How are #socks made?!

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HOW IT’s MADE (video):

SOCK IT TO ME SOCKS- THIS IS HOW WE DO IT:

My mom’s best friend, Jopie, hand-knit these socks for mom years ago.  I inherited them and use them all the time.  They are still in perfect condition.  But as Jopie has now moved back to Holland and a full circle is complete- it’s time for me to make something out of them.  Stay tuned.

Crafts I love: “The Pigeon” by the genius, Karen MacDonald, Nameless Wonders #myhero

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Recall my first post about Karen MacDonald of Nameless Wonders.

Her artistic ability inspires me so much, I have to shout it from the rooftops!  PLEASE visit her Facebook site and Etsy shop to enjoy her amazing creations.

The emotions that pour out of her creatures feels absolutely heartbreaking.

 Understandably, NOT for sale… Breathtaking. (photos by Karen MacDonald)

This sock monkey is infused with copper ions! @CopperSoleSocks

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I fell in love with these Copper Sole socks because of the “markings”!  I always picture what a sock monkey will look like whenever I see a pair of socks.  The heel is one of the most important parts.  These socks have the ultimate red heel for an adorable mouth!  And the socks themselves have an interesting, robust texture.  Result: ADORABLE!  And cat approved!

 

One of my first ETSY products was a Copper Sole sock monkey as well(!), made out of luxurious Merino Wool!  Similar colors.  I’m in love the with the charcoal and maroon combo:

Did you know that Copper is a mineral naturally found in your body? Copper helps your body stay energized as well as help repair dead or damaged skin. Your body needs copper to survive!  Copper Sole socks are made of yarn that has been imbedded with copper ions and will last the life of the sock. The Copper Sole Technology safely eliminates odor, rejuvenates the appearance of your feet, making them look and feel younger and more comfortable! (source)

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UPDATE! Now for sale on ETSY:

BIRTHDAY CRAFT- “quite messy dark blue-green cat”! Karen MacDonald, Nameless Wonders

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I ordered the cutest little thing on ETSY and it arrived in time for my birthday!  PAINFULLY CUTE!  I’m in LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!

Now at home in North Vancouver, BC, Canada!

Karen MacDonald, Nameless Wonders

“Inspired by Japanese soft toys made from remnants of kimono fabrics, these are soft-sculptural and toy-like animals, mostly of hand-sewn fabrics, sometimes with incorporated found and recycled materials such as plastics and wires. They are sometimes part painted or covered in plaster, or contain knitted elements.  Each animal is made spontaneously, often starting with a limb or ear, and is freely cut, stitched, stuffed and added to until the form is complete. The final form is never known until the last stitch is tied off. They are based on ideas of animals and their relationship to their environment and to people – I am interested in what would happen if the animals got revenge or took on a more human role, as well as in animals in general. I am also inspired by museum collections and am currently working on recreating objects on that theme. I also make cheerful, colourful, off-the-wall animals to cover mobile phones and music players, as well as cat and rabbit brooches. Originally a ceramics maker, I was drawn to working in textiles and mixed media for the flexibility and variety of these materials and their potential to enable rapid completion of an idea, which is essential to the way I work.” (source)

NAMELESS WONDERS ON FACEBOOK:

I just love this artist!!!!!!!

I JUST BOUGHT THIS PENGUIN!  BECAUSE I LOVE IT AND NEED IT!  AND DESERVE IT!

My Elizabethan quilt tapestry is now for sale on ETSY! Supports #arttherapy!

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Now for sale on my ETSY site!

ETSY site

VIDEO:

MORE INFO AT:

ART FROM THE VAULT

MARCH 10th ART EVENT

“Honestly, the most calming thing in my life right now.” @TommyD discovers the healing power of sock monkey making!

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Vancouver’s Tommy D, of TFD Presents and Homorazzi fame and self-declared NOT A FASHION GAY, made his first sock monkey on March 19, 2011.  Since then, the fever has enveloped him completely!

Honestly, the most calming thing in my life right now… And [each monkey] has a wish inside its little heart! - Tommy D

I’m so honored to have introduced Tommy to the wonder of the sock monkey! I made some mascots for TFD but now Tommy is making his own!!!

And sometimes on Fridays nights!

For his first two sock monkeys, Tommy chose spaceships and bacon and egg socks from my Socksmith Designs collection!

Tommy quickly perfected the chain stitch!

And Tommy is making monkeys for friends and getting orders!  This beauty is heading to Japan:

World Peace One Sock Monkey At A Time!

UPDATE April 9, 2011 from Tommy D:

UPDATE APRIL 20, 2011:

TOMMY D’s MONKEY REVOLUTION


Amy Sedaris’s Shut-In Shuffle Slippers

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INSTRUCTIONS: If you don’t knIt, ask a lady who does and have her knit you some pretty house slippers.  If you are a man she should use dark color yarn, for a woman maybe a light color or curry color. (p. 217) Simple Times- crafts for poor people by Amy Sedaris

ALSO GO TO: coziest slippers in the world

POST STREET does #Vancouver from HR to the DTES to N Van to the West End. #mymonkeysgetaround

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At Holt Renfrew (Photo by Fredrik Thorsen)

Holt Renfrew (Photo by Fredrik Thorsen)

Rebecca Rawlinson at Holt Renfrew

Grey to Green Art Market (Downtown Eastside) Photo by Julia Kozlov

Photo by Julia Kozlov

Photo by Julia Kozlov

New TFD Presents (The Flame and the Dame) Mascot (West End, Vancouver)

TFD Presents

Mascots CJ 1 and 2, Sound Therapy Radio, CJSF 90.1 FM, Simon Fraser University

On my way home in North Vancouver in the elevator with unfinished monkey (and Tobey)

WORLD PEACE, ONE SOCK MONKEY AT A TIME!