Thursday, July 30, 2015

Water Shoes?

Something I had never heard of a week ago has suddenly come to live in my closet. Water shoes.

After walking to the shorelines of the Straits of Mackinac and Charlevoix to dip my toes in the water, I had to make it over some very stony beaches. Stones got picked up in my Birki's, making for a painful walk to the water.

Nothing like the sandy beaches of south west Lake Michigan.

So, I searched that evil website eBay. And got these low cut securely fitting water/hiking shoes. The first non-Birkenstocks I've bought in years.

Comfy and possibly just the thing to wear to the fair next week, since I can hose them off if I don't watch where I step.

The only problem is that I may or may not have purchased a couple of hobo/messenger bags while on eBay. I told you it was an evil website.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beef. It's What's For Dinner

Or soon will be.

While in the midst of my madcap Saturday travels, one of my friends texted me to see if I knew anyone with some corn fed beef for sale. I didn't think so then. But when my brain cleared the next day, I remembered that Older Son has some rather large ones that could be ready soon.

So I texted her back. I texted him. He called, she called, I called them both. Back and forth until today, we had a beef to load out for her.

As luck would have it, Older Son had just weighed them before we talked yesterday. So price and weight were ready. Unfortunately, "Angus Cross" apparently remembered the ride. And didn't want another. Even when I promised he would never have any after this one.

After an hour, Cow Girl called Older Son who sent in reinforcements. And when help came, it only took a few more minutes to get him in.


I think we earned that trucking fee today.

And when I cooled down, I knit.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Couple of Day Trippers

It all started with a trip to the former fiber festival at the Castle in Charlevoix. A year ago they changed it to an Artisans Show, with the addition of various crafts in addition to the fibery folks. There were people with handcrafted jewelry, carvings, and hand sewn items as well as the usual yarns and fleeces.

My partner in crime for the day was my former boss and still friend Sandy. We had a wonderful scenic drive up M-37 through Traverse City to Charlevoix. We wandered around and made several purchases.

A gadget box for knitters, a flowered purse type bag (too small for my everyday usage but great for special occasions), and a large tote, as well as some alpaca socks (a gift). I also got some mohair boucle in a chocolate brown, and a smaller size skein in the same color of my late poodle Gilbert. The sweatshirt shown comes later in the story. The pink bag also was purchased there. It holds a watch face. They sold beaded watches with them, but they were all too small for my fat wrist. Sandy and her hubby do bead work, so they will make me a stretchy band for it.

While I had a fun time there, I was dissapointed. The one item I had wanted to purchase wasn't there. I wanted some crazy yarn in natural colors from Stonehedge Fiber Mill. And all they had was multicolored and they had left the natural at the mill. Darn. (One of the gals in their stall gave me a price and a contact to call at the mill to see if I could order some direct.) The other disappointment was that many favorite vendors I looked for were not there. And I really am not a craft show shopper.

I'm not sure if I will return to the show again.

Well. By the time we left there, I needed lunch. So we went in search of a restaurant in Charlevoix. But Charlevoix was hosting another event in downtown. Traffic was crazy. All a sudden, we were no where near the place we wanted to eat and on the other side of Charlevoix, on the way to Petoskey. Once there, Sandy casually mentioned we were only about an hour to The Bridge. (To true Michiganians that means one bridge--Mackinac!) I grinned and said I hadn't been there since '96.

So after we ate, we were heading farther north. And before long.....Mackinaw City!

Want further proof?



We also got a few souvenirs. The I (heart) Michigan sweatshirt shown above, and I picked up a green Colonial Michilimackinac water bottle. No fudge, no pasties, no visit to the island. But...The Bridge.

And with that we headed back to do some beach combing in Charlevoix and Petoskey stones. After a bit, I sat to dry my feet and sandals. And try to call Hubby, at 8:30.

Before long we reluctantly turned south, entered "home" in the GPS and were on our way.

A great and unexpected day. Anytime you can touch the water of the Straits is a good day. Or two. It was 2am Sunday before I got home and to bed.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Lots of Purple and Gray Knitting

While I have been getting some knitting done, there hasn't been much to show for it.  I started the simple Purple Swing Cardigan on the way to my friends wedding last weekend.  I have hopes of getting some more work done on it this weekend when I head up to the Castle at Charlevoix for a fiber and crafts festival.
It is top down so the sleeves are marked and the increases for the "swing" element of the sweater have been done.  Just straight knitting till it is time to set off the sleeves.  The rows get longer as I go along, so there should be plenty of knitting to do while traveling.
Much of my "at home" knitting has been on Little Farmer's Gray Spiral Blankie.  It is growing slowly, but only by four stitches each round.
I know it looks like a clunky oversized hat or a funky bag.  But once it is off the needles, trust me, it will be a blankie. Unstretched it has about a 15 inch radius right now.
Delivered this week was yarn for a baby blankie/shawl to go with the purple swing cardigan as well as another purple cardigan I have up my sleeve.  I decided that blankie/shawl will not be entirely in purple.  And I have been working on the broken seed stitch sock, now on magic loop as well, also half purple.
I may be purpled out by summer's end.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Too ____ Hot, a Weather Haiku

Hot bright sun in sky.
Humid sticking to your seat
Longing for the cold.
 Only a few more months till the good weather is back.