Sunday, June 9, 2013

Door County, WI

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 Last week, we took a couple days off and drove to the other side of our beautiful state of Wisconsin to visit Door County.  For those of you not familiar with Wisconsin, Door County is located on the eastern side of the state on a peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan on its north and east side and is bordered by a huge bay on its west side.   We were hoping to see the cherry orchards in full bloom but were a few days late for the full bloom but several of the orchards still had some beautiful trees.  Door County is home to over 2,000 acres of cherry orchards and draws over 2 million tourists from all over the US.   Door County hosts a cherry festival in July when the cherries are about to be harvested.   Door County also has wineries, apple orchards, beautiful gardens and famous fishing so there's no lack of reasons to host festivals all summer long.

We drove up to the northernmost tip of the peninsula only to have heavy fog set in so our view of the lake was pretty much nonexistent.  We were hoping to see some of the lighthouses but the fog obscured their view too.  But we did see the ferry leaving for Washington Island, which lies north of the peninsula in Lake Michigan.  It just drove off into the fog....not my idea of a relaxing trip. 

The area off the peninsula tip is especially dangerous because of the many islands and the turbulent currents created by the waters in Lake Michigan meeting the waters in Green Bay.  There are several submerged shipwrecks in the area from the early days of the French explorers....I'm still thinking of that ferry that took off into the fog!

This is a picture of Green Bay from its western banks.  The next day was sunny and beautiful.

Egg Harbor is the largest city on the peninsula north of Sturgeon Bay and this beautiful church along the highway caught our eyes.  Its stone and brick architecture is quite unique.

I hope you all get a chance to visit Door County, WI.  It's a beautiful piece of our country.


  1. I also live in sw wisconsin. I have also been to door county during the cherry festival. Thats when i was a kid. Would love to go back there and take my son to see all it has to offer. Love your patterns but i have a usm bond machine so most of your patterns wouldnt work for me. Im fairly new to machine knitting.

    1. Hi to a fellow Wisconsinite. Was hoping you'd be closer to me so we could get together but the Madison area is a couple hours away from us. There is an mk club that meets at the Sow's Ear in Verona if you'd be interested in checking it out.
      Once you learn the techniques of your machine and get more comfortable knitting with it, you'll be able to convert most any gauge machine pattern for your USM. Any of the bulky and midgauge patterns on my blog should convert with little effort. The main thing is to get a good gauge (# of sts and rows) and calculate sizing from there. There is a USM group on too that will be very helpful to you if you haven't already visited it. I do hope you get along well with your USM. It's probably going to be either a love or hate relationship, ha.
      Happy knitting.