Roads Taken from Okanogan WA

The Road Taken- Washington Roads

A gallery of roads from trips to the Northwest, visiting our brother.

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Twisp Highlights- Twisted Knitters Yarn Shop,eqpd Bags, Cinnamon Twisp Bakery

Meet Susan.  Most gracious yarn store hostess.  Every yarn store you visit has “a feel to it” and this is one welcoming shop.  See the label for the botanical dyed local yarn. Just beautiful. I bought some sock yarn weight with silk yarn with a label Three Fates.

Twisted Knitters Yarn Shop


Meet the founder of eqpd (say:equipped) Jonathan Baker, originally from New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design grad ( he even used to camp in Ossipee NH where my SIL used to live)

I bought a cool red bag.  If you look at the Twisted Knitters pic above you will see the project bags (red, white and blue) that stand open, have a place for needles, instructions and are just perfectly designed.


Check out this apron made out of two pairs of jeans.  A loaf of dark rye sourdough hit the spot for lunch. Added some sharp cheese.  Cinnamon Twisp Bakery

Species-Specific Nests Made in Twisp WA

We walked down from the center of town to TwispWorks (in Twisp, Washington) today.  A nice woman in the Office/Art and Craft Supply Store recommended we walk down and see a native garden and check out some of the artists’ studios. More on that tomorrow….

One of the workshops, Nice Nests was open and Patrick Hannigan was working on building species-specific nests, using salvaged scrap wood.

I bought a Swallows Nest that had a purple edge, signifying the color of a lilac bush on a homestead in Carlton. The homestead is gone, but the lilac bush thrives, he told me.

My sister-in-law Carolee feeds a lot of birds and I wanted to get a nice hostess gift for her.

The rust color represents a certain lichen found on the trees in the area.  All the colors represent native plants in the region.


Meet Patrick, owner of Nice Nests and creator of all the species specific nests

“Installation/consultation services available. I work with private landowners, land conservation organizations and public agencies to create, enhance and preserve critical breeding habitat for native cavity-nesting birds.” from website


Be sure to click here to read an article about how Patrick began his business

Nice Nests: Not Just for the Birds

by Ashley Lodato
Methow Arts staff writer


Click the photo to see the features, there is also drainage at the bottom. He’ll build you a custom nest for your needs.  the one above is the one I chose.

Swallows and bluebirds nests-  There are nests for owls, and chickadees and many other types of birds, large and small.

Swallows and bluebirds nests

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IMG_0831Flying Squirrel Nests


The tiny ornament nests are made by Patrick’s daughter, Posey

IMG_0830The tools of the builder of Nice Nests

A Bear and My Brother in Hank’s Market, Twisp WA

Went back to my Okanogan album of 2007 and found this photo of my brother shopping in Hank’s Market in Twisp WA.  How about that wildlife?

Happy Flag Day Birthday David.

xxoo love from your sister Ruth

Hank's Market in Twisp WA

All That Djazz – Great Gyspy Jazz at Twisp River Pub. WA

Gershwin, Djazz, All of Me, Black Orpheus to name a few....Sitting along the Twisp River, enjoying the 3 hours of music without a single break.

Mary, David and I enjoyed three hours of  music.   Final night in WA we drove up to Twisp River Pub.  There was a guest clarinet, Wayne Mendro.  John Weeks on the violin. Dick White on guitar arranges everything.  Mike Lundstrom on dobro and singing. Ron Clark on the bass and a guitar tonight.

Here is what I found at their website. …  “All That Djazz” is a Gypsy Jazz quartet based in North Central Washington state with a repertoire comparable to that of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, the guitarist and violinist who formed the legendary “Quintet of the Hot Club of France” in 1934.  The “Quintet of the Hot Club of France” is considered by many jazz historians to be the best jazz ensemble of all time.  Django Reinhardt was certainly the most renowned jazz guitarist of his day.  “All That Djazz” pays homage to their hero and mentor Django in the spelling of Djazz.”  quote from the website for All That Djazz (click)

The light on the right is an old beer keg.  Note the hops growing behind the band.

Handcrafted Charcuterie in Twisp, WA

free range chickens, Katahbin lamb, Andouille, chorizo, sausage, smoked salmon
Proud of his custom work. Some nice cheeses in the refrigerator case, too.

Chris Thomson shows off his handcrafted charcuterie.  In the meat case- Andouille and chorizo sausages. Some smoked and some fresh sausages, sausages for breakfast, Italian sausages, you name it!  The local restaurants had bought up all the bacon today. Thomson’s Custom Meats LLC  992 Twisp-Carlton Road, Twisp, Washington 98856. Turn off Route 20. Known for natural, locally grown meat.  A flock of Katahdin sheep grazing outside his shop.  Free Range chickens.  He said I should go with them to photograph them as they catch the salmon they’ll smoke in the smokehouse real soon. He gets the salmon with the shortest migration so they have a higher fat content.  Phone# 509-449-1563. Check out his website for more information.  He’ll process your game by appointment, too!