This week I am talking to Shaz, the brains behind OddSox. I love this shop, it's full of sock monkeys! And sock elephants, sock monsters, sock owls... and they're all so cute!
Before I go getting too carried away, I'll let Shaz speak for herself...
If you were an animal, what would you be?
Definitely a domestic cat (and yes I do have one). I love the way they expect to get their own way with everything – and then do. I regularly tell my cat I wish I was him – especially on a Monday morning!
What is your favourite meal?
I love Indian food - we do quite a lot of Indian cooking at home. Occasionally we’ll make a special effort and do homemade onion bhajis, red onion raita & lentil dhal to go with the main meal – gorgeous!
Hot weather or cold weather?
Hot – a bit of summer heat in the garden, perfect.
What’s your favourite colour?
How did you get started?
I’ve always been a dabbler in crafty stuff. My Mum & Gran did lots of knitting and dressmaking so there was always ‘making’ stuff around for me and my sis to mess about with. I remember being very impressed with the French Knitting woolly tails that appeared from our homemade wooden 4-nailed bobbins!
My Sock creatures started a few years ago after getting a fabulous book from my sister called 'Sock Monkeys'. It's crammed full of nutty monkey mugshots and gave me the sock creature bug. I then got a book called ‘Stupid Sock Creatures’ which is a brilliant place to start – it gives you all the basics to set your imagination running riot with your sock drawer! Since then I’ve discovered all kinds of other craft interests because I just can’t stay away from the craft sections in the library and bookshops!
What’s your favourite material to work with and why?
I find making sock creatures is endlessly satisfying because I don’t use patterns. I normally take the sock straight to the sewing machine with an idea in my head, which means they’re all a little bit different. So the end result is always a surprise! But… I also love making Amigurumi creatures (Japanese style crochet) it’s relaxing to do and they are sooo cute!
Is there anyone in your life who has particularly inspired you?
If I could apply my My Mum’s determination to my life I think I’d get a lot more done!
What’s your best crafty tip?
Don’t throw anything away until you’ve answered ‘No’ to ‘Can I recycle that?’
What’s your favourite item in your shop?Here are Shaz's other links:
Folksy shop http://www.oddsox.folksy.com
Thanks Shaz! :)