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Monday, April 14, 2008

Rest and Relaxation

There is nothing like being in a place where you do not have cell phone reception. It makes you wonder, 'what in the world did we do before we had cell phones?'...Seriously! Heaven forbid we had to find an actual phone that was connected to a wall and dial an actual phone number, rather then the shortcut way of just holding down one number or one letter to call someone. How did we survive that?

This past weekend was a wonderful knitters retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge. The retreat was put on by the River City Knitters Guild. Friend did a lot of the planning and everything was wonderful. The food was great, the weather was wonderful and the knitting was great!

On Saturday we had some free knitting time and then a very interesting class led by Pat of The Yarn Barn. The class was on entrelac, which is a pretty cool concept. It's a bit hard to grasp but I think that it's just one of those things that you have to actually do before you get it.
I, who have never really been a fan of Noro (although it's beautiful, I've never felt the urge to knit with it) made my very first Noro purchase. I got the yarn to make the Lady Eleanor. It is a beautiful wrap and I can't wait to cast on.

Along with the yarn shopping, which it was a knitting retreat so that is pretty much a given, there was also time to shop for soaps, lotions, stitch markers, and Mary Kay products. I picked up some super-d-duper soaps from Robin along with some stitch markers that she made. She's coming to Williamsburg this weekend to bring soap to The Knitting Sisters, but they do not stock the 2 that I absolutely loved! I picked up her Electric Pearberry soap as well as Fresh Laundry. I also had to get some wonderful smelling pearberry lotion. A girl cannot ever have enough lotions and potions, right?

Friend brought plenty of the Mary Kay Satin Hands for everyone to try and it was the perfect break from knitting...made your hands soft and ready to knit some more.

After the shopping spree and dinner, the PJ's were put on and the margaritas were blended. People brought tons of food to snack on and there was lots of choices as far as drinks went. Lots of knitting up until around midnight, when Friend and I turned in for the evening.

Sunday was another beautiful day in the mountains. After a very large breakfast everyone came back to the meeting room where we participated in a Yarn Tasting.
Sharon put together a beautiful presentation of various yarns that you might not have seen or knit with. I fell in love with a wonderful Classic Elite Premier yarn. I don't know what I am going to make with it, but I have to have some.

And since it was a knitting retreat, knitting was actually done and completed. I finished both of my Leafling socks! I love them. They came out pretty awesome looking, if I must say so myself. I love the heel and this pattern looks really nice in this colorway. It's definitely not one that I would have picked out for myself, but the good ladies at Blue Moon know me better than I know myself.


Anonymous said...

Such a fun weekend!! Wish I could have brought the views home with me! Love the socks!!!

Robin said...

Such a fun weekend!! Wish I could have brought the views home with me! Love the socks!!! (I'm not anonymous so I'm posting again!)

marie said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comment on the RSC blog! Your Leafings look wonderful! Just wait till you wear them! I worked 29 hours in mine...and actually felt like I was barefoot! This has got to be my new favorite heel!

Anonymous said...

You got some great photos. Wish I could have been there for the whole thing.

If you think no cell phone reception was bad, sometimes the Rose River floods and the lodge is cut off from the road until the floodwaters go away. Remember that little tiny low water bridge?