Today we are celebrating National Monkey Day! And we are featuring the Sock Monkey! There is something about those cute little stuffed monkeys that keeps them just as popular today as they were years ago. So why not celebrate their existence with a fun daily holiday?
It is believed that sock monkeys originated during the Great Depression when money was scarce and folks could not afford ready-made toys. Being resourceful and creative, moms started making stuffed monkeys from socks.
In honor of this day, I’ve put together some great sock monkey gifts, patterns and fun facts. Lets celebrate the sock monkey!
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In the 1950s the Nelson Knitting Company discovered that people started to use their socks for sock toys. The favorite? Well, sock monkeys, of course!
The company filed to patent the sock monkey and got a grant for it in 1955. They then started to include a sock monkey pattern in every package of their Red Heel socks.
Shortly after Roebuck and Co. started to sell a book which included instructions to make more than 50 sock animals, dolls, puppets. Thus turning the sock stuffed animals into a whole separate branch of the hobby.
Sock monkeys are some of the most popular toys to this day. Most popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, they have experienced a rebirth of popularity in the last few years.
A yearly Sock Monkey Festival is held in Rockford, IL where visitors can also enjoy a museum honoring this wonderful monkey that brought smiles to so many faces for over 100 years.
Sock Monkeys on TV
David Letterman featured a sock monkey during his Academy Awards appearance, promoting the movie Cabin Boy — where he was playing a street vendor selling — you guessed it — sock monkeys. In Batman Returns, Catwoman gives into evil by throwing her sock monkey away.
Fun Fact: The world’s largest sock monkey is 7 feet and 2 inches tall. His name is “Nelson” (after John Nelson who invented the seamless sock machine), and he lives in Rockford, Illinois, when he isn’t touring the country as a goodwill ambassador. Nelson was made from 44 Rockford Red Heeled socks!
Celebrate Sock Monkey Day with your favorite stuffed pal!
For lots of fun crafts and tutorials, visit my other website, Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom!