Every year, my Dad and his two brothers and their families go camping up north in Wisconsin for an extended weekend at the end of September. This tradition has been happening for about 25 years or so and last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to join them. With graduate school being my biggest priority these days, I haven’t been camping in a few years (meaning 3 or more) and I really regret that. It used to be a Friday through Sunday event, but over the years we have made it a day earlier and earlier. These days, my Dad and his older brother will go up on the Wednesday and stay until Sunday, and everyone else comes later Wednesday or Thursday or sometimes even Friday.
I was originally not planning to come camping because my boyfriend wasn’t able to come with, but my Mom continued to ask if I would come. I had to move around my internship hours for the week and reschedule a doctor’s appointment, but Wednesday evening I was headed up to Wisconsin for my Mom and I to drive up to Door County on Thursday morning.
I had so much fun camping and I am so grateful I was able to go. It was nice to see cousins that I haven’t seen in awhile and play with the children and be able to see them grow. Throughout the years, we have come into a routine where everyone goes out to dinner for pizza on Wednesday evening, then on Saturday we go mini-golfing and go karting. Besides those activities, everyone helps out with meals and doing the dishes, but it’s a lot of relaxing and spending time together which we don’t really get the opportunity to do outside of camping.
One fun activity we did this time was my Mom treated the girls to a Girls Night at a local art studio called Hands On Art Studio in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. This is a family-friendly studio which offers a plethora of crafty activities such as ceramic painting, spin art, mosaics, metal working, jewelry making, canvas or glass painting, and glass fusion. My Mom and I have been to this studio before with my Dad on a rainy day to paint ceramics, which was so fun and it was wonderful to be able to come back. This Girl’s Night happened on the Friday night of camping. Hands On Art Studio has an Adult Night for 21+ every Friday from 6:30-10:00pm with live music and the option to purchase alcohol beverages while you craft. It was so fun to and relaxing to spend time with the girls and I know everyone loved it!
I did a lot of shopping in Door County at a candle store and a winery. Door County Candle Company is the candle store that my parents and I went to. They had a buy two get one free sale on their large jar candles, so I purchased Banana Nut Bread, Lavender and Mulberry scents. Banana Nut Bread is one that I have purchased before and I was eager to try the Lavender and Mulberry scents. After the candle store we walked over to Door County Coffee and Tea Co. where they also had a buy two get one free sale going on for bulk coffee. I do not drink coffee or tea, but it was fun to help my Dad pick out the three pounds of coffee beans that he bought. After the candles and coffee, we hopped across the street to the Door Peninsula Winery and Distillery. My boyfriend had heard about the winery and distillery and asked me to pick him up a few things.
I brought along three knitting projects and two books to keep myself busy during the weekend, but of course I only got car knitting done on the way to and from Door County and while we were out doing shopping or exploring. We got back late Sunday night and on Monday I had to be back in Chicago for my internship on Tuesday so my Dad drove me all the way down to Chicago (with my ceramic dish from Hands On, my candles and the alcohol for my boyfriend) which I was very appreciative of. I went to internship on Tuesday, then Tuesday evening I took the Metra train up to Kenosha where my parents picked me up. Wednesday I had my annual check up with my cardiologist in the morning and a dental cleaning in the afternoon. After all of my appointments, my Dad and I went to a restaurant called the Soup Market which always has a great variety of different kinds of soups. I go with my usual, chicken and dumpling. After the Soup Market, we picked my Mom up from work and drove back down to Kenosha so I could catch the Metra train back down to Chicago for internship on Thursday and Friday.
It was definitely a whirlwind of a weekend, but I wouldn’t have changed anything. It was great to be able to spend time with my parents and other family members. I don’t go home as much as I used to because my schedule is a lot more hectic with internship three days a week and a class another day. I don’t have much time for myself, let alone time to go up to Wisconsin to visit my parents. Visiting my parents is something I need to focus on, along with being present when I am with them.
Lately I have been wanting to knit literally everything. I am definitely not a monogamous knitter, but sometimes I wish I was. There is a huge thrill in starting a new project, just like the thrill of finishing a project that has been on your needles for a long time.
I am continuing to chug along with the What The Fade? Mystery Knit Along by Andrea Mowry. The garter stitch rows are up to nearly 500 stitches each, so they definitely take a while to knit. I am hoping to finish the MKAL before its official release next week, but I have no idea if I will actually be able to make that happen considering I am in the middle of Clue 4 at the moment. I will put the link to my project page down below if you are interested in seeing the yarns I am using or other details of my MKAL shawl.
I am also in the midst of Christmas knitting and I am about halfway done with the five or six Christmas knits I have planned (so far) for friends and family. Along with the Christmas knits for Christmas presents, I have also wanted to knit myself a colorwork Christmas sweater with the Sundottir pattern by Dianna Walla. This pattern is two colors, a main color and one contrasting color, so the colorwork on it shouldn’t be too bad (fingers crossed). I will be knitting Sundottir out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn in the colorways Currant and White. I have also been looking at the knits I want to knit in 2018, almost like a knitting wishlist. I have a lot of yarn, so I will be knitting a lot from my yarn stash. I do wonder if those projects will make it until 2018 or if I will start them before the end of the year, because of my lack of self-control when it comes to starting and finishing projects.
I know that this post is getting rather lengthy, so I will sign off for now. Thank you for taking the time to read about my life. I really appreciate it 🙂
Hands On Art Studio
Door County Candle Company
Door County Coffee and Tea Co.
Door Peninsula Winery and Door Peninsula Distillery
What The Fade?! MKAL Pattern
My What The Fade?! Project Page
Sundottir Sweater Pattern
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn