Local Knitters Catch a Whopper!

A small town summer parade, arts & crafts fair, music and food are a few of the enjoyable aspects of rural America.

Local queen and her princesses

This weekend the City of Lindstrom, MN celebrates Karl Oskar Days with many events including a 5K race, cribbage tournament, and the hunt for the hidden snuff box.  Mr. Oskar is the fictitious Swedish peasant immigrant who, along with his wife Kristina, were among the first settlers to our region.  In the early 1900’s the four small cities of Chisago City, Schafer, Lindstrom and Center City, were a cabin and get-away destination for folks from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.  At that time, the Lakes Area was easily reached by rail; cabins were built around the lakes, many now serving as year-round residences.  Author, Vilhelm Moberg, vacationed in this area in 1947; he wrote a series of four novels which chronicled the settlement of our beautiful locale.  Today, the four towns have sister cities in Sweden and signs on local businesses are written in English and Swedish.  Large Dala horses and a teapot water tower are local landmarks.  I am part Swedish and love all the local heritage.  And now that is more information than you ever wanted to know about our little area of the world!

When we moved to the area, I was thrilled to learn that there was a local yarn store that carried a variety of yarn, including the nice stuff.  There is a regular group of knitters who meet up at Miss Elsie’s whenever the store is open.  I, myself, haven’t spent as much time there as I would like but I always feel welcome whenever I visit.  Well – never underestimate the resolve of a group of dedicated knitters.  Click on the link below to see what these ladies accomplished!

Lindstrom’s fish tale: Going for a record knit fish hat | Minneapolis and St. Paul | kare11.com.

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  1. That is so funny, and you are lucky to have a nice yarn shop nearby! We used to fish in Lindstrom when I was younger (and liked to fish)– and we’d drive through Lindstrom on the way to Taylors Falls to rock climb, when I was a bit older.
    I’m glad to see a bit of the spout on the teapot water tower, in your first photo. Also, I bought my dad the Moberg books– were they the Immigrants? Dad said they were great stories. Moberg also has some ties to the area I live in now, too. Thanks for sharin’.

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  2. I LOVED to hear all about your area — but then again, I’m part Swedish and an avid “Prairie Home Companion” listener. 🙂

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