I recently had the distinct pleasure of attending a knitting retreat. This one, “Knit U”, held at the Springbrooke retreat center in Langley, B.C., was organized by the KnitSocial Team – the wonderful Amanda and Fiona.
The setting was perfect – especially for us sun-starved east-coasters. Early spring in the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful thing.
We gathered on Friday afternoon, and started the proceedings with a casual lecture session (is there such a thing as a casual lecture? there is here, when you’re gathered in the living room, in front of the fire, with snacks and a glass of wine at hand).
Part of the pleasure of a retreat is the retreat aspect – getting away from your daily routine, whether that’s work, or kids, or in my case, dog walks in the snow. Attendees were very well taken care of by Marion at the retreat center – the food was wonderful, and the atmosphere very relaxed and soothing.
This group had held a retreat in the same location last year, and Marion, the on-site chef, was so excited about the sessions last year that she took up knitting. She’s already on her fourth sweater, and between shifts in the kitchen, she sat with us and worked on her latest project.
And it wasn’t just Marion who had been inspired – Debbie attended the retreat the previous year, and where there had been classes on dyeing yarn. She was so taken with the dyeing that she decided to take it up, and has established a small dyeing business, under the name Two Tigers. She generously gifted all attendees with a skein of her lace yarn, dyed in a special colorway for the event.
Debbie blogged about the event here.
Saturday and Sunday we had two classes each, with lots of time in between for relaxing, chatting and knitting.
Saturday evening Amanda and Fiona had arranged a field trip for us, to the nearby knit shop 88 Stitches. The team at the shop had laid out some treats for us: wine, chocolate and cookies. And yarn! What yarn!
88 Stitches is the home shop of local indie dyer Melissa, of Sweet Fiber Yarn. I couldn’t resist – I bought a skein of brilliantly striped sock yarn, called Wicked! Melissa has a wide range of beautiful yarns, and attendees enjoyed fondling and choosing them.
I can’t say enough about the event. I enjoyed myself thoroughly: met some lovely new friends, some lovely new yarns, and had a incredibly relaxing time. It would have been a terrific way to spend the weekend with just that, but then we had classes and discussions for knitters to expand their skills and knowledge. Every knitter took away at least a few new ideas and tips and tricks – it was fun to watch people put their new skills into action…
A splendid time was had by all!
I’m grateful to Amanda and Fiona for inviting me to join them.