Five Simple Artsy Things

Posted on Aug 17, 2009. 7 comments

dicentra hand paint
I met Lisa at the Sock Summit Marketplace. And by "met" I mean was lulled to her booth by her sumptuous, vibrant work. You can find Lisa's etsy shop here. Hello gorgeous, how you doin'?
EZ Art Stocking
I knit this stocking for Meg Swansen's class "EZ's Art Stockings." The class was amazing. I shocked myself because I was certain I'd be really nervous since I've admired Meg and her work for so long. But truthfully I've watched her DVDs so many times and become so accustomed to her voice I felt right at ease. Amy Detjen's humorous disposition didn't hurt. And those coil-less safety pins? From Meg's hands to my greedy heart. This stocking won't actually fit my leg beyond my ankle but that's why it's called "art." Right? What?
Heidi's Coils
When I met Heidi for the first time in person (after we stopped jumping up and down and screaming) we had a flurried exchange of gifts. I feel like the lucky one since she gave me this coiled handspun. I'm trying to come up with the perfect project for it but frankly I could wear it as a necklace and call it done.
jennie the potter spindle mug
I've been smugly drinking coffee from Jennie the Potter's Spindle Mug every morning. I stalked this mug in the wilds of the Sock Summit Marketplace with my spear and my wits. Or my credit card. Which ever.
that's one pissed off mermaid
We went to a family picnic this weekend where there was an incredible balloon artist. Up until that point I was unaware that one could fashion balloons into literally anything. Until Maya asked for a Mermaid. Notice that slightly pissed off expression on her little face? I usually draw a comedy/tragedy mask on Maya's balloons since the baloon joy is equal to the balloon pain.
My goal for the week is to have more art in my life. So I'm going to (smugly) drink coffee and spin Lisa's fiber while wearing Heidi's coiled necklace and the art stocking up to my ankle. Maya's deflated balloon will make a nice flapping sound in the breeze.
What are you working on this week?


  • Posted by mindy on Aug 18, 2009

    Oh. Test knits. Washing fleeces (borderleicester) Sorting through fleeces (my goaties- somehow they insist on wearing as much hay as they eat). Dyeing fleece, packing it off for processing so I have roving to sell. Designing a sweater or 2, some socks or 8- you know, the usual…

  • Posted by AlisonH on Aug 20, 2009

    I am officially jealous of every single picture in this post. Note that I am including the adorable little Maya. Wonderful all around!

  • Posted by Lisa on Aug 21, 2009

    It was great to meet you at Sock Summit! I’m glad the fiber fumes pulled you into my booth.

  • Posted by Lissa on Aug 17, 2009

    My goal is to get at least one of my toe sock knee highs done! I have been working on them for far too long. But it is my fault for not buying self striping – no I had to buy 4 different colors. I am so close I can taste it.
    Don’t tell the toe socks but I secretly started another pair of plain old socks in self-striping yarn. LOL

  • Posted by Carrie K on Aug 18, 2009

    They made a balloon mermaid on request?? I am in awe of that kind of talent. That would be so cool.
    Those socks!! I’d weep if they didn’t fit. Is the pattern in that book you found at Stitches? [crosses fingers]

  • Posted by mindy on Aug 18, 2009

    Whew. Ok. Caught up. Love the stocking- gorgeous. Can’t wait til you spin that roving up. Maya is gorgeous, as ever- love the top, too. If you sew for me, I’ll let you share your coffee with my goaties…

  • Posted by Lise on Aug 17, 2009

    Har – I hear you on the balloon pain. Oh the highs and lows of childhood.
    I love that top on Maya – did you make it? I swear I made myself a top in the same fabric (a red version), but I don’t look nearly as cute.
    And that stocking is to DIE for. Must. Make. Stockings.

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