Making tracks

Taking a break from knitting and spinning this evening to post a bit. What a full past month plus it has been! Evenings and spare moments have been spent working on Christmas gifts. The first week of December we joined our son and family for a few days at a vacation house he was able to secure through his work at Black Butte Ranch on the East side of the Cascade Mountains. Our daughter and her family, plus Ed’s dad and wife also joined us for a combined Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration. It was one of those mixed blessing times: wonderful to have a breather during a very season and to spend a couple days with family but we’ve been stepping double-time since to get items made and sent before Christmas.

Son and family arrived at the rental the day before and had scouted out the territory finding, to the kids’ great delight, scores of rabbit tracks dotting the snow. Shortly after we arrived I took the children for another walk but the day was somewhat warmer and the tracks weren’t as sharp. Still, we had lots of fun chasing down rabbit trails.

Hmmm, tracks…

Rabbit Tracks

Many Tracks

Wesley was more enamored with this treeI made Wesley and Faith each a pair of socks and knitted/felted clogs, the latter turned out too big.  We had so much dark weather before we left home it was impossible to get a picture that shows the true colors – they’re brighter in life.  Both of the kids were too antsy when they tried them on to get good pictures.  I also bought other yarns with the intention of making clogs for Aurora’s two daughters Autumn and Abigail in the near future, and eventually socks for them also.

Wesley’ socks                                                                       Faith’s socks

(Ed is wsearing clogs which I bought  at OFFF – someday I may be clever enough to make such a fancy pair)








When Faith and Wesley were visiting us in August I laid out these six skeins of yarn from Drachenwolle – gifted to us by a wonderful German friend, Juergen, via his friend Christine who is the dyer. Juergen is a sock knitter extraordinaire as well as a fantastic spinner – and told the kids to each pick a skein for me to knit them a pair of socks.

Faith immediately picked up the one on the far right while Wesley zoomed in on the one right next to it! They both were in an orange stage of life. I feel so richly blessed with these yarns! I haven’t yet decided what to make though the other day I was fondling them all and dreaming of socks, scarves and shawls. 🙂

By bedtime they were tired out and quite happy to listen to Aurora read a bedtime story. (Oldest daughter, Autumn wasn’t able to take time away from school due to mid-terms. In fourth grade! Disappointing though we’ll have our Christmas together at the proper time.)
Another busy day ahead tomorrow and I need to tuck into bed too. Have more pictures and stories to share from Black Butte, as well as telling about a wonderful visit with a spindle customer from Canada! 🙂 Stay tuned


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

3 thoughts on “Making tracks”

  1. Grandchildren are simply wonderful, this year we are blessed to have a new great grandson to add to our blessings.

    May your family have a wonderful Christmas season.


  2. I love the bedtime story picture. And that bed is amazing! We are slowly getting ready for Christmas here, but honestly, we’re not ready. We are getting another dog, so we’re trying to prepare the house for her, as well as for the holidays. Have a blessed Christmas season.

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