Katie's Tangents

We went camping as a family this week. Raftless, but with a borrowed rowboat, we stayed at Holly Bay Campground on Laurel River Lake. It was a super break, and only an hour's drive away. Since we went mid-week, we basically had the lake to ourselves. It was our first time camping as a family for more than one night, and I think we will definitely go camping again. 

Two successes of the trip were my camp kitchen setup- made totally from materials scrounged from my garage and messily in-use in this photo, 

and the hammock I made from a thrifted sheet using these directions. Wish I had made one for each of us! It was in high-demand. 

I had time to stitch and finished an Alabama Chanin style corset that I plan to overdye with indigo to tone down the bright blue. 

Laura's Tangents

My family has been in vacation mode too-only we headed to Chicago to visit Stirider's brother, Jamon. We had such a great time. It was fantastic to experience the city with someone who lives there and loves it. We did all sorts of touristy stuff like an architectural boat tour,

visited the (free!) zoo and conservatory, and spent an entire day at the Museum of Science and Industry, where we toured a U boat and a streamlined train from the 30's-but what really made an impression on me were two much smaller objects-the sweepers clock video installation, and a vintage plywood model for a proposed exhibit.

Hope your summer thus far has also included a break from the ordinary and plenty of knitting by the water!