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Last week my back-door neighbor did a “tie dye” silk scarf day with her Friday bicycle group, and I went over to help out.  It was a lovely sunny day, and they were very nice women who were a little trepid about the whole thing.  The main concern was if they were choosing colors and arrangements that would work – we told them you couldn’t necessarily tell what colors were going to transfer anyway, so just go for it!  They all turned out well and of course I was so busy I didn’t take any pictures.

But it did inspire me to do some more myself, using the silk ties I had picked up over in the Skagit Valley when I went to visit my Dad, brother and sister-in-law a couple of weeks ago.  Some of these were from “second use” tie pieces, and although the scarves came out somewhat paler in color, I think it worked.

May 2015 set 1

May 2015 set 2

I have these for sale at the Winthrop Gallery in Winthrop (obviously) and down in Twisp at the new D*signs Gallery (that is how she spells it).  No website yet, but it is an added location for one of the partners in Methow Gallery at Twispworks, where she will do her graphic design and sign painting, in addition to running the new gallery space.  It’s really well done and a great addition to the arts scene in Twisp – you locals, go check it out.

This week I am pre-dyeing some scarf blanks a variety of colors, so will have some more on a colored background (instead of white) sometime in the next week or so.

After several days of chilly, cloudy weather, we are back to sun!  It is supposed to be in the low 70’s for the rest of the weekend at least.  Lots of flowers out now, and we hope to get back up in the hills while the arrowleaf balsomroot are still glorious, and the lupines are coming on.

This coming weekend brings ’49er Days in Winthrop and also the annual Sunflower Marathon and Relay sponsored by Methow Trails.  We will miss all that fun because we are headed over the mountains for Mother’s Day weekend and family visiting.  It should be a glorious trip over the North Cascades Highway, with snow still in the high peaks.

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A Wedding Day

One of our main reasons for this trip was to be at the wedding of our granddaughter April. It was held at a lovely little county park out beyond Jacksonville, OR on a perfect, warm day with cooling breezes. Grandson Brandon, who is executive chef at a restaurant in Ashland, catered the lunch that followed the ceremony. We got to meet even more members of the extended family, and had a great time.





We are staying on for a few days for more time with the family, and to see our longtime friends who live in Ashland. Then on to the Oregon coast!

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As promised in my last post, I finished the Color Affection scarf by Veera Valimaki last week.  I am really happy with it!  I used a fingering weight yarn (10% cashmere) from Marianated Yarns on a US size 6 needle.

Color Affection Jan 2014 1

Color Affection Jan 2014 3

We had visitors from “the Coast” over the weekend – an old friend and her young daughter, who will be 3 years old in March.  They left “Daddo” and the family dog at home in Seattle, and came for 3 nights.  Unfortunately we have almost no snow this year, and it was pretty gray all weekend, but we still had a fine visit and some outdoor time.  The little one was easy to be with, talking a lot with a pretty good vocabulary, and a sunny disposition.

We got out the Norwegian kick sled that I bought at a friend’s moving sale last summer.  Mom and daughter went out on our loop road (which is pretty much a skating rink at this point) and before we knew it, the wee one was doing it on her own!

Kristin & Claire Jan 2014 1

Kristin & Claire Jan 2014 3

Here are some pictures from this morning, before they left to drive home.  We all went up to Sun Mountain Lodge to “see the animals” (the taxidermy collection) and the wee one was wearing pants that match my new scarf, so I got Rick to take a picture of us up there.

Kristin & Claire Jan 2014 4

Kristin & Claire Jan 2014 5


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It’s been a busy last 3 weeks, but it’s time to catch up the blog a bit.

The “Inside Out” show opened at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp on Saturday, August 3.  My dad, brother and sister-in-law were still here for the last weekend of the chamber music festival, so we all went down to the gallery the day before to see the show before the official opening.  The actual opening was very well attended so it was a festive atmosphere!

Inside Out opening 8/3/13

Inside Out opening 8/3/13


more folks at the opening

The following weekend, Rick’s sister and a friend of hers came over to see the Confluence Gallery show, our exhibit up at the Lost River Winery tasting room, and go on the annual Home Tour which is organized by the Confluence Gallery.  They request that people not take pictures of the homes on the tour, so I am afraid I have none to show.  The theme this year was “Eclectic Methow” (eclectic:  deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources) and we did see some very interesting homes and sites.

Here are a few more pictures I took at the gallery:




one of my rugs on chair in background

There must be some magic to having one of my rugs displayed on that chair – as of yesterday, I have sold three rugs off that chair!  I believe all of them were sold to people visiting the valley from out of town (I know one was shipped to California).

Summer Wednesdays mean jazz night in the beer garden at the Twisp River Pub.  Last week we went down for dinner and music with the Pasayten Quartet and Laura Love on vocals.  She not only has a great voice, she is a real entertainer!


The weekend of the Home Tour (August 10-11) there were strong thunderstorms with wind and heavy rain at times, mostly at night.  We actually had a beautiful sunny day for the home tour itself, thank goodness.  But this resulted in major mudslides up in the North Cascades that shut down Highway 20 for a little over a week!    It is reported they had to remove 3000 dump truck loads of gooey mud and rocks, plus repair guard rails, set up new drainage systems, and repair damaged roadway.

We drove over to the Coast on Sunday August 18th for a family gathering, and had to go over Stevens Pass, which was actually fine until we hit the little towns on the west side.  Between low speed limits and traffic signals, it got pretty clogged up.  But we made it to Camano Island to get together with my Dad, my two siblings and their spouses (sister and brother in law came from Colorado) and one of my nieces and her fiance, who had flown in from Texas.  It was totally worth the drive over to see everyone!

clan gathering 1

clan gathering 1

clan gathering 2

clan gathering 2

They re-opened the pass the next morning, so we were able to drive home over the “North Cross” highway.  The lakes behind the dams (power for Seattle City Light) were an amazing milky blue-green color, presumably due to all the silt in the water from the heavy rains.

Ross Lake - August 19, 2013

Ross Lake – August 19, 2013

Washington Pass Overlook

Washington Pass Overlook – headwaters of the Methow Valley

I have been weaving a lot of rugs, but will save those pictures for the next post.  It’s time to move on with my day!

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Summertime has brought us a number of social events.  A few weeks ago there was a fundraising dinner for Confluence Gallery & Art Center, held at Pipestone Canyon Ranch (over the hills east of Twisp).  With about 150 people in attendance, it was a lively and festive evening in a beautiful setting, with good food, good conversation, and both silent and live art auctions.



Some people may have gone home with something they didn’t absolutely need

P1020847but obviously folks were there to support Confluence on its 25th anniversary, and in fact I heard they raised over $25,000!

A week later we attended an outdoor dinner party, down by the Twisp River, that had grown from a guest list of 16 to over 40!  Unfortunately my pictures came out too blurry (not because of imbibing, but because of low light levels….honest!).  Hosted by Canadians, attended by Canadians and even a couple from England, and of course the local contingent.

This past week my family has been here for all 5 concerts of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival (July 25 – August 3).  My Dad drove over in his RV and is camped in the front yard.  Brother and sister-in-law are here as well and we have weathered 100 degree weather, turning to cool and thundershowers this week.

MV Chamber Music 2013 2

MV Chamber Music 2013 3

Tomorrow a new show opens at Confluence Gallery, and Rick has several pieces in it – me, a couple of new rugs.  The title of the show is Inside Out (“An exploration and celebration of designed interior and exterior space, and the objects and forms we use to define them..”) He helped with the setup this week and took a few pictures:




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I have been spending a lot of time weaving rugs the last couple of weeks, since returning from the weaving conference in Bellingham.  I used up the last of the warp I had on that loom doing these:

"Ruglets" R143 & R144

“Ruglets” R143 & R144

R145 - sold last weekend at Winthrop Gallery

R145 – sold last weekend at Winthrop Gallery

"Ruglets" R146 & R147

“Ruglets” R146 & R147

"Ruglets" R148 & R149

“Ruglets” R148 & R149

R150 - Pendleton wool shirting selvages

R150 – Pendleton wool shirting selvages

I am now working my way through my still rather large collection of Pendleton blanket and shirting selvages – trying to make some headway on using up materials I gathered at the mill outlets over the last several years.  When I don’t have much of something left, I am either working it into a full size rug along with other colors and textures, or making “ruglets”.  These are about 18″ x 30″ and I have found them useful around our house, at least, as hearth mats, bench mats, cat mats, small floor mats, or whatever.

Around July 1st I wound a new rug warp (about 47 yards) onto the sectional beam, and tied it on to the existing threading and pulled it through to the front beam.  No sleying and threading, I love it!  I also like the colors in the new warp.

rug warp June 2013

happiness is a new warp!

I had wound new warps for placemats (on Kingston the 32″ Macomber) and undulating twill towels (on Mother Mary’s loom, the 40″ Mac at the guild room) before leaving for conference.  Got the one for Kingston tied on, pulled through and wound onto the back beam, also the first week of July.  I am not sure when I will start actually weaving on these, but here is a picture with some of the fabrics I will be using:

placemat warp and fabrics ready for action

placemat warp and fabrics ready for action

Then it was back to rug weaving.  I am having a lot of fun combining different types and colors of the Pendleton selvages, and using up my stash in a creative way.  I finished these last week before leaving for the Coast on July 5th:

R151 - pretty much the same as R150 at the end of the previous warp

R151 – pretty much the same as R150 at the end of the previous warp

R152 - a small mat using up the last of these 2 colors

R152 – a small mat using up the last of these 2 colors

R153 - gray/teal shirting selvages alternated with bright "worms" at the ends

R153 – gray/teal shirting selvages alternated with bright “worms” at the ends

R154 - same approach, different colored "worms:

R154 – same approach, different colored “worms”

R155 - alternated with "worms" throughout, but changing colors

R155 – alternated with “worms” throughout, but changing colors

My rug numbers, by the way, (Rxxx) indicate the number of rugs I have woven since I bought my first loom about 6 years ago.  The woman I bought it from wove nothing but rugs, and she got me started.  That was all I did the first 6 months or so.

This week I finished three more, very similar to the ones I did back in June before weaving conference.

R156 - using same materials as R142

R156 – using same materials as R142

R157 & R158 - same materials as R140 and using up the last of it, too!

R157 & R158 – same materials as R140 and using up the last of it, too!

In between, we went to the coast to visit family & friends, and celebrate Rick’s 65th birthday.

Rick's 65th 1Rick's 65th 2

It’s been lovely here in the valley – we have had enough rain on and off to keep things relatively green.  There have been a couple of really hot spells (high 90’s) alternated with temps in the 80’s, thundershowers, etc.  We drove back into the valley last Sunday, coming over the North Cascades Hwy, to encounter a total downpour by the time we reached Winthrop!  By later that evening, however, the storm had moved off and it was back to warm and dry.

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The last couple of weeks have passed in a whirlwind of activity.  It was all for the good, but still kind of intense.

My dad decided to move from his home near Anacortes to a retirement inn located in La Conner, and set a 2-week timeframe to  do it.  Moving Day was set for May 31.

Initially, Rick and I went over with truck and cargo trailer and helped him do a lot of sorting and packing, things he was taking with him and things he wanted to get rid of (he wanted to empty the house).  We hauled a load of furniture back to the valley that he would no longer have room for, and that we would love to have.  Then we rented a storage locker in Winthrop and moved some of our things there, as this involved a change-out of our living room furniture.

My sister from Colorado, my brother and sister-in-law from Camano, and Rick and I converged on Anacortes on May 30 and we were all there for the big event – Moving Day!  Dad had hired a mover but it still took all of us to do the last minute organizing and packing, setting more things aside for Goodwill or equivalent, and then the unpacking at the other end.  But it went very well and we got a lot done in just a couple of days.

Here we are, tired but happy, at dinner that evening in La Conner:

Moving Day - May 31, 2013

Moving Day – May 31, 2013

During the week we were at home between Packing Day and Moving Day, I had some appointments and shopping errands to do in Wenatchee (about 100 miles from home, so I try to organize as many things into one trip as possible).  On the way home, I passed a vacant lot on the outskirts of Twisp where people put vehicles for sale by owner.  There was an Airstream trailer that looked to be in decent shape, so I peeked through the windows and was sufficiently intrigued to tell Rick about it when I got home.

Now, I have been saying for years that “some day” I wanted to have an Airstream trailer for when we are able to take longer trips to see more of the USA and Canada. Or maybe take it south for “winter breaks” of a month or two.  We have looked at new ones and I have studied the floor plans.  But I really knew that we wouldn’t be able to afford one – even used ones at dealerships (10 years old or younger) are pretty spendy.  I figured that a bigger trailer than our pop-up camping trailer, with more room and amenities (a bathroom!) would be in our future, but not an Airstream.

Anyway, long story made short, we met the sellers that evening and looked it over.  It is a 1973 International Overlander (the latter meaning the 27′ long model).   It looked pretty good and the price was WAY right.  We decided the next morning to go for it (this was the morning we were leaving for Anacortes).  It turned out there was another interested party that had made an offer the night before, so we had to counter somewhat, but in the end it was ours and we agreed to meet with them after we got back from Moving Day to close the deal.

Sorry, dear family, for springing this on you!  It all happened so fast and then we were embroiled in moving.  We just put it out of our minds over the weekend.

So this past Monday, we closed the deal.  Tuesday morning we got the new license plate and tabs and registration.  The first thing we did is tow it 2 blocks to Coyote Ridge Automotive and get a new wiring harness put in that is wired directly for the receptacle on the truck.  The trailer had some kind of old 7-prong plug that we had no adapter for (neither did the sellers, and the tabs hadn’t been renewed since May 2006 – they had used it as a “guest cabin” – but how they towed it without turn signals etc I don’t want to know).  Anyway all the exterior lights (brake, turn, running) and the electric brakes are in good working order.  Then we brought it home:

as found 1

as found 2

This is going to be a Project that we will work on for a couple of years.  We took it on faith that “everything works” except for the air conditioner, but we are taking it over to Airstream of Spokane at the end of next week for a check-over.  The interior is in pretty decent shape, although very 1970’s (can you say “orange formica”?)  The carpet is tatty and we will probably put down Marmoleum (old style linoleum) eventually.  The windows have a film between the 2 layers of glass that has cracked and glazed, so that will be our major project.  We have already found a lot of info on the web about removing and renovating the windows, including new window tint film.  In fact, the DIY (Do It Yourself) Channel had a 10-part series a couple of years ago where they completely restored a 1970 Airstream, and they are available online as YouTube videos.

At 27′ it is probably the longest model I would have considered (new or old) – a 25′ would have been my ideal – or even a 23′ would have worked.  But when you are inside it sure feels comfortable, and there is a ton of storage.  So for long trips or staying one place for an extended period, it should be great.

Stay tuned for periodic Airstream postings with before and after pictures!

As for the title of this post:  we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this year – March 17, 1973.  This being a 1973 Airstream, I told Rick this must mean the 40th anniversary is the “Aluminum Anniversary”!

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