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Sock Monsters Never Die

A few years ago I picked up a book called ‘Stupid Sock Creatures’ by John Murphy. It was from a small book shop in Helsinki called Hobbocks, which unfortunately has since closed. It was a mixture of comic strips and sewing patterns for making strange looking monsters from old socks.

I went through a stage of transforming my old socks into aliens, which was great fun. I then picked up some gaudy patterned socks from a cheap store and made some that were nice enough to give as Christmas presents. It was good to find my rudimentary sewing skills, that I picked up when putting Iron Maiden patches on my denim jacket in the 80s/90s, were still useful.

Imagine my joy then, to see ‘The Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures’ pop up on my Amazon recommendation list under the coming soon section. More stupidity, more monsters and more cartoons! Needless to say this has been pre-ordered and will be winging its way to my door as fast as my Prime subscription can carry it.

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Socks

 

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Loom With A View

Recently I visited Oslo in Norway and whilst there I picked up a hand loom from a funky little craft shop. I’ve never been able to knit or crochet (although my Sockymum is very good at both). When I saw this I thought it looked like an excellent alternative to both and I’m glad to say that I was right. I haven’t even tried French Knitting before and this is just like its bigger brother. I thought I’d try making a scarf, not much use in summer but with a bit of practice I hoped to be able to knock out a few as Xmas pressies. Wrapping the wool around the pegs of the loom was much easier than wrestling with crochet hooks or knitting needles, though a hook is handy for picking loops of wool off the loom. The Sock Mistress has also bought me a book of more adventurous patterns, so maybe I will be able to manage some hats and slipper socks by December. We shall see.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Socks

 

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Tina, Tina, Lemon Squeezer!

After making my multi-coloured Sock Monster, Tony, I’ve set to work making use of the other toe sock from the pair. I’m making a girlfriend for Tony, who will be called Tina, for no reason other than that the names go together. I’ve cut out the body parts, which was broadly similar to the way Tony was shaped. The trick is going to be making her look girlie enough so that it’s clear she’s a Tina and not another Tony. The colour scheme will be the same, so I can’t take the easy route and just make her out of pink socks. I can use some suitable accessories and pick the right facial features (buttons for eyes etc.) but hopefully things will start to come together once I get stitching.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Socks

 

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Monster Club

My house is starting to fill up with monsters now, I’m going to have to find somewhere for them all to live. I could put up a shelf and line them up along it. That would look nice, but I would run out of space very quickly. At the moment the sock monsters live in a big bag and the felt monsters are inside a hat. I’ll probably use something like a big laundry bin, it’ll have enough room for lots of monsters and to be honest, the ones made from sock pieces will be used to it.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Socks

 

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Plush Monsters

I’ve purchased a new book of patterns, Invasion of the Plush Monsters by Veronika Alice Gunter and John Murphy. It’s been out for a couple of years, but I only just spotted is a few weeks back whilst browsing through the craft books on Amazon. It’s quite similar to John Murphy’s Stupid Creatures book, though the patterns are generally a little more complicated and you aren’t limited to using just socks as your core material. The illustrations are excellent and the instructions are very clear. Even if you aren’t an expert in sewing/monster making you will find the book easy to work through. As well as just monsters, some of the creatures in here are also bags, purses and even slippers. Once I’ve completed the projects I’m currently working on, I’ll be jumping straight into this book for inspiration.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Socks

 

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Awash with success

Wash the bath

Wash the bath

Well, here is the first of the new breed of Sockymon!  His name is Wash and he has a starry patterned sock for a body.  He also has blank, staring eyes and a rather enlarged forehead… I think it gives him a kind of alien look, maybe a bit like the grey ones with almond eyes that seem to have replaced the little green men that terrorised cinema-goers in the 50s.  One characteristic of the new sock monsters I’ve made is that I’m not using old socks anymore,  My socks just aren’t interesting enough, but I’ve been scouring the pound shops and got some nice socks in garish colour schemes.  Also, my socks are a bit too big so I’ve been buying children’s socks (mostly for girls) which give the monsters more even proportions.  It feels odd buying kid’s socks when you know they’re not actually for a little girl… well, it made me feel odd.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in Monsters, Shopping, Socks, Washing

 

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Return of the Sockymon

Box of Tricks

After a short holiday from monster making, I’ve finally picked up my pins and needles once more.  4 new Sockymon are just waiting to have their photos taken, then I can show off their bright smiling faces… well, they don’t smile as such… it’s more of a pout 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2008 in Monsters, Sewing, Socks

 

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