For example, Tamara, from the Craftyescapism Blog has accepted to organize a blog hop for the Sockalong. If you have never heard of this, a blog hop is when a group of bloggers join forces to publish posts on different aspects of a certain topic. The different posts on the different blogs are linked so that, followers can easily "hop" from one blog to the next, ultimately reading all the related articles. Well, in our case, we are going to write about sock making. I am so excited to have been invited to join this blog hop and my post is scheduled for September 29th, right here, on this blog!
The excitement created by this Sockalong lead me to explore a whole different aspect of crafting: pattern writing. When my youngest daughter left the nest back in February, I decided to sulk in my misery by creating a pair of socks that would always remind me of her, and so my Always socks came to be.
The Always socks set the groundwork for writing a sock pattern that even a novice sock maker could follow. I started early on, in February, because I wanted the pattern to be ready and tested for the Sockalong. Well, low and behold, the job is complete and My Sweet Socks pattern is now published both on this blog (here) and on my Ravelry page. The pattern includes instructions for making my the original Always socks as well as instructions for modifying the pattern to create shorty socks, create the cupcake pattern in contrasting colors or alter the type of cuff.