Blog for my weaving and horticulture avocations


I am the proud granddaughter of Hungarian and Slovakian Immigrants.
This blog is where I share some insights about my avocations of Horticulture and Handweaving.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019


 I did some tencel weaving using a draft I had sitting around and used a couple times last year with solid colors. I loved how it worked out and decided this year to try some handdyed in the warp. Several weaver facebook friends had used mixed warps and the design looked worth trying.  
I had two skeins of Teresa Rush designs handdyed tencel I picked up last year at the Seattle Weaver's Guild sale that looked promising. Her dyeing techniques are just so very amazing with blended saturated colors. these were slightly different but both mainly in reds, charcoal and teals that were so dark they looked black. I haven't really woven much with reds so it was fun watching this develop. 

I had to do a lot of calculating to get the total length of the skeins to work out into the right number of threads for the pattern and still come up with the length I needed for a double cowl and a scarf while arranging the colors to pool together on the warping board.   I ended up removing an 8 thread section of the draft from the center of my reed to make it work. 

The facebook posts of my work in progress drew a lot of wonderful comments and  I'm so pleased with the weave structure - a plain weave /lace combo--using the handdyed yarns. 

5/2 Tencel fromTeresa Ruch designs
in process from skein, swift, ball winder, warping board to loom

double cowl 68" circumference x 9" wide
woven with 8/2 black tencel weft.

woven with 8/2 shale weft
72" plus 4" fringes in length x 9" wide.
Happy birthday, Danika.

Next up is a skein of Autumn colors 
in 10/2 Tencel this time. 


the cowl has a weft of Maroon so some of the blue and purple
colors are highlighted 

the scarf has a weft of Adobe color
so more of the coral and autumn colors
are emphasized.


It's back to weaving time again! 
But what do raptors, dogs, and rodents have in common? 

Seahawks, Huskies, and Gophers had me on the chase for some scarf orders in team colors. But getting the right shades of color took some effort. 

After explaining over the phone to a dyer in Maine what I wanted I now own two skeins of sock yarn that will have to get used some other way. This is not Maroon and Gold and the yellow is not dyed in two places on the skein.
what shall I do with these? 
I even gave hand dying my own sock yarns a try. Let's just say I'll have to work on that more in the off season. 

But Serial Knitters shop in Kirkland came through with their in house dyeing.  
University of Minnesota Gophers -- some better colors to work with.

It's a match!
Serial  Knitters Dyehouse also made up some UW Husky colors. But I'll have to add pictures of those when I get a camera that will actualy show purple colors. --Ok, so Frank's phone is way better! 

double cowl, merino, tencel and rayon chenille
67" circumference

merino, tencel, rayon chenille scarf
in colorway "Woof!"
74" plus fringes, 


I continue doing Seahawk colors using Frolicking Feet yarn:

a scarf and two cowls off the loom
I love how the colors lined up this time! 

a fancy fun cowl with sparkles for Cathy J 

a double cowl for Joanie

Scarf done in twill weave -

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


My list has been updated as of 6/11 --


Friends have been asking so it is time for a PLANT SALE and GARDEN OPEN 

June 9th      10 - 4

6323 150 pl SW Edmonds WA 98026

other times by appointment-- pm on facebook, or text 425-478-4384

Plant lists: 
there will be SOME PLANTS FOR FREE or for a donation to DEFEAT MYELOMA

Plants for sale that are potted and ready with a few just recently potted:
Acer circinatum
Achlys triphylla 
Arisaema consanguineum and tortuosum
Aruncus aesthifolius
Astrantia major *
Beesia deltophylla
Blechnum penna-marina ssp.penna-marina- small start
Cardamine trifolia
Carex 'Ice Dance' 
Clematis alpina 'Willy' 4 inch pots
Clematis viticella 'Alba Luxurians'
Daphne mezereum
Dicentra formosa
Disporum flavum
Hardy Geranium 'Victor Reiter strain'
Helleborus  hybridus 
Helwingia chinensis, narrow leaf form
Hydrangea 'Lemon Zest'
Hydrangea 'Geoffrey Chadbund' - yet to be potted
Iris- Pacific coast evergreen species*
Onoclea sensibilis - one flat
Ophiopogon planascapus 'Nigrescens'
Persicaria virginiana (Compton's form) 
Persicaria virginiana form of 'Painter's Palette' 
Phlomis russeliana 
Phlox paniculata - garden phlox light purple
Disporopsis pernyi
Polysticum munitum
Salvia forsskaolei *
Saxifraga form of 'Maroon Beauty'
Thalictrum rochebruneanum
Trachystemon orientalis
Uncinia rubra - Red hook Sedge
Uvularia sessilifolia
Weigela florida

*also additional plants not yet potted

More plants/ seedlings in my garden that could still be divided or dug: 
Rosa glauca, Diphylleia cymosa, Primula japonica, Chrysosplenium macrophyllum, ....

I'm not sure of what is left of 
Sam's plants:

Many beautiful plants for sale- some I have a few of, some more than a few: Hardy Fuchsia: F. magellanica 'Purple Mountain' 4" pot $5 F. magellanica 'Whiteknights Amethyst' 4" $5 Shrubs: Arctostaphyllos densiflora 'Sentinel' 4" $5 Choisya ternata 'Sundance' 4" $5 Coprosma 'Beatson's Gold' 4" $5 Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash' 4" $5 Ficus x 'Ruth Bancroft' 4" $5 Prunus laurocerasus 'Mt. Vernon' 4" $5 Hydrangea: Hydrangea serrata 'O Amacha Nishiki' variegated mountain Hydrangea 1 gal $10 Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra' black stem 2 gal $20 Perennials: Cautleya cathcartii Hardy Ginger 1 gal $10 Hedychium densiflorum Hardy Ginger-Lily 1 gal $10 Hedychium greenei 1 gal $10 Abutilon: Tiger Eye, Searchlight, Pink Charm 4" $5 Less

Seller Information

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6/11 -- I'm not sure what all is left  of hers--- 
And now Gwen Bennetts is bringing vegetable plants also! 

                             1 Sun Gold Cherry
                             4 Bumble Bee Cherry
                             1Red Robin Cherry
                             1 Roma - slicer
                             1 Brandy Wine - slicer
                             9 Bell Peppers - Calif Wonder and Ruby King
                             6 Kale
                             1 Savory Cabbage
                             1 yellow squash
                             2 Sweet Basil
                             3 Purple Basil
              Lemon Tree
                             4 small Myers Lemon Trees
              Asparagus starts

4 Japanese Maples
10 Heuchera – Red leaves
5 Cosmos – pink or white
3 Hosta
3 Poppies – hot pink
6 Zinna – California Giants

2 Angel Trumpet starts  Variegated

15 Ferns – Lady Ferns and Sword Ferns - mixed

Monday, November 19, 2018


as of Nov. 19, 2018
** updated September  2019 **
with newly woven scarves and cowls

These are were the items still available after the gift show last week
where I sold about half of my inventory! 

So now you can browse here and let me know if you would like to set up a time to come by and see in person. 
You can call, PM on facebook, or email at

these were very popular this year and only two left: 
now SOLD - Berry Rum Tencel warp with gold weft
in a wide and long single infinity cowl

these were also quite popular this year 

Mauve 8/2 Tencel with 8/2 eggplantTencel
wide and long for doubling infinity cowl 

Berry Rum 4/2 Tencel with 8/2 gold Tencel
wide and long for doubling infinity cowl 

"Santa Fe" 4/2 Tencel with 8/2 plum Tencel
wide and long for doubling infinity cowl 

double cowl
 10/2 hand dyed tencel from Teresa Ruch designs
woven with Maroon 8/2 tencel

double cowl of 10/2 hand dyed Tencel
woven with black 8/2 weft

SOLD Patina sock yarn with 5/2 Mink Tencel weft in a twill double infinity cowl

shade tree 4/2 Tencel with 8/2 lemongrass tencel weft DOUBLE INFINITY COWL
goes with so many colors but great over dark Olive green

SOLD - Berry Rum 4/2 Tencel with 8/2 gold Tencel
wide and long for doubling infinity cowl 

Thick Chenilles in Reds and burgandies
with soft pops of specialty yarns
 lush, warm, double infinity cowl

 SOLD -Hand dyed in Moccassin 8/2 Tencel with straw color tencel weft
silky double infinity cowl

 Your Blue Friday accessory!
Seahawk colors in superwash sock yarn from Frolicking Feet,
made with sparkling specialty yarns into a high double infinity cowl
weft of Rayon Tencel in Navy

Huckleberry Knits gradient  superwash merino wool sock yarn
woven with burgandy tencel for a lightweight double infinity cowl

Thick chenille in ombre Black to Grey double infinity cowl
with pops of specialty ribbon and yarns

Multi colors of 8/2 Rayon Tencel
woven with black in a block weave
into a wide long double infinity cowl


Raku pattern Hand dyed 10/2 Tencel
woven with Adobe color 8/2 Tencel

4/2 'Santa Fe' color hand dyed Tencel
with teal weft 

Raku pattern 8/2 Tencel in Mauve and Coral

SOLD - 4/2 Tencel in Berry Rum
woven with Viel Or Gold 8/2 Tencel from Brassard
        Raku pattern in silky 8/2 Rayon Tencel woven with Teal and Navy Tencel                                                         

SOLD Yarntopia Treasures  Rayon Tencel
in 4/2 High tide color. woven with medium blue Tencel                                                 


8/2 Burgandy Tencel turned twill drall Block weave
in multi fibonacci sequence
woven with grey blue 
multi colors of silky 8/2 Tencel woven with black
in turned twill drall block weave 


Soft thick chenille in bright colors woven with

multi Autumn colors with specialty yarn accents
in thick soft Rayon chenille

Ombre Black Blue, fuchsia woven with Navy

Ombre Teal, fuchsia, Grey woven with Mauve

thick soft Valentine Reds woven with thick red Chenille and specialty ribbon and sparkles 

Chenille bright blues with bright Azure

Thick Silk City Bordeau Red weft
woven through deep reds, black, and grey with pops of accent colors in the warp

 Seahawk inspired colors of thick Chenille
three stripe version

Seahawk inspired colors of thick Chenille
woven with a two stripe and single stripe ends

Ombre thick chenille black to grey with pops of color and specialty yarns in warp
woven with Shale grey

Same warp of Ombre black to grey and specialty pops of color
this one is woven with black

Sock yarn warps

SOLD Huckleberry Knits special Gradient superwash Merino wool sock yarn
 woven with a navy Tencel in a point twill weave.

Huckleberry Knits special Gradient superwash Merino wool sock yarn
woven in tabby with Navy Tencel for a lightweight fun scarf.

Lornas Laces sock yarn in watercolor superwash Merino/ Nylon
woven with Noro King of mixed wools, silk and cotton
great to wear over your outer jacket 

Huckleberry Knits BFL superwash sock yarn in 'No Nicer Witch'
woven with Navy tencel for a soft lightweight scarf
that casually goes with many colors and your blue jeans

Huckleberry Knits BFL superwash sock yarn with Autumn colors
woven with Olive Tencel for a lightweight scarf. 

This one is spoken for, but more coming.
Frolicking Feet superwash merino yarn in Seahawk inspired colors.
Woven with Navy Tencel  




CABLE CROCHET with 50/50 Acrylic / Nylon

Cable Crochet with superwash Malabrigo soft Merino wool.
Dark Teal is SOLD

Crocheted with Noro Transitions - this unique blend of fibers of
Wool, Silk, Cashmere, Angora, Alpaca, Mohair and Camel
give amazing warmth and is so very soft.
I'll be making more of these, My favorite to wear on walks.