I had such a wonderful time getting to know my knitting community better. Friday night Sarah Peasley taught a workshop on gauge. I know, I know, GAUGE. But it is the basis on EVERYTHING that we do. Gauge is critical, and too many knitters turn a blind eye to their best chance to making a project successful.
Saturday morning Sarah led a workshop on double knitting, a technique that I really have wanted to pick up. I learned a super simple way (once you get the rhythm down) to do a tubular cast on, and then I knit a little phone cozy in the round with only two double pointed needles! There was a bad moment when I bound the double knitting closed, but with a dropped stitch and some dexterity, I was able to fix my own mistake.
|Retreat House at Macatawa Lake, Holland, Michigan|
After that the day kinda blurred on by as I was in the kitchen, answering questions, and teaching magic loop. Dinner was on the other side of the lake, and I had a lovely Pasta Primavera that way heavy on the vegetables and light on the pasta. It was perfect. Especially with a glass of white wine.
|Sarah Peasley and Erica Owens, Saturday|
|Breakfast in Retreat House|
Nancy led the last workshop of the retreat on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Ganomey hat. Knitters were working on any of the projects from the previous sessions, and last minute questions were flying right up until the moment people were leaving. I think I was even asked some questions in the parking lot!
|Mist rising on Lake Macatawa|
Suffice it to say it will be even better than this year's retreat. I can hardly wait!