Monday, April 27, 2009

Fun Knits Spring Retreat

The retreat is over and was it ever fun.
Here are a few pictures to show you some of the retreat
1. All of us at the retreat minus Deb and Vyvyan holding the blanket we made this weekend.
2. The blanket minus 1 square that Mary whipped up in a hurry before the morning was over.
3 Marilyn showing her mobius scarf before we cast on
4. Irene showing needle felting.
5. Mary teaching entralac knitting
6. Sarah with her first handspun
7. Dragana with her first hand spun.
8. part of Vyvyan's display of hadspun hand knit woven articles.
We had amazing weather for the entire weekend. The retreat started on Friday night with a really good Salmon dinner and after we met, introduced ourselves and talked about Charity knitting. When people arrived at the retreat they were given patterns for squares in a blanket and asked to knit a square. This blanket would be finished by Sunday if every one knit a square. The blanket is going to be given to the Campbell River Women's centre to be given to somone in need. We opened the store for some late night yarn shopping. This was quite fun.
The next day we had hourly mini workshops on entralac knitting with Mary Tanti, Needle felting with Irene Tomchick, I taught how to graft a sock toe without using a darning needle, 2 handed Fair Isle and Crochet hat with Linda Cannon and the mobius cast on with Marilyn Guille.
VyVyan Dorsett gave a all day spinning demo and taught 8 brand new spinners to spin. She had an amazing display of her handspun and knit and woven peices from handspun. She is a very talented sharing woman.
Marilyn helped me with the presentations about charity knitting. She is a very strong advocate for charity knitting and has the group Community Knitters - Knitting for Charity in Canada.
We had food (too much actually) all day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and then a Prime Rib dinner. I think I gained 5 pounds this weekend.
On Sat night we had an awesome show and tell. Deb will blog in detail about this as she took pictures. I didn't.
On Sunday we did a session about mindful knitting with Marilyn. This was a wonderful way to end our retreat. This made us all value our skills as knitters and desire to share our talents.
What a great weekend and thanks to everyone who came making this a wonderful retreat.
The next retreat is open for registration. It will be held again at Tsa-Kwa-Luten. This retreat will be a either a spinning and knitting retreat. Both will be available. The details are on the front page of Fun Knits web site. Register early for this we already have people registered and it just opened for registration.

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