Picking Up Spark Plugs for the Bike

Now that’s not the most exciting errand to run on a day off. But the offer to pick up bike parts came with the suggestion we make a day of it, to rest and recover from the week’s work on the beach. A picnic lunch of tofu wiener sandwiches and chocolate, a thermos of tea, and a beat up bamboo mat to lay on – how could a girl refuse?

We joined the border line up at Point Roberts but left the crowd behind at the shipping places and went to Lily Point State Park. (After of course picking up the aforementioned spark plugs. Grant wants only the best for his passion. The expensive dirt bike is treated very well.)

DSCN1237The view from under the trees on the beach. It is amazing that right next to the metropolis that is the Lower Mainland, we can ride the motorcycle less than an hour and find a beach all to ourselves. The islands are the Gulf and the San Juan Islands – the Gulf the Canadian ones, the San Juan the American. I watched for Orcas in vain.


The path through the old cannery site, which is in the park. The smell of hot grass, the sound of numerous bees and hummingbirds buzzing around – impossible to describe. It is the smell and sound of summer here.

IMG_0823The Textile Ranger has had a very inspiring series of posts about natural dyeing. It made my hands itch to do some myself. This is from a pot of wolf moss picked back in the spring. I threw in a copper scrubby to see how it might change the colour and I am really pleased with the deepening of the yellow in places. It is a tad blotchy, this skein, but I have plans. I have some leftover bright yellow wool from last years dyeing with the same moss and I wonder how these might weave up together on the rigid heddle. I feel another project coming on.

IMG_0830Weaving in progress – grey cotton warp, with the leftover silk from the scarf of a few weeks ago. The structure is an extended point twill from Eight Shafts: A Place to Begin by Shelp and Wostenberg. This book will keep me busy for a while. Weaving is a bit slow due to the heat. I am not sure what this fabric will be, but if it works out I am still hoping to sew with it, a garment of some sort?

IMG_0827From our tiny deck garden. Geraniums seem to be one of the few hearty enough flowers to withstand the south-facing scorch.

4 thoughts on “Picking Up Spark Plugs for the Bike

  1. vairarenbeth July 7, 2013 / 2:39 am

    Can’t wait to see the finished weaving in progress!

    • warpandwoofknitting July 7, 2013 / 4:55 am

      Thanks for this, I am looking forward to seeing the end result too. It is always interesting to see how things finish up, whether knitted, spun or woven.

    • warpandwoofknitting August 7, 2013 / 5:49 pm

      Thank you very much! It is surely a fun process. I appreciate you checking in to the blog.

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