December 5th, 2007

Two christmas presents done. I think I have started everyone’s gift, but finished a sad few. The starting is the exciting part; the hemming and trimming thread and finding a #@*% box to put them in is not. I’m desperately trying to get at least most of the gifts that have to be sent in the mail by friday, but I’m sitting here eating gingerbread cookies (stolen from my daughter’s St. Nick gift–thanks mom!). These two are from Sock and Glove, the japanese craft book (in english) by Miyako Kanamori. I have a few japanese craft books (in japanese) and I can follow all the diagrams, but always feel like I’m missing something. And I am–to fold an opening closed these are the directions given in the book: “Fold the back of the head like a caramel-candy wrapper.” It makes perfect sense, but how bizarre. These were a lot of fun to make. There was quite a bit of hand sewing involved, but they came together pretty quickly. The horse is actually a zebra pattern–same thing, right? That’s what I thought, but I should have made the mane longer to make it a little more horse like (equine, I guess). Oh well, he still cuddly. It’s pretty fantastic that these two came from two pairs of socks. There is a great pattern in the book for a sweater made from a sock as well. If there’s time (ha!) maybe I’ll whip one up for the elephant. I found this soft toy glove book as well with patterns for squirrels and bananas!

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10 Responses to socks

  1. Amy says:

    That’s gotta be one of the best books of all time. I’m in love with almost every creature in it.

    And these turned out SO ADORABLE!! I love the socks you chose for the horse. Perfect!

    I have a sad lack of kids/adults-who-still-appreciate-toys on my list this year…

  2. Candace says:

    LOVE that horse in argyle! both are adorable.

  3. kelly says:

    these are both adorable. i love the colors! -kb

  4. Bex says:

    Hehehe…so cute! Poppy said, “Donkeyelephant! Donkeyelephant! ;)

  5. jill says:

    hi meg. thanks so much for your comment on my stockings. i actually have your blog bookmarked on my favorites list, so i was excited to see a comment from you!

    love your sock animals. my boyfriend’s sister got me that book a while back, but i have yet to make anything from it. maybe i’ll have to whip up some gifts, too!



  6. boobook says:

    I made some sock creatures too. Your elephant is beautiful. I had to skip the tricky foot bits thow.
    Thanks for the comment on the teddy. If you click on the link for teddybearswednesdays you can see more of her beautiful work.

    lovely gifts indeed!!

  7. melissa says:

    Love the sock creatures!!! So cute!
    Melissa xxxxx

  8. nicole says:

    Love that book! Sadly, only one glove dog and the monkey turned out for me. Many mangled and discarded socks sitting in a pile now, but your horse! I’m inspired.

    Found your blog through Nan over at Rummage. I’ll be back!


  9. Iva says:

    Emma says “Thanks for the horse”, and my son Luka was the lucky recipient of what I think were your best owls. Keep up the great work!!!
    Love, Iva

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