The Story of the Sock Monkey

Sock Monkeys are seen everywhere as an almost popular icon in the United States, but how many of you know the story of how they came to be a toy? Today at Green 3, we are sharing the story of the Sock Monkey!

Nelson Knitting Co. | Via Midway Village Museum Collections WordPress Blog

Nelson Knitting Co. | Via Midway Village Museum Collections WordPress Blog

Sock Monkeys can date back to the Victorian Era! At the time, they were not made of socks and lacked the characteristics of the Sock Monkey we see today. In 1868, a man named John Nelson immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden and patented the sock-knotting machine. He began to knit socks in Rockford, Illinois when the Nelson Knitting Company was formed in 1880. Nelson created a seamless sock and named them the Nelson Sock, but are also known today as the Rockford Red Heel. As time went on, other imitators attempted to also make seamless socks, but Nelson added a red heel to ensure that customers were buying the real deal. During the Great Depression is when the first Sock Monkey appeared from worn-out Red Heel Socks.

A Red Heel Sock and a Nelson Sock Monkey | Via

A Red Heel Sock and a Nelson Sock Monkey | Via

How incredible that Sock Monkeys started as an up-cycling project!

Even though you can still find original-looking sock monkeys with the traditional red hat and lips, the light and dark brown body with no seams, you can also get Sock Monkeys in different themes! At Green 3, Sandy has a few different ones sitting near her desk to keep inspired!

Sock Monkeys are mass-manufactured today, but you can also get one that’s still handmade! Usually when one is handmade, it has unique characteristics that are different from what we come to know as traditional. It is even a trend to make Sock Monkeys out of mismatched socks!

Sock Monkey Traditional Wide Scarf | Green 3

Sock Monkey Traditional Wide Scarf | Green 3

Green 3 is offering an additional 40% off on our sale Sock Monkey items and we had to share the story with you so you can understand why Green 3 loves them so much. They’re recycled, up-cycled and perfect. Don’t forget to shop our sale here!

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Fall 2015 Green 3 Shows

If you’ve been following Green 3 this summer, you will know that Jim has been traveling across the U.S. attending different vendor shows. For example, he’s been to Las Vegas, New York, and even Atlanta! All of these trips in just a few months! Now that we’re getting into Fall, Green 3 is going to be even busier than usual.

Green 3 attends shows so we can spread the love about what we do and what we stand for. At the shows, Jim is talking about Green 3’s goal to maintain organic and eco-friendly clothing that is made in our home of the USA. He chats with different representatives on how they can be more involved with Green 3. Not only that, but we work on selling some Green 3 garments, too!

In the next couple of months, Green 3 will be traveling all throughout Wisconsin showcasing what we have to offer! If you’re within the state, we recommend you check us out at the following shows:

Holy Hill

Holy Hill

Holy Hill Arts & Crafts Show— Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful grounds of the infamous Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary.

Get a look at 230+ artists and other vendors while enjoying refreshments, entertainment and a silent auction! Admission is $5 and is free for children 12 and under. Located 8 miles West of Hwy 41 on Hwy 167. Green will be at booth C160 and we encourage you to check us out! We may just have some special surprises if you stop by and say hello.




UW-Milwaukee logo | Courtesy of UW-M Twitter

UW-Milwaukee logo | Courtesy of UW-M Twitter

Holiday Shops at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee— October 29-31. Are you a big Halloween fan? You absolutely have to check out Green 3 because we have the best Halloween apparel that is eco-friendly and USA made. You can’t find that anywhere else! Plus, a percentage of proceeds made at the show will go back to the University! Help support a great cause!

Check us out on Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 3p.m. at UW-Milwaukee.






P.E.O. Logo | Courtesy of P.E.O's website

P.E.O. Logo | Courtesy of P.E.O’s website

The Gallerie of Shoppes— Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. Join us at the greatest place Wisconsin knows- Lambeau Field! We’ll be at the atrium telling all about Green 3. Not only that, but 15% of the proceeds goes to P.E.O, an organization that sends under-privileged women to school.

Join us on Friday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Green Bay, Wis. at the Lambeau Field Atrium.



Junior League of Madison Mistletoe Market | Courtesy of the Junior League of Madison's website

Junior League of Madison Mistletoe Market | Courtesy of the Junior League of Madison’s website

Junior League of Madison Mistletoe Market— Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Give back to the Madison community while you shop for the Holidays. All of the proceeds at this event go straight back to the community to support Junior League of Madison programs, like the “All Dressed Up event to help girls get ready for prom, and other community projects for the Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Club, and more. Children 12 and under are free to attend.

Join us at the Madison Marriott West Hotel on November 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.!




The Wisconsin Holiday Market at The American Club— November 20-22. Join us at the 33rd Annual Holiday Market in Kohler, Wis. and shop vendors from across the Midwest for clothing, decorations, accessories, toys and other fun Holiday items! The event is a great way to enjoy shopping as well as a Kohler getaway. You can even stay at The American Club or the Inn on Woodlake and receive complimentary admission into the show. Admission is $6 for 13 years and over, and $1 for children 12 years and under.

Join us on Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and again on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook to see all the events and other additional information! Also keep updated on our sales by signing up for our newsletter! Go to our website and scroll to the bottom. Enter your name and email and voila! You’re set! 

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The Story of a Green 3 Scarf

This week at Green 3 has been crazy! Not only did we launch our new website with a whole new look, but we’ve been taking in orders as summer fades into fall. That’s right- we have hit the busiest part of a Green 3 season! Although we haven’t seen leaves change or fall, it is the first week of September. Within this week, we have been filling orders, getting ready for some new shows coming up in September, October and November, and we’ve been working on a scarf order for Smithsonian.

Since we’ve been surrounded by the knit scarves, we decided to tell you a story about how they are created at Green 3!

Nordic Scarf in Black/White

Nordic Scarf in Black/White

As with every garment at Green 3, it all starts with an idea or inspiration from Sandy. From there, the design is collaborated with our in-house graphic artist, Alex, where he designs a pixel drawing, by hand, of what the scarf will look like. Here’s the tricky part- each pixel represents one stitch. You read that right- just one, single stitch out of hundreds or thousands of stitches! With that, the design process can be a little longer than with our other garments.

After the design is created, colors are chosen from a selection of recycled knit yarns. After our color palette is chosen that suits the design, it is sent to an 80-year-old family-owned knitting company in New York. The knitter receives the designs as the yarn is received from a supplier in Georgia that specializes in recycled cotton yarns. Then, the knitting begins!

After the knitting is complete, the bunch of scarves, as it’s on one piece of fabric, it is washed to pre-shrink the knit and is sent to be cut and sewn. After the sewing is complete, it’s finally returned to Green 3, where we fold them up and package them to be sent off!

Nordic Scarf for Smithsonian in Red/White

Nordic Scarf for Smithsonian in Red/White

And so, that is the story of a Green 3 scarf! After they are packaged and boxed, they are sent to our customers across the U.S.! If you’d like to more information on what Green 3 is doing daily, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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