Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Summer of Firsts: First Knitting Retreat

My goodness, I've gotten pretty lazy about posting here and on facebook.  It's a lot more work than I thought it would be, but I've missed it more than I thought I would. I think part of the reason I've been gone so long is that I often forget to take pictures of my adventures to share.  Now that I've got a store, It seems more than worth catching you up on my summer.  I'm going to try to keep it mostly to images so I don't drone on and break it up into separate posts.

First Knitting Retreat:   North Light Fibers - Block Island, RI
May 2017

Thanks to my generous Mom, I went on my first official knitting retreat in May to North Light Fibers on Block Island.  We were in some serious need of some mother/daughter time and I have never felt so pampered in my life.  We got to stay at the luxurious 1661 Inn and words can't express how unbelievable our stay was!  The meals were fantastic, with a buffet spread like I've never seen before and "wine and nibbles" before dinner each night.  The view from my room was unbeatable and the staff really made us feel at home!  I know every one says that, but I really mean it!
Mom and I on the Ferry

When we weren't in classes or stuffing ourselves with the most amazing food possible, Sven and family at NLF kept us entertained with all sorts of activities like a mill tour, the on-site petting zoo, bird banding, and a lighthouse tour.

Did I mention the food?!

I, of course, didn't take any pictures of the classes, but they were really great!  I learned so much and came home so inspired!  It was pretty fantastic to meet new people and spend some face time with designers I've admired.  It was such a treat!
We barely found some time to pick up some ice cream and dip our toes in the sand before catching the ferry home.

I truly hope all knitting retreats are this magical!  I'd love if my next one was a knitting cruise! If you've been on a retreat, what was your experience?  Do you have a favorite?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Another (long) Podcast Episode Published!

Yay!  I managed to get a new episode posted, and that was no small feat.   HOLY BAJEEZES!  I don't know why I didn't realize that the longer an episode is, the longer it takes to edit and to post.  All the more reason to post shorter, more frequent posts.

Working hard on my knitting and ignoring all else, per usual, but I feel like I'm making some real progress.  I've got so many ideas for new projects and techniques to try in the new year.  I can't wait to get started, but I still can't stop signing up for classes.  It's crazy!  I think I'm going to have to try to restrain myself over the summer and finally start writing out some patterns.

Stitches East is making a return in the form of Stitches United and I've signed myself up.  See what I mean?  It's an illness.  I can't stop myself.  I'm thinking about going Saturday to hang out and maybe check out the market place while a friend takes classes, then I'll be back to take classes myself on Sunday. What a whirlwind!  This will be just the first in what I hope to be many knitty mini-getaways I'll be attending over 2017. 

I'll be back soon with a more condensed synopsis of what I'm up to.  Thanks for dropping in!