Well hello there! I’m Paul, and as you can clearly see from my ultra-toned physique, I am an avid cyclist.
I even managed to get my (now ex) wife into it as well – we used to go riding on a tandem cycle together. That was, until one unfortunate day when we were out together on the tandem bike. Suddenly, out of nowhere a police car stopped us.
“What have I done, officer?” I inquired.
“Perhaps you didn’t notice sir, but your wife fell of your bike about one kilometre back….”
“Oh, thank goodness!” I exclaimed – “I thought I’d gone deaf!!”
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.
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.
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