Smilla and her blanket photo by Hanna Andersson of

This summer I made my first sock monkey from a pack of children’s socks I bought at a market. I used one pink and one yellow for this one. I don’t think I posted about it back then, so here she is in all her cuteness (Smilla the cat above, she wanted in too).

My first sock monkey by Hanna Andersson of

I like sock monkeys because they are adorably cute and extremely ugly and strange at the same time. Right? They are classic American softies and not at all common in Sweden, since the original Red-Heel socks are not for sale in stores here. I had only seen them online before I went to my friend Charlotte’s house and met her homemade friends. In the beginning of the year I interviewed Charlotte about her doll-making for the zine I made in school (called Kreativt liv; Creative Life). She has made several sock monkeys, both with red-heal and other kinds. I just fell in love with hers and wanted to make my own (of course).

The sock monkeys emerged at the earliest in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois added the trademarked red heel to its product. These socks are knitted seamless socks in brown and white with the red heal that makes the mouth on a sock monkey – and the cute butt!

Here is a sketch from my diary that I scanned;

Sockapa by Hanna Andersson of

The pink sockmonkey was kind of a trial softie, I really really wanted a “real” one made of the original red heal sock from America. I ordered a package with XXL socks from Ebay and I’ve been sewing and stuffing it last week to make myself a writing buddy, a Nanowrimo-friend in the shape of a sock monkey? Why not.

Sock monkey being made

Have you had/made a sock monkey? Or will you?

Mine #2 will be finished soon.