Archive for April, 2009

Osmond, a Stupid Sock Creature

A couple of years ago, I bought this book, Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy. I think I may have seen them on t.v. somewhere, and thought they were just about the coolest things I’d ever seen made from socks. It took me a few years, but yesterday I finally had a go at attempting to make one of them. And thus Osmond was born.

Osmond

Osmond

Murphy’s book is great: excellent directions for making several different kinds of sock creatures, and lots of ways you can use up extra pieces and customize your sock creatures. I put hair on Osmond using some eyelash yarn that I had no idea what to do with, a couple of buttons, a belly button and a heart bracelet that I found on the floor of my son’s playroom. The book is also really funny! If you think you might be into making a sock creature of your own, I highly recommend this book.

My son adores Osmond!

My son adores Osmond!

Each of the sock creatures in the book has its own background and story, and Osmond is no different. His story sort of wrote itself as I made him: I imagined where he came from, what he liked to do, etc. My son comes up with all sorts of imaginative ideas about Osmond the longer he hangs out with him, such as, Osmond does not like the cough medicine my son has to take, but Osmond does enjoy riding in the car.

Osmond wears his heart for all to see. It says, "Bee Happy." Osmond's fondest wish is to perform on stage with Marie (Osmond, of course). He likes tending to the plants in the garden, but is not overly fond of salad.

Osmond wears his heart for all to see. It says, "Bee Happy." Osmond's fondest wish is to perform on stage with Marie (Osmond, of course). He likes tending to the plants in the garden, but is not overly fond of salad.

Osmond is not allergic to bees, which is good, as one has landed on his tail. And, while he looks from profile like he is smoking a stogie, he's actually just sticking out his tongue.

Osmond is not allergic to bees, which is good, as one has landed on his tail. And, while he looks from profile like he is smoking a stogie, he's actually just sticking out his tongue.

My son asked if he could take a photo of Osmond with my camera. I let him, and now look. I think his shot angle is far more artistic than mine!

My son asked if he could take a photo of Osmond with my camera. I let him, and now look. I think his shot angle is far more artistic than mine!

If you want to see more Stupid Sock Creatures, head over to the Stupid Creatures website and click on “Gallery.” They’re fantastic, and I think that making them may very well be addicting.

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