I told you I was going to buy this book, but you probably didn't believe me. I took it up to my sister's place this weekend and announced that I had brought a craft project. Normally there would have been some major eye rolling as a response, but she still owes me for helping her schlep all her earthly belongings around New Haven last weekend so she really had no choice but to indulge me. First, a little book review. It's a fantastic book. It begins like a children's book narrated by the dog on the cover and you could actually read this to a kid. The photos are adorable as are the creatures. The instructions are all in the back and both the written how-to and the diagrams are extremely clear and easy to follow - something I wasn't expecting from a book translated from Japanese.
About half the creatures in the book call for socks and half for gloves. The ones I was most interested in making were from gloves and most of the gloves shown in the book are simple, cheap gloves that you can buy, according to the book, at home improvement stores. After a trip to Home Depot, a dollar store and TJ Maxx we were still gloveless. We gave in and bought a 3-pack of super soft creamy white socks for $2.97. What we hadn't thought of at the time was that some of the animals look best if you use socks with a colored heel or toe, neither of which ours had so you might want to keep that in mind when choosing your own socks. The only embellishment our socks had was a mustardy line near the toes (this will come into play in a moment).
I chose to make the dog (not the one on the book cover which is the glove version) and my sister chose the cat. The aforementioned mustardy line ended up as part of my dog's ears which was cute. But for the kitty it ended up across her forehead leaving us no other option than naming "Bjorn" after Bjorn Borg. You'll even notice my sister made a little tennis skirt (we decided this was a girl Bjorn) to complete the ensemble. So Bjorn could have a tennis pal I named my doggy Ivan after Ivan Lendl who was a tennis player I never liked, but the name seemed to fit.
If you're not great at figuring out stuff like softies on your own, I highly recommend this book. They're very easy and you'll find yourself marveling at the author's ingenuity. Since glove season is right around the corner, you can expect to see more of these from me.