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Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to let friends and family know we are home in the valley and settled back in.  And, today it is SNOWING!!  Yay!  Maybe there is some hope for the ski trails, and our water supply next summer.

We got home Monday night, the cats having once again survived the trip without too much trauma.  There was a day of unpacking, fetching the mail from the post office (holiday cards and 3 packages!!), laying in some food, etc. We were both recovering from colds, so were a little on the low-energy side initially.

By yesterday we were back to working on projects – Rick starting some laundry room cabinets for the job up in Mazama, me going through the stone beads I picked up in Seattle for making more shawl pins.  Some of them have holes just a little too small or not drilled completely straight from either end, so they don’t fit on the steel shafts I am using.  Bummer!  The small ones I could ream out with a diamond file I got at the bead store.  Tedious, but do-able.  Today I found some diamond drill bits at a rock shop online, and ordered them.  Rick has a “Fordham tool” which I will be able to use to ream out and enlarge the holes on the larger stone beads.  A new adventure…

I got a jump start on New Year’s resolutions today by cleaning up and lubricating my Schacht spinning wheel.  The wood was getting quite dry, so I used the Howard’s Feed-n-Wax (with its lovely orange scent), some steel wool and a soft cloth.  Now she glows and spins like a dream.  I have several spinning projects in mind, and we will have a spin-in for Rock Day on Saturday Jan 2, up at the guild room.

So Happy New Year everyone!  See you in 2010.

New Year's Eve - the prequel

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Trailer Love

It was love at first sight.  Let’s just hope they don’t breed…

trailer loveHappy 4th of July, everybody!  Here we are also celebrating Twisp’s 100th birthday.

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Not fooling!

It is snowing here today.  A fine thing for April Fool’s Day!  The birds, many of whom have been returning the last couple of weeks, seem a little glum out at the feeder:

Brrrrds at the brrrd feeder

Brrrrds at the brrrd feeder

It is continuing to snow, building up on the roof and covering the ground, but not sticking to the road.  The temperature is hovering right around freezing.  A good day to stay inside!

I finished up 6 more shawls this week.  I have now taken this warp setup off the loom and am moving on to another project.  Our guild challenge this year is “Overshot” and I have been reading my books and thinking about it and am prepared to, well, take a shot at it.  More on this later.

Forest colorway, matching handpaint wool for weft

Forest colorway, matching handpaint wool for weft

Sagebrush colorway, matching wool handpaint for weft

Sagebrush colorway, matching wool handpaint for weft

My own handpaint wool boucle, brown alpaca weft

My own handpaint wool boucle, brown alpaca weft

Mauve colorway, matching handpaint wool for weft

Mauve colorway, matching handpaint wool for weft

Citrus with cream alpaca weft

Citrus with cream alpaca weft

Paua & Arctic mixed, black alpaca weft

Paua & Arctic mixed, black alpaca weft

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California, here I come

After having spent the last two days at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma, I am off to California for 3 days to visit and work with a friend who used to be at the University of Washington and is now at Cal State San Bernardino.  So there won’t be any blogging for the rest of the week.

Madrona was wonderful.  I didn’t register for any classes this year, but met a lot of my friends down there, wandered the market (didn’t buy much, but talk about eye candy!), went out to dinner, sat around and knitted and talked.  Lots of fun.

Heidi Parra’s booth, of The Artful Ewe in Port Gamble, WA:

The Artful Ewe at Madrona

The Artful Ewe at Madrona

Vivian Hoxbro from Denmark, at the Teachers’ Gallery Friday night – she of Domino Knitting and Shadow Knitting fame:

Vivian Hoxbro with some of her work

Vivian Hoxbro with some of her work

I guess I should have taken more pictures.  I became immersed in the experience and forgot to document!

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We started the day yesterday, like many people in our country and around the world,  glued to the TV screen to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama.  What a day!  It certainly feels like this is a turning point in our nation’s history – I so hope this is born out in fact.

But, it being a Tuesday, it was also For Snowshoeing.  Our little group did not convene until 11:00 am, as we all wanted to watch the inauguration ceremonies first.  The freezing fog caused by this seemingly interminable inversion was still with us.  We headed up to the slopes above Pearrygin Lake State Park, in vain hope of getting above the fog layer.  However, this was the first time in months that all nine of us were together for the hike.

The trees and shrubs were heavily coated with ice, thanks to the freezing fog, creating many beautiful sights such as this magnificent pine tree:

pearrygin-snowshoe-1

Here’s an “action shot” of some of the group heading up the trail:

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And here is my attempt to show Pearrygin Lake the way it appeared through my yellow “snow-glasses”:

pearrygin-in-fog

That evening, Rick and I went up to the Twisp River Pub for the tenth-birthday celebration of the Partnership for a Sustainable Methow, also featuring the release of their new publication “The Local Source”, which is a directory of Methow Valley goods and services intended to help residents and visitors shop locally.  They also showed a short film titled The Story of Stuff, a look at the hidden and not-so-hidden costs and effects of producing all that “stuff” that people seem to think they need to have – and throw away.   It seemed to fit nicely with the themes of the inauguration day.

As we’ve been telling each other around here lately, happiness comes not from having what you want, but from wanting what you have.

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Hello world!

Well, here we go.  I am determined to start a blog this year.   It’s going to be “learn by doing.”

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