Sunday, May 24, 2009

Summer Retreat Programs and Schedule

To view the full schedule and programs for our summer retreats,
click this link: Summer Retreats 2009


Sunday, May 17, 2009

On my Needles and in my Queue

I always seek out blocks of time to complete, begin and plan new projects and ideas. This weekend is no different. Since, I did not have to drive up to the upstate house, I planned as always to knit in the car. The pale pink (LB collection Cotton Bamboo) baby blanket (right)is finally on the return, that is, on the decrease half so I am knitting feverishly attempting to complete this gift before baby Adah Mae is out of diapers. Truth be told, this little girl is just a bit over a month old and it should be wrapped around her cherub baby body before season's end.

Add to the actual knitting, I have been busy ironing out details for our summer retreats and the plans jsut keep getting better and better. Reservations have been made with a local B & B and meetings and plans continue to evolve.

Awaiting the needles this weekend is a lace shawl in preparation for the first of the summer workshops, our lace and laze workshop July 12 and 13, where we will explore the intricacies of some lace knitting and then spend time just focusing on projects with a side trip to a great knitting shop and mix that with comfort food and great views (on top, above) to knit by.

Update on our August event, August 9-10, 2009: an awesome workshop with Cara Carnavale of Twin Hearts Handworks at her brand new shop in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Cara's got great plans for our workshop featuring all kinds of stitching and an absolutely incredible gift bag filled with goodies for retreat participants so we can learn all the new techniques she has in store for for us. That's Sunday August 9. And on Monday, August 10, it will be a day of leisure and knitting and fiber surprises at the Ethelridge Road Knitting Salon North (see photo above). Details will follow shortly.

In the midst of all this, still writing for YMN - getting a handle on how yarn shops do this "Yarn of the Month" thing. Just speaking to so many lovely shop owners makes want to head to their charming shops right away.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Our Summer Retreats

Plans are in the works for a couple of great knitting retreats to be held this summer at the Ethelridge Road Knitting Salon North After last year's successful event, I have scheduled two programs for this coming summer. July's event will combine a lace class with plenty of time to just sit and knit in the peaceful and glorious atmosphere found at our Northern location. Situated just west of the Berkshires in East Nassau, New York, we will gather for our lace tutorial (everyone will begin a project based on their personal skill level) and then we will just take in the scenery as we knit, hike, relax and knit some more. There will be great food and of course, some necessary yarn shopping. Our second workshop, scheduled for August, will include an off-site workshop concentrating on finishing techniques or more simply put - How to transform your basic knits into "knockouts" including: duplicate stitch, embroidery, french knots and more. August's retreat will also include plenty of relaxing and hiking at the Salon North along with requisite and wonderful shopping opportunities as well as terrific meals too. I hope to finalize dates and programs this coming week.