Simple Illustrations, Some Color Images
The book has a heavy cardstock type of cover and is 48 pages filled with patterns. There is no page-wasting introductory text, it gets right to the designs and patterns. That being said, I would have enjoyed reading a short history of the sock monkey in the book.
- Sock Toys: Monkeys, toys, elephants, teddy bear, dachshund, polar bear, piggy, donkey, pony, kitten, puppy, bunny, squirrel, chipmunk, begging dog and kangaroo.
- Sock Dolls: Scrappy, girl doll, soldier, train engineer, Dutch girl, Scottish lass, Latino boy, Asian boy, Eskimo boy, hula girl, cowboy, native American, red riding hood, Robin Hood, Santa Claus and Clown.
- clothing: Includes how to do hair, and facial expressions, along with the clothing.
- Hand Puppets: lion, goat, witch, pirate, native American
- Arm Puppets: crocodile, clown and ringmaster.
- Puppet Skit and Characters: Cute skit and simple illustrations for character creating.
- Sock Novelties: hobby horse, owl pillow, Humpty Dumpty and double dolls (upside-down).
From Fox River:
"We wanted to encourage the renaissance the sock monkey and homemade toys have been experiencing over the last few years," said Becky Lessard, Vice President of Monkey Business at Fox River. "Almost everyone grew up with a beloved sock monkey. Other patterns like these help expand the sock monkey universe with dogs, cats, puppets and more. This year was a great time to update the book because we recently introduced the new Pink Heather Rockford Red Heel, which can add personality and even gender to sock toys."
My Bottom Line
As mentioned above, the book is simply illustrated and if you need absolutely precise instructions or patterns to trace and cut out, it might be a bit frustrating. Check out the free pattern linked to above and if you are comfortable using that type of instruction -- go ahead and buy the book. Soon you'll be whipping up a whole zoo of animals! And if you do make any from the book, we'd love to post pictures on here!