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It’s Halloween!

It's Halloween

Oh….that Friday knitting group….what a hoot they are (in so many ways I might add).

First Barbara arrives donned in jester hat and mask….then I remember it’s Halloween! Barbara is followed by Jan who arrives with a boa and her cat glasses…..she brought the boa for the Purl girl Kimberly.Barbara and Jan

Jan

And along came the handy”man”.

Trick or treat to all!

The handyman

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Mimi and Marlee

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More on the retreat

We began checking in around 3pm….headed to our rooms, some of us found lounge chairs overlooking Tomales Bay, we sat, and we knit…and we then came together for our first meal.

Think I really indulged on Friday evening. Had fish and barbecued ribs….both of which were delicious!

After dinner we headed off to Buck Hall, the main conference meeting room, where we had several events….a “dog and pony” better described as wool and sheep show by Marlee of Black Mountain Weavers and Mimi of Windrush Farms. We surprised both Marlee and Mimi with a fashion show of what we had knit with previous purchases from them. Those photos will follow in the very next post.

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Nancy and Sally are the best! They are terrific instructors……and a joy that they are good friends. Here they are!

Nancy and Sally

Nancy Bush and Sally Melville

Photo compliments of Bonnie Baskin…thank you Bonnie!

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There are so many people who make this event successful….the participants…the people who help behind the scenes (and sometimes in front of the scene) – to name just a few….Kimberly, Emily, Susanne, Diane, Debbie, Margaret….oh, the list goes on….and to all those who help the break-down be so smooth and efficient. And many thanks to Marconi Conference Center.

Tomales Bay

Tomales Bay

There are at least two of us reporting on this past weekend…check out Kimberly’s Craftini as well as  Facebook where comments are appearing.  And Bonnie and I will be updating Raverly soon.

Oh my goodness…my girl puppy thinks she can knit…I just found her with a couple of skeins of MaggiKnits linen. She doesn’t realize that this yarn is better if you only use one skein, at a time, instead of two!

The retreat began for me on Thursday evening as I headed for the Oakland airport to pick up Sally (Melville). She flew in from Ontario via Denver..her plane was 1 1/2 hours late. For her it was 1:30 am when she arrived. We met, moved quickly from the airport and headed for Kimberly’s home where she graciously offers a private room with bathroom in her home for Skein Lane Studio visiting teachers. Thank you again Kimberly!

On Friday morning the contingency of Kimberly, Sally, Sheri, and Jan – headed off to Marconi Conference Center with a planned stop in Pt Reyes Station. At the same time I picked up Nancy (Bush)  at the same airport that I traveled to the night before – Oakland – her flight was on time (I was late) and we headed off to meet Kimberly’s caravan for lunch at The Pine Cone Cafe in Pt Reyes. Next stop – Marconi Conference Center.

We, as knitting retreaters, were extremely fortunate to have the unusual and wonderful blend of these two national knitting instructors for our annual knitting retreat. Nancy offered Estonian Lace and Sally offered Flatter to Fit. I believe we all walked away with new knitting skills and knowledge.

I have been a fan and friend of both of them for years. I have such fond memories of my first retreat with Nancy at Whidbey Island some 10 years ago….and I became aware of Sally when I attended a TNNA show in San Diego some 10 years ago as well. I took one class and then groveled to get into the rest of them…I got three out of four. I admire and respect both of their knitting styles, have learned so much from them, and include many of their tips and teaching in my own teaching.

The retreat started officially on Friday evening with Marlee of Black Mountain Weavers and Mimi of Windrush Farms giving us their “dog and pony” show as I like to call it…but more seriously it is a presentation of fibers, design, sheep, and farm life. I am in awe of both of these women and what they accomplish in the world of fibers as well as being people that you want to know. We then reaquainted  ourselves…old friendships and new friendships.

At this retreat Nancy taught Estonian Lace and Sally taught Flatter to Fit. We concluded on Sunday morning with a mentoring session that both mentored. Nancy has recently published Knitted Lace of Estonia and Sally’s most recent book is Mother-Daughter Flatter to Fit.

More to come….but in the meantime here are a couple more photos.

Some of the group

Some of the group

Sally, Tabitha and Betsy

Sally, Tabitha and Betsy

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Knitting Retreat 2009

We’ve just returned from our Skein Lane knitting retreat weekend at Marconi Conference Center just north of Pt Reyes Station. Earlier this morning as we knitting retreaters gathered for our concluding session with our instructors – Sally Melville and Nancy Bush, I had energy that I thought would continue through the evening….imagine me thinking I could do a full report of the retreat this evening! But I can say it was such a wonderful weekend of learning with Nancy and Sally as well as the coming together of  old and new friendships. Here we are saying our fond and silly good byes. There will be many photos to share throughout this coming week. And stay tuned for upcoming news about what’s in store for next year’s retreat….we are already in the planning stages.

Farewell

Farewell

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It seems that we got here at Marconi Conference Center for our annual knitting retreat. We are now headed off to our Sunday morning mentoring session with Nancy Bush and Sally Melville. Stay tuned for a full report later this evening!

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