Wordless Wednesday Delayed – Saturday, December 7, 2013 December 7, 2013Posted by Heather in Wordless Wednesday.
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Dungeness Spit – Exploring My New Backyard November 19, 2013Posted by Heather in Beaches, Hiking.
Tags: Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Dungeness Recreation area, Sequim, WA
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Sunday I needed to back away from the boxes and unpacking and take in some good ol’fashioned scenery, sniff some fresh air and steady the swirl life’s become. The new job started on Monday. More on that later.
In Sequim, WA, about 30-45 minutes away (depending on who you are driving behind) is a county park I’d read of called Dungeness Recreation Area. Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge shares its boundaries.
Here’s a park map pic of where it’s located on the Olympic Peninsula. Port Townsend is on the farthest thumb of land to the right of the red arrow. Kinda looks like a dinosaur head.
In 1915 President Wilson set aside the 636 acres as a refuge for native birds. Eelgrass beds and tide flats provide rich habitat yielding food and winter shelter. Young steelhead and salmon also use the eelgrass beds as nurseries.
The sand spit (5.5 miles from shore to tip) shelters a small bay which is off limits to people. A forested upland area has hiking trails, camping, and picnic areas to enjoy.
Formed ten to twenty thousand years ago during a glacial period, the spit is one of only a few of its type in the world.
Heres a pic of the lighthouse, WAY out there, from the road just before the park entrance:
A half mile walk along and down the bluff takes one to the crook of the spit where it meets the beach and the bay to the walker’s right.
Looking out the spit, there was rainbow that barely shows to the left. The lighthouse is the white object on the right.
Just can’t figure out the panoramic’s sizing. Here’s one anyhoo:
I believe this is Victoria, way across the Strait on Vancouver Island:
This Great Blue Heron was on the opposite side of the spit which is roped off from all human contact.
Been enjoying the beach rocks. They are much more colorful than in CA. Must learn them.
The walk up top is thick forest, green and lush. Seems I have a smudge on my camera lens which obscured most all pics I took on the trail. Here’s one that’s fuzzy but you get an idea of the huge trees and thick ferns and salal below:
Found some wee little mushrooms:
Got bit by a stinging nettle plant while taking above pic. This was my first encounter with them. Ouch! Sting lasts a couple days.
Treated to a sight not seen in ages - snow capped mountains. There’s a whole lotta Olympic mountains up there just waiting for me.
A fine outing this was.
Wordless Wednesday – November 5, 2013 November 5, 2013Posted by Heather in Wordless Wednesday.
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Finished Objects! Regressing to Knitting Safety… November 4, 2013Posted by Heather in Knitting.
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Still in Port Townsend, flying back to CA tomorrow. Lease is signed, plates and tabs are in my suitcase, new DL is in wallet next to a new library card. Utilities are almost all set up. Head is still spinning.
Needing to unwind, I set the busy-work aside for what any knitter’s happy/safe place might look like. Ravelry.
Caught up a bit on my Ravelry project page and thought I’d share some FO’s (Finished Objects) with you.
First and cutest, a Princess Leia hat for my 7 month old niece Lily. Looked at a pattern for inspiration but winged it. Damn if this isn’t the cutes infant Halloween costume. RAVELERY LINK
This SImple Ribbed Cowl from a freebie pattern I got at Atelier Marin in San Anselmo, CA. Don’t have the pattern on me. Yarn is Frogtree Aplaca Sport held double on #7 needles. Can you see my oops? After 8+ years of knitting I messed up the golden rule in circular knitting: Cast on and be careful not to twist. Uh Huh. It’s twisted. Worn doubled it ALMOST works but it’s a little snug for my liking so I’ll block it and see if I can stretch out more length and fudge it. If not, well, maybe it will become a steeking experiment. Maybe. Love the yarn, so soft. RAVELRY page
Next up is uber quick gift knitting for a girlfriend. Pattern is Maine Morning Mitts from Knitters Book of Yarn. Can’t believe I’ve never knit them. Four hours give or take was all it took to make these. Yarn is Poems Silk, a single ply silk and wool lovely. Used about 7/8 skein I think. Soft as kittens, they will fuzz and would not be suitable for anything that gets lots of wear. A cowl would be divine. RAVELRY link
And next up, a matchy-matchy set in blue, the color I seem to gravitate towards these days.
Greyhaven Hat RAVELRY link
Greyhaven Cowl RAVELRY link
WARNING: These pics are wonky/sideways. I’m having a helluva time using this Mac when it comes to photos. Need more instructions. Please bear with me. Can’t get them edited in WordPress. My computer says I’ve imported them already but damned if I can find them. Grumble…
Knit in Malabrigo merino worsted in tuareg. I’ll be getting more wear out of wool now that I’m in the PNW. : )
The lace Greyhaven pattern by Robin Ulrich is so pretty and especially soft in Mal Meriono.
Sideways cowl. Too tired to fix it:
Hat. Modified for my pinhead by casting on fewer stitches and omitting some pattern repeats.
And lastly, setting a land-speed knitting record, The Perigrine Shawlette by Shannon Squire and published through Twisted Yarn shop in Portland. I haven’t blogged about my recent trip to Portland. I think I went to, uh, four shops? I knit it in Mecha by Malabrigo, a new superwash bulky yarn. I have a fall-orange skein in my stash as well. It’s uber soft. More complex in real life, the color is rich. I’m thinking cowl.
I added extra repeats. See my Ravelry project page. I ?think? I used two skeins. Would have to weigh it to confirm. Pretty sure I did. It’s large enough to wrap loosely as a shawl and around twice for a face warmer.
Feels good to finish up some projects. Also decided I’m going to get some christmas projects knitted. Originally I gave up on the idea but man, I’ve a lot of yarn. Seems silly not to.
OK, all for now. Time change is getting me. 8:50 and I’m exhausted!
Welcome to My New Backyard – Fort Townsend State Park November 1, 2013Posted by Heather in Beaches, Hiking.
Tags: Bigleaf Maple, Fort Townsend State Park, Hiking, Port Townsend
Hello from Port Townsend, WA.
In one week it will be my new home. I flew up a few days ago to look for a new place to live. Massive stress this detail’s been. Today it all came together – I found the right home.
Needing some stress relief, a walk I took in Fort Townsend State Park just on the edge of town.
This is a pithy explanation of the park’s history. You know I like to get into details. I’ll learn and share more in the future.
Built in 1856 by the U.S. Army, Fort Townsend’s purpose was to protect settlers. Fire destroyed the barracks in 1895. WWII employed the site as an enemy-munitions defusing station. State Parks took custody in 1953. 6 miles of hiking (and biking on some) trails wind through mostly large trees (I noted Cedar and Douglas Fir.) The main (?Parade Grounds?) terraces and open space are kept mowed. Interpretive signs along a trail show photos of the buildings that once stood. There really is not much left. I noted a few stone foundation rocks.
Craving beach time, I arrived just after high tide and walked the beach maybe a half-mile until thick brush up to the water stopped me.
Here’s a tiny (can’t quite figure out how to get ‘em larger) panorama of the bay from the beach. The paper mill is on the left. You can see the steam rising. Indian Island is on the right horizon.
The beach I ambled along:
Interesting to compare beach-combing finds to CA beach finds. Lots of gorgeous, green rocks I noted and granite, lots of it:
Have you seen Big Leaf Maples? I discovered them last year when up in this area. With leaves up to 12″ wide, they display bold, bright yellow leaves in the fall. They are glorious right now despite seeming past their peak.
How’s this for scale? I have huge hands:
They pop against all the green:
Spent, browned leaves carpeted the trail in places. Made me think of the leaf piles and leaf-houses we made as kids. The houses involved raking up rows of leaves to make outlines of rooms. Pretty creative, eh?
Looking down on the forest floor I spotted many different types of mushrooms.
A violet (?) of sorts:
Cedars – new to me:
Tomorrow I’m headed to another park about 45 minutes out of town. Or maybe I’ll hike in Olympic National Park. Choices…
Whoa – Moving. October 23, 2013Posted by Heather in Daily Musings.
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Hey out there. I haven’t fallen off the Earth though it feel like my head’s spinning.
Yesterday I accepted a job offer in Port Townsend, WA. A gift it is. Much about CA I’ll miss. Some things I won’t. A bit bittersweet this is. I’ve made some true friends and will miss them.
Work starts mid-November. Am headed up next week in search of housing. Move-out is in just under three weeks. Those days are flying by.
So excited, so nervous, scared, happy, a mix of emotions bubble through my maxed-out brain.
I’ve loads of knitting and traveling to blog about but time is scarce right now.
So bear with me! Thanks!
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Instead of Wordless Wednesday – The Way to Bend, OR September 18, 2013Posted by Heather in Road Trip.
Tags: Bend, OR Road trip
Good morning from The Sparrow Bakery in Bend, OR. Strong coffee’s waking me up.
Yesterday, the road trip I’ve been longing for began. After 9.5 hours of driving I landed here at an old friend’s home.
A brisk walk along the Deschutes River and through town stretched my legs and helped untie the twisted knot of my back (sitting…grumble). Brisk, it was in the low 40′s F last night, a temp I experience only now and then in Northern CA winters. Felt good to bundle up in a hat and mittens.
Robert wore a light sweatshirt and shorts. He’s a bit of a mutant temp wise. I’ve always known him to wear shorts even in CO winters (where we first met). A little girl in a tee shirt this AM confirmed what I know, I’ve gotten soft.
I’d like to share some pics from the drive yesterday.
Mt shasta was cloaked in clouds. Just a bit peeked out along her flanks:
It’s been awhile since I’ve been in high desert settings. I miss it. Wet pavement, low and heavy clouds, bright green sage and red dirt confirmed rain visited before I arrived. Snow clings already.
Started listening to Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (Wikipedia summary) on CD. His writing I apreciate for its spare yet strong imagery and themes of the west pre-20th century (which fascinates me). It’s a coarse, somewhat brutal story but helps the drive move along.
This landscape brings me into the story’s location a bit. It’s not the Texas/Mexico desert but a helluva lot closer than Northern CA. The light was just so.
Today, I’ll walk around downtown Bend and some of its neighborhoods. A knit shop visit and plenty of quite time to knit I’ve planned. Tomorrow, a trip to Sisters, OR for hiking, a fish hatchery visit and general sightseeing. Portland I’ll visit this weekend then off to Port Townsend, WA to see friends. Finally, a trip to Vancouver, BC.
Feeling life un-peel and loosen up a bit. Glad for the adventure.