Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Knitting + Napa

This past weekend I spent in Napa at the Blue Oaks Estates Winery for a knitting retreat put on by Suzy of The Knitting Ranch with thirteen other wonderful women from across the country.

One of the many beautiful views on the property.

       Sivia Harding was our instructor and on Friday she introduced her Sister Joan Shawl.

Blocking the start of our shawls

We are using Luxurious from Sincere Sheep which is a fingering weight 50%
superwash merino and 50% silk.

My  "goody bag" was a Tonya in Adelaide by Offhand Designs.  We also had a private trunk show with Larissa, getting a sneak peek at her new bags and fabrics.  How much greater can it get!!

There was lots of wonderful Shibui yarn to buy.

Saturday we visited the St. Helena Olive Oil Company.  I have never been to an olive oil tasting and I learned quite a lot about using olive oil.
Afterward we headed to Rutherford Hill winery for a picnic lunch with a selection of their wine.

This is the view we enjoyed during our picnic lunch.

Sunday we had another lesson from Sivia making a beaded knitted necklace.  The most time consuming part was stringing all the beads.  I see making more of these necklaces in my future.

Unfortunately on Monday we all had to head back to the real world.

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