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mary
Olympic Peninsula, Washington State
Interests: gardening, spinning wool, knitting, creating art with found objects, and hiking with my best friend and husband, vg.
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Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. I'm off to knitting today. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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I've been getting all my "loose ends" tied up, finishing all my previously started projects. We had a brief period of good weather so we were able to get outside and get a few things done prior to Spring, such as getting cages around some of the plants the deer find especially tasty. My spinning and knitting groups are back in full gear, knitting is every week, while spinning is every other week. Its really nice to plan on getting together those days with like-minded friends. Winter Jasmine in full bloom. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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This time of year is always the most difficult for me, the interum between the New Year and Spring. With the days are getting longer and the trees beginning to get their leaf buds, I'm already wishing for Spring to arrive, ready for the color and fragrance of flowers. To help alleviate some of my longing I decided to force some bulbs inside. Unfortunately the only bulbs I was able to find in our small community were paper whites, dont't get me wrong---I love them, but was hoping for a little "color". They will be lovely when they bloom ---... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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I have not written for the past week because I have been sick. Able to knit a bit, but otherwise sick. This is my kittie, Mattie. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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The weather continues to be cold and white here. We are staying warm and toasty inside, but the birds are cold and very hungry. We have really tried to keep up with their needs, but our supply of food for them is quickly diminshing. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with the forecast and warm up tomorrow. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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Well, had to cancel our little knitting group because of snow. I was a bit bummed but I was able to get quite a bit of knitting done in spite of it. They are predicting more, but we'll see---I'm hoping not. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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I had a very busy weekend with my very busy 3 1/2 year old grandson, J, so today was spent relaxing and spinning. The weekend was busy but it was so much fun to have him essentially to myself for the whole time. Tomorrow the "girls" will be here for knitting, or rather that's the excuse we use for getting together to chat. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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The majority of the day was spent trying to get my computer to "talk" to my printer wirelessly. I don"t have any idea why the stopped communicating with each other, but they did and I was almost ready to give up when I tried one mare time, only to discover the passcode is case sensitive. Duh !! Got that problem solved so on to cleaning up my studio space so I can work on some Birthday cards between the spinning and dyeing. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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I was finally able to get started on my Jacobs lambs wool. I love the way it is spinning up, it is a lovely salt and peppery true grey. This yarn will certainly take dye well with the multiple lights and darks. I'm very anxious to get at least one "bump" spun and dyed, although I haven't decided on the color yet. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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Well, I decided to finish spinning the yarn that was on the wheel. I had already spun up six oz. and had seven remaining, it's a pale pink 50/50 blend of Alpaca and Columbia. It has spun up so soft and nice and will be perfect for a sweater for my grand daughter. Tomorrow I start with the light grey Jacobs wool. I'm really looking forward to it, Jacobs is great to spin and is always so lofty and "sproingy", plus it will take the dye well. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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I have been so busy running around to appointments and grocery shopping that I haven't had much time this week to sit down and write. I was , however, able to get one sock finished and the match to it started. Now to get the spinning started-----I purchased 4 different colors of dye and am anxious to experiment with them. The wool I am beginning with is a natural grey with white blended in and should spin up nicely and take dye well. The variation of the color in the wool will give a rich depthness to the colors I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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Today was the first "down day" I have had since before Christmas, all the Christmas stuff is packed away, so it was really nice to just hang out and knit. It was a good thing I didn't have anything pressing because it rained buckets here and I didn't want to step foot outside. So I hunkered down inside with my yarn and needles and the cat and dog curled up in front of the fire. I'm hoping to start spinning next week so I can get some inventory built up to begin dyeing. This will be a new experience for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
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Because it is the beginning of a new year, I thought today would be the perfect time to try this again. Hopefully this time I will be more consistent. May your New Year be full of love, and happiness. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Red Hawk Meadow
Glad to see you back!! Looking forward to your next post.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2010 on Still Here at cherry tomato
Sounds like a great cure for those nasty Fall/Winter cold and flu symptoms. Hope you feel better soon.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2010 on How-To: The Remedy at cherry tomato
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My husband, VG, is a landscape photographer. He is what I would call a purist---He only shoots with a large format film camera. When the film is developed it produces a transparency ( large slide ) which is 4in. X 5 in. On this trip to Spokane he decided to bring his camera gear along with the hopes of getting some shots of the Palouse. So one morning we got up at 4:00AM and made the two hour trip to Steptoe Butte so we could get there before the sun came up. Well---we made it------- VG is scoping out the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at Red Hawk Meadow
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We decided to head to Huckleberry Pass to see if there were any Tamarack trees which had transitioned a bit more than the those in the lowlands. Again, the day was gorgeous; reaching temperatures close to 70. Because the sun was so high in the sky the colors were very difficult to see. Surprisingly, there were very few trees that had turned, so our focus changed to the beautiful farmland that stretched before us. In addition to the abandoned barns and outbuildings. And we also stumbled upon the occasional rusted vehicle. It never ceases to amaze me, the treasures you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at Red Hawk Meadow
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Last Monday we headed to Spokane to visit with VG's parents. We couldn't have asked for better weather for a Fall drive over Snoqualmie Pass. I tried to get a better shot of the Fall colors, but it was too difficult with all the large semi trucks passing us in both directions. So I was able to capture a couple of farms as we were cruising by. I finally gave up on that and decided to wait until we arrived at VG's folks' place out in the country. I was able to find a beautiful Tamarack (Larch) on their property... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Red Hawk Meadow
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Had a wonderful day yesterday at a pumpkin patch outside of Olympia. The weather was glorious and the company was just as good---my daughter, her husband and son, my mom, and several dear friends. I followed J around while he pointed out pumpkins which were to his liking, by stating "This one". He had so much fun running around the field, looking for the perfect pumpkin and playing with a couple of little girls who were doing likewise. Because the weather was so good, the crowds were horrendous, but none of the kids minded, it was all fun to them.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Red Hawk Meadow
Mary, your hat turned out great and I love the pattern you chose, it's perfect for the yarn. It's probably really cute on, too.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2010 on Show and Tell: Autumn Hat at cherry tomato
I love the idea, Mary. Thanks for the tutorial.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2010 on How-To: Autumn Branches at cherry tomato
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Well, I was negligent and didn't write a continuing post about Oregon. That wasn't because I didn't have a good time, because I did----I just didn't have any photos to add. We spent most of the remaining time with my daughter who lives there, visiting various shops and sites. The best part was just visiting with her. Fall has made it's appearance here with the first fall storm occurring Friday and Saturday with winds and rain. Since then though; we have had glorious fall days full of sun and color. I will leave you with images of fall from around... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Red Hawk Meadow
It just doesn't seem possible that it has been 5 years. You have accomplished many great things during that time frame and it hasn't always been easy. I'm proud of you.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2010 on 5 Year Blog Anniversary at cherry tomato
Lovely photos, lovely memories for all.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2010 on over the weekend... at Tales of a Crafty Mama
You captured the feeling of the farm so beautifully. It is a special place and holds many fond memories.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2010 on The Farm at cherry tomato