I am so out of it that I just found out that there was a KIA commercial shown during the 2010 Superbowl featuring a sock monkey. My godmother's younger sister, Bonnie Connelly, designed both the sock monkey itself and the large sock monkey costume. Connelly is the creator of In My Own Dream Studio and author of Everything's Coming Up Sock Monkeys.
I still have my own sock monkey made by my aunt before I was born. Monkey doesn't look like any other sock monkey in creation. I bit the tassle off when I was a baby, and my aunt has often rued that Monkey has no ears. For some reason, when my friends see Monkey, they start to snicker. Poor Monkey!