Vacation knittingĀ 

Lately I haven’t posted that much about crafty pursuits, because of all the fun vacation things we’ve been doing, so here’s a wee update:

My Wonderland Dyeworks socks are coming along fine. They’re just plain vanilla socks, and they can’t quite decide whether to stripe or pool.   
Also, I did some excavating/organizing in my parents’ garage today, separating things of my grandma’s to keep and things to sell or donate, since she recently moved from her apartment into a nursing home. I knew she has knitted quite a few baby hats for charity, and indeed, I found some good crafty stuff- knitting needles and crochet hooks, a knit washcloth, crochet thread, a  crocheted doily and tablecloth, and a handwritten pattern for slippers!


I don’t think I can bear to let the beautiful FOs leave the family, so I’ll check around to see if anyone else is interested in them.

And I’m vacation news, the kids took their first jetski rides today, with one of my childhood best friends ! They loved it!!   


Door County

The kids and I drove from western Wisconsin over to Door County yesterday. 

about halfway there- we stopped for a picnic at Rib Mountain State Patk.


whitefish dunes state park- excellent!!!


Gills Rock- our destination!!!


best view in Door County, I’m sure!

In the morning, we started right in on rock throwing. 

ahhhh, beautiful….

5 years since we last saw each other? and this is the closest we’ve met to our home towns.

This morning the kids and I went to Newport State Park bright and early. It did not disappoint.



Then we hit Peninsula State Park for a drive-by. Very pretty!

  We stopped at Renard’s Cheese for lunch- plenty of cheese and tchotkes to go around!




We managed to turn a 5-hour drive into a 7-hour drive, but it was worth the stops. Door County is beautiful!


A Grand Day Out

Yesterday my niece joined me and the kids for a long day of adventuring. We started at Crystal Cave in Spring Valley, WI.


Then we headed over to Prescott, a small town on the Mississippi River. At the information center, I learned a lot about the history of the area. If only we’d learned this in school, rather than rote memorization of dates and events, I bet a lot of us would have paid more attention.


Lastly, we went to Kinnickinnic State Park, where we hoped to hit a beach, but Mosquitos and poor signage had the best of us.


At least we learned a little something, and got to see where the St Croix and Mississippi rivers converge. 

Big day! Today we took it easier!

Ice Age Center

Yesterday the kids and I found a very nice lake near New Auburn, Wisconsin. It’s called Round Lake, and it was lovely and peaceful.  

On our way back, we followed signs to the David R. Obey Ice Age Center at the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area. I’m glad we followed our instincts, because it was well worth our time! 


it’s free!







you can check out fearhers, fur, snakeskin, etc., through the microscope


The kids each got a kind of scavenger hunt to do, then the docent spent time with each of them, asking them questions to make sure they learned something, and didn’t just do the activity without thinking. For their efforts, they got to choose a cool prize. They both chose a cool compass they can wear on their wrist. 

If you’re in the area and you’re interested in the Ice Age, check this place out! 

A very Wisconsin day

I finally got a photo of this cool cow on the farm near my parents’ house.

Then in the afternoon, thinking it might rain all day, we visited the Paul Bunyan logging camp museum and the Chippew Valley museum in Eau Claire. They were very interesting!


info about logging


buttering Paul Bunyan’s skillet!


there were some very pretty quilts in the logging camp exhibits.


in the Chippewa Valley museum


It’ll be nice to visit again when the boy is bigger and I will be able to read the descriptions on the exhibits… :/

Wedding day

Today was the wedding of this little girl who made me an aunt!  Ok, she’s not so little anymore, and it sure makes me feel old to have a niece who’s old enough to be married!

Some highlights:

pre-ceremony chat with the bride!


flower girl and ring bearer, ready!


my aunt and uncle live in the woods and therefore have an impressive supply of insect repellents.


well, he said he was going to be cute at the wedding…


me with grandma, cousin, mom


me and the mother of the bride


the flower girls were inseparable


first time i’ve been together with my sister and brother since…. 2009?


as you can see, the Wee Boy was getting hard to wrangle and was ready to go!

 I loved seeing how happyy kids are with relatives they’ve just met. They are pretty adaptable to new situations and people, phew!

In knitting news, I’m nearly done with my V bear.  It’ll have to be finished tomorrow though. 


Farmer’s Market

This afternoon, we went to the local Farmer’s Market, which I’d heard great things about. It did not disappoint!

luscious greens!


The market is held on a farm, where there is also a store where they sell amazing bulk items, as well as regular groceries and cheese, of course.

        Beautiful greenhouse.    


green bay packers goods are everywhere around here.


 I think we’ll be back next week!  If you’re ever around Barron, Wisconsin on a Thursday, check it out! 

Another day of vacation

The fairy house survived the rain/night! 

 I took better bear photos! 


This guy stole my chair when I left it for a minute.   

Then he got a little too curious about my knitting.  Apparently a dropped ball of yarn bears a strong resemblance to a dropped ball.   

The Wee Girl staked out the neighborhood from the front lawn. 

There was also rain, which was very exciting to us Californians!

Bargain Bill’s and Bears

With unstuffed bears piling up (if you consider two bears a pile, which I do, because I like to finish my bears as I go!), I really wanted to find fiberfill without having to drive very far. Luckily, my mom reminded me about Bargain Bill’s in Rice Lake (Wisconsin). It’s a craaaaaaazy place!

This is the craft hangar, I mean room. My photos don’t do it justice.  It’s so huge, there are so many goods…

 But the Wee Girl and I managed to get just the fiberfill and a crafty project each for her and the Wee Boy. 

And thus, I was able to finish my pile of bears this evening. 

 Meet Teresa and Unique! And pardon the late night lighting.  
Teresa is named for an aunt of mine.   Unique is named for the character on Glee.  

In non-yarny craft news, the kids and I worked on a fairy house today. Well…. I struggled to make something stable-ish out of driftwood and nails, while they wandered around, sometimes deciding on the decor, sometimes climbing fences and pretending twine is a lasso…

The result will topple if you so much as look at it sideways, but the kids are pleased. As you can see, by the end I was so over it that I merely placed the last bits of birchbark roofing rather than securing it. It’s raining now, so I wonder what it’ll look like tomorrow!