My friend Elicia posted this picture of herself on her myspace blog recently. She traded a tiki mug for this hand-knit sock monkey tuque (that’s wool hat for you non-Canucks). If you want to knit me one, the pattern is here (I don’t knit or iron, thank you very much).

I love anything to do with sock monkeys. A few years back I bugged my friend Nancy to make me one for my birthday and to my surpise and delight she did. Thanks Nancy. Hug!

She covered up the eyes by mistake with the mouth/nose patch and put the ears on top of its head instead of on the sides, so it looks like the ears are its eyes. In fact, it looks more like a sock frog than a sock monkey. A blind sock frog at that. Matter of fact, Blind Sock Frog is its name.

Link: The Sock Monkey Experience

Seattle, WA

July 23, 2007

no hand hugs


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archie mcphee


March 31, 2007

Mr. Ugly Head

According to 5 year old Sammy, this mutant toy is called Mr. Ugly Head and he chokes people. At Happen’s Toy Lab in Cincinatti, Ohio, children create their own toys from recycled toy parts. The non-profit program encourages kids and adults to share in the joys of artistic creation. In one hour workshops “trained toy technicians, skilled in the art of toy assembly” assist participants to realize their creations. Every toy created is photographed and posted in the Toy Zoo on the Toy Lab website along with a description of its function or special attributes. I really love this idea and if I was anywhere near Cincinatti I’d borrow a kid or two so I could take part.