My friends and I had quite the adventurous trip this weekend. As many of you know, we are friends with three families that went together and bought a cabin up north. The cabin is named BuGaDu (bug-a-doo)after the first initials of each family :). Two of those friends (the women only) were heading up to the cabin this weekend for crafting and invited me along.
We left Friday night. It was raining back home, but before we got to Eau Claire it was snowing pretty hard with approx 1.5” on the ground. And it was that wet, slushy stuff that makes for nasty driving. Between Bloomer and Chetek was the worst … Colleen didn’t go much above 35 mph in most places. Because of the weather, instead of taking 2 1/2 hours to get there – our travel time was almost an additional hour. We pulled up to the cabin at 9pm, tired, stressed and happy to have finally arrived, only to find:
That wet, heavy snow that was not only making travel hazardous was also pulling down tree branches, and apparently breaking power lines somewhere close by. After making a few phone calls (thank God for cell phones!), we decided to drive back to Birchwood and spend the night in a motel. Even then, we didn’t get to bed until 11pm.
The next morning arrived as a cold and dreary day – but at least it had stopped snowing. We left the motel, picked up our caffeine so we wouldn’t growl at each other and headed back to the cabin. Fortunately, this time there was electricity … and heat … and full use of bathroom facilities (the well pump won’t work without electricity).
We dived right into our crafting and didn’t even bother with breakfast. Gail and Colleen were working on a Christmas purse pattern that they modeled after one they picked up at Stone Lake Cranberry Fest. After a full day of sewing, they had … one whole purse done. Ok, to their credit – they were making up their own pattern, it’s not a simple one (lots of pockets and zippers), and they learned a lot in that first purse. The second one went much faster, but we ran out of time for much more.
I spent the whole time crocheting – with a brief change over to knitting (maybe 30 min). My right arm is sure feeling it today. I primarily worked on the Walden shawl and am getting pretty close to being done. Gail said she preferred shawls that cover your arms more, so I’ll keep going for a few more rows before edging it.
I also made a few snowflakes. For me, the hardest part about making a doily is the center – because it’s so constricted. Since snowflakes are so small, you spend most of your time in that “tight zone” – but they’re still fun because you can whip one or two out and you have something to show for it.
Here’s a couple of snowflakes all finished. I plan on using these for my Secret Santa in December:
On Sunday, we had a different type of adventure. We woke up, had a little breakfast, and did a bit more crafting before we had to leave. As I mentioned, it normally takes 2 1/2 hours to get (to their) home. It took us 6 hours! Not because of snow. It’s because these women can SHOP!
First we stopped, at my request at a discount store (Bargain Bills). Last time I was there, they had all kinds of yarn for around $1. They still had some, but the selection wasn’t as great. Still, Gail and Colleen found plenty to buy.
Then we stopped at a couple of thrift stores in Rice Lake - mainly looking for costumes (request to dress up in costume for a Halloween wedding). I found thread at both places - some is stained/"yellowed", but I'm hoping it will clean up ok.
We also stopped at Joann's in Eau Claire. Now that's a CRAFT store - none of that household decorating stuff Hobby Lobby is full of! Tons of fabric and sewing materials (that's why my friends wanted to stop). I picked up some purse handles and magnetic closures for purses. They had a great selection of handles – better than I’ve seen elsewhere. I also had to look at yarn of course. Lion Brand was buy one, get 2nd 1/2 off, but didn't get any. Instead I found that they had knit/crochet books for 40% off. That's one of the few items we can't use coupons for at Hobby Lobby & Michaels, so I bought a couple of doily books. I didn’t spend nearly as much as some people :).
I wish I had pictures of our trip – we all forgot to bring cameras. The snow on the trees in northern Wisconsin is quite a sight to see!