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After sleeping like babies everyone was ready to embrace a new day, and what a fabulous day we woke up to! We were greeted with bird song, blue skies and bucket loads of sunshine.

After a hearty breakfast with, what seemed like gallons of coffee, everyone set to work almost immediately eager to finish colour swatching to begin the actual project. Another mornings hard work gave us a feast for our eyes, just look at all those amazing colour combinations! I think you will agree that they are all pretty spectacular…n’est-ce pas?!?

Other hotel guests were looking on in total awe as ‘the girls’ nimble fingers worked their magic with needles and yarn, and were most puzzled by our language as they couldn’t make out if we were German or in fact Welsh…quite funny at times!

Lunch was soon upon us and then Sian arrived with boxes full of books. Books about Llangollen, the general area, Wales, stories about sheep, paintings, song and poetry, and…surprise…books about knitting!! Isn’t it fantastic when the book shop comes to you? No surprises then when I tell you a good number of purchases were made.

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Free time afternoon meant that Claudia and I bid everyone farewell and taking the scenic drive home took in some blustery fresh air with some breathtaking scenery saying hello to some of those lovely creatures that provide us with a never ending supply of woolliness!

I might do another sun dance tonight just in case!

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First Day 2

Day One of our Knitting Retreat arrived and Wales started to show itself best foot forward with almost sunshine! Claudia and I, up early, set off for the airport to meet our ten eager ladies and after a short bus ride everyone soon settled into their new surroundings of the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen.

We started the afternoon with fresh scones, Welsh cakes and tea/coffee which was swiftly followed by Claudia and my talk about stranded knitting. We covered techniques, traditional and modern implementations and stories on various motifs and their meanings. Claudia covered the use of hand painted yarns in stranded knitting, and I talked about the process of designing your own fair isle piece.

We showed Moodboard, colour samples and various garments and accessories to demonstrate how different styles and patterns look and work in reality, and then we finally showed them the project for the week.

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The option is to knit this design and make it into a bag, cushion or cowl which was greeted with a lot of oohh’s and aahh’s so we think it’s fair to say that everyone was happy.

The remainder of the day was spent knitting small samples to see how various colours and shades work together. This was followed by a most delicious dinner, a lot of laughter and a few beverages, and then finally falling into bed after a fabulously colourful and joyful day.

Refreshed we will approach day two…hopefully the sun will really shine today!

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The countdown to the first knitting retreat organised by WoolyLoops has begun! 

After many months and weeks of organising, admin tasks, putting informational talks together, designing the project and knitting samples, we were left with a lot of ends to sew in and subsequently snip off.

Claudia and I have been working tirelessly to make sure everything is just the way we would want if we were the guests, and in two days we will welcome 10 eager ladies at the airport in Manchester. After a short journey they will be welcomed by Seamus and his team at the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen and a week full of colourful fun can begin.

I will be writing a retreat diary and my aim is to post a few words and lots of photos here every evening. It would be lovely to have your company during this very exciting week we have all been looking forward to.

Let the fun begin!

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