Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2011 Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat

Cathie and I set out last Thursday for the 2011 Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat. After a little bit of transportation issues - our plane was late leaving Sacramento and then we spent a hour on the side of the freeway because the transmission on our shuttle to the hotel went out, we finally reached our destination.
Thursday evening we were treated to a program celebrating Women of the World with Anita Luvera Mayer. Her garments were beautifully embellished with beading, lacework and silk fabrics and were breathtaking. She created these garments to reflect her growth as a woman and also to celebrate the life rituals of women around the world. After Anita's presentation, Stephanie Pearl McPhee talked about how the fiber community has reached out to others around the world to help provide education, medical care and opportunities to women to support their families. Attendees were encouraged to bring knitted items to be donated for the Caring for Kids local charity. I had brought two hats to donate.

Friday we headed to the market.  The quality of the vendors was amazing.  A large focus of this retreat is on weaving and spinning.  In college I took two semesters of weaving and if we had the space I'd love to get a loom.  Spinning also looks interesting but would take time away from knitting, quilting and needlepoint.  A girl needs to limit her artistic endeavors - there is just not enough time in a day.  There were balls (not sure if that's what you call them) of roving that would I think that would look lovely displayed in a bowl but I don't think Jim will go for it.

Along with a pattern that is being mailed to me this is the extent of my booty.  Starting from the left - I  fell in love with the colorway, Hurdy Gurdy, and hand of the Cashmara from Fly Designs - It's 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon.  For Jim's annual pair of socks I purchased Temptation in color Deep Lake from Abstract Fibers-  This yarn is also 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon.  Jim and I are both going to have some very comfy and luxurious socks.  For my Fluency mitts I purchased Soprano in colorway Black Opal.  It's a very yummy 50% merino and 50% silk.  This also came from Abstract Fibers. 
Speaking of yummy these are cupcakes from Hello, Cupcake.  My favorite is the coconut with butter cream frosting.
Saturday I took a class from Ann Bourgeois of the Philosopher's Wool Company  Ann taught us stranded color knitting using the “Philosophers Wool” method of 2 handed knitting.  Aside from learning how to knit fair isle my favorite part was learning how to weave in ends as I go.

Ann and Eugene Bourgeois

Saturday evening was the banquet dinner. Franklin Habit was the speaker.

It was a very entertaining evening as he talked about the history of knitting patterns.  Thank goodness there is now some uniformity to knitting abbreviations!!

Sunday Cathie and I took a class with Sivia Harding to make her Harmonia's Ring Cowl.  The morning was spent learning the moebius cast on created by Cat Bordhi who stopped by our class to see how we were all doing. 

Sivia Harding and Cat Bordhi

Sivia has the most wonderful way of teaching.  Very Zen. 
This is my Harmonia's Ring cowl I am knitting out of Berroco Lustra.

My calendar is marked for next year's 2012 Winter Retreat dates, February 16-19. 

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