Fiber Fugitives Retreat!

Is there anything not to like about an entire day devoted to friends, fiber, food, and fun?

I can’t think of a thing.  Except that the day ended too soon.

We gathered at the Heritage Inn Hotel in Watertown, Wisconsin – a point about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee, so equidistant for all attendees.   We sort of took a flyer on the location, and didn’t really know what to expect, but as it turned out, it was perfect.  We had a nice big table, comfortable chairs, a refrigerator and microwave, and free wifi.  Just add knitters…

Becky shows Jeannie her WIP.

We gathered around 9:00, and after quick introductions of the women who didn’t already know one another, we settled down to our projects.

Jeannie, Lexi, and Catherine in concentration.

We had a delicious array of snacks, including a strangely addicting olive and cream cheese dip that no one could stop eating.   Among the general chat, munching, and stitching, we addressed crucial issues:  How could Lexi best rip out her mohair scarf to reuse the special yarn?  (Answer:  put it in the freezer for a while – it worked!)…  Is Kaffe Fassett still as handsome as he was in his iconic 80s publications?   What’s the deal with Alice Starmore?   Flap heel or short row?   Etiquette of knitting in public?

We also got to see examples of some hot new yarns…  Becky had the Quince & Company Lark, and Ellen had Jared Flood’s Shelter.  Delicious!

Ellen shows Becky her Shelter project.

We saw and tried new things.

Angie gives a spinning demo.

Becky demos drop spindling.

We admired each others’ projects.

Catherine shows her sweater-in-progress.

We undertook distasteful tasks:  Leslie sewed buttons on her darling owl sweater (how did I not get a photo of her??) and wound yarn for a February Lady.  Lesli (yes, there were two! and no photo of either!! ) wound yarn and cast on about a quillion stitches  for a Linen Stitch Scarf.  Lexi ripped out the aforementioned mohair scarf.

There may have been pizza… and there was certainly a lot of laughter.  I was getting a little punchy by the time Angie gave me my spinning lesson, and I was nearly verklempt looking for the orifice on her wheel.  (She kindly explained that her wheel didn’t actually have one, much to my disappointment.)

We departed, much to soon, with hugs and promises to do it again soon.

Next weekend would be good, don’t you think?

All in.



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13 responses to “Fiber Fugitives Retreat!

  1. Days like that are always so much fun. They also go by way too fast!

  2. knitwonpurltoo

    What a blast! And, the weather was perfect for it, too!

  3. It was so fun — wonderful meeting all of you! It is MORE THAN OKAY that there were no pictures of me. Please — let’s keep it that way, k?
    I will be the ‘Mystery Leslie’.

  4. It was a very fun day and something we must repeat!

  5. I’m so jealous! What a wonderful way to spend a day!

  6. Oh, that sounds soooo wonderful! I would say I am jealous (and I am!) but somehow that is a negative vibe I don’t want to throw at such a lovely post.

  7. WIBunky

    It was a nice day. I am paying for it now by doing 17 loads of laundry!

  8. gina

    So sorry I missed it! That darn Wisconsin weather 😉 Next time! Fun to see the pics ~

  9. Next time, let me know and I’ll get in the car.

    Just let me know with a few days for the drive.


  10. Sounds like so much fun!

  11. What a great day. A day with fiber and laughter and knitters is bound to be memorable.

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