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New year, new designs!

New year, new designs!

So January is over - how did that happen?  I've had my head down for the month working on my new designs and last week participated in Design Ireland at Showcase 2017.  Frankly now, I feel like I've been run over by a bus and my washing machine is broken!  Note to self: design earlier and don't leave mending the washing machine to the husband! Nevertheless our first 2017 orders will be heading out from next week, so look out for them coming to a shop near you.  The SockRabbits now rattle, Sybil SockMonkey has a gorgeous full circle skirt...

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Kilkenny Shop Irish Craft Week

Buy Irish Handmade Handmade in Ireland Irish Design Red Rufus SockDog

Kilkenny Shop Irish Craft Week

Take a look at this short film, made by Kilkenny Shop to celebrate their Irish Craft Week.  The big message is BUY IRISH!  Thanks Kilkenny Shop for all your support!   Just listening to this film again and it's so hard for me to listen to my own voice and watch myself, but saying that I love the film! DON"T FORGET - BUY SOMETHING LOCALLY MADE THIS CHRISTMAS!  

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Darcy SockDino, the lesser known Rufosaurus

2017 black and white dinosaur handmade made in ireland new product red rufus SockDino soft toy toy dinosaur

Darcy SockDino, the lesser known Rufosaurus

We're excited about our new friend here at Red Rufus.  He's a SockDinosaur, very striking in colour being black and white, with spectacular orange spikes.  Darcy's eyes are wide set and he has a gentle air about him. Darcy might be a SockDino, but he's unsure of the world and needs lots of reassurance. Rather timid in nature, Darcy loves to chat one on one.  You'll often find him digging at the bottom of the garden indulging his hobby.  You see, Darcy is rather keen on geology and can talk for hours about rocks.  Well, everyone has their "thing"! Darcy...

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Meet the girls......

100% cotton dollies dolls fisherman wool sock handmade made in ireland rag doll Red Rufus sockdoll sockgirl soft toys vintage wool socks

Meet the girls......

A big Red Rufus welcome to Clemmie, Ottilie and Imogen!  I love them, they are the new SockDolls.  It was such a luxury and a pleasure to make them.  Design-wise I wanted to keep them traditional looking and timeless, with soft gentle faces.     Their faces are hand embroidered by me, hair is wool and their dresses are 100% cotton fabric.  Of course they are made from socks, as are all the Red Rufus products. This time I used woollen fisherman's socks!   They feel study and huggable, I'm sure they are going to make some children very happy!...

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Barney, Boris and Brio

old toys Red Rufus SockAnimals SockDogs soft toys vintage wooden railway

Barney, Boris and Brio

We loved Brio in this house when everyone was smaller.  I'd sit on the floor with all three children and together we'd build the most fantastical railways for the little brightly coloured trains to chug along. Of course the SockDogs love it too, especially Barney, the naughty, clumsy puppy and charming Boris, who can't resist either.  The  wooden track and blocks, little engines and trees, wooden people and bridges come tumbling out of the canvas bag with a loud clattering noise.  Alerted, Barney and Boris are right there, noses sniffing, ready to play, tails wagging. Boris helps Barney to construct...

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