Wow, September people, how fast is this year going?  Scarily fast, let me tell you!!  It’s September, the kids have gone back to school or college, the leaves are starting to change, the mornings are becoming misty, the evenings a little chillier and also a little darker.  I’m beginning to think of home baked bread with soup in place of salad and grilled chicken.  I’m beginning to think of swapping shorts for jeans and jumpers for tshirts, putting thicker sheets on the bed and digging out winter pajamas again.  The weather round here though has other plans.  Would you believe that after pulling out winter pajamas for a few nights in JULY, we’ve been staring at the wrong side of 35C (95F) for the last couple of days in SEPTEMBER!

But enough of that. We’re here again this week to link up with the fabulous Julia and her amazing Wednesday linky party.  I missed last week as we were taking our annual trip up to beautiful Northern Michigan.  So while you were busy desk hopping I was busy digging my toes in white sandy beaches, swimming in the crystal waters of Lake Michigan, riding my bike hither and thither, drinking wine around campfires, kayaking (goes without saying), watching amazing sunsets, eating fish and chips made from freshly caught whitefish, sipping locally roasted coffee, buying locally made pottery for Christmas presents (for each other) and dreaming of living in a little cottage by the bay.  Oh, and falling off my bike in a patch of poison ivy!  But we won’t mention that bit!!

My desk has had no action for the last week or so, and I have to find some mojo from somewhere as I have a DT piece to complete for Sunday, and all I want to do is sit and knit!  I’ve noticed something over the last 12 months or so, and that’s every time I go away now I root out lovely little yarn stores and come back with fantastic skeins of wool.  It used to be that I’d look out for craft or scrap booking stores and show you what crafty items I snagged on my travels on a WOYWW post!  But no more, it’s the yarn that draws me in these days, it’s the yarn that I desperately try to stuff in my bag for the trip home and it’s the yarn that I now show you on my desk more Wednesdays than not, and it’s yarn I have for you again this week too!

I found a wonderful shop in Petoskey, MI which was also the closest town to where we were camping at the local State Park.  It’s the most amazing yarn store I’ve ever come across, called Cynthia’s Too and it’s run by a mother and daughter team.  What set this store apart was the visually appealing way they display everything and the sheer amount of fully knitted up samples for you to touch and try on…. hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, cowls, cardigans, childrens knits, socks and much more.  It truly draws you in, even Andrew picked up a couple of things and asked the lady if she made it and was it complicated, he was as impressed as I was.

So I couldn’t come away empty handed now could I?  That would just be plain rude…. so I asked for locally made yarn and came away with two skeins of Stonehedge 100% wool for a scarf for Andrew, it’s at the front, the red wool.  Then I delved into their clearance bin and found a wonderful sock yarn in desert colours for 40% off on the left and two skeins of lace weight yarn as knitting a lace shawl for me is high on my wish list.  That’s the two greeny/goldy toned skeins on the right and they have to be touched to be believed…. 70% baby alpaca, 25% silk and 5% cashmere!  Also on clearance at 40% off.  The pink socks are still there from the other week, and the white package on the left came from a “relative” of Andrew’s.  That side of the Palmer family emigrated to America in 1847, his descendant, Bernie, has a lot of family history stuff including very old photos and letters to England from America and back again, some dated as early as 1850.  He wrote it all up in a lovely bound book and sent me a copy.

I got most of my sister’s scarf completed whilst on holiday but it’s not in the photo, but I never even touched the socks that I took with me!  Instead I read a couple of books that I took along and bought and started a third!  I really could have done with another week by the lake as I was just getting into it nicely when we had to pack up and leave.  That’s the only trouble with holidays, they’re never really long enough are they?  I’m going to indulge this rather long post and add some holiday snaps, so if you’d like to visit just for WOYWW I’ll send you on your way now.  Chin chin my lovelies!

Petoskey State Park Beach during rush hour!

Kayaking on Little Traverse Bay (Lake Michigan)

Typical Lake Michigan sunset from the sand dunes at Petoskey State Park


Bike ride to Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs “cottage” overlooking the bay. I can see me living here, just need to raise the million or two dollars that property is worth!

Beer bubbles highlighted by yet another amazing sunset!