Northern exposure Minnesota style

April 25, 2014

I just spent a week in Alexandria, Minnesota.  Daughter Maria, son-in-law Jason and baby Theodore Baron–a beautiful, healthy boy weighing in at close to 10 pounds at birth–made three good reasons to brave the frozen north for an inaugural visit. Even in mid-April the lakes are still iced over and a snow storm dumped at least six inches of beautiful white stuff during the week I was there.

Besides playing grandma with the baby, I spent afternoons at the family business, Northland Woolens, Inc. Northland Woolens is a company that produces top quality woolen products made from recycled and all natural materials. Everything is produced in the shop located in Nelson, just down the road from Alexandria. I watched them wash recycled sweaters, make custom hats, cut mitten parts from recycled woolen materials, and pair and sew on cuffs. And, I saw the most amazing antique sock machines.

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antique nordic sock machine