Good morning from Wales and another beautiful day in the Land of  Dragons!

Yesterday we had a day away from the Classroom. A glorious, colourful day that started with these guys crossing the road on my way to the venue…

#madewithloops #walesretreat #chainbridge hotel

We got on our bus and travelled along the Conwy Valley to Bodnant Gardens, a National Trust Property, nestled into the hills close to the coast.

The feast for our eyes was almost overwhelming, with an abundance of colour everywhere…

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#madewithloops #walesretreat #bodnantgardensnt

#madewithloops #walesretreat #bodnantgardensnt

…all set against the big blue skies of Wales.

We soaked it all in and left feeling blessed and happy with a head full of new ideas.

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More surprises for everyone today…see you tomorrow!

XO.

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Day 2 started with joy of finished samples and eagerness to get started on the project of the week, a pair mittens designed by Claudia.

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Soon everyone was busy again with needles clicking and after a very hush day yesterday, today the room was filled with chatter and laughter.

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#madewithloops #walesretreat #chainbridgehotel

A big surprise was waiting for our lovely guests when they returned after lunch, as Emma from The little grey Sheep and Sian from Courtyard Books had arrived with lots of books and yarn.

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After the initial squeals of joy had subsided, shopping began in earnest and arms full of yarn will be filling suitcases on return flights home no doubt.

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Personal shopping attention was given and then Emma gave the group a fabulous talk on how the farm she and her  husband bought and started with just 7 sheep has grown into this business and gorgeous yarn that we know today.

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To find out more about The little grey Sheep click here.

XO.

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After a good night sleep we were greeted with blue skies, sunshine and the beautiful Welsh hills which put an immediate spring into our steps.

#madewithloops #walesretreat

#madewithloops #walesretreat

Eager and keen everyone assembled in the ballroom where Claudia gave a very informative talk about techniques used in Bohus knitting and how to apply these into our own work.

Workshop packs, including yarn, technique notes and project pattern, were handed out and everyone started working on their colour practice and sample knitting.

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#madewithloops #walesretreat

#madewithloops #walesretreat

The day went by in a flash and strangely there wasn’t much noise to be heard…something almost unheard off in a room of 20 women 😉

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XO.

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