I love crafts.  I love working with my hands.  To sit still with nothing to do makes me crazy.  Even when watching the tv, I am doing something.  Even if it is just surfing the web or chatting on IM.

One of the things I like is various types of “needle” work.  Cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting.  Exceptionally un-awesome in any area, I manage to make do.  I go for small, easy projects for the most part.  For knitting, that means scarves and hats mostly.  Recently I have made two shawls and that brought me much pride.

I enjoy giving my stuff away.  I finished my second shawl yesterday, and it is for a friend’s little girl.  I hope she likes it.  I used a soft striping yarn so the shawl has beautiful orange and white stripes. 

My good friend gave me the Stitch ‘n Bitch calendar for this year.  A page for each day.  Monday spotlights a type of yarn, Tuesday is for groups.  Well, Friday brings fun patterns to try out.  Unfortunately for me, they seem a bit advanced for my skill-set.  A challenge! 

Week one?  A shawl.  A little more than I wanted to make for the little girl, but it inspired me for the darling.  The shawl I made is more my own design. Last week I found a Nintendo cozy, alas the yarn I wanted to use is completely inappropriate.  So much for that.  It’s on the back burner, for now.  I did however purchase some yarn yesterday for that pattern… a sock!

Can I admit that the idea of making socks scares the life out of me?  I have the supplies, I have the pattern, and I have a heart going pitter patter in my chest.  I am going for it.  Here is to trying out something new and extending my talents!  There’s a cute lace up look for the back of the leg that I adore.  My theory is, if all else fails?  I can forget the sock part and just make the darned things leg-warmers.

So tonight, I begin.  Feel free to place bets on the likelihood of success. 

Reverse Psockology, I shall be your master!

–Lady Ozma

Pattern for my shawl:

Cast on 3 stitches.
Knit 1, yarn over, knit rest of row.
Repeat until you have desired size.

Pretty easy, right?  The yarn over gives a nice loopy lacy feel for the edges.  I used a size 15 (US) needle so the whole shawl is just very lacy and pretty.  It is not for real warmth but for looking nice.  Hairy yarn, bulky yarn, any yarn for the look you want.

Originally posted on ladyozma.vox.com