I just got back from a terrific weekend with some of my knitting friends. It wasn’t a big, fancy knitting retreat with speakers and planned activities, but 5 friends in a cozy cabin knitting, watching movies, eating, knitting some more, spinning and crocheting.
We realized we each learned something this weekend, too.
Minh learned how to knit a short row heel. She started and almost finished an entire sock over the course of the weekend. Check out the Boyfriend Socks pattern she ever so speedily knit. Short row heels and cables. Over achiever! 🙂
Lisa V. learned how to use a juicer. Ok, so it’s not knitting related, but she made some tasty juice!
Saturday night I spun the green roving. By Sunday morning, I was getting the hang of “Kathie” and spun one more spool of the green and 2 spools of the purple roving. I’m still a novice, but I think it turned out quite nice for my first real attempt.
All in all a great weekend. I can’t wait for our 3rd annual knitting weekend!
Tips on how to host your own knitting retreat weekend:
1. Invite your pals from your knitting group(s). If you don’t belong to a knitting group, I think it’s about time you did.
2. Rent a cabin for the weekend. Last year our cabin was in Keystone State Park. This year it was privately owned.
3. Be sure to find out what amenities the cabin offers so you know what to bring (besides yarn). The cabin last year was pretty big but sparse. This year the cabin was tiny, but came fully equipped with dishes, pots and pans, bed linens, towels, and even a TV and DVD player. Just depends on your idea of “roughing it”.
4. Bring lots of yarn, extra scissors, needles and notions. Be prepared. You never know what you may want to work on, or who may have forgotten their size 6 needles.
5. Come up with a tasty recipe (ask first if anyone is a vegetarian). We each chose a meal to prepare and brought all the ingredients we needed for our dish. That way everyone did their share of the cooking.
6. And be prepared to stay up late knitting!