I disappeared for a while. I needed some sort of crafting break. I was feeling incredibly uninspired and so blah about everything. But I think things have changed.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my first retreat: Into the Wool Fiber Retreat. The retreat was hosted by Dana and Brittany of the Just One More Row podcast and Jessica of Storied Yarns and let me tell you…it was fabulous. This was the first year for the ITW retreat and oh my goodness, those ladies went above and beyond. The location was wonderful, the schedule was great with activities sprinkled throughout that you could or could not attend, depending on what your preference was. And our cabin was fantastic! I am not a camper, so I was really appreciative of the fact that this was more of a “glamping” adventure.
The first night, I had a class on drop spindling that went very well. We got to practice spinning on different types of fiber — roving, batts, rolags — and various types of fiber. I haven’t used my drop spindle in a while and it was fun to be in a class with so many people I “know” from Instagram. I really enjoyed the rolag preparation and took some home; I’m wanting to purchase some more soon. Also on the first night, they hosted a Iron Spinner event where everyone could spin an ounce of fiber any way they wanted, so we could see how different each of the yarns would turn out. I had planned on partaking but my class interfered, so I just watched while other finished up their spins. I spun on my wheel some that first night but quickly realized that I have not yet perfected the art of Spin and Talk and ended up with too much overspun fiber. Goal for next year: Learn to spin and talk, hah!
The second day, we had a fun sock yarn swap and I had a crochet class. The teacher was great and really helped me understand the art of crochet, specifically what the different stitches are for the pattern we used. The yarn I brought was incredibly splitty and it was hard to see what I was doing. So basically, I felt frustrated because I didn’t crochet a granny square perfectly the first time I tried. But the teacher and I spoke at lunch and she said that she thinks I will do better with different yarn, so I’m going to try it again later this week.
The second day was when the market place was opened and I think this was perfect for my first one. There were five vendors and a variety of things to choose from. I brought cash so as to not go completely crazy, yet I still went slightly crazy. I don’t regret it one bit.
Day three was sad. We had breakfast and a bye bye blow out . It was sad to say bye to everyone and the weekend went by SO FAST! I am so glad I went and cannot wait to go next year. The atmosphere was fantastic, everyone seemed to have a great time and it was nice to get away for a little while. The best part, though, was meeting every one and making some new knit-friends! There are already talks for next years and I know that I will definitely be there!
Of course, while there were some classes, yarn buying, and lots of talking…there was also some knitting.
I’m feeling rejuvenated, inspired and ready to knit again. I took today off from work so I could have a Rest Day and I’m really glad I did. I’m both excited to go back to work tomorrow, plus would love another day of knitting! Hoping this inspiration I’m feeling will bleed over into posting more here. I guess we will see what happens!