Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A little summer retreat with friends!

  What could be better than getting away with some of your best friends for the weekend?  Getting away for a weekend with your best friends and another 30 or so women of which you also enjoy the company of!

I had the pleasure of attending a weekend retreat with nine of my friends.  We went to the Wildflower Knitting Camp, located this year in Larue, Texas.  I'll bet most of you don't even know where that is!  It is situated about an hour east of Canton, Texas.  Now, I'll bet you know where that is, don't you?  Third Monday Trade Days!  While we didn't get to partake in the Trade Days, we did get to have all kinds of fun at camp!  Here is a picture of Anna, enjoying her beautifully knit scarf, along with a hand dyed, silk scarf that she made. 
Elaine made the same scarf in a gorgeous, teal color and then dyed her scarf with various greens and browns, with a hint of the teal blue.  Elaine also finished weaving a tri-loom weaving project that she's been working on AND managed to shop for some great new patterns to ooh and ahh over for the next few months.  Which one will she begin?  Only time will tell!

Marie worked on a 7 foot tri-loom project all weekend.  She made some serious headway!  Marie brought her granddaughter to knitting camp again this year.  What an exciting way to share time with your grandkids!
Cindy Lee (as we so affectionately call her) was crocheting like a crazy woman!  She's been working on shrugs for her three granddaughters and her daughter.  She's using a beautiful variegated yarn that really has been turning out nice.  She designed this pattern on the fly and we love it!  I think this may be a future project for the group.  Just sayin'....
Oops!  I didn't check my camera when I took this picture of Roxana.  She's gonna love me for posting this picture of her with her eyes closed!  I think she had only had about four drinks at this point, too!  Just kidding!  See the scarf that Roxana is wearing?  Josephine, shown here on the right (fun fact:  Josephine is from Scotland... ask her to speak for you.  Her accent is really cool), showed us a way to make this ruffle scarf that is WAY EASIER than we way we've previously been making them.  Seriously, a five year old could make them!  If you can pull a loop over another loop, you can make this scarf!  Who would have known?  Josephine did!  She's got her "model" pose going here for us.  Thanks, Josephine!

And here's a picture of Zigzag rider, aka Joyce.  She got an unexpected hug from Barney today after he had been helping her with her tri-loom project.  Joyce had her hand in just about every project.  She knitted, beaded, made amulets (did I spell that right?), did some weaving... that girl was everywhere!  I didn't even get to say goodbye to her because she zoomed out the door so fast, I didn't even know she was leaving!  You've gotta be on your toes with this girl!  Plus, she's a lot of fun to be around at the "evening party".  But that is for another story on another day....  :o)
Here is a picture of all of our beautiful models.  You see, there are a lot of young ladies who are working on their crochet, weave, and knit skills, too at this camp.  Before we leave, they give us a fashion show of all the projects that were made.  Yeah, there are some bragging rights going on here!
Check out this bag!  Isn't it darling?  I want one!

 Remember in a previous post I told you how I like white yarn?  Well, get a load of this!  Man!  Isn't that beautiful!?!  I believe this set was made by one of the retreat staff members.  Gorgeous!

 Again, here is another example of some serious creativity.  This is the Wildflower Retreat mascot that was also made by one of the ladies putting on the retreat (I can't remember which one).  This bear was made from an old wool sweater.  Talk about recycling!  Isn't this adorable!?!  Heck, I'd love to sleep with one of these!

Again with the creativity!  This is a backpack that looks like a cat.  The handle is made out of the tail.  Too cute!

Stop the bus right here!  Get a load of this bag!!!  Okay, I took this picture at the spring retreat, but it showed up again at this retreat.  I flipped over this bag!  Dorie actually needle felted this by hand!  Can you believe that!?!  Talent just oozes out of every pore of her body!  Disgusting!  (Just kidding...jealous... stop that!)

Well, that was our weekend.  We had a ton of fun!  I laughed so hard I cried.  Elaine said it had been a long time since she saw someone enjoy themselves so much they cried.  Hang around us a little more, Elaine.  It's become common place for us! 

When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried?  Well, that's been too long!

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