Jul 202015

As I said in a post a few days ago, flying sport kites is contagious and can be highly addictive. And now that Miss Terry is addicted, too, we have two new additions to our kite bag.

The three Revolution kites we have are all solid sail models. That’s kite-talk for the ripstop high-grade nylon part of the kite. They handle great in low to moderate winds, but when the wind is blowing hard, as it often does here on the Oregon coast, they can become very squirrely. When we flew with our new friend Terry Rowley the other day we were using his vented kite and were amazed at how well it responded in the wind.

By the time we had walked back to the car Terry told me that as soon as we get to Seaside on Tuesday we need to go to the kite shop and buy a pair of vented Revs. But as it turned out, we didn’t have to wait that long. Northwest Winds kite shop in Lincoln City had several vented Revs in stock, including two in the exact colors we wanted. So yesterday it was time for a quick drive up U.S. Highway 101 to check them out.

Here is the color scheme of the solid Revolution 1.5 SLE that I bought two years ago. The new kite looks the same, the only difference is that the new one has two mesh sections on each side to allow wind pass through.

Blue black


And here is the color scheme on Terry’s new kite. Guess what we’ll be doing today!

Lime black

Last week on a trip to Lincoln City we saw a place called Elsie’s Discount Roving but we didn’t have time to stop on our way north and it was closed by the time we passed going back to Newport. So yesterday we did stop, and Terry was glad we did. She found some nice silk and merino that she is looking forward to spinning into yarn for one of her projects, and she said the prices were very reasonable.

Elsie's outside small

The owner was a delightful lady who took us upstairs to show us a room full of looms her husband had made for her that she uses to teach one-day classes on rug weaving. These are big, heavy looms that hold 100 yards of yarn at a time. Terry has talked about wanting to try her hand at weaving a rug, but these contraptions wouldn’t exactly fit into our motorhome!

Two looms small

Tall loom small

Congratulations Judy Butterfield, the winner of our drawing for a one year subscription to the digital edition of the Gypsy Journal. We had 332 entries this time around, which is a new record. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

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