Welcome to Sock Monkey Madness. In 2004, while
visiting a friend in Fort Lauderdale, I had a childhood flashback.
Sock Monkeys. Since I'm a former Arts and Crafts instructor, I
could make a monkey." Thus began the research into the Rockford
Red Heel work sock and the creation of a troop - or a pod - or
a barrel of monkeys. This gallery is a record of those monkeys
I've brought into the world.
1. Jezebel Mary
named after Mary P., the owner of a store in Fort Lauderdale
called Jezebel. Mary and her store revived my memory of sock
monkeys. Jezebel Mary has stars in her eyes and rainbow buttons.
Because she is the first in the litter, she's very special. She
immediately adopted Lea, so she will live here from now on...with
Bear and all the other characters. Lea immediately dressed her
in a pink sweater.
Aug. 22, 2004 - Jezebel Mary had some cosmetic surgery. New mouth,
tail and earrings.
March 1, 2004
March 1, 2004
2. Eleanor Elizabeth
to have a rather startled look. But if you look more carefully,
you'll see that she has hearts for eyes, which is the look
of love...if you are a sock monkey. Eleanor Elizabeth is named
for two of my heroines, Eleanor Roosevelt
and my dear aunt Elizabeth Ann Morris. She
is going to live with another Elizabeth...our “adopted” daughter,
Lizzy whose birthday is March 3. Eleanor is an artist just
like Liz. If you look closely, you can see her artist palette.
3. Viola Swartz
This little monkey, named
Viola Swartz ,
is clearly a very happy character. She loves her special hat
and little red earrings in the shape of hearts. She was named
for Viola Ridge, who was my next door neighbor, growing up
in Chester, West Virginia.
She is going to live in Tallahassee with my sister,
Cynthia. There isn't anyone who would appreciate this little
monkey more than she will. For both of us, Viola Swartz will
always remain a part of who we are today.
March 2, 2004
March 5, 2004
4. Rainbow Hattie
Hattie has a very unique hat, kind of a helmet
made of buttons. It started with a green trim and one row of
buttons and got away from me. Before I knew it, she had an entire
button hat. Hattie was named for Lea's grandmother, Harriet.
Hattie said she wanted to live in Boston, so she will soon be
fostered out to our dear friend, Richard. I hope she likes rabbits,
because there are lots of bunnies at Richard's house.
5. Princess Monique
This one has very sophisticated taste. You can
tell this by her special mother-of-pearl earrings and her jaunty
red hat. She has the distant stare and expression that clearly
shows her roots as an upper crust monkey. She loves her sock monkey
family and doesn't want to move far away.
ready to party with Connie
and Jeff Stowell, who live nearby, in Gouverneur. She even
has her own champagne glass.
March 12, 2004
March 12, 2004
6. Nutmeg MacMonkey
This little one has many
interests. First and foremost, she is a Connecticut Women's
Basketball fan. But she's also an Apple Computer power user. (Just
like her new foster mothers, Deann and Susan.)
wait to watch the basketball games with them. She will travel
from Maine to Florida every year. How exciting!
How many people
get this name as rather obscure allusion? It is, of course, from
a Peter Sellers line... Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther
movies. Detective Dreyfus, Clouseau's boss, said that Clouseau
had the "brain
of a minkey."
Dreyfus: MINKEY??? You said Minkey!!!
Clouseau: Yes….a Chimpanzee
Minkey is going to live with our dear friend,
Miss Maya, who certainly “gets
“Do you have a license for that minkey?”
April 30, 2004
May 14, 2004
8. Sally Rainbow
Meet Minkey's twin, Sally Rainbow.
She lives in Florida with my mother, Helen. Helen had been sick
for a while, and Sally cheered her up as she left the rehabilitation
Helen is all better now and Sally
will help her feel better and better.
She looks exactly like Minkey because
Minkey is such a beauty. She made a wonderful model...right down
to the eyelashes.
July 15, 2004
Violet lives in Sebring, FL with
Donna Barnhart. As soon as she moved to Florida, she had
run-ins with hurricanes Charley and Ivan. Except for lack of
electricity...she came through alright.
Violet loves to plant flowers and
work in the garden with Donna. She has a dog friend named Patches.
The photo here was taken with her monkey friend.
10. Sylvia Lebret
Sylvia Lebret now lives in Chicago, IL. Her new
keeper, Val, came to Sylvia Lake for a visit and Sylvia couldn't
wait to meet her. When Val arrived, Sylvia Lebret was in her
sock-form. She made a surprising reformation and became herself
while Val and Liz were on a fishing trip.
Sylvia has a special piercing and a tattoo, just
like her friend Val.
August 10, 2004
August 20, 2004
This little one was made as a gift for Paula Towne,
a local artist. Her name is Rosebud. Paula generously
gave us one of her vintage sock monkeys. We were very touched and
wanted to return the favor.
She is called Rosebud because of her very special
hat, decorated with a vintage button in the shape of a rose. Paula
featured little Rosebud in one of her paintings called
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." Rosebud is very
12. Diana Pearl
Say hello to this cute thing, who
will will live with Susan in Massachusetts. Her name is Pearl,
in honor of her beautiful white "teeth."
Susan has been a dear friend and colleague for
many years. When Susan came to the North Country for a visit,
Pearl was waiting for her. Susan is a Virtual
Explorer who has
been on many expeditions. In 2001, Susan and the other
virtual explorers spent two weeks in December researching Roloway
monkeys in the thick forests of Ghana.
I wonder if Pearl is the spirit
of one of those Roloway (also called Diana) monkeys who saw Susan
and wanted to go home with her? Now this sock has.
August 22, 2004
August 22, 2004
13. Olympia Athena
This monkey was specially made for our friend,
Mona. Her name is Olympia Athena. Mona deserved a monkey! She
has just finished her 6th year degree in Library Media and received
tenure from my former school system.
Mona and Olympia Athena are Greek and since the Summer Olympics
were in Greece... we know that Ms Mona will be so glad to meet
her and celebrate the games. Olympia Athena even has a medal.
It has an owl on it, symbolizing learning and wisdom.
14. - 15. - 16. The Andrews Sisters
This was the month of the sisters...named in homage
to the Andrews Sisters. Maxine has already been adopted out to
our friends Janice and Chris, who live in North Carolina. She was
sad to leave the twins, Patty and LaVerne, but is looking forward
to a wonderful life in the South. Sisters Patty and LaVerne are
now with my cousins in Florida. Patty now lives with Belinda and
LaVerne lives with Belinda's sister Becky.
September 22, 2004, Maxine goes home with Janice and Chris.
Here's a photo of Maxine, in her new home
in North Carolina... Looks like Janice and Chris are taking
good care of her.
for that leaving her out in the snow part.
17. Sylvia MacPalm
Sylvia is so cool, she lets her technology speak for her. A Mac
or a handheld computer, no matter...she is always at home, relaxing
with her gadgets.
Sylvia is one of the more stylish monkeys. Note the lovely logo
t-shirt with matching hat. And the boots...like her new foster
mother, Martha, she loves footware and always sports the most stylish.
October 25, 2004
18. Little Ruby
Little Ruby was made from a size Small Rockford
Red-Heeled work sock. She is the first of a line of baby monkeys,
so she gets to live with Lea and Shari and Jezebelle Mary. She
has a little troll doll that lives in her waistband. His name
Ruby and Eddie are remembered and cherished by
19. Cousin June
June Hall was a special person. She was the second cousin of
Lea and her brothers and their cousins, Billie Jean and Frank
Seaker. June always loved to dress up and go shopping for fine
clothes, purses and shoes.
So this Cousin June lives with Billie Jean and is dressed up
in a most elegant dress and hat. In her purse, she carries a
handkerchief, which the real June always carried.
This monkey LOVES walking the beach and collecting
shells. She lives on Sylvia Lake most of the year, but enjoys traveling
to Englewood, Florida with her friends Jon and Joan Jackson.
Although someday she is destined to live with Jon
and Joan's granddaughter Jillian, for now she is helping Jillie
make memories with her grandma and grandpa.
21. Valentine (Val) Townsend MacMonkey
Little Val will live in Port Townsend, WA. with our dear friend
(and ex-sister in law) Deborah Kate. Deb's birthday is on Valentine's
day and this little monkey has a heart on her chest. You can't
see it very well under her overalls. Lea made her paper hearts
for the photo and to keep her company on the trip to Washington
22. Holly Hunter Hearn
Holly Hunter Hearn now lives in Michigan...with a summer home
in Saranac Lake. She lives with Susan Hearn, Greg Dickson, and
two lovely golden retrievers, Ginger and Sophie. Holly HH is so
happy to live with Susan, our sister-in-law.
Holly Hunter was named for Holly Hunter, the actress
because, for years, Sue has been involved in community theater.
Holly the sock monkey hopes that Ginger and Sophie
never learn of her existence.
This little monkey is VERY special. She is a sister to Ruby,
another "little monkey" who lives with Lea and Shari.
Palmetto stayed with us for a long time, till we were able to
deliver her to the original Monkey Maven, Mary Ptak. (Winter,
Mary poses (left) with the original sock monkey, Jezebel Mary,
May 1, 2007
24. JayJay Dickson
JayJay is a canoe instructor for the American Canoe
Association. He was created for Jeff Dickson, on the occasion
of a milestone birthday. JayJay is named for Jeffrey Jon.
Take note of his beautiful paddle. It was hand-crafted
by Jeff's sister, Lea.
His canoe sandals are SO comfortable and his outfit
is geared for his outdoor life. Oh, yes... and he has a beard just
like Jeffrey Jon...
September 25, 2007
Liz Wallace is our friend and neighbor in St. Petersburg.
She is a believer in the nutritional benefits of supplements made
by a company called Usana Health Sciences, Inc.
So, to thank Liz and Tom for their help with our
house while we were away, Usana was born.
Jezebelle Mary -- Aurora --- Little Ruby
December 3, 2008
Aurora was born as a teaching tool. Our neighbor, Tracy, wanted to learn the steps in the creation of a sock monkey.
Aurora was a wonderful and patient teacher. Tracy's little girly monkey turned out beautifully with eye liner and a lovely outfit. She was a present for her niece, who learned how to make her own monkey in the Spring.
27. Billie Hobeau
September 7, 2009
Presented to our friends, Joan Howlett and Ann Beaulieu, Billie Hobeau is the most ardent Yankee fan in the world. Of course the next most ardent fans are Joan and Ann.
Billie is decked out with her own uniform and equipment. Bat, glove and ball... Billie is ready for the call. She wears #1 on her back, for her status as #1 fan.
She joins her sisters as a North Country monkey, since she will live in Norwood, New York.
28. Mini-Monk Whalen
Born: December, 2012 / Delivered March, 2013
Mini Monk is not only ready for fishing season, she's already caught a BIG ONE - a Walleye!. Armed with her favorite beverage and a working fishing pole, Mini Monk is a picture of fashion and functionality. She so takes after her new mom, Michele.
Her green shirt has little fish on it and her hat has a fishing fly, embroired on it. And check the stylish red sneakers. Soft.
Note in the photo, she has a "sea" of glass for her St. Lawrence River. But first, a fishing trip to Sanibel Island, Florida! Can't beat that...!
29. Meadow Summer
Born: December, 2012 / Delivered March, 2013
Little Meadow is sitting next to a bowl of sea shells. Sea shells remind Meadow of her favorite place - Sanibel Island. In fact, Meadow carries a shelling bag in her monkey backpack along with a yoga mat in case an opportunity presents itself for a stretch. Her new mama, Valerie, can help her find just the right movement.
Meadow is dressed in a tie-dye shirt under denim coveralls. Of course she has a shell and bead necklace and wears Birkenstocks on her legs... feet.
For her first outing in the world with her new mamas, she gets to go to Sanibel Island for a whole month. Lucky monkey... what a way to start her new life!