PUBLISHED: 1:23 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Sock it to me

Make your own sock monkey in a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

"Sock Monkeys: A Spin off a Classic" will be taught by John Leo, who has been making sock monkeys for 10 years. Participants may bring a pair of old socks to transform into their very own monkey. Leo will also provide a variety of extra socks.

Originally made from red-heeled work socks, sock monkeys have been a cherished American tradition for more than 100 years. The first Rockford Red Heel socks - produced by Nelson Knitting Mills in the late 1800s - were intended as work socks, but mothers soon began using the socks to create monkeys and other animals for their children.

The craft became so popular that Nelson started including instructions for making sock monkeys along with each pair of Red Heel socks they packaged.

"Making sock monkeys has become a wonderful thing to do with any pair of well-worn and well-loved socks," Leo said. "It is magical to see the personality and soul of each monkey come to life stitch by stitch."

The cost for the workshop is $13.03 for children under age 18, and $19.33 for adults. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. For more information, call 586-3572.