|Practicing Magic Loop knitting|
My wife bought and made crowns for us to wear in honor of the Royal Wedding which took place that morning. We felt like the princes and princesses of knitting. I was in my element as knitting teacher. we began with a Cabled Coffee cozy designed by me. Click the name to get the pattern. Some of the attendees had not done cables before, so I chose a stitch pattern which had twists in both directions. We worked on those for a couple of hours, then retired to the parlor for some sit & stitch time. Around 11 pm we left for the evening to get some rest.
|Blocking our coffee cozys.|
The next morning Craig, our host with the most, treated us to breakfast before our knitting began. After breakfast we felted our cozys in the washer and set them up to block. Then it was off on a field trip to the Alpaca Farm. Three Hawk Alpacas is less than 5 miles from Main Street in Murfreesboro. Anita our host was kind enough to give us a tour, answer questions and let us interact with Callie, the friendliest Alpaca I have met. (I have blogged about her before when we visited with my kids. After our Q & A session we visited Anita's shop and several attendees purchased some lovely alpaca fiber to take home and work up. Claudia even bought a cone of brown & natural/white. We are dying to see this worked up.
|Callie enjoying attention.|
|Tom practicing Broomstick Lace.|
A special thank you goes out to the following Donors for our Retreat:
Skacel Collection, Inc
Rainy Days and Wooly Dogs -- Goth Socks Yarn
Love of Knitting Magazine
Yearning for Yarn
Beech Springs Alpacas
Three Hawk Alpacas
Each of the above companies donated prizes, patterns, or other items so that each participant left with a "swag" of items to enjoy their knitting. Thanks for your donations. Well, that is my update for now. I plan to let you know about a new knitting shop and show off some Finished Objects in the next couple of Blogs. Happy Knitting!