Nothing like a little misplaced confidence . . .
So, I thought a little project for my trip would be a good idea. My nephew's wife had never heard of sock monkeys and my adorable twin grand-nephews were about to turn 1 - I know, I'll hand sew a couple of sock monkeys for them on my trip! Never mind that I had never actually seen a sock monkey myself (I did know where to get the socks!) . . . haven't sewn anything since high school home EC - I'm sure that won't be a problem! (Uh, well, perhaps the D on my report card should have rung at least a small alarm bell). But no, I was filled with confidence and affection for two little baby boys I could already imagine dragging around a sock monkey, teathing on its ears, pulling off a tail and leaving sock monkey stuffing in their wake.
Two observations . . .
The instructions for making a sock monkey that come with the socks are surprisingly clear. This clarity does not make up for the lack of a sewing machine and some rudimentary skill. Not to mention sewing supplies (pins would have been nice; some kind of markers so that pieces could have been measured and made the same size).
Hand sewing anything takes a lot longer than one might think!
Oh, a third observation - I can be remarkably stubborn.