This is what my unpacked knitting retreat bag looked like.
Before I left, I made a list of things I would like to accomplish while I was there. Stuff like "finish gray Janina Kallio Shine scarf" - which I did not accomplish though I did get a lot of work done on it. Then there was that black Jo Sharp, Aran Tweed wool/silk/cashmere blend that has been going to be a vest or a sweater for 8 years - I was supposed to start something with it. Which I did. Check.
I had started that green sock yarn a few months back, but it felt like they were going to be too big, so after consultation with my pals I ripped them out and started over on smaller needles. They now feel like the proper size. That skein of brown/blue/purple/fuchsia has been in my stash forever. It was spotted at a local yarn store in Iowa City 7 years ago and bought for a specific purpose. That someone may recall, but not me. At retreat it started to become a triangle cowl thing. Sure to be a fashion sensation.
That blue (Harmony Brook colorway) is Mountain Colors fingering weight that is going to become a summer/spring weight scarf. The brown (Harmony Softrock colorway) was purchased by Mary Joan. She have me half and we are each going to make a pair of fingerless mitts with it and see what we come up with.
These mini skeins above (also Mountain Colors handpainted yarn) are a kit I bought to make a scarf that was shown in a trunk show at the retreat. I knew it would be bought the minute that scarf walked by my table. I would like to report I did not push anyone down in order to be first in line to buy it.
This last photo is something extra special. It is hand dyed, hand spun, yarn created by my friend Lauren. Oh, oh, and OH! I thought I might cry when she gave it to me. I held it to my chest and tried to think of how to convey how honored I felt to receive it. I stammered a lot. It's a treasure and much thought will go into what it's going to be.
More to come on all these projects. As always, don't hold your breath.