Illustration Daily – Day 143: Sock Monkey

Stuffed animals made of socks became popular shortly after the automatic knitting machine made socks much cheaper for the consumer. The sock monkey became extremely popular during the Depression era when Nelson Knitting company and Sears & Roebuck began sending patterns to customers featuring the famous-red heel as the mouth of the monkey. Just last year the record for the largest sock monkey was claimed by Jodi Lewis who created a monkey that’s 10ft 5.5in and weighs just over 35 pounds. 

143SockMonkey

Sock Monkey, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board

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