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We smile as she notices someone struggling with a stitch that split while trying to attach a bead. ”Just take it off and do it again. Make that stitch happy. You have to make each stitch happy!” or “Manhandle those stitches, show them who is boss. Knit with vim and vigor!” These are some of the mantras I often find myself repeating through a complicated stretch of knitting even when there is no Christa in sight! When the going gets tough and energy lags she puts a basket of chocolates on the table and we revive. “Knitting and chocolate go together,” she insists.
As years pass and medical issues arise, Christa and Shelby recognize they will not be able to run Insel Haus indefinitely and are now looking for a buyer. Without the bed and breakfast side of the business Christa will be able to devote herself fully to knitting workshops. She and Shelby would love to remain a part of their beloved Insel Haus and hope to find a purchaser who would allow Christa to continue her workshops.
“I would be such an asset ,” she reasons, “My students would guarantee them clientele. They enjoy returning year after year.”
I for one can’t wait to return. The natural peace and beauty of the island, the comfort and welcoming atmosphere Christa and Shelby have created, the freedom to seek out private corners and couches, swing or hammock, inside or outside, to reflect, read, write, knit or simply be and enjoy the views, the opportunity to learn from a master knitter and meet interesting guests. If you ask nicely Shelby may even treat you to a viewing of his Emmy winning films. Insel Haus has been calling to me since I stepped back off the ferry in Cheboygan.
Learn more about Insel Haus at their website inselhausbandb.com.