Hi! I'm Penelope. I confess, I was married once. I really wanted to get a motorcycle but my husband was completely against it. Then one day I just decided to get one anyway. We had a huge argument, so started riding 50km a day to clear my head. I’m now 700km away from home and feeling much happier! I could take you for the ride of your life - jump on the back seat!
Since 2019 The Greytown Free Range Monkey Company Sock Monkeys are available exclusively from Blackwell & Sons and all proceeds (that's every single penny excluding postage costs) goes toward Greytown community projects. Our project of choice at this time is the Greytown giant gum tree: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/greytown-gum-tree
Get cuddly with these beautifully unique, hand-made sock monkeys, lovingly sewn right here in Greytown by Mrs Blackwell.
John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant to the United States, patented the sock-knitting machine in 1869, and began manufacturing work socks in Rockford, Illinois in 1890. The iconic sock monkeys made from red-heeled socks emerged in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company added the trademarked red heel to its product. This red heel gave the monkeys their distinctive mouth. During the Great Depression, American women first made sock monkeys out of worn-out Rockford Red Heel Socks so their children could enjoy toys, at no extra cost to the household.
The Greytown Free Range Monkey Company has been producing New Zealand made artisan sock monkeys since 2002. Each is unique, entirely handsewn and made from only new materials.
Sock monkeys are easy to care for - they only require cuddles from their new owners, and the occasional bath if they venture into any sticky situations.