sock monkeys

I recently discovered the joys of making sock monkeys. How can something be so cute and so ugly at the same time?! Oscar calls these "berry noses" because of the little button noses. He named his monkey "Oscar II", and he calls his brother's monkey "Farmer Hay Bales".

The first couple of monkeys I made with new (modern) red heeled socks. These socks are really long and have some lycra in the fabric content. Then I tried using vintage red heeled socks and I think I like these even better. The fabric is all cotton so it stretches out a bit more when you stuff it. Also the red is not as bright on the heel and the heel itself is larger giving the face a totally different look. Both have their charms I think. Next time I'll try the elephant pattern...

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