Sock Monkeys on Mother’s Day

The Comox Valley-Lazo Women’s Institute knows how to have fun.

The Comox Valley-Lazo Women’s Institute knows how to have fun.

Whether it’s breaking out into a circle dance during Earth Day celebrations or planning a women-only camp out this summer, the Institute is all about connecting with and supporting women of all ages.

Their workshop Sock Monkeys on Mother’s Day is no exception.

Join the Women’s Institute this Sunday at 1 p.m. for a guided workshop on making sock monkeys. Mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters (and any other family members) are invited for an afternoon of fun at Amara Farm at 2641 Kirby Rd., just north of Courtenay.

A ticket price of $25 provides two socks that will create two monkeys. All the stuffing and embroidery thread will be provided. Mothers are welcome to bring children or grandchildren. Refreshments will also be provided.

More than 50 years ago, women used to make toy monkeys out of socks for their children because many toys were so expensive. Today, everyone wants one!

Handmade toys stand out in a sea of plastic. Nostalgia, and the desire for simplicity, has catapulted the homemade monkeys back into people’s hearts and today they are experiencing a popular revival.

“There is something to be said about a toy that was created so long ago and still just as popular today,” comments Marla Limousin, president of the CV-Lazo Women’s Institute. Marla has three sock monkeys of her own and will lead the workshop.

“We’ll do a basic design that participants can go home and embellish themselves”, says Marla. “They can become ballerina monkey, princess monkey, or even rasta monkey! We love getting creative together. We’re all such busy women that taking time to make a craft together is both fun and re-energizing.”

Tickets for the workshop can be purchased in advance at Laughing Oyster Bookshop. Participants are encouraged to get their tickets early, as there are only a limited number of socks to go around.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook site at or call 250-331-0543.

— Comox Valley-Lazo Women’s Institute

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