I visited Milwaukee with my friend Megan and boyfriend Scott recently. At only an hour from Chicago, it's a perfect weekend stop. Scott and I had only been there for Bucks games before, but this time we dug into all the Lake Michigan gem had to offer.
Megan stopped by on her way out to start a long walk on the Pacific Crest Trail. When I asked if she minded a detour to Milwaukee, she exclaimed, "Yes! I've never been there!" A friend with a nose for adventure is a gift. For being so wonderful, I knitted her the orange hat she kindly models in these photos.
After checking into our vintage and reasonably priced hotel downtown, we took a windy stroll to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The wings were down, giving it the graceful ray shape that I can't forget. If you've never seen it, it's that wild white building where Shia LeBeouf picks up his girlfriend in Transformers 3. In the movie, he says it looks like the Starship Enterprise. In real life, it hosted a silent and very hot disco.
The next day, we walked around a lot, all the way from our hotel along the Milwaukee River and down to the shore. There were few people around, except young ladies picking up trash. Whether they were volunteers or employed by the city, the streets were tidy for a big city.
Of course, I cajoled the others into a knit shop trip. Knitting Knook wasn't far, and was one of the most relaxed, warm, and friendly shops I've been to. I highly recommend it if you're in the area. I found a couple balls of wool on sale, and the cashier pointed out they were green and gold, Packers colors. Well, I do love Aaron Rodgers. I also got a neat book of retro sci-fi patterns. As soon as I finish a project for my grandmother, I can't wait to tuck into the retro knits.