Waking up to rain was a bit of a wake up call that this is Wales and not Italy. It did not however dampen our spirits and we set off for a day out in the pretty town of Betws-y-Coed for some scenery, retail therapy and most importantly sampling the best cream tea in a 100 mile radius. Modelling the newly acquired Welsh blankets came quite naturally at the end of the day.
I left the group to settle into some free time that evening and dashed home for some serious home preparations for their visit to my house the following day.
Day four started with a trip across the mountains to my hometown and a visit to our beautiful Craft Centre where we all sampled the various amazing exhibitions running at present. Soon however everyone was walking country lanes to my home where I had organised an afternoon of happy time knitting. My own knitting group joined us and soon the house was buzzing with chatter, laughter and the clicking of needles. Copious cups of tea and coffee were provided as well as delicious cakes baked by ‘my girl’.
Exchanging knitting tips and admiring the work others do is second nature to us knitters, but every so often along comes a star who has a particular eye and understanding of the project matter. Everyone was utterly amazed by the work Marion had done in her interpretation of a Friedensreich Hundertwasser painting, we were all gobsmacked. It is truly a piece of art!!!
Twenty One Ladies, forty two clicking needles, lots of coffee, tea and cake = One great afternoon spent making new friends and having a lot of fun!
Day two and the obvious sun-dancing by everyone the night before was successful as ‘Frau Sonne’ beamed down on us. It promised to be another glorious day!
Soon after breakfast everyone was beavering away, working hard on finalising their thoughts on how to approach the week’s theme. Needles clicking away we all settled down to some serious knitting and before long ideas were beginning to take shape.
Here you see Marion’s sample with the corresponding inspiration. She is working on re-creating the swirl with all its abstract forms within on the right hand side of the card. Already we can see she is doing a fabulous job, trying out different types of texture to achieve a corresponding look.
The sun was beaming down on us when we arrived at the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen, our home for the week. Returning knitters and new quickly settled down with some refreshing cups of tea and delicious home baked scones.
Everyone gathered in the workshop room where Claudia and I had laid out samples, books, other bits and bobs and of course yarn, and the 2016 Retreat Project was finally revealed.
Claudia and I had prepared a couple of talks on the weeks subject – Structure & Texture – and soon everyone was busy getting out their gathered inspiration, working on ideas.
What fun to watch the hustle and bustle of helping each other, discussing and drawing, working out different ways to approach the subject. Sample knitting soon started as we all settled in our own private garden space the hotel had made available for us.
A wonderful start to what looks like another fabulous week in Wales.