A few weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting up with Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts (both a blog and a store). Patricia had read my book A Year in Japan when she went to Japan for the first time years ago, and she emailed me before her trip to NY to meet up and talk about Japan and socks! After a long career in branding and marketing, Patricia started her own store selling beautiful vintage yukata (cotton kimono) fabric that she imports from Japan. She is also an amazing quilt artist! After hearing her very interesting talk at the City Quilter, we had dinner and chatted a bit. You can hear Patricia's account (and learn about so many interesting quilters and fabric artists!) on her Okan Arts blog. (And if you comment on your favorite socks at the end of the post before the end of the month, you could win a pair of THIS NIGHT socks of your choosing!) You might also find yourself, like me, wanting to buy yards and yards of beautiful yukata fabric!