Sunday, February 1, 2009

Meet Pete

All winter, snippets of Rockford socks, wispy orbs of stuffing, yarn trimmings and a pair of bright red scissors have filled my sewing basket. Upon a closer look you might have seen a pair of jet black buttons, a tiny spool of cream colored thread, or maybe even the charismatic face of a particular sock monkey. But he's quite more than a pom pom tufted hat, and quite more than a comic conglomeration of lanky limbs. You might say he's an American story in heathered brown and ivory. A perfect synthesis of industry and arts and crafts, a natural harmony of ingenuity and thrift (he is made out of a single pair of socks after all, with hardly a scrap of waste!). You can almost see the imposing facade of Nelson Knitting Co. borne of the Industrial Revolution*, wherein the clatter, the looms and the spindles eventually produced that iconic pair of red heels.** The rest is history - an uncertain history at that. Perhaps it was a wearied mother, whose eyes strayed from the hem of a feedsack dress toward a pair of work socks on the mending pile. Perhaps her tired gaze ceased momentarily, as she rose to light the kerosene lamp, once again took up her needle, and worked into the night in the stillness of a farmhouse kitchen.

Above is my modern day sock monkey, called "Pete", who is every bit as cute as his "ancestors." And he can spell.

*(pre-1899 to be exact, according to this source)
**various sources have contradictory dates, anywhere from the turn of the century through 1932.

13 comments:

Nikki said...

I wanted to be the first post...after all, I witnessed Pete's coming to life over the past quarter and a half, haha. He is so photogenic!!

Lisa - Pen & Ink said...

Pete is just adorable. And, as always, your photos and styling are amazing.

50sgal said...

I adore pete. Living in 1955 for this year, I wonder how many petes I would see strewn about floors of friends as they scatter to clean up the mess the kids have left? Darling, just darling.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

"PETE"...LOve the way Pete can spell out his own name! Super cute. Thanks for sharing. :)

Brighton Early said...

hello, pete. :D

cindy : quaint said...

what's up pete? come here often? you're really cute!

blazedanielle said...

Heehee! Adorable! I have a sock monkey too! :) Maybe I'll do a post about it someday. J and I made a girl and boy with magnets in their hands! We call them our long distance monkeys! ;)

Lisa Falzon said...

Ahhh such a sweet post. I love that wool-written 'Pete' and of course hs is ♥.

My favourite softoy was called Pete :)

Laura said...

Aw! I wuvs Pete. He is most adorable!

janiise said...

i just came across your blog, and WOW. it's absolutely gorgeous, your photography is amazing, and your projects are adorable. then, i found out that you are a college student! how do you have time to maintain this blog, do all your projects, and keep up with college life?? :O
seriously, i am in awe. :)

Grace@PoeticHome said...

I am in LOVE with Pete. How cute and charming is he? Your Polaroids capture the birth of him perfectly as well :)

sara said...

Aw, Pete! As if a sock monkey were not good enough, I am enamored of the fact that he can spell too. Hi Pete!

Jen (Pink) Williams said...

Pete is awes. He should become friend's with my son's sock monkey, Senor Mono.

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