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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The YarnAddict Retreat was a big success!

Last weekend was my first YarnAddict Knitting Retreat but it won't be the last. I've wanted to organise a retreat for a while now and earlier this year I decided to go for it. And on Friday afternoon 9 knitters arrived at the Portbyhan Hotel in Looe for a weekend of knitting. Our hotel overlooked the river and fish market and we had beautiful views from our balcony. It was too cold to sit out much though.

The topic for this retreat was lace knitting. My aim was for everyone who attended to improve their lace knitting ability, whatever their skill level at the beginning. 

I designed three new patterns for this retreat and each participant got to choose one kit. Several people cast on and made a good start on their project during the weekend.

Simon spent nearly two hours on Friday afternoon winding yarn for the kits. He'd never wound yarn before but I think it's safe to say he's fairly competent now.

We kicked off on Friday with a few lace knitting basics to make sure everyone were able to cast on for their projects.

We had a total of five lessons and covered a variety of topics like reading charts, provisional and circular cast ons, knitted on edgings, blocking and much more.

On Saturday I set up a YarnAddict pop-up shop which was very popular. 

Meals were included and we enjoyed tasty food and lively conversation in the hotel's newly refurbished brasserie. Most of us stayed at the hotel but a few chose to stay elsewhere in Looe. We started the weekend with a Cornish Cream Tea which was very tasty!

Some of the techniques taught were a bit challenging for some people but everyone tried their best and I was very happy with how well they all did. Below is a bit of needle gymnastics after a circular cast on.

The hotel has views over the river and on Sunday morning I woke up to a beautiful sunrise. A cold, crisp, sunny, perfect autumn morning.

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