Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Convent (Part VI)

Each January, a small group of friends and family gather at an old convent for a weekend of quilting, knitting, eating, and relaxing.

I'm especially looking forward to this year's gathering, as little Rosemary will be joining us! She was a real trooper at the Knit & Knot retreat this fall, and I'm hoping she is as content at the Convent as she was at Camp Wyoming! I'm sure there will be no shortage of welcoming arms for her to rest in.

Rosie in the Christmas bunting and hat set she scored
at the Knit & Knot retreat this past November!

In a break with tradition, I've decided to quilt this year. Normally, I'd just pack 10 or 12 of my current knitting works-in-progress, and call it a day, but this year I'm really making an effort to organize and reduce the amount of things we store in our home. Don't tell Paul, but there is currently 3 or 4 bins of old T-shirts in our basement that I cannot bring myself to get rid of. So I've given myself a goal: All nostalgic T-shirts must be transformed into functional household items by the end of 2015 or out they go!

If there is one thing I'm better at than procrastination, it's giving sentimental value to items from my past. I'm hoping that by pitting these two character strengths (ha!) against each other I'll be able to complete two picnic quilts this year.

Now I just need to find a couple of quilt patterns!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

2nd Annual Fall Knitting Retreat: Hosted by Knit & Knot!

The time has come to start thinking about the Annual Fall Knitting Retreat hosted by Knit & Knot. Joy and I have been working hard on the details for this year's retreat and we couldn't be more excited! We are returning to the lovely Camp Wyoming for our fall getaway and hopefully the weather will be just as beautiful as it was last year.

Now that we have a couple of retreats under our belts, we are taking the most successful components from each retreat and combining them for a fun and relaxing weekend of crafting and friendship.

We are also trying a couple of new ideas, such as extending the retreat hours, having a specific retreat project to start and finish(!) at the retreat, and even having special t-shirts printed, just for retreat participants!

Another things to look forward to at this year's retreat is the Marketplace, where we will be debuting exclusive new yarns not yet available at Knit & Knot. We will have some samples worked up with the new yarns, as well as suggestions for projects. You can also enjoy 10% off any items purchased at the Marketplace during the retreat.

Massages are also coming back! We started this at the spring retreat, and we are happy to report it was a huge hit! Steven has agreed to return as the retreat masseuse. We will be raffling off four (4) massages, and he will be available for additional appointments as well. This was a wonderful addition to our last retreat!

We will also continue free technique demonstrations throughout the weekend. Some ideas we've tossed around include: applied I-cord, duplicate stitch, wet blocking (always impressive!) and steam blocking (much faster than wet blocking!). If you have any ideas of techniques you'd like to see demonstrated at the retreat, let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Ravelry!

Of course, raffles, give-aways, a yarn swap and show & tell will continue to be part of the weekend as well!

A final note, before I leave you with the details, Baby Girl St. Louis will be in attendance this year, as she will be too little for me to leave her, and I can't miss all the fun! Don't worry though, Grandma Tina (my mom) will be coming along too, and when she's not knitting, she'll be helping with the baby! As much as we know many people find babies generally adorable, we also know not everyone may be keen on a newborn tagging along on their weekend of relaxation. So we want you all to be aware of her presence before you register! With that being said, here are the details:

Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014, NOON to Sunday, November 9th, 2014, 3 PM.
Location: Camp Wyoming, 9016 42nd Ave, Wyoming, IA, Owl's Nest Cabin
Cost: $200/ person, for a double occupancy room from now until September 30th. Prices increase to $230/ person on October 1st.
How to register: Pay with cash, check or credit card at Knit & Knot, 3359 Devils Glen Rd, Bettendorf, IA

Call the shop, 563-332-7378, with any questions. Can't wait to see you there!