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October in Washington

We spent 10 days on the road– more or less. I got so buy at Fiber Fusion that I totally forgot to take any pictures while at the festival, but it was fun, interesting and even slightly profitable. I had three very nice  ladies in my class and they all caught onto and seemed to enjoy the weaving and went away with at least one finished wash cloth.  We did a 2nd one using the kitchen cotton and a type of scrubby. I had acrylic, cotton and a fuzzy sparkly one to choose from.

After the show we left, avoiding the freeways, and wandered though the forests of Washington in vaguely the direction we thought we wanted to go. Randy says that while he might not always know where he is, he is never lost, and sure enough, we eventually came out just where he wanted to be!

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That was into the Cascade Mountain Nat’l Park. The Cascades are the youngest mountains in the US and are high rugged craggy peaks. Very scenic and steep, prone to rock slides, the signs warn. There are large lakes and rivers, of course. Washington state builds lots of dams for power generation. One of the major exports, it appears, but in at least one occasion, they had totally stopped the river from flowing past the dam, a practice I, and I am sure others, disapprove.

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But it is very scenic. We spent a cold night in the parking lot of a closed Nat’l park with 3 other rv’s and a half dozen tent campers. There were Lot so rv’s from pick-up’s to giant pushers & the tenters, so I really don’t know why the park system thinks tourist season is over on labor day! Anyway, I was glad I had my heavy wool quilt with me! If you were at the last two events we were at you saw that one on the table.

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But we really enjoyed the trip through the park tho he would have liked to have gotten off the ‘beaten track’. It appears that there is no ‘off’ there unless you go hiking which he’d love to do but we did not have time for that and it’s not a great time of the year for hiking there, anyway, with the weather looking iffy. But here are some pictures. Well, the pictures are at scattered but you’ll find them here somewhere! I don’t seem to be able to get along with this “new” editor but am not going to try to ‘fix’ it now as I’ll just make it worse I’m sure! But I’ll try to add some here.

After we left the park we went into Apply Valley. Apples of several types, lots of cherries, these were covered with nets as they ripen to keep away birds. There were also grape vineyards, they seem to be the purple kinds and further down the valley they grow hops. This is a rocky canyon and the orchards and vineyards were tucked into all sorts of spots where there was enough dirt to grow them. Beautiful colors in the orchards and the wild trees. Dams along the Columbia river, too, with their power plants.

I wanted to add this one but missed it. It’s the netting that overs the cherries in their primes, all neatly rolled up waiting for the next crop.

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So then we headed up  hill. Some 2000′ of elevation in 6 miles of curving road and we were on the Palouse, the top of the World up there. Mostly Geology and wheat fields here.

 

 

I am finally going to learn how to use this blog thing… I hope.

The tutorial says I should: Tell us about you and what we’ll find on your blog.

Well, I am Hazel. I haven’t always been this old but have always been more or less  arty. I guess my main ‘art form’ would be drawing, extended to painting, but I have always been interested in any art form that crosses my path. I’ve dabbled in many, no point in listing them here, it would take all day, but they range from fiber crafts to metal & wood work. My Pop was a rock hound and lapidarist (is that a word?) and I tried my hand at those forms, too.  Momma taught me to crochet way back and my 4th grade teacher taught me to knit so yarn arts have always been in there, too. Is gardening an art? I don’t know that I have a green thumb but I enjoy my garden, too, both flowers and food. I’ve written some poetry and short stories, designed birthday and get well cards, written children’s picture books, directed siblings & off spring in musical plays, just for our own entertainment. i can  pick out a ragged tun on piano, cord a guitar, and used to be able to tootle a tune on a clarinet or flute. Badly in all cases and sing along as well, probably badly at that, too, but with Gusto! Well, I still sing along in the car! Randy and I celebrated our 34th year yesterday and he is having a birthday poker party with the boys for his day today.  I had mine a couple weeks ago, but we won’t talk about that. What else? Well, it’s already more than you wanted to know!

So what’ll you find on the blog? Pretty much what you have already found I’m sure. Stuff about the looms and my weaving projects. Stuff about my dolls and what I am making for them. Pictures of my garden and our trips hither and yon. Things I bake and can and a few pictures of the dogs and cats and the deer & other wild critters who wander though the place. We have two Stellar Jay nests this spring, there’ll be baby birds all over soon!Checkered lilies close

My checkered lilies are blooming again. and my peas are up. I’ll plant kale tomorrow. So there you have it for my first lesson in how to make a proper blog. I think it’ll get better. Well, to be honest, I hope it’ll get better!

But thank you for reading this, both of you, even if you are my sisters.

 

July & hot again!

But I am still weaving, of course. Took the computer to town yesterday to get it cleaned up and running properly again (I hope!) And Boy! Was it hot! Really glad to get back in my mountains! I thought we were hot up here the last few days but I was wrong! lol

Anyway, I have been working on a new patchwork yoke using some very pretty yarn I bought at Black Sheep Gathering. Trying something new. It’s taking awhile but I think it’s going to be pretty. It is inspired by this one. 

This is what I have so far. The 1st one is a sketch to give me a idea where I want to go.  The 2nd is what I have embroidered so far. There’s a lot more needed on it. And, of course, it changes as I work. That always seems to happen. The yarn is super-wash sock yarn and, you know by now that I love my washing machine, so I have done swatches that I’ve washed in the machine. I am using some of my big stash of needlepoint yarns for the embroidery and have also tested them in the machine. They don’t seem to shrink much, either, tho both fulled just enough to look good.

      

So that’s about all that’s happening here just now. Well, I am also designing a doll dress for our August WAL on Ravelry and trying to keep the garden watered. We turned off most of the auto watering when we got back from the trip so we can have a little more control as some places in this yard don’t need watering all summer while other places dry up almost immediately. Give us something to do! lol

Speaking of which, I have some loom shipping to do so better get on with it. Hope your summer is not too hot! If it is, stay indoors and weave!

Montana

Ever wonder why it’s call the Big Sky?

And here we are on the top of the world. I don’t remember what pass this is but it was lovely and exactly the right time of the year to meet the most populous residents.. mosquitoes!

But we had nice camping places.

Saw lots of wild life.

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But on the way home we found Mt Shasta on fire. Turned out to be a ‘control burn’ which, this time, did not get out of control.

And we got home to find we have a new neighbor, spending the summer in the community.

Now we’ve gone to Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon without taking any pictures & are home again for awhile. But it’s been an enjoyable month! Hope your summer is not too hot!

 

 

Fair Season again.

First it’s Big Sky and then the Black Sheep Gathering. I think we’re ready! I have all my ‘stuff’ for teaching packed in the trailer but I don’t have any idea if I have anyone signed up!

But meantime I am working of several projects, as usual. My hat was a pretty big hit so I am reweaving it to be able to write up the pattern. I have also been looking at hat wire, hoping to find ready-made rings but so far it looks like they have to be made to fit. I haven’t decided if I want to take that on. I am thinking maybe a kit with yarn , pattern, and wire. But on the other hand the design as it stand now takes 5 different looms so I’m pretty sure some of the interest will be modified by that number. I may try my hand at redesigning it to use less. If you haven’t seen it on Ravelry or facebook, here it is.

And the class, if it happens, is a workshop discussing how to make clothing with your loom. I emphasize the singular Loom as you really can use whatever loom you have.  We all know that Hazel Rose Looms are the best choice of course, but if you have one of the inferior  ones , they will also work. We’ll also do some weaving along with a different methods of joining. I am planning to learn as much as I teach.

Anyway, if you need to try us this month we may be slow to respond, internet on the road being sketchy at times. Please be patient, we’ll be home between fairs. And if you can get to Big Sky or Black Sheep Gathering I hope you’ll come by and see us!