|Hampton Inn, West Yarmouth, MA|
I am still recuperating from an overload of fiber, new friends, and hanging out in person with my knitting buddy Julie. We "met" over two years ago, (the parentheses are to denote that it was a virtual meeting). We got to know each other through blogging, knitting and Ravelry. She and I are fiber aficionados, we email at least twice daily; we have Skyped, and had many phone and text conversations, but this was our first time to hang out in person.
About a month ago, we made reservations and transportation arrangements. When the weekend finally arrived, I headed south to the Cape, wondering what was in store. Julie met me at the bus depot and we headed off to lunch and the "getting to know you" portion of the day. Our conversation flowed easily, and because we are both moms, teachers and creatively driven, there were no awkward moments. It is such a pleasure to be in the company of someone compatible, it was as if we had always hung out together, perhaps we are long lost sisters?
|29 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA, 413-586-4331|
Linda Daniels, the owner of the shop, plans a yearly Knitting Escape trip; this was her sixth. When I got the email, I floated the possibility to Julie and she agreed, we needed to go. The weekend promised classes, yarn tasting, meeting other knitters, martinis, facial treatments and yoga.
The Cape Escape retreat was such fun. We stayed at Hampton Inn in West Yarmouth and shared the enthusiastic company of about 25 other knitters. From Friday through Sunday, Linda engaged us in events, activities and fun. Yarn tasting and martini sipping, snacks and stories, such great way to spend a weekend.
|Some of the samples of Shibui yarn|
Shibui, which means elegant with a touch of bitterness, is a line of yarn based in Portland Oregon. The company began business with Knit Purl, a yarn shop, and then branched into the production of yarns and patterns. Friday evening's event focused on learning about the "Shibui Mix".
|Mix #5, by Kristin Ford|
|Mix #4, by Kristin Spurkland|
|S.C. #1, by Allison Brookbanks|
|M.A.1, by Antonia Shankland|
We were given a "cheat sheet", a martini glass full of mini samples, and then we matched the yarn to its properties on the cheat sheet. This may be hard to understand but the thing that excites me so over this concept is that you can combine a laceweight with a fingering weight, and then knit a project that has bloom, depth of color, is knit on size 7-9 needles and a unique look.
Saturday consisted of breakfast in the hotel, and then a moebius basket lesson with Linda. She taught us how to cast on in a new way to create a moebius or twisted loop. The twisted loop becomes the handle for the basket. We were all using size 11 needles and a worsted weight yarn that would lend it self to felting. Felting is when you knit an item, larger than you need it to be and then through the magic of hot water and agitation, your knitted item shrinks and tightens up.
|These are the baskets Linda brought to inspire the class.|
|Baskets before felting, mine is the off white one.|
|Class projects after felting|
|Tumbleweed Quilts, West Barnstable, MA|
|Mix No 3, in Stacatto and Silk Cloud|