Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori

Title: Sock and Glove
Author: Miyako Kanamori
Published: 2007, Penguin
Category: Crafting

Twin is a member of a crafting circle that meets once a month or so to work on various kinds of projects. We hosted one at our apartment last weekend and decided to have everyone make softies following the directions in this really adorable book. It's all about taking old socks and gloves and turning them into simple stuffed toys. The directions are really very easy and there are lots of ideas about what to do with different sorts of socks and gloves. It's a brilliant idea, because everyone has sad old gloves and socks that they're never going to wear again.

You can look at this review at simplesparrow to see some pictures of the inside of the book. Almost all of us made the simplest glove animal (like the guy on the cover), but there are some other projects in the book that I want to try, especially the elephant and zebra.

Here are our creations:

They come out in varying degrees of wonkiness, but somehow this just adds to their appeal. I did the little red pig with the striped belly. I realized after I was finished that he looks sort of like Piglet on a really, really angry day. ;)

And here's a close-up of the two Julie made--a striped kitty and a little white dog with a matching sweater.

These projects are great because they're quick and don't require any special sewing skills. And you can dress your animal up in all different ways and give him lots of personality. If anyone is scrambling to find a Christmas gift for someone who likes hand crafts, this book would be a good one.


Kristie (J) said...

Oh those are adorable!!! And you have some skills yourself I see.

nath said...

Oh man, these are awesome!!! Your angry piglet is soo cute!! LOL :D I think I'm going to go out and buy it even if I'm not that very crafty!!

Jennie said...

Kristie--The one in the picture is actually the second of these I've made. On the first one, I put the head on wrong and he looked so ugly, I had to throw him away. ;) But if you follow the directions, it's fairly easy to make a cute toy.

Nath--Aren't they cute? And they're a lot of fun to make too. :)

bookdaze said...

LOL at your angry piglet :D
That book looks brilliant! I'm going to get it.

Kristie (J) said...

And are you going to do video's with them? I loved you and Twin's videos!

CindyS said...

Awww, how sweet. Course I wouldn't use any of our boring white socks for making critters. I need to stop thinking I'm crafty, it costs me way too much money ;)


nath said...

Oh kristie has a good idea there!! Video them!! it's been a while! :) I'm thinking of buying the book, but I don't know if I would make some... and if I'd keep them :(

Jennie said...

Li--Thanks! Yeah, we all had a good laugh about angry Piglet.

Kristie--I am still planning on doing another Olive video, I just haven't had time. Maybe over the long new year's weekend....

Cindy--LOL. Twin has started to say that her hobby isn't crafting, it's buying crafting supplies. It does get expensive. Don't you have any old ski socks that you could use? You live in Canada, you must have some big furry socks. ;)

Nath--I know, it's been ages since I made a movie. I really want to do another. But they're surprisingly time-consuming! Someday.

CindyS said...

Nope, no furry socks - I hibernate ;)


casey said...

i own the same book and i've made almost all the animals, yours are so adorable. i like the striped sock idea. :)