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Monday, March 26, 2018

Our Common Thread: 2018 Retreat

Happy Monday! This weekend was my annual knitting retreat, and I had so much fun! Thursday afternoon my friend picked me up, and we hung out at the lodge through Sunday morning. I spent most of my time on one of the sofas, either just hanging out or working on a new Finn that I cast on in the car on Thursday. I'm a little more than halfway done the body now, so clearly I was knitting a lot!

We had our first dyeing workshop on Friday, and this year we tried something new. Tara (from The Dyeing Arts) had knit up sock blanks for us that we could paint to make self-striping sock yarn! This will end up with about 4-round stripes, and I really can't wait to see how it looks knit up.

Saturday we did snow dyeing, and I knew I wanted a sweater's quantity. I used Tara's Royal Gray base, and after packing in the snow, I sprinkled on two different pinks, some orange, and a little bit of indigo. Snow dyeing is always an adventure, because you never really know how it's going to turn out. These ended up a bit different than I thought they would, but I still really like them, and I think they'll knit up great.

I also did a little bit of shopping (just a little though, since I'm technically on a yarn diet and had just dyed five skeins to bring home). I picked up a mini skein of Tara's "Sunglasses at Night" colorway to add to my sock blankie and a skein of Rogue in "Bermuda" to make myself a Breony. I got to visit with the Breony and Nelumbo samples at Tara's table in the lodge, and it really reminded me that I need a Breony for myself, so hopefully by next winter that will happen!

Overall I had a blast. It's always great to get away for a few days, and the people I get to hang out at this retreat are the best. It's exactly what I needed right now, and I already can't wait to go back next year!

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