I spent the better part of a day at the Arcata Farmers Market with my friend Bea, happily knitting away and enjoying both the lavish sunshine and music of Ponche!, a local and most excellent salsa band. We noshed on delicioso southeast asian sandwiches from Don's Donuts while KIPing & soaking up rays on one of the warmest days of the year.
Still working on my Velmtrelac socks, the ones I took to Sock Summit, I started the heel flap today, woot! I'm enjoying the hell out of this knit, & of course participating in Sock Summit has re-energized my knitting in ways I'm still discovering. All that DIY energy in Portland has managed to insidiously infiltrate my psyche, in a very good way.
My internal idea-spring was replenished during my stay in PDX. I've had a plethora of project ideas since I returned home, including several upcycled clothing projects and this new tattoo design. Still in the (amittedly lame) rudimentary sketch phase, I'm hoping that I can interest crocheter-slash-tattoo artist Lauraine of Ancient Arts, the only resident female tattoo artist in Humboldt County, in a handspun yarn-for-ink trade. I found an old tea tin at the thrift store yesterday, & now it's my slush fund bank. Currently, all the loose change in the house is destined for this can, & when it's full, I'm getting inked!
I've been so inspired, I even entered the Knitty calendar contest! Since Amy Singer seemed to like my Monkey sock pic, I figured that image had the best 'shot' at winning (jeez, I just can't resist the obvious pun!), & I think I just made yesterday's deadline, squeaking in under the wire at about 10pm last night. Wish I could say 'vote early & often', but I don't think they're operating under a democracy over there; viva la Knit-ocracy!
Check back tomorrow for fair pics and my plans for an upcycled bag made from a thrited wool sweater!