Glove Season begins

As you are no doubt aware, now begins the time of year when lost and abandoned gloves are to be seen in gutters everywhere. Poor things.

It has long been believed that gloves, like socks, mate for life. New evidence, however, suggests that whilst monogamy is widespread, so too is the desire to strike out alone. Gloves as a species appear to be at a transitional point in their evolution. Whilst we have witnessed an increase in independent gloves, the desire for freedom and new horizons still exceeds the practical capabilities of the individual to achieve these aims safely.

I have rescued a few of these hapless creatures, and given them new lives, as can be seen below. I hope soon to have a new site dedicated to glove rescue, but until then they can stay here, with my socks.

Cruelly abandoned at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield
(View this Mitten Monster as rescued.)

Deep sea lurker. Found in London, somewhere on the Northern Line.
Deep sea lurker. Found in London, somewhere on the Northern Line.
Sea-creaturey-thing. Found on Overton Road, Sheffield.
Sea-creaturey-thing. Found on Overton Road, Sheffield.
Cheery street musician. Found in Victoria Station, London.
Cheery street musician. Found in Victoria Station, London.
Happy chappy. Found on Walkley Lane, Sheffield.
Happy chappy. Found on Walkley Lane, Sheffield.

2010 Desk Calendar is here!

A monstrously good (see what I did there?) way to keep track of 2010. I know, as a working parent, how the days and weeks just run away from you when you’re not looking. One day it’s January, then you turn your back for a minute and suddenly it’s the Easter holidays. Outrageous. Don’t let it happen next year; with a fabulous monster (beautifully photographed by Sarah Cole) to keep each month in check, use this funky desk calendar to show 2010 who’s boss.
£8 including p+p, contact me for details (this one isn’t in the shop).

Walking the Wild Woods

I was recently invited by the amazing and inspiring storyteller Shonaleigh to create some monsters for a residential workshop (Walking the Wild Woods) she was running for other storytellers. She said this workshop is all about change, and learning to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. She asked each participant to send, along with their payment, and paperwork, and all that gubbins, a sock, and a brief biography of themselves. I was then given these socks, and these stories, and used them to create a monster for each person, which I hope in some way reflected a little of their personality. The ordinary became the extraordinary.

'Nooo, we're not supposed to play with matches, we'll get in trouble' 'Ah come on, they'll never know. Hey, watch this...'
When the monsters were presented, halfway through the course, the reactions of their new owners just gave me the biggest buzz 😀 Everyone was amazed, and thrilled. And really, that’s what I love the most about sock monsters, their unfailing ability to make people smile.
'I want to watch Noggin the Nog' 'You chose last time!' 'Give me that'

I’d love the opportunity to do another project like this, so if you know anyone who’d be interested, you know where to send them!

I got you, babe

Now it’s even easier to order a sock monster!

Phew, I’m certainly better with sewing than I am with computers! But now, finally, you can view the complete guide to ordering your very own sock monster. Or even one for someone else, if you’re feeling generous. Check out the “Buy monsters” link on the right there. It’s really very simple. Go on, you know you want to. Because you know what, I think it’s high time people started giving socks for Christmas again 😀

I never forget the last Christmas posting dates for Africa

The road is long

He needed to hitch a lift, and soon. There was a long way yet to go, and not least because he wasn’t entirely sure where he was headed. Holmfirth? Huddersfield? Honolulu? Someplace beginning with H… Life is never easy for a sock.

whither now?
whither now?

Phase 1 of Monster Population Explosion complete

Yes, irresponsible though it may sound, I have been teaching people to make sock monsters – more sock monsters! – at my Craft Candy monster making workshop. I love the way everyone’s monster turned out different, even though people were working from the same pattern. You see? Every monster is unique, no matter how hard you try to make it otherwise – this is the beauty of them, and why I love sock monsters so much.

I’m happy to teach more workshops – frankly I think everyone should make sock monsters – so do get in touch if you’d like me to run one for your group or organisation, or even birthday party. I am also fully CRB checked to work in schools.

Eat The Music

There are holes appearing in my CD collection.  I wondered if I had Music Moths, but last night I caught the culprit.  Here he is in the full glare of the flashbulb. Grr.


This greedy little sock monster has now been secured, and is in need of a new home. In this house, there are some things you just don’t mess with. With the right care, I’m sure his appetite could be managed.

£17: contact me for details. Quickly.