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.
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 - www.flydesigns.com. 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- www.abstractfiber.com. 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 www.siviaharding.blogspot.com/2011/02/fluency.html 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 www.philosopherswool.com. 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|