heat wave sewing

finished the peas and carrots sock monkey quilt for Tab’s friend Cassie for her baby shower…tied the orange and cream squares with matching embroidery floss then machine quilted in the ditch…backed with green as we don’t know who she’s having yet…think it turned out dandy!
Shamus of the crusty beard coping well with our momentary heat wave

Oonies & Monkey of LUV

Baby safe Oonieone slightly skinny leg for easier grasping…machine and hand sewn using one red heeled monkey sock, for durability and the possible copious washings he/she may need…rainbow ric rack machine sewn on…face embroidered and eyebrow double knotted…this little Oonie should be quite resilient and survive your baby till your baby out grows him/her…if that happens…about 8 inches tall standing Completed 1-29-12 during a continuing Judge Judy marathon…yep…angst for one and all…will be for sale on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YaneZweeLovies

OONIE is so totally not you mother’s red-heeled sock monkey


The very 1st Oonie was created in 1967 by my mom Grace.  I didn’t even exist yet.  But as soon as I did Oonie was my best little friend.  Made of red-heeled socks and stuffed with old nylons he was just the right size and was ready for what ever came his way.  The original Oonie watches over the creation of all subsequent Oonies.

His name Oonie came from his uno (1) eyebrow and uno (1) ear.  Just about every baby in my family and friends has gotten an Oonie at one time or another. Most Oonies in our family were made while the baby was still in utero.


The new millennium (lol) Oonie is made for any one needing just a little some one to hug.  Machine sewn out of the same kind of red-heeled socks as the original these ‘modern’ Oonie’s have hand embroidered eyes and heart  and are stuffed with hypoallergenic stuffing.


…mind you my Oonie’s are all unisexed and I don’t delve into gender realism…




Luv Monkey…just in time for Valentine’s day…completely baby safe…made of 2 fun red and white socks…machine and hand sewn…hand embroidered everything…almost too cute to sell…completed 1-28-12 with Dream Catcher droning in the background… will be for sale on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YaneZweeLovies




Oonies through the years…left to right: the original Oonie made in 1967 by my mom…Nat’s Oonie made in 1989 by me…pom pom and baby safe Oonies made by me 2012


Pom Pom Oonie…wicked feminine and cute! Washer backed plastic eyes…machine and hand sewn using one red heeled monkey sock…pompoms around the hat…double knotted embroidery floss eyebrow…about 9 inches standing… Completed 1-28-12 during a fabulous Judge Judy marathon…yep…angst for one and all…will be for sale on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YaneZweeLovies

plethora of plushies

Black & Grey yoga monkey….22 inches tall standing…alas he’s not overly muscular so standing really isn’t his forte’…perfect for a boy or a girl…has a curly wiggly grin and belly button in blue to match his lovely washer backed eyes.  Completed 1-8-12 Will be for sale on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/YaneZweeLovies 


Doily Flower eyes…who needs makeup when you have flowers! Fun funky knee socks from Douber’s make this 19 inch skinny monkey too cute and feminine… washer backed eyes and nose with a wiggly lavender grin…completed 1-7-12 Will be for sale on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/YaneZweeLovies 


Grape Striped ape…er Monkey…made of toddler knee socks that REALLY stretched…16 inches tall standing…he really doesn’t stand very well though…guess it’s that lack of bone and muscle…for sure not baby safe with the stacked button eyes and button nose….fun wiggly grin in white…completed 1-8-12 Will be for sale on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/YaneZweeLovies 


iMonk…not an Apple product…lol…custom made baby safe monkey for a Facebook friend…the I is the initial for the little person who will be getting this hot pink orange grey and white yoga monkey…I think she turned out quite nice! Completed 1-11-12


Olivia Safe Monkey butt…Oliver picked out the socks at JoAnn fabrics and decided Olivia needed a monkey at my house…totally baby proof…embroidered lips, nose and ‘Olivia’…have the owl placed just right that it’s eyes are the monkeys eyes…the ears turned out funny so I guess this is a teddy monk…with super long knuckles dragging on the floor arms…now just need to wait for Liv to get big enough to play with it. Completed 1-7-12


Peace Monkey butt…22 inches tall yoga monkey made of cool peace sock my mom found for me…purple cat eyes and a fun purple button nose make her face cute…yes she’s a girl…see the eyelashes? Added a little more peace to her ears and finished her off with a peace ribbon…really can you have too much peace? Didn’t think so! Completed 1-10-12 Will be for sale on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/YaneZweeLovies 


Plush Pile…some (not all) of the beasties I’ve made thus far that are waiting for their forever homes…three of these do have a home they’ll be going to soon…the others…totally for sale! 1-9-12


Shamus doesn’t like the doughnut…it’s not glazed… 1-9-12


Liv and Grandpa Jim having an in depth discussion about Dime Bag Darrel… 1-10-11

Happy New Year’s Socl Beasties

Valentina Zarlakian…chenille toe sock monster of LOOOOVE…she equals 2 toe socks and 1 gripper bottomed sock…made her using (to a point) the book make your own stupid sock monster…she’s warm fuzzy and huggable…not really baby safe even though she does have ‘safe’ eyes…a gem on her tongue…go figure I can’t make a tongue without piercing it…a felt button heart and a wee heart button nose…12-31-11


Mr. Maurice the Spider Legged Moose…made with out a pattern…just a video muse:


stinkin’ cute…’eh? I’m thinking Maurice is a bit Canadian…’eh…made using 2 pairs of lovely ladies socks from Target and a glove palm for his tongue…hey…I forgot to pierce it…oh well…his antlers are fabulous ladies stretch gloves…he has eight yes 8 fabulous legs that really don’t hold up his massively intelligent head…he sits quite nicely…he even has the little chin dangler! ‘Safe’ eyes, button nostrils and aqua ribbon. Not anatomically correct…lol…welcome to the New Year! 1-1-12


The lipless wonders…sold 3 sock monkeys on New Years day on Etsy (YEAH!!!) so now need to replenish my stock…the orange bear monkey is made of fuzzy chenille socks, striped pink money made of over the calf ladies socks and the Hello Sock kitty made of toddler Sanrio socks…hmmm…only one monkey…good thing I have 2 more ready to stuff…just need to give these one’s lips and the kitty a nose and they’re ready to go! 1-2-12

a few sock beasties

Tiny toddler sock monkey…OK not that tiny…actually about 9 inches tall. Machine and hand sewn, hand embroidered wiggly lips, repurposed sock tail…definitely not baby safe! Small wooden bead nose and jingle bell necklace…very cute and Oliver approved! Will eventually be for sale on Etsy…completed 12-3-11

Tiny Toddler sock monkey for my mom for Xmas. OK not that tiny…actually about 9 inches tall. Machine and hand sewn, hand embroidered wiggly lips, repurposed sock tail…definitely not baby safe! Small wooden bead nose and tiny glass bottle necklace with an ‘I Love You’ note inside…very cute and Oliver approved! 12-4-11

Toddler Sock Monkey Brothers


3 eyed candy cane sock monster made of a pair of thigh highs and a pair on knee highs and the finger tips of 2 gloves…not very baby proof with the bells hanging off the jester danglers…used red ribbon to give her jointed arms and legs…

pretty sure this is a her…Oliver says she’s silly…machine and hand sewn…’safe’ eyes and nose…need to measure her to see how tall she really is…she’s kind of gangly…weighted beads in her butt so she sits better…completed 12-6-11