Exploration of knitting

September 1, 2017 A 2011 Cabernet Franc, from Seven Stones Winery in Cawston, a chocolate truffle from Chocoliro in Armstrong, followed a garden dinner of perfect tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and boccincino cheese swimming in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. A dinner to...

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A Farewell

August 26, 2017 Gabbie is leaving for broader horizons. Two years ago I met Gabbie for the first time. We were hiring for a sales position at our new store The Twisted Purl Yarn Studio. We were a few weeks from opening our doors for the first time and figuring out the...

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Raspberry jam

July 21, 2017 Raspberries... There is so much one can say about the raspberry. The flavour, the colour, the abundance with which they grow, their hardiness, and how they turn into the best jam or cake without compare. My first memories of raspberries are from the...

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Dog Days of Summer

July 15, 2017 Dog Days of Summer Blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, peas, beans, basil, new potatoes, baby beets, fresh garlic all abound in the garden. The heat is intense here in the Okanagan and today the air is clear and the smoke has cleared. The lake is clear...

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Fire Season

As the wildfire smoke enters the valley, we begin to see the sun catch it's colours. I was driving to Salmon Arm last night and was struck by the beauty in the beast. The way the sun picked up the reds, pinks and oranges created a fire in itself. The province has just...

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Garter Stitch State of Mind

Garter Stitch State of Mind June 23, 2017 and I sit on the porch in a garter stitch state of mind. My ability to purl, cable, read graphs, patterns or decipher seems to have gone the way of winter and spring. I want to bask in the ease that summer can be and allow for...

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Creating Stitches

The Lake has begun to inch its way back to within its boundaries. The walls at the marina slowly uncover and the trees have begun to look less abandoned to their watery life. The musty smell of rotting vegetation is thick in the air and the beach and grass areas lay...

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Magic

Lots of people garden for the fruit or vegetable. Some people garden for the exercise and the joy of being outside. As I planted Habanero pepper plants and blessed the brussel sprout seeds before they were put to bed, I realized that I garden and knit for the magic....

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere. First it came down from the sky then from the mountain, filling creeks, and enlivening springs, then overflowing culverts and old water pathways. We have dug with shovels, excavators and filled hundreds of sand bags. All in an effort to keep...

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A Break in the Rain

May 5th, As the sun peaks through the clouds, I’m finding new inspiration. The break in the rain has given me a glimpse into what we come to expect of the Okanagan Valley. The sun is warming my heart and is giving me the energy to do the things I enjoy most. This has...

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