I've made a few sock monkeys in my time. And on the last craft camp they were all the rage. Gave me a bit of a stirring.
Then someone found me the perfect starting point, some really lush soft wool and cashmere socks in lovely stripey colours.
For the first time I used stuffing beans instead of polyfill and I am overwhelmed by how they change the look, feel and personality of the finished toy. Definitely for the better. He happily sits up unaided and strikes hilariously human style poses. Leaves my previous chaps for dead.
He was a bribe to win back the affections of a pissed off 6 year old who had been shafted and knew it. Now I have to make another for the 2 year old who will soon detect a new presence among us and have his turn to be all huffy. I'm planning on finishing number two at the Burda Style sewing club. Let's hope the boy doesn't work out what's up before then.
*edited later - thanks for all the compliments! The socks really make it, they are from Holeproof. I didn't use a pattern this time around but my first monkey was based on this one. Also for those who don't know about stuffing beads, they do the same job as rice or lentils in a soft toy - except they are washable of course. Which is handy. I bought mine here. And any allusions to pregnancy or new babies are entirely in your own minds! The new presence in our house is indeed the monkey not a miraculously materialised baby. And for future reference, me and babies are all done.