LONG GROVE, Ill. (WTVO) — The founder of Long Grove’s sock monkey museum set a new Guinness World Record on Thursday

Arlene Okun now holds the record for the world’s largest collection of handmade sock monkeys.

It started with one sock monkey that she bought at a gift store more than 16 years ago. She has collected more than 2,00 of the stuffed creatures since then.

Two judges and an expert witness from Guinness spent all day counting, cataloguing and photographing the sock monkeys.

Rockford’s Nelson Knitting Company started making sock monkeys in 1932.