A couple of weeks back we took a trip out to Port Townsend and then on to Lake Quinault in the Olympic Rainforest, to visit our friends who own a historic cabin resort on the North Shore Rd – Lochaerie Resort. Rick had built a corner cabinet for the living room of their personal residence, so we drove the truck and brought that out for installation.
In Port Townsend, we ate twice (dinner on arrival, lunch the next day) at our favorite little restaurant, Hanazono Asian Noodle. It is really good, plus we are Asian-food deprived over here in our neck of the woods.
the Taylor Street roll
udon soup bowl with many yummy Things in it
Before heading out to the lake, we drove down to Quilcene to visit Taylored Fibers. This is a small custom carding operation which I first visited last October. I brought Barry Taylor a washed Corriedale fleece and an alpaca fleece and he is going to dye the wool in 2 different colors, then blend it with some of the alpaca to make me some spinning rovings. I can hardly wait!
His “machine” was made by Pat Green in British Columbia and is probably at least 20 years old. As you can see, it is not the home edition. It can make either batts or rovings.
At Lochaerie, we had lots of down time with the new kittens, Walter and Skyler (both are females, but Walt was mis-identified initially, and they decided to keep the name!)
the new corner cabinet – TV will mount in the wall above
We actually had reasonably dry weather for the coast, even though it was a little cold and windy. On Sunday we went out and walked on the beach at Kalaloch. It was blowing sleet down the beach at times, which may be one reason I wasn’t too into photography – but there were also sun breaks and it was beautiful. We also got in a couple of nice walks in the rain forest, so different from our dry side of the mountains.
Back at home, I finished the 10 scarves on the Mardi Gras warp and took that setup off Kingston, the 32″ Macomber loom.
washed and ready for final pressing and trimming
Then moved on to the new project, which I have to complete for our guild challenge deadline in mid-April. The theme this year is “doubleweave”. I chose a draft called Doubleweave Checks that has squares of double weave in a heavier cotton (8/2 in this case), separated by stripes of plain weave in both directions, using a lighter cotton (16/2 in this case). The actual doubleweave checks should puff up when I wash these, making a nice thick absorbent towel.
doubleweave checks towel on the loom
This is way fun and I will be making more, to explore other colors, and other weights of cotton too.
Also this week we turned our attention to the Airstream trailer, now that it is warming up outside and we are comfortable working out there. We took some “before” pictures. It is so 1973 in patterns and colors and all the soft furnishings are also worn out and dirty.
the front lounge which makes into a double bed
twin beds in the center section
lovely orange formica and dark walnut cabinets
refrigerator and storage across from the galley
Rick tore out the yucky dirty orange carpet and we picked out a Marmoleum (linoleum-type) flooring which should go in sometime in April. I ordered new draperies from a place in Pennsylvania that specializes in replacement Airstream draperies: J.P.A. Drapes. Should get those by end of April or early May. Then on Tuesday I took all the cushions from the front lounge and the twin beds to an upholstery shop in Wenatchee for re-covering. I found some upholstery fabric we both really like at a decorator store in old town Wenatchee: Material Things. They didn’t have anything at the upholstery shop that I liked, so I was really surprised and grateful that there was an alternative source!
And Rick has plans for the cabinetry – he is figuring out how it all goes together and what he can replace with new lightweight material in cherry. It has to be lightweight so this is different than regular cabinetry. All of that won’t happen right away, but at least the soft furnishings and the floor will be updated and clean by the time we take our first road trip in June.