Our wonderful friend and supporter, Veronica Sherman of Happily Made in Cambodia has recently spurred us into a new product direction. A few months back, she took dozens of our finger puppets back to Australia for some sales she organized to promote fairly made, Cambodian products including her own line of clothes. The finger puppets sold well and Veronica fell in love with one of the animals in particular, the monkey.
Veronica not only works tirelessly to bring employment opportunities to poor women in her community in Kampot, but she is also a bottomless pit of wild, wonderful ideas. One of her latest is to use our monkeys for a series of simple roll up bags made from recycled or cut off fabrics. She commissioned us to make a monkey with a closed body, legs and longer arms containing magnets. The arms will wrap around the bags and grasp them. After a couple iterations, we finalized the new Magnetized and Magnificent Monkey!
Below is a photo of the first gang hanging out at the office before their departure for Kampot. The final product will be the first of hopefully more, called Two Birds, because by purchasing a bag with attached MMM, you are supporting two projects.
For those of you who knit and want to make this pattern yourself, we say ‘go for it’. The pattern is available from the wonderful Etsy store of Raynor Gellately here. Each animal comes with three patterns for the body, two for the legs, all with clear instructions and photos. We only changed the arms by making them longer, adding a stitch for the hands to make them big enough to accommodate the magnet.