what I have been up to Highland Games and stuff



I went to the 168th St Andrews Society Highland games and festival. I had the opportunity to see Dan McKim again this year. He is retiring this year. He took first in the Pro division.

My husband competed in the Amateur division. A great day of competition.  I saw all of the games but I did walk about and see the festival. The music was good, lots of vendors and clan information. I have to say it is pretty cool and I enjoyed the day. I always have a pint in honor of my Scottish ancestors. I tried a whiskey and I have to say I still don’t like it, lol. Click on the videos below to see some of the games in action!





On the creative front, I finished the multi colored cowl on the lower left. It is a yarn that is spun and has roving.  You cast on about 80 or so on a large circular needle. Knit round one then knit where yarn is spun and purl where yarn is roving. When the cowl has used up the skien knit off. Magic!

I cast on a stockinette stitch scarf that will be a Harry Potter scarf like one from the Prisoner of Azkaban. Link is here for pattern.  I found the red yarn on clearance for 72 cents a skein! I had the yellow in my stash from when I was in a yarn a month club. I love the easy pattern.  You knit a tube then add fringe. How easy is that?

Then the most exciting thing is one of my quilts will be feature on Moda Bake Shop in a couple of weeks. I have the quilt nearly done. I have the how to pictures completed. I need to write the steps up. The most difficult problem is the cover picture. I hope for good weather otherwise it will be improvised inside. I have high hopes for my camera being able to take a really sweet photo. I have lots of spots I can get a nice picture.

Well wish me luck on the pictures lol,

quilt on


Games, planes, boats and quilts

2017-06-14 16.51.21I had a busy week this week. I had a bit of time off from work so I was able to spend time with family and friends. I was able to see the Wednesday night Air Show featuring the Snowbirds from Canada, parachute demo, biplane and F16. It was great fun to watch. My husband was in the Air Force and worked on F16s so it was pretty nostalgic. At the end of the post my Dad’s pictures are shared and he has some wonderful pics of the WWII era planes  and the more modern jets that flew over our heads!

Then I went to the Soo Locks and saw an unprecedented amount of freighters. I also went  on the Soo Lock boat tour. I have to say it was great and very educational. I learned there are 13 freighters that are over 1000 feet long sailing the Great Lakes. We saw 3 that day and 7 overall. We went into the locks that raise or lower the vessels 21 feet between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. We then saw the steel factory in Canada and went through the Canadian locks. Gorgeous views.

Then I went to a quilt show. I loved the ideas generated. I will share a two pictures and plan to write a full blog post later on in the week.

Then we had pregame dinner for the home town Highland games.

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Saturday was the game and the weather cooperated! Here is a little video of my husband’s day.

My dad took tons of fabulous pictures and here is the album:

2017 Photos by Carl Dennis feel free to share, like and download! He tried to get a photo of everyone and apologizes in advance in you were missed!

Posted by Vicki Holloway on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Now it is back to the work a day routine. Adventures will have to wait for a week or two.





Highland Games season is here! 


Opening the festival with a Ceilidh or party. He recites the Burns poem addressing the Haggis.

Opening the games with the stone throw

Hanging out after the games

Caber challenge my husband is on the left

This challenge was a VFW fundraiser

Highland cows

We were all so hot and tired!

Memorial day weekend is the Alma Highland Festival and Games.  50th anniversary, so cool. I was able to see the Pro athletes compete on Saturday.  My husband competed on Sunday with the amateurs. It is like a decathlon,  one competes in all events.  There are several events the stone thrown,  weight for distance and height and the caber throw.  He had a great day. I saw friends and family. 

I made this video of the sights and sounds of the festival.  There was a bagpipe competition. So many bagpipes!!!! And dance competition Too! Overall , it is a wonderful Memorial day tradition and the athletes helped raise money for the VFW wreath program for veterans. 

Two weeks till the next game!