock puppets!

I interrupted writing this post to hang some washing on the line (such good winds out there today) and underneath the pegs I found a scrunched up white school sock hiding in my peg bag (the peg bag that my mother made for me & I LOVE) and I happily trotted off to my new ‘odd sock bag’ and found its’ mate. Joy.


Do you have a pile of odd socks? What do you do with them? If you don’t – please share your secret!


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