What else did I do at the Retreat? I had fun. I visited with old friends, met many, many new friends, learned the best way to wrap and turn (Thanks, Bess!), and sat next to Martha as she tried out her new wheel.
I almost finished a Mobius scarf begun in Cat Bordhi’s workshop, I laughed, I slept well, and I spun just half a bobbin of my Corriedale batt (but who cares?). I learned how to do a cable cast-on. I’m not ashamed that it took me this long, not one bit.
I knitted six inches on my diagonal rib scarf, ripped back six inches because I made a mistake in the dim light of the bar on Thursday night, re-knitted the same six inches on Friday night, and called it a day. I made progress on a sock, but not enough to write home about.
I watched knitters knit, too. I’m fascinated by all the knitting styles and methods, and by all the different work being done. The shawls! My goodness, the shawls! I want Shelia’s workshop shawl, and that silvery-bluish-purple Charlotte’s Web, and Rosi’s Sea Silk scarf, just for starters.
I read the letter I wrote to myself at last year’s Retreat, the one in which we were to write our goals or hopes for the coming year. Last year was such a hard one, and I was mighty emotional when I folded it up and put it in its envelope. I’ve come a long way in 2006, so when I opened the letter, so did the floodgates. It was a good cry, though.
I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, of course. I missed many moments of laughter and joy and surprise and amazement. I didn’t get a single shot of any of the beautiful knitting. I wish I had pictures of some of the wonderful knitters, too. Someone else, or many others, will have captured it well, and all together we’ll have a complete picture of the wonderful weekend.
Back at home, I’ve made a bit of progress on my New Beginnings project. It’s a shawl, I hope, in the Tilted Block pattern from Barbara Walker’s First Treasury. Don’t be surprised if it morphs into something else while it’s in my hands. I won’t. I have too many ideas floating before me, and I might grab one and make a New New Beginning.