I Swear I Took the Picture

Last Monday, after posting about the pending arrival of our new little, Joe and I headed off for a week of relaxation and sun in Mexico (or so we hoped for).

I figured since I was abandoning the blog, the Etsy Shop, and email in general for a whole week, I would have a great post planned when I got back.  It was to be called "The Anthology of a Scarf"  which would include a series of pictures.  Me knitting on the plane, on the beach, by the pool, etc.  I even thought that by then end of the week and all the down time, I would be able to have a second "Like a Lamb" wrap almost completely finished.

Hmm... how plans change.

Things started out just fine.  I took a picture while knitting on the plane.  I had about an inch completed and thought it would be a great intro to the series of pictures.

Then we got to Mexico.

Our first evening there featured a torrential downpour.  Water was leaking in hallways of our open- air resort.  There was almost no place to escape the dampness.

Next day- showers off and on, with a few planned activities to attend.  Then, about halfway through the day (keep in mind we haven't been here 24 hours yet), a slight tickle in my throat.

The next morning I awoke to a full range of fever, chills, aches, and an awful respiratory infection.   Later in the day we heard from my in-laws who were back home and diagnosed with Type A Influenza.  Yup, that fit the bill.

So, from here on out, between the storms and the sickness, not a lot was accomplished on the wrap.  I figured I would come home and share this dreadful story, along with the first picture of my knitting on the plane.  the post was then to be called "All I Have", in which I would explain that I only have one lousy picture for you.

So I sat at home, prepared to write, and opened my phone.

No picture.


I know I took it.  I know I wasn't quite loopy yet when I took it.  Checked all individual apps- nada.

So now we all must settle for this- a whole week of knitting, sitting before you as I type this post.  What I thought would be 15-18 repeats is a measly 4.  It's just sad.  

And if you're thinking I may finish soon, you're probably wrong.  Free minutes are devoted to sleeping- I gotta kick this thing!

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Another Michigan Weekend

It's no secret that I love the state of Michigan.  Summer and fall provide many opportunities for weekends away in beautiful places.  It's crazy that driving just a couple hours from home can get us to so many resort towns and vacation destinations.  This past weekend, Joe planed a trip to Ludington, MI for our fifth anniversary.

*Look at that belly- getting big, isn't it?!*

Ludington is a place where I spent childhood summers camping with family.  Not only would my immediate family be there, but also all my cousins, both sets of grandparents, and many friends would gather and spend the last two weeks of summer vacation camping at the state park.

When I first found out we were headed to Ludington, I didn't think there was any way that I would be camping in my (pregnant) state.  I thought surely Joe had booked us a room at a local bed and breakfast or hotel... no such luck.

 Although I was worried at first, and my mood did probably not show much excitement to get away, sleeping in a tent while 6.5 months pregnant was not as bad as I imagined (he did get us a camp site right by the bathrooms afterall).

Our days were spent hiking and biking (my feet are sporting the blisters to prove it!), and every meal was prepared over an open fire.  We got a little cocky, thinking we had this camping thing down, until we realized that the next time we would be out camping there would also be a little one to attend to.

Although it was a week of Ludington pack into a day and a half, it was a wonderful getaway...

and a beautiful weekend.

And for those of you concerned with weekend knitting- I actually didn't get much done.  I was afraid of the smell of campfire and smoke creeping in to my yarn, so it stayed in the car for the weekend.  No trip is ever complete without a visit to the LYS- and we did find on in downtown Ludington.  It's called Nautical Yarns and it was a very impressive shop.  I didn't expect them to have such a large quantity and variety.  It's good to know I have a place to vacation that will be able to supply me with all my yarny needs!

Anyone out there ever been to Ludington before?  What's your favorite weekend getaway?

Up North

For Michiganders, many summer weekends (and extended weekends) are spent 'up north'.  It's hard to describe the beauty and charm of 'up north', but it's always fun to expose newcomers to the experience. 

We started the end of last week up at Mackinac Island.  My first visit to Mackinac was for our first anniversary. There are no motor vehicles on the island, so travel is simply by horse drawn carriages and bicycles. 

Now that we have visited a few times, one night on the island is enough to kick off a nice up north vacation (as long as we make sure to stop at Marc's Double Oven for morning pastries!).

The rest of our vacation was spent in Petoskey...

With old friends

And new ones, too!

Boating, swimming, and just general relaxing time ruled, and we took advantage of it.

And as far as knitting goes, there was time for that, too!

 I was able to stop in the LYS (Cynthia's Too!) and spotted these little guys on display.

And much of my downtime was spent knitting this little number:

I'm hoping to have an FO by the end of this weekend- I'll keep you posted!

Well, Hello There!

You may have noticed a brief absence on my part, and there was a reason for that.  I just got home from a week away in North Dakota to visit my sister and her family.

As a quick recap, there was a whole lot of this:

and this:

And probably more games of Hi Ho Cherry-O and Pretty, Pretty Princess than I have played in my entire lifetime!

Fortunately for me, there was also a bit of this:


Details on individual projects coming soon :)

I Saw Buffalo

As I mentioned last week, we recently spent some time in North Dakota. This is one of the buffalo I saw. Ok... it is actually a bison, but you didn't know the difference, did you? Believe it or not, buffalo sight-seeing was not the reason we made the long trek to North Dakota. Here are the reasons:
Love. Them.

We had a wonderful trip- I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Back on the home front, we jumped right back into slipper-making mode(not that I didn't knit up plenty of pairs while we were away). The great news is that Joe is getting quicker and quicker with his knitting. What this means is that I may have time to get another pattern about before Christmas. I started one today... :)