Join the Pink Sock Monkey Craft-Along for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Happy October! You know what that means, it’s officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month — and time to kick off the Pink Sock Monkey Craft-Along!

Think the Ru-Paul-meets-Lady-Ga-Ga eyelashes are a bit much? (No worries – they can be trimmed.)

My mom died of breast cancer when I was little, and my sister Lisa is a 13+ year breast cancer survivor, so this is an important month for our family.

Lisa’s taken a (triple) negative and done something really great: She became a peer counselor and uses her own experiences and insights to help other young women dealing with disease navigate their way through testing, treatment, recovery – and figuring out what to do if your health insurance company bails on you. (That’s a whole different story.)

So I wasn’t surprised when Lisa saw the sock monkeys I made for our niece and nephew and asked if I could make one — using pink socks — for a friend of hers who’s currently undergoing treatment for her second bout with breast cancer. When Lisa realized each 2-pair package of Rockford Red Heel Socks can make two sock monkeys, she asked if I could make one for another friend. That’s when I decided we should try a craft-along.

The project is pretty simple since the socks are really forgiving. Precision is not required, so don’t be scared off if you don’t sew. I’m not a great sewer, either, but see how darn cute Pink Monkey #1 turned out?

Get your pink socks, fiberfill and thread ready! Tomorrow we’ll start making a twin for the monkey above.

Who’s in?

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About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on October 1, 2012, in breast cancer, breast cancer awareness month, craft-along, Family, gifts, Inspiration, pink sock monkey, Projects, Sock Monkeys and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Okay – I will try to do them — I just donated yesterday to the Ulta Kiss program so its time to do something else in honor of my friend JoAnn who lost the battle – and my friend Suzie who just got a clean PET scan after her first year of chemo treatments! I hope your instructions are really, really clear Miss Paula.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      I’m so glad your friend Suzy got good news! Sorry JoAnn wasn’t as fortunate.

      I’ll try to be as clear as possible with the instructions – clearer than the actual directions, I hope. But if anyone has questions they can ask them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.

  2. How adorable is she? I LOVE the eyelashes! 😀

    Your sister’s story is so inspiring. She must have a very positive attitude. It’s wonderful to hear that she is using her experiences to help others.

    I’ve always wanted to make a sock monkey, so I’ll be following along!

    -Shannon

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Thanks, Shannon!

      My sister’s story is inspiring – which is why I keep telling her she should have a blog!

      If you make a monkey, too, please keep us updated on your progress. I’ll be checking comments frequently in case anyone has a question I didn’t anticipate.

  3. Reese and I are IN! We will be a bit behind since we won’t be able to start until next week, but that will give me time to get the socks. How fun!

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Glad to hear it! The craft-along runs all month, so no rush. I think Reese will enjoy the mother-daughter project! Can’t wait to see it in person.

  4. I really can’t sew. It’s sad. But I thought you might like to see these anyway 🙂

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Thanks for the link, Ashley! It’s astounding how popular sock monkeys are these days. The little kid slippers were the cutest.

      No real sewing skill is needed to make a sock monkey. I can only sew straight lines, myself (and even then, they’re usually pretty wobbly), but that hasn’t stopped me from piecing together baby quilts (well, they’re tied, not quilted), pillows, and the odd curtain. Sewing sock monkeys can be done by hand if you don’t have a machine.

      The good thing is, if you start and can’t finish, you’re only out one pair of socks and will still have the second pair to wear!

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