Heritage Days

Today the kids and I went to Heritage Days at the localize museum, Pioneer Village. It was super hot, but we had a good time.

 

they wanted to see the jail first. ??

  

the girl thinks we should get one of these.

  

i love these quilts!

  
  

making nails!

  
  

another beautiful quilt

  
  

wool!!!!

  
The highlight was running into my third grade teacher, Mrs. Olson, who was volunteering at the event.  She will be 80 in a few days, and is as sweet as ever. She was so pleased to meet my kids. 

 It was a good time!!!

New KAL

Yesterday I casted on my new KAL project for my sock knitting group. The group voted to knit Splatterdash, a free knitty.com pattern for fingerless mitts.  It looks like I didn’t bring the ballband, but I think this is Koigu yarn.

It’s a fun little knit- I’ve finished the main part and am ready to pick up for the feather and fan section that wraps around the hand.  
On the vacation side of things, today the kids and I went with my sister to these pretty little waterfalls she’s told me about.    

    
   
To get here, we drove way out to the middle of nowhere, found the tiny unmarked trail, and followed it to this little stream. It was so pretty and the kids loved it!  

LYS and a trip to Duluth

We finally made it up to Lake Superior today! But first– on the drive up, we conveniently had to pass a yarn store, and with my niece along to stay in the car with the kids (one sleeping, the other disapproves of my yarn habit), I was able to browse!

   
The building is small and doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s jam-packed full of great yarns!

a wall of noro!

    
    
 
There were also notions, fabric, and gifts, but the yarn selection was really outstanding, especially for the location, aka in the middle of nowhere. If you are up north on highway 53 near Gordon, stop by!!!

As for Duluth…

Well, first we made a quick stop at Amnicon Falls, although wencould have spent hours exploring the falls and trails.

  
In Duluth, we watched a few huge ships pass under the lift bridge. Wow!

  We took a boat ride and enjoyed some amazing views of the lake and city.  
Then we finished up with some beach time on Minnesota Point.

   
Phew!!! Tomorrow is another big day, so I’d better be off to sleep! Good night!

Vacation snapshots

Yesterday we saw a bald eagle at the end of my parents’ street!  

I’ve done lots of work organizing my grandma’s things for storage/etc., and have uncovered many a gem. 

Hats! Gloves!  My grandpa and his sister.

The girl found a fur coat.
  My dad and his younger brothers.

 Great grandfather and Great grandmother.  Me and my younger cousin at grandma’s house. (We must have been bored!!! My great grandfather, WWI era. He was called up just a few months before the end of the war, so he didn’t end up getting sent overseas  

I have no idea who this happy couple is– I just love this photo!

 Newspaper from 1927!  My great grandparents’ German bibles.

  The kids and I met up with my old friend and her boys.  It was a very nice visit and play date at our elementary school.  I took the minions to the library I frequented as a kid. 

The library had some good craft books!!  

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!!   

 

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!

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.