Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cape Girardeau Crank In

I've been in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the past four days. What a neat town. It's along the Mississippi river about an hour south of St. Louis, and it has a fascinating history. It was a Civil War town; General U.S. Grant established a presence here. Andy and I ate in a restaurant situated in the building in which he set up offices. The Cape, as it is known locally, reminds me a bit of New Orleans - downtown area is old, has been flooded several times, a bit of ginger bread.

There is a casino here, The Isle, which we enjoyed twice. As usual, AJ made up at the tables for what I lost at the slots. I know - stupid to do, but you never know when you are going to hit a jackpot. I am a gambler at heart.

The purpose for the visit was the Erlbacher Gerhart Sock Knitting Machine Crank In and Open House, which was attended by about 175 people from around the US and Canada. This was my second crank in, and I find it fascinating to finally meet the people with whom I have been messaging on Ravelry for years. They are acquaintances from numerous cyber interchanges and it is just a lot of fun to finally put faces with those folks.

Our 3 machines at the crank in.
The most fun thing was that I met two other crankers from Wisconsin, one from Sturgeon Bay (I had met her before at the Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market) and the other from less than a mile away from my house in Green Bay. We set up our machines next to each other and got to know each other better. We have vowed to get together for continued support in the future.

The event opened with a Meet & Greet reception at the shop, and I had baked a loaf of sourdough bread for the occasion. We bought some 5-year old cheddar before leaving Wisconsin. Here's a picture of me slicing the bread. The company hired a steel band from Southeast Missouri University and a good time was had by all.

There were workshops on Thursday and demonstrations on Friday and Saturday. I learned a lot and hope to blog more about those events in the future.

Today we are driving to Memphis, TN for a few days. We are going to see the Peabody ducks and Graceland,  Ribs at the Rendezvous and some good jazz on Beale street are also on the docket. More later - from Memphis.

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