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 knitting 

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. 


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!  


(Almost) hometown LYS/coffee shop!

Today I met up with one of my oldest friends at our other old friend’s small business, which happens to be a knitter’s dream; a coffee shop/yarn store!!  It’s called the Brew House and is located on the north side of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

justin owns and runs the shop with hisn wife , Jen (not pictured). the three of us pictured here had some awfully good times in high school and college, and I’m so happy to be reunited !

Past the front room where you order, you find a small room with various handmade things; bibs, soaps, candles, handspun yarn…

  The next room contains big shelves of yarn. Some are well known brands like Cascade, others I hadn’t seen.    



how cute are these??


and notions!

They also sell local yarn, which I was so pleased to see! It’s beautiful and soft, and I might need to buy some as a souvenir. Blue Hills Fiber Mill- the Blue Hills are not far from my home town and are especially pretty in the autumn.

I’ll be back several times during my visit, so I have plenty of time to choose a souvenir yarn. 🙂 🙂 🙂


Slow day

Not much went on today, due to rain. It was fun introducing the kids to one of the libraries I frequented as a kid, and I had some time to work on my current bear.

She’s a T bear, maybe Teresa after an aunt of mine.  

In spite of the rain, we found out that the Wee Girl likes baseball and is a pretty good batter, Is good with cats, and the kids enjoyed their first 4-wheeler ride! On Wisconsin! 


Outdoors and knitting 

We had some good outdoors time today, starting with a stream.  


I don’t think my kids had been in a stream before, in spite of all our ocean outings.

And another stream! 


And I finished my third hat since starting out from CA. Two Magic Coffee Baby Hats and one teenage-sized hat for charity. 


There was also stone throwing to make cool ripples. 

Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain, so we’ll have to get creative.