I had the best time ever! My experience at the Madrona Winter Retreat this year was unlike my previous ones. It was fun, I mean REALLY fun. Not that previous years weren’t, it’s just that when you take classes you are preoccupied by them, possibly stressed by them and can get burnt out by information overload. Since I took no classes this time I was free to hang out.
I shared a lovely room with a knitting buddy. This was our view:
We arrived on Friday afternoon, checked in and got some food. We spent the evening enjoying a slide presentation and talk by Donna Druchunas about Arctic lace, the Artic musk ox and its super soft, fine and expensive fiber, qiviut. She also talked about the Oomingmak Cooperative. When the talk was over we walked to the other side of the room and checked out the Teachers Gallery where these talented people, these rock stars of the fiber world, were showcasing their creations. So inspiring and so many lovely things.
After that it was knitting and drinking until 11pm while hanging around the bar and lobby. It was a real knitting party. I was thrilled to pieces.
After breakfast on Saturday we went on to the market place. We spent about two hours doing the initial walk through (time flies!), taking mental notes on what we would go back to buy, chat with the vendors and, in my case, give the Pocket Wheel yet another go. I found out recently and quite by accident that there is one in my future (!!!!), more on that when the time comes. After lunch we went back to shop. Here’s my haul:
The Handsome Man colorway of this Polworth top by Blue Moon Fiber Arts just grabbed me.
I also got this very nice BFL yarn in a manly colorway, Pining 4 Ewe, as I purchased it with my sweetheart in mind.
As far as material for a new spinning experience goes, I purchased this little nest of hemp top from Opulent Fibers.
A lovely package of hand painted silk hankies from NW Handspun Yarns also found its way into my shopping bag.
You can see where I began to separate the layers. I will not be spinning this stuff, but knitting with it directly. I’ll show you that in a later post.
I learned from an extremely knowledgeable knitter that Catherine Lowe‘s book, The Ravell’d Sleeve, is a necessary addition to a serious knitter’s library so I added it to mine.This IS serious folks- it’s a knitting book with NO pictures. NOT-A-ONE. I am looking forward to diving in.
I think I’ve gone on long enough for this post. I’ll finish up my story next time.
Thanks for reading this far. dk