After sharing about my recycled sock kitty, I started cruising the web to see what else I could make with socks. I found some great ideas.
The classic sock critter is of course the monkey, but I’ve never really liked the traditional pattern (those red lips freak me out).
However, people have taken the sock monkey in lots of interesting directions. I love Pippa Joyce’s colorful sock monkeys.
I was really wowed by this sock gorilla but I can’t find any reference to who made it. The post also includes links to some daring sock monkey variations (click at your own peril). My favorite is the Sock Monkey of Willendorf.
Many of the really nice looking sock critters are available as kits, made from brand new and cool looking socks. While this isn’t recycling, it does produce some lovely toys. Sock Creatures in the UK has a particularly nice set of rainbow-striped kits. My favorite was the snail.
Zarzak makes clever use of toe socks, and is available as a book and kit (Stupid Sock Creatures Box Set) as well. (I first saw Zarzak on Anita LaHay’s web site and have used her picture below because it is so great.)
There are also brave souls making something cool with their old socks without a pattern. I really love Karin Emsbroek’s original designs. Where does she buy her socks?
Or if you love the unique but are too lazy to make your own, you can commission one. I would go to Jayme at Rawr because her designs are all wonderful. Below I show my favorite, her owl.
Now that I have insulted sock monkeys everywhere, I’m ready for your input. Nightmare fuel or not? Let me know!
6 thoughts on “Sock Critter Inspiration: Beyond the Sock Monkey”
That gangster gorilla is hilarious! But I love the rainbow snail…so bright and cheerful. I really don’t like the traditional one with the huge red lips either…
I wish I knew who made that gorilla. So clever!
These are awesome! The gorilla reminds me of Mr. T and I love the owl!
He does look like Mr. T! I didn’t realize it until you mentioned it.
I have never liked sock monkeys either – they’re creepy. I love the sock bat though, it’s adorable!
Someone must love those creepy monkeys, or no one would make them.