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« on: January 27, 2010 10:24:44 AM »

I've been posting these separately but why not just stick them all together in one thread since I'm making so many of them lately? They can all live together here in a big ole fun monkey pile!

Two little midnight marauders.

I left these up for adoption at a friend's shop, it was hard to part with either of them.

The triplets

my first sock monkey sale, the hats come off too! Middle monkey wears his heart on his bum Cheesy

voodoo sock monkey with pins for a friend

He came with an eyeball pin cushion and organ pins


The most recent, DOTD monkey for ShannonMB in the sock monkey/critter swap.



Super sneaky surprise gift for another craftster mama's kiddo

Based on the characters from a show called Imagination Movers

My first one ever, I like him a lot.



Here's a punk rock sock made for a friend's little boy. The papa is a hardcore punk rocker so I thought this might suit Wink.


Here's one that I made for a friend's mama who works with veterans, she noticed the poppy eyes right away.


I think this might be all the pics I can reasonably jam into one thread. Might have to start another one, oh darn Cheesy Wink.

ETA here's a link to the thread where the sockefant and sockbunny made of hand knit socks live...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337370.msg3901833#msg3901833
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010 12:03:29 PM »

Love that he is skinny and has ears that stick out.  Grin Reminds me of my son. It is nicer than any I have seen for sale and that includes the Stuper expensive one I bought at a friend's store!
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010 01:03:27 PM »

Just a sock monkey? There is no such thing. He is adorable!
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010 12:46:34 PM »

I love the smile, the details on the ears and the little heart. So cute--great work!
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2010 12:47:51 PM »

Love the hat Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010 12:32:45 PM »

Thanks guys! I'm pretty pleased with my first attempt. I have a monkey of sock that's been hanging around with me for at least 10 years now and he's so skinny! I thought I made a mistake with mine 1st 'cause he's such a chunky monkey in comparison but after taking a few good looks at him I figured out that he's made with more than one pair of socks which accounts for his uber long limbs and tail. My first little dude's his hefty cousin.
Don't all sock monkey ears stick out? I thought they did... sure wouldn't be as cute if not! Mine are made with spiral ears like the one I've had for years and I think it looks so cute compared to the plain circular ones. I like 'em!
His hat is actually just a bit of fabric pulled out and stitched flat around his forehead. I made his head too big and his body was way too small in proportion so I had to figure out a solution and this was it. Plus I got to finally use a nifty little pom pom maker I bought at least 2 years ago and have never tried out. Works pretty good Cheesy.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010 04:02:05 PM »

The punk rock sock monkey finally made it to his new home and apparently all the kids are fighting over him! I think I might have to make a couple more of them to promote familial harmony over there...

And my first ever sock monkey is living with his new family too and guess what? They have commisioned me to make 3 more, PAID!!! Woo hoo, now that's terrific! What is a reasonable price for them though, that's the big question of the day. I'm waffling over what I think they're worth. One side of me considers the hours they take to make while the other side of me says "Yes, but they are only toys. And made out of socks for goodness sake!" *groan*
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010 04:48:56 PM »

Sockaphant wisted!! but they are all awesome!!
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2010 07:38:03 AM »

I am crazy about all things sock monkey. You have created some really adorable ones! My daughter would love the voodoo one.
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2010 10:04:12 AM »

They are all so cute and unique. I love them-especially the elephant!
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2010 11:07:25 AM »

Oh, I am so glad the elephant it getting so much love! She's going to be my first Toy Society drop off when we go away this weekend. It's too small of a place where I live to do that so I've been holding on to her and falling in love with her for a while. I have another pair of thrifted hand knit socks in tan and brown that will become a bunny. I'll post pics when I'm done!
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2010 01:16:53 PM »

These are all so adorable.
I love the black one the best. They're all the cutest sock monkeys I've ever seen though.
I wish i knew how to make them.
I may just have to learn..
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2010 12:11:24 PM »

Oh my goodness, it couldn't be easier to make sock monkeys and creatures! Just google the instructions and give it a try, you'll see. I couldn't believe how simple and FAST it is when I finally got up the guts to give it a go. A basic monkey takes me 3 hours from start to finish and that's the quickest kind of stuffy I've ever made by hand! Do it, you'll be pleasantly surprised. One piece of advice I have is to use thick, solid socks that don't stretch all over the place or show stuffing through them, use guy's socks for your first time. I find the girly fashion socks, thought cute, not the best for stitching into monkeys. That's just me though, lots of people use them. I would try it the first time with regular, thick men's socks though.
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« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2010 07:05:31 PM »

I'm a monkey junkie!  Love to make and collect monkeys!  Yours are so cute! E.
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« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2010 07:53:33 PM »

Oh!  These are super adorable!  I don't know what's taken me so long to see them!!!  I love the first pair, and I love the last one, and the elephant and all the others!!!  You did a great job!  I don't know what you decided for price but if I may offer my suggestion, I sell my plushies for $8 in person and $10 on the internet.  It only takes me an hour to make each one (relatively) and the fleece I wait to buy when it's on sale and I have a coupon.  My suggestion would be $15 - $25 depending on details.  Seamstresses at the lowest level make $6 an hour so if you buy the socks in bulk and are just whipping up a plain one, I don't personally think $15 is too much.  Plus sock monkeys are larger stuffed animals.  And when you take a longer time and put in more details, that's when you can charge more, for your time and attention to detail.  But mind you, this is only MY opinion.  Cheesy 

Anyway, great job!  I sooo want one now!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2010 10:10:24 AM »

I am in Canada where minimum wage is over $10 (our cost of living is higher than in the States though) so at $50 (which is the amount I'm getting for them) I am making just under minimum wage. I do try to purchase supplies on sale and use what's in my stash whenever possible so as to keep my own cost down and I'm a pretty fast crafter but so much detail and all that handstitching takes time!

Psst, I think $10 is super cheap for what you do. I'd ask for more...  your stuff is GREAT! Wink
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« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2010 11:57:01 AM »

Oh wow!  I guess then yes, you should charge more, I didn't realize.  And you handstitch ALL of the monkey?  Oh my, you have great patience!  Smiley  And I can see how you'd get $50 for them!  Smiley

And I would ask for more for mine, thanks for thinking they're great, but nothing seems to really sell so I sure wouldn't want to make it worse and try to sell them for more.  Sad
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« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2010 06:02:33 PM »

Oh, I machine stitch the arms, legs and tail but the rest is all by hand. If I could figure out another way to do it believe me, I would! It's tedious...

Sometimes people under value things because they are priced too low, you know? Like they thing, oh, so little... well it can't be worth much then...
As an artist/crafter/whatever I already have a problem undervaluing my own work, I think it comes with the territory though.
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« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2010 08:27:41 PM »

You know, I never looked at it that way.  The undervaluing part.  That's interesting.  You know, with the custom ones I do, I think I should charge more because more detail and time and love goes into them, but then I think that the people receiving them will go "OMG!  Look at all this awesome work she did!  And it only cost blah blah blah!"  And then their friends will go "Really?  I should get me one!"  And so on and so forth.  But alas, that doesn't happen so I guess we are just screwed!  Smiley  Hey, at least we craft for the one that's most important.  US!   Cheesy

But in all seriousness, a lot of people don't really appreciate what homemade means and what it takes to make things and they see what we do and sell and think "Ugh, I can just buy that at (insert soul-sucking crappy chain store ruining America) for way cheaper!" without realizing that ours are not only more special, but will outlast any crap they buy.

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« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2010 09:07:40 AM »

Word sister.
I thought of something last night... I think if you've got some really gorgeous ornate, heavily detailed or larger items for sale with a high price point and people just love them so much, they are more likely to buy a smaller, less expensive item and feel like they still got a piece of your wonderful work. If I ever get around to getting an Etsy store up this is what I'll do for myself. Bonus if I actually sell a bigger piece but if it draws people in and leads to a bunch of smaller sales it's worth the effort of making it in the first place, even if it never does sell.
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« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2010 06:31:44 PM »

Me likey!  E.
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They are so wonderful, with such personality!!! You're amazing! I want one! lol
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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2010 09:57:40 AM »

SO easy to make! Go on, you know you want to...
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2010 02:55:06 AM »

That sugar skull monkey has to be the coolest sock monkey I have ever seen
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« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2010 03:31:08 AM »

i am completely in love with those first two and the DOTD monkey! you are a pro at the sock monkey thats for sure!  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2010 04:36:12 AM »

Hey, thanks guys! I'm working on another one right now as a surprise gift for a friend. What a fun thing to get in the mail unexpectedly, right Cheesy? I'd be tickled, hope she will be too.
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2010 08:10:11 PM »

Love the elephant and the twins! Would be hard to choose one.
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