Raise your hand if you have ever been the proud owner of a Sock Monkey. First made out of red-toed socks during the Great Depression these cuddly creatures can be found in kids rooms around the world. Red-toed socks were originally a product of the Nelson Knitting Company across the river in Rockford, Illinois. In 1992 Nelson was purchased by Fox River Mills in Osage, IA. Already an iconic brand of Made in USA knits, Fox River now can be considered the breeding ground of these lovable stuffed primates.