As a craft, sock monkeys have probably been around for about
a century, but became widely popular in the 1920s when the Nelson
Knitting Mills of Illinois packaged instructions for making
them using their red-heeled socks. Like their great-grandparents,
these sock monkeys are hand-made by Tracy Kasaboski in the traditional
method, but with an added quirkiness that makes each monkey
a delightful treasure.
Tracy is co-author of a book written with her sister.
The Occupied Garden, is the story of a market gardener and
his fiercely devout wife, raising their young family in Holland
during the Nazi occupation. The
Occupied Garden is available at The Valley Artisans' Co-op.