Up bright an early at the Super 8 to get a good start on the day in the Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, MI. The hotel clerk told us when we checked in that THIS weekend was Frankemuth’s HUGE parade and festival where over 80,00 will flock to wear their lederhosen and drink the German beer!!! The parade doesn’t take place until Sunday, so we were confident the best thing to do was to get up and “get ‘er done” early. It has been about 20 years since I have been here and a lot has changed (for the better!).
Here are some photos of Frankenmuth, MI – ready for their big weekend “party”.
Found the yarn shop almost instantly and I was VERY successful in getting the needles that I was looking for. She has a great shop and she keeps it looking so lovely. It was very hard not to buy all the wool in there, but I am on a tight budget and so I was staying focused on getting the needles I needed. The owner was working me really hard to buy wool and patterns…… just doing her job!
Here is the inside of this little piece of heaven!
The rest of the day in Frankenmuth was really nice. The sights and sounds really made you feel like you were in Germany! The music in the stores was German and all the clerks etc. were dressed in authentic garb.
As any good letterboxer would do, I researched and found that Frankenmuth has TWO letterboxes! BINGO! What a perfect way to round out the whole day. Even though the boxes claimed to be located in highly public places, directions were not very clear and we were not successful in finding either boxes. Boohoo.
Walking till our feet hurt, we reluctantly got in the car and headed for just outside of Frankenmuth – the largest Chrstimas store in North America (so they claim!) Christmas 365 days of the year. Brooner’s. The store is larger than the biggest Walmart I have ever seen. It is almost the size of a small mall. Outside are lifesize Christmas decorations and at night it is lit up like December 25th!!!!
This would look so pretty with snow!
We found lots of odd ornaments – a hedgehog, and others I can’t share because family members might read this and find out their future Christmas presents!!!! lol
On our way out of the whole area we stumbled on this little gem:
If I had a spinning wheel I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven! Pure lovely rovings in all shades and in all different size bags etc. Just wonderful! It had a little spun wool for sale, but it was not what I was looking for.
So, we left Frankenmuth and headed on down the road at about 6pm to my husbands hometown of Owosso, MI. I had started this shawl in the morning (Wingspan) and by the time I got to Owosso I found that I had made a horrible mistake so I frogged what I had done and while Scott and his Mom got caught up with family and friends, I started it over and made good progress.