Tuesday, February 03, 2009


This past weekend was the annual Studio retreat at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, Mo. I think fun was had by all. This year there were 60 knitters in attendence. Attendee from my knitting group included Laura, Kay, Chelle and her mother Carolyn.

The weekend began with some knitting by the fire in the lobby and a soup/salad buffet. It was a good way to start the weekend. As it was a little chilly out I start mine off with an Irish coffee and went from there.

Saturday morning began with a nice breakfast followed by a lot of leisurely knitting. Classes were offered but I did not select any thing time. There was really nothing I that struck my fancy. This is not a reflection on the class offering. I am not much for taking classes unless there is a particular technique I want to learn.

After much knitting and getting a UFO finished and ready to felt. I started this back pack some time ago and just needed to finish the straps. The strap was a divided and done in a double icord. I was not sure I liked it at the time but now I must admit I like the affect.

I can hardly wait to felt it. It was meant to be a baby gift but I am thinking it will end up being another type of give. Not sure for who yet. I guess it will be a surprise.

After dinner Saturday night there was a fashion who. Kay shared her beautiful Angelina sweater. It was remarkable in that it was done with fine yarn with small needles. Quite an accomplishment.

Each attendee receive a door prize. Mine was the book Andean Inspired KNITS written by Helen Hamann. It is a beautiful book. I love many things in it and hope to knit something from it soon.

Every year The Studio bring wonderful things for the yarn market. This year included Dome Hill yarn. This year is dyed by none other than our very own Kay http://trivimp.blogspot.com/. The Studio is now carrying a supply of the Dome Hill sock yarn and you can also purchase through Kay's Etsy store. Check it out.

Among the knitters we met Friday night, I believe her name was Michelle, who made this very lovely dragon scarf. It was very striking. I think this is one I would like to do.

Not sure when the last time was that I had such a good time. Will look forward to doing it again next year. Hope you get a chance to go.