Each and every January for the past 9 years, The Studio has sponsored a knitting retreat. I have been to 5 or 6 of them and look forward to going all year long. When the holidays are over and the winter stretches ahead of you, it's important to have a retreat on your calendar. I just got back today and what you see inside my bag below, is a combination of finished projects, new projects, and ideas for projects.
At a knitting retreat you can take classes, shop for new yarns, talk to fellow knitters about what they are working on, see what they are working on, and get the names of the patterns for the things they are working on which you are sure you need to make too.
You can see hand spun yarn and talk to people who know spinners who might want to sell you some of their hand spun. Did I mention you can sit around and knit from morning until night? AND that you can go outside and walk on a nature trail and skedaddle over to the chow hall when it's time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Hanging out with fellow knitters is just plain fun. There is nothing better than being around people who share your love of a craft and are perfectly happy to show you a new trick or help you out of a jam.
If you want, you can drink wine and eat chocolate late into the night while racing to complete a project that you can surely complete by the end of the weekend.
For anyone who still thinks that knitting is not a hip hobby, please get a load of what Lauren made this year.
If this isn't a work of art, I don't know what is.
The only thing I don't like about this weekend is that it has to end. Thanks to the fine people who put this outstanding event on every year. I'm sure we could get through life without an annual knitting retreat ... but I don't want to think about what that would be like.