After all my fussing and fretting about getting packed and leaving on time, I managed, thanks in part to a bonus afternoon off on Wednesday. It was cloudy and only a bit chilly on Thursday, and the drive to the Seven Hills Inn took about four and a half hours. The Inn was comfortable and cozy, and who can resist a bed with six pillows?
On Saturday morning we had the great pleasure to take an inspiring lace workshop with Pam Allen. Many of us had knit lace before, but that didn’t matter. Our swatches explored the effects of different arrangements of decreases, and we talked about so many other things as we knit — yarn, reading charts, blocking, and the Next Big Thing in knitting (we might have arrived at a consensus, but I don’t think so). While everyone was bent over their knitting I went around the room and took some pictures …
On Sunday morning, after another late night on Saturday, we gathered for my favorite part of the Retreat — we read the letters we’d written to ourselves last year (I didn’t cry this time), wrote a new letter that we sealed and gave to Clara, and began our New Beginnings project. Mine is the Diamonds and Pearls shawl from Clara’s book, designed by Shelia. I’m using some beautiful silk/merino from Spirit Trail Fiberworks, chosen for me by Purlewe on Saturday afternoon.
The weekend was too short. I was just getting going, just beginning to settle in with my dear friendsfor a visit (hey Martha!), just about to forget my daily life. I need more of this, these connections to the people and the knitting and the creative energy. I even stayed an extra night — to keep from having to drive home late at night, of course, but also to prolong the goodness. Clara puts together quite a magical weekend. I wish I could describe it better, tell you just how much it means to me to be in that place with those dear people, and give you a real sense of it. Words fail.
Now that I’ve been home for almost a week, and life has returned to what passes for normal (normal does not really exist for a bookseller in the week leading up to Thanksgiving), I’m in a quandary. What to work on? Should it be Cormo?
Foxfire Fiber Cormo Roving