Friday, February 25, 2011

where i've been lately


freshly dyed
working a LOT


cello practice
learning something new


by the sea
taking walks by the sea


snuggly
staying snuggly


crocuses
and mostly


spring blossoms
waiting for spring...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

yay!!!!!

whew - i'm back from cornwall! it was brilliant, lovely, amazing fun.... and completely & utterly exhausting.
when i got up on thursday morning to finish packing, i found a helpful list from the RSA to help me get organised.

what to take to cornwall
(there's no such thing as #5, but she had me going for a second!)


i packed & headed off to cornwall, ready to start the weekend!! i went down the day before the retreat officially started - i'd never been to cornwall before, & wanted to be able to have a little wander around on the friday.

watergate bay beach
(watergate bay beach, from the coastal path above)


after that, i went to meet up with some of the other knitters for dinner (& knitting, of course!).

first night in cornwall!
(slightly grainy iphone photo, sorry!! l-r: anne, me, tricia, cookie, judith)


the next day, we were all ready to start classes - my first class was with anne, learning different lace techniques by working on her marie antoinette socks. all of us had to concentrate pretty hard on our knitting - even anne!!

anne teaching


we were sent off after the class with some "homework" (aka sock knitting) - by the next day, some of us had made it a lot farther than others...

classwork
(my sock is pretty teeny compared to some!)


next it was cookie's turn - cables, travelling stitches, and short rows for 3D knitting.

cookie teaching


there was a lot of swatching, to try out some different techniques:

swatch 2
(3D knitting strangenesses!)

swatch 1
(& some cable work)


as well as some helpful interpretive dance demonstrations:

cables!!
(cookie & alice demonstrate cabling)


the view from the classroom window was a little distracting sometimes:

distracting views


but we managed to get a lot of work done anyways (& make a lot of knitty mess!).

class table


after all the learning, our brains were pretty much mush. & although i would have loved to stay there forever (amazing hotel, beautiful surroundings, great food, & lots of lovely knitters!) i was also pretty happy to get home & get some sleep. but if you want a review of the whole retreat - as alice would say, YAY!!!!!!