I spent the weekend with friends at the annual Madrona winter fiber retreat in Tacoma, Washington. Four days of classes and vendors and hanging out with people who understand that knitting is an appropriate activity pretty much anywhere.
There were opportunities to see all sorts of examples of the crafts, from the stylish sheep in the pic above to even more intricate samples.
The inexhaustive options offered by yarn were inspiring.
The Murano hotel where the retreat is held is within walking distance of the Museum of Glass and the decor is all about glass – which is similarly inexhaustive in its varieties.
Our favorite was the kind that came with a drink in it. I highly recommend the Murano’s chai vodka sidecars.
I didn’t take classes this time and I didn’t arrive until Friday afternoon, but I learned a lot from my friends and spent time knitting and spinning. I also spent a lot of time wandering the vendors. So many beautiful colors and ways to display them!
I kept my head and came home only with a new bobbin for my wheel.
But I also found a pattern I loved that I had enough yarn for in my stash. I cast on as soon as I got home Sunday afternoon, even managing to coordinate my tea mug with the yarn.
The pattern is a cardigan called Woodfords, and the yarn is Silky Wool. The construction is very interesting — I’ve had to trust the pattern rather than understand it in advance and just dive in to each section as the sweater grows out in various directions.
So far I’ve cast on with long tail and provisionally, picked up stitches, knitted in three different directions in two different stitch patterns, and added a braid in what will become the upper back. It all seems to be working so far.