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Carol Duvall demonstrates the making of a classic sock monkey.
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Bill: Hi, how are you? Carol: Fine, thank you. Bill: Nice to see you. Carol: You know, I just said you were going to be here with us to aid in a bet, and that statement I've heard usually connected with crime. What does it mean to a bet? Bill: Not to bet very well. Carol: Okay. Bill: I do that a lot. Carol: Bill did you ever had a sock monkey in your childhood years? Bill: To be honest with you, no. but I have cousins that have lots of them. Carol: So you do know what sock monkey is. Bill: So I'm familiar with the brown, red character. Very familiar. Carol: Here's a sock monkey. I’ll tell you, this actually, this saga started many, many, many months ago when I was doing the show called the Home Show. And if you have wrote in and wanted to know if we can give directions for a sock monkey or tell her where she can get some socks. So I did the segment on it, woo hoo hoo, I said let us show you a stories of the sock monkey. This is just some of the sock monkey mail. Bill: Its all sock monkey letters? Carol: We never did got around to son of sock monkey. But we did find out that people are really, really passionate about these things. I mean they write, I found this, I save the directions. I found these directions in my mother-in-laws papers. They're 20 years old. I found this at the bottom of my job jar with one monkey and a pair of socks to be made. Look at this one, look at that one. That was important. Bill: Send me a copy of the pattern. Carol: Right here, yeah. Just because? Bill: It saved my marriage. Carol: We want to save the woman’s marriage. Bill: This one was written in crayons. Carol: I got a sock monkey chain letter. Bill: Oh really? I think people have a lot of good feelings about sock monkey. It brings back a little feelings when you were a child. Carol: They do. And we got some wonderful, wonderful letters with pictures which we're going to show at the end of the, in the last segment of the show today. We’ll have some of those. In the mean time, to bring you up to date folks. We have found the source of the socks, we have found a woman in Ann Arbor named of Ann Mooney has written a book. She's made a whole bunch of sock monkeys and tigers and all sorts of animals. She has a little book called Tiger’s New Friends. She has a little kit with the book and socks included. Here's how to make a sock monkey. You need the pair. You need both socks. And on one of them. Bill: So we use the right or the left socks? Carol: Well, golly, that’s tough to know on this isn't it? Anyway, what you do here and I hope you got your notebook with you today because we don’t have these printed directions unless you get the sock monkey directions across later. Anyway, up about 3 inches from the heel, you're going to stitch two lines about an inch apart. Where I've drawn those lines, that’s where you stitch, across here. And you're going to cut right down the center to about a 1 ½ inch from the heel. Now you’ve already sewn and you stitched, so now you turn it right side to, and this is what you have. Doesn’t look like much does it? Looks like sort of a chicken. But you turn it over, see there's the beginning of our sock monkey. Bill: Very sad chicken. Carol: And the crotch is open, and that’s where you stuff it. Just is with the chicken. Bill: Now what do you stuff it with? More socks. Carol: More socks, exactly. Old nylon socks. Old nylon. Anyway, when you sew that up, it looks like this. Now beginning to look like a sock monkey Of course. Over here on the second sock, we're going to cut down one whole strip right down one side of it. Not the side of the heel, the other side. And this is going to be, when we turn it right side to and stuff it, that’s the tail. And this section up here, we're going to cut out the two arms. When you see the pictures of the sock monkey you had, you’ll see, you don’t have to be too accurate. Everyone looks a little bit different. Sew that, turn it right side to, stuff it so you got a couple of arms. Now the mouth is cut from the rear end here of the sock, the heel of the sock. Okay. We got this certainly. And the ears you can just cut in any kind of ears out of this whole bottom part. And the cap is the toe. Now then, these ears are little, here's the mouth. And this is how it works on our sock monkey. I hope you take a notes Bill, you’ll never know. Bill: No, no, I'm watching. Carol: Okay, right below the cap, we're going to sew the mouth down here. Stuff, stuff, stuff. And then sew it up here. And by the time you put eyes on, see, there it is. It works. It really does work. The toe becomes the hat. You put a pom-pom on. Some eyes. And of course you sew the tail and the arms up. And that, Bill Kervinburger and all of the thousands people who’ve been wondering, Kervinburger? Bill: Kirchenbauer, that's okay though. Carol: Hey, I was close. I was close. Bill: That’s alright. I don’t mind Diane. Carol: Thank you very much, I feel much better. Bill: That’s okay. Hey, with a name like Kirchenbauer, you better get used to it. Carol: I was so proud of myself too because I remember that’s a hard G and not a CH. Bill: No, you're doing just fine. Carol: What do you do with them once you made them? Rob, you must have any childhood at all. Bill: You put them on your feet again and walk around. Carol: Well we got those suggestions for that too from some of our viewers. One of them said they used to take them and swing them around by the arm, throw them to the air. Bill: You just leave it like that and be a sock alien. Carol: We have a few good ideas. Bill: We have a sock moose over here. Here’s a sock snake, just really simple one to do. Just a sock snake. Just stuff it.
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