If you can not go to the island of Fair Isle (somewhere around the Shetland Islands north of Scotland) to learn their traditional hand knitting techniques, learning at a knitting retreat has to be the next best thing.
Figuring out how to hold a yarn in each hand and go back and forth between them as you carry the yarn is challenging, but do-able. I learned that what starts out very awkwardly can become much more comfortable. I will want to try this again now that I have figured it out, but small projects will be fine. I don't see any Fair Isle sweater knitting in my future.
Probably my favorite part of the weekend is getting to see what all these talented knitters have created. Only another knitter can truly appreciate the work that goes into some of these projects. This year we were also treated to a fashion show featuring the work of a local knitwear designer. I picked out one of her patterns to try out myself in the coming year.
Thank you once again to The Studio for this weekend in the middle of winter that I look forward to all year long.
Tonight while the rest of America watches the Super Bowl, I will be very content to organize patterns and yarns and update my chart of needles - refreshed and rejuvinated from a weekend spent doing all things knitting.