Wisconsin, Again!

This past weekend, I went with my husband to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, and to tour around the area.  We stayed in Whitewater at one of our favorite B&B’s,  The Hamilton House.  Dinner every night was at another favorite restaurant featuring organic and Wisconsin local foods, The Black Sheep.  We had a very fun-filled weekend, and packed a lot into it.

Day 1, Friday, we got up very early and drove straight to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival.  We both took an all day class, I will show photos of that tomorrow.  I did a bit of shopping at lunchtime, heading first to Jennie the Potter to get myself another of my favorite mug (matches the design of last year, but different colored yarn and sheep):

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My second Jennie the Potter purchase was a yarn bowl. Most of my yarn is wound into a cake, and this would not be necessary, but for the occasional ball of yarn, I wanted this bowl with the cute cow with a knitted scarf.

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Cleaning out and sorting through stash prior to attending a fiber festival is highly recommended.  Looking at all of the yarn and fiber that I currently own greatly tempered my purchasing at the vendors halls.  I did have to go and see Carol from Rivers Edge Fiber Arts, she always remembers my sister Marilyn, and wrote a very nice note in my mother’s obituary this summer.  From her I got this beautiful roving, 70% Merino, 30% Silk.  It will make a gorgeous shawl when spun and knitted up.

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Day 2, Saturday, was very busy.  We first drove into Madison to attend the famous Farmer’s Market.  We parked in the midst of the registration for the Ironman competition at the Monona Terrace Convention center.  Needless to say, we felt out-of-place, so quickly hurried up to the market.  The colors and variety were amazing.  Currently I am taking a digital photography class to learn how to use my new camera.  This was a great area for exploring subjects.

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Our favorite were the Hmong vendors who had very interesting and different vegetables for sale.  We purchased these tiny potatoes, Japanese eggplant, Thai eggplant (round green ones), and purple carrots.  I never knew that all carrots were purple 100’s of years ago.  We are very anxious to try cooking these up this week.

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Got some popcorn…

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And some great local cheeses that we ate that night. Next we headed off to see some Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan buildings.

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And in the afternoon we visited the Aztalan mounds.  They were filming a bit for The History Channel, and invited us to watch the end of the filming.  Got to talk with the former head Archeologist for the state, and learned a lot about these mounds in particular.  Dan had recently finished reading a book on Cahokia mounds, so was keenly interested.

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Back to the B&B, dinner and retiring early.

Day 3.  We went to one of our favorite place, Old World Wisconsin, a historic site representing the ethnic groups that settled parts of Wisconsin, showing the farms and a typical village from the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s.  While we were on the trolley to the first stop, our driver mentioned that there were 32 different kinds of fencing.   We searched out and I tried to photograph as many as possible, I will leave you with a few examples.

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