Okay, so I had to get away from the whole food and drink thing. This blog features those odd yet lovable stuffed monkeys made from socks. Sock monkeys...imaginative name, eh?
I. Love. Sock. Monkeys. I blame my mother for introducing me to them at an early age. Ever since that first one at the age of 3 I've had a soft spot for those brown, cream and red speckled things.
Turns out there's a lot of history behind these babies. "The iconic sock monkeys made from Red-Heel socks emerged at the earliest in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Ill. added the trademarked red heel to its product." The Nelson Co was the first sock company to make socks without seams on the heels. They made the heels red to differentiate their socks from other inferior imitations. Once they found out the public was using this red heel as the mouth for monkey dolls, they attained a patent and included a pattern on how to make the monkey with every pair of socks.
Though not as popular as your classic teddy bear, the monkeys are an American icon, and were inexpensive and easy entertainment for both the creator and the eventual owner. If you care.
Also, THIS JUST IN. I recently purchased a pair of sock monkey slippers from Target. They are adorable, comfortable, and great conversation starters. Thank you Nelson Co. for the inspiration.