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  • knitting1105 7:27 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arch Rock, Mackinac, Mackinac Island   

    Relaxing Northern Michigan Style 


    We spent a gorgeous weekend on one of my favorite places in the world, Mackinac Island at the lovely Iroquois Hotel.  This time we had a wonderful lake view room with our own private balcony.  Dan played his guitar, and I knit (of course).



    The first full day there we had a wonderful hike around the interior of the island.







    We ended the hike with lunch at Fort Mackinac, which hosts the most gorgeous view for lunch on the island.

    That evening was dinner at The Woods, which requires a lovely carriage ride to the interior of the island for dinner.


    And the last day was a private carriage tour to the center of the island with Bob and Belle guided by Molly.


    Looking forward to a return visit soon!


    • Jan 8:04 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Looks lovely! so glad you two got to enjoy that together. What are you knitting now?


      • Jan 8:06 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        BTW, our daughter had a job waitressing at the Iroquois for about 2 weeks – quit before she was fired – it was too classy for her. She was talking to the patrons too much! Ended up at the Irish Pub across and down the street – more her style. . ALSO, the Iroquois is one of our fav places too!


    • Diane 8:25 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      We stayed at the Iroquois a few years ago when John got married. First time for Traver and we had so much fun. Would love to go again sometime. Looks like you guys had a great time!


    • Monica Koehler 9:56 pm on August 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I so love Mackinac Island. And I’ve always wanted to stay at the Iroquois. I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves ~mk


  • knitting1105 1:48 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    There is no better place to get away from all the hubub of daily life than a few days on Mackinac Island.

    Lots of relaxation, and good food with the family:

    Relaxing on the front porch of our hotel gave me ample opportunity for knitting and reading.  I made great progress on my cape, although I have almost run out of yarn.  This was a kit, and was suppose to have enough yarn for the large size.  The yarn is not available for purchase in individual skeins.  I was able to score a ball of yarn from someone on Ravelry who had previously finished a kit.  Like all Hanne patterns, this is a marathon amount of knitting.  Not for someone who detests lots of garter stitch.  Her patterns are very precise, but I find myself rereading them over and over again.  The translations are not very clear.

    My Orange Pekoe socks from the CookieA sock club were finished up on the drive home.  The pattern was a very quick knit, and I enjoyed working with the Hazel Knits yarn.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Orange Pekoe Socks
    Pattern Source: CookieA Sock Club; June 2011
    Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn, 400 yards
    Needles: US 1 DPN’s
    Date Started: 6/25/11
    Date Finished: 7/23/11
    Finished Dimensions: Size Medium Women’s

  • knitting1105 11:05 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    JuDee, JuDee, JuDee 

    I gave this shawl that name, as I started working on it on the train to Michigan to visit Judy, and finished on our drive back from Mackinac Island.  This pattern, Haruni,  has been in my queue for quite some time.  I loved knitting it, and the end result.  I added one set of repeats onto the pattern.  As you may know, I am not a fan of the “Shawlette”.  I wish that I had enough yarn to add more, but I weighed the yarn out to make sure that I had roughly 1/2 the skein to finish the border.  I even put in a lifeline to assure that if I had to rip back, it would not be a problem, and I ended up with very little yarn left.   I used Anne Yarn by Shaefer, which has a bit of mohair in it and gives a nice halo effect to the shawl.  I really liked this yarn, so much that I bought another skein while in Michigan.

    Even my husband commented last night on how beautiful this was.  While I was making it, I swear that every person told me that this color was one of their favorites.  Apparently it is a universal color that looks good on many people.

    In progress:

    And blocked, I am always amazed at what blocking can do.  I really wish that I had a mannequin, and a foot mannequin, to model my projects.  My family thinks that it is a joke when I ask for that for my birthday and Holidays.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Haruni Shawl
    Pattern Source: Free pattern on Ravelry from Emily Ross
    Yarn: Shaefer’s Anne; Color Bluebell, 560 yards
    Needles: US 4 circular
    Date Started: 6/3/11
    Date Finished: 6/10/11
    Finished Dimensions: 40″ wingspan, Nape of neck to back 23″

    My next Anne yarn waiting for a shawl pattern:

    And, I swear, the last of the Mackinac Island photos.  If you have never been there, make a point of visiting one day, and staying overnight.

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