Archive for July, 2008

History of the Sock Monkey

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Have you ever stopped and wondered where the cute little Sock Monkey originated? Well, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to do a little research. (OK, it wasn’t that hard as there is a lot of information out there about this little guy with the big red smile).

The history of the Sock Monkey goes back to when the stuffed animal craze swept across Europe and the United States during the Great Depression. Money was scarce and people could not afford “luxury” items such as stuffed animals. So the American Mom, being creative and resourceful, started making stuffed monkey dolls out of socks, filling them with whatever was available in the house – paper, rice, even old pantyhose.

In 1932, the Nelson Knitting Company in Rockford, IL invented a work sock with a trademarked red heel. These socks became known as “Rockfords.” Not only were they the most popular work sock of their time, they became the basis for one of the most popular and long-lasting toys. When made into a doll, the red sock heel created a distinctive red mouth.

The Nelson Knitting Company soon became aware that their socks were being used to create this extremely popular stuffed toy. They decided to patent the pattern for the Sock Monkey doll and use it in their advertising and promotional campaigns. They even included the Sock Monkey pattern with each pair of “Rockford”socks sold!

In 1992, Fox River Mills acquired the Nelson Knitting Company. And while the Rockford sock is still in production today, the red heel design has undergone a noteworthy change. The red heel pattern that gave the Sock Monkey its famous smile has been replaced by a more oval pattern.

The Sock Monkey theme has seen a new growth in popularity in the 21th Century. While it has taken on many new forms and faces, the original remains steadfast. A yearly Sock Monkey Festival is held in Rockford, IL where visitors can also enjoy a museum honoring this wonderful fuzzy fella that brought smiles to so many faces for over 100 years.

So, to honor our favorite, always classic, kinda funny looking, stuffed animal, check out our Sock Monkey Crib Bedding…a great gender neutral bedding collection as american as apple pie.


A Nest To Build

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

A wonderful– albeit a bit strange– phenomenon begins to take place somewhere around the middle of the second trimester of pregnancy. A deep-seated need to clean and organize everything in sight. To get all prepped and ready for that little one to make his or her entrance into the world. Things are mopped, vacuumed, dusted, and scrubbed from top to bottom. Everything from diaper wipe warmers to convertible cribs is researched, studied, researched some more. Nothing ever seems clean enough, organized enough, or safe enough for that monumental date looming ahead.

Yes, it’s the Nesting Syndrome. One of the more humorous symptoms of pregnancy, it is also basic, natural instinct. Animals carefully build their nests in order to protect their babies from inclimate weather, predators and other hazards. We do the same, in our own fashion. And because we are human, we build our nests in a way that is pleasing to our eye. A major part of nesting is setting up the nursery… choosing a crib, crib bedding, and accessories that really appeal to us, and reflect our lifestyle and home. And never has there been such a wide variety of styles, textures, and colors available for baby bedding as there is in today’s world. So, enjoy, explore, and nest away!!