Thursday, July 27, 2006

Emo the Sock Gibbon

Behold sock gibbon beta mark I. I call him Emo, because he's a litte bit of a Goth. He likes nothing better than hanging out at the Underworld in Camden and shopping in Cyberdog. I've tried to get him to wear nice, light summery clothes, but it's black eyeliner and The Cure all the way. These young Gibbons… what can you do?

Lessons learned. Always cut your holes smaller than you need them to be, then stratch the opening with a cork. I made mine the same size and they were far too big.

Try harder (more pins) to make the stripes line up. I am sure I can do better than that.

The best thing I did this time was not cut the sock before I sowed. This meant no curling up of material and made it much easier.

Next cometh the red and white stripey gibbon for Ruby's first birthday. I'd better get my skates on, she was 1 last week.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Sock Gibbon Cometh

So I saw this picture of a sock gibbon on Flickr and thought what a brillaint idea it was. It was made by Viv Schwarz, who has a flickr album full of monkeys

A sock monkey had been requested by Claire so three pairs of knee high stripey socks have been purchased for a tenner from Covent Garden market. I found these more comprehensive instructions on the web. I am trying to get my stripes organised. This is going to be great. I have a special pair of red and white ones for Ruby, so I am practising first on what I call my emo gibbon. I wish I could take the day off work to make it. The day I got them I had to work till midnight. How infuriating is that? Just when I have something cool to do.