Another pair of Cascade Fixation socks off the needles. I'll probably start another pair to round out my goal of having lots of summer sox to wear to work.
This is a design that I just sort of made up along the way. The cuff is a knit purl variation, nothing fancy, and then just stockinette on the foot.
In the works are the Tofutsies Tidal wave socks. I had a hard time getting the pattern to really show up in the photo but it's really a lot prettier in person. It really does look like waves rolling in on the shore. Especially in this lovely blue color.
As for the tatting part of this post, it does have to do with needlework but, it's not what you'd think.
I had a lizard tattoo done on my back about 25 years ago. It was OK, not really what I had in mind but OK. I have been thinking about having it re-done for a number of years. Since I had this week off and I am in the midst of a mid life crisis, I decided that having the tat redone was cheaper than cosmetic surgery and I might as well buck up and go for it.
I did a little research and found Ed at Royal Oak Tattoo. I decided that he was the guy to do the work since he's also a wildlife artist and has an extensive knowledge of reptiles.
I had an idea in mind but basically I just let Ed run with it. I wasn't really sure about his original sketch but...I decided that trusting the artist was the best way to go. Trust, needless to say is very important when getting inked.
I could not be more pleased with the result, it almost has an optical illusion effect to it.
The color work and shading that he did is really outstanding. It's pretty large, about 8" long and 4" wide. It took almost 2 hours to complete. The outline is the hard (painful) part of any tat but Ed seemed to know when to lift the gun off and give me a few seconds of reprieve. I have plans to expand on this one maybe some "vineyness" wrapping on to my shoulder and a wisteria blossom trailing down on to my arm. Tatting, like knitting can be addictive.
BTW, for those who know me in real life, I did accomplish another one of my vacation goals...yeah baby, you know what I'm talkin' about ;-)