Monday, February 22, 2016

3rd Annual San Antonio Fiber Retreat 2016

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  I have so much to share with you today.  This bast weekend was the 3rd Annual SAFR event out at the gorgeous Paradise Canyon facilities.

Before the retreat, Darlene gave me my birthday present early (she said there is still something on the way)......but my favorite gifts from her are always her awesome bags...and boy were these awesome.  They have sheep knitting with either green or orange yarn (mine and Darlene's favorite colors) and on the 2nd pattern, the sheep are knitting clothes for all the  Barnyard animals....How cute is that?  Thank you Darlene, You are the best Best Friend ever!

I also got a mail package from Desert Vista Dyeworks.....I ordered The Westing Game colorway and two mini skeins of black and one mini skein of orange (for some future contrasting heels and maybe toes).

One other thing I did before the retreat was to gauge swatch for a new cardigan I am going to knit for me (No, I apparently do not have enough things on the needles).  The cardigan is called Naima, and I bought Darlene some Wollmeise Blend Yarn in Green and I got myself the same yarn in Tandoori Masala (my favorite orange) we are making the cardigan together.

Now at the retreat I got to see some great friends.  There was a goodie bag that Mickie made (one for everyone...Thank you Mickie!) and inside was some sample yarn. stitch markers, and a scented satchel.

And, I bought a skein of MicMar Exploding Gradient from Mickie too!  The Colorway is Tequilla Sunrise....I have no clue what I should make with it!  You got any suggestions?

A while back, I was contacted by a member of one of my local SNB groups....she had some things to give away...I told her I would love some of them to use as prizes and she said she could bring them to the Retreat......she gave me an awesome Jordana Paige Bag, and 3 very nice knitting related books.  The bag has a little snafu on the zipper, but I think I can fix it.  Thank you Akaemi!

What did I knit on at the retreat?  Well, I knit on a few things.....I worked on my Citadel a little (sometimes it was too much thinking).....

I worked on my Weigh it Shawl a little (no thinking).....

I pulled my Sandbank out of hibernation since I also think it has minimal thinking....I know it does not look like I did much, but I did like 5 or 6 very long rows!

And lastly I worked on that new cardigan I told you I swatched for (above).  I am liking the way it looks so far.  Oh, and see that cute yarn holder on the left....that is a medium Owl from Diana Couture...her shop is closed right now for Stitches West, but it is a very awesome yarn holder....she needs to make a bigger one for like Wollmeise Lace or Miss Babs Katahdin skeins....LOL!

My last bit of news is that I am really trying very hard to only knit continental (Yes, I know I have said that before) but I always struggled with the purl stitch.  Well, a friend at the retreat (Melissa H...who we renamed to GENIUS) showed me and Darlene how to Norwegian purl....pure genius I tell you.  So all day Saturday and Sunday were spent Continental is slower for now....but I hope to pick up speed soon.  I went to Jaime's for a little last night and even did the 'Continental Thang' while knitting on my socks....that is one of his dogs, Brandy, supervising....LOL!

Well, that is about all I are the pics I took at the retreat (some are stolen from other people that took pictures at the retreat)....we all had a great time!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

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