Last weekend was a weekend of fun, gourmet food, new friends and maybe a drink or two! I attended a knitting retreat at The Wiawaka Holiday House, a 60-acre retreat for women located on Lake George. Katherine Wardle was the organizer and chef for the event. I can't even describe in words how delicious the meals were along with the desserts and handmade chocolates. The weather and scenery were beautiful, but forming new friendships was the highlight of all!
Have you ever met someone and for whatever reason, you just click? Susan (Needles and Stash) from my hometown was there and we met some awesome ladies: Suzanne (Knitting Knirvana), and Jude and Marybeth, both of whom are blogless. I felt like I have known these ladies (and I use the term loosely) for years. We laughed, ate and drank the entire weekend. Oh, a knitting retreat, you say.... well we did a little of that, too.
Susan was the Cast On Queen for the weekend, as she worked on a shawl and, I believe, she recasted on 541 stitches after deciding to frog on row 6. Her goal is to finish the shawl by the next knitting retreat in September.
I knitted shit!!! And I believe, I was the Frog Queen for the weekend. I am so fricken dysfunctional it is pathetic. I casted on for Cinxia and when I printed the pattern from Knitty, about an inch of the right margin was cutoff, leaving me with a guessing game. With yarn in ...... WTF? Should I put the yarn in front or back and what should I do with the last three stitches? I tried it several ways and frogged the damn thing. So I casted on for the second time and called Mr. Effer to look up the pattern on Knitty.com to read it to me. He was a good sport and tried to help me out after I promised him a few things.... However, he was a bad boy and screwed up, reading me the WRONG directions. And, like a fool, I believed him for six or seven rows and then decided it was wrong, wrong, wrong and frogged the damn thing for a second time.
So my frogged Cinxia became the old, moldy bush of Wiawaka..... Yep, this is bad, really bad. I threw it across the room and look where it landed....
In the lap of a yarn ho!!!!
And there were some women there with clap fever, working on Clapotis. Suzanne, Marybeth and Jude. I think they were somewhat successful, but I heard them stressing in hope that they would be able to drop stitches at some point in the pattern. Crap, I have no problem dropping stitches, so I think that pattern is in my near knitting future!
And the entire time I was at Wiawaka, I never noticed that my camera was on the night setting, so my pictures are really, really dark and look like crap! And essentially non-postable.
I was so tuckered out by the end of the weekend, you know... from all the