#madewithloops #walesretreat #trefriwwoollenmill

Sadly all too quickly the last day of our retreat week had arrived. We were all wondering where the last 5 days had gone and there was already talk and anticipation about next year.

Last minute speedy knitting was done as everyone got themselves ready for show and tell after dinner.

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#madewithloops #walesretreat #chainbridgehotel

#madewithloops #walesretreat #chainbridgehotel

Certificates and Medals where handed out to everyone who took part and for one last time everyone retreated to the cosy corner for some relaxing time with their yarn and needles…

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…and all too soon it was time for me to wave good bye to everyone.

#madewithloops #walesretreat #chainbridgehotel

On another glorious morning in this beautiful corner of North Wales we hugged and hugged, some tears were shed and promises of returning next year made.

It has been a fabulous week of friendship and laughter, good food and drink, fabulous weather every day and KNITTING of course!

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The next retreat will take place from 25th September to 2nd October 2019 at the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen (more information will follow).

Hope to see you there.

XO.

 

#madewithloops #walesretreat #bohusstickning

Today I want to show you the project I have been working on during the knitting retreat week. Here you see the finished yoke of a top-down jumper I am making. It was inspired by a painting by ‘my girl’ and incidentally this will also become her jumper when finished.

I am using five shades of  Lamana Yarn Milano, a beautiful fingering weight yarn of 90% Wool and 10% Cashmere. It is super soft and I am working with 2.5mm needles.

Eva, one of our super amazing and speedy knitters, liked this idea so much, that she started her own yoke jumper immediately after she finished her official workshop project…

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…even her colours are very similar. Great minds…and all that!

Yesterday we spent the day visiting Trefriw Woollen Mill and the lovely town of Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia National Park.

Everyone was super interested during the guided tour of the spinning and weaving mill. It was like stepping back in time as things had not changed much since it was first opened in 1859. It was amazing to see all the wonderful old machinery in action, from washing and carding, to spinning, dyeing and then weaving. This family run business manufactures traditional Welsh “tapestry” bedspreads, smaller Welsh “tapestry” patterns by the metre, tweeds and travelling rugs from the raw wool using machines which are over 50 years old and powered by a vintage water turbine.

Plenty of purchases where made and some of our Ladies looked very fetching in their newly acquired smart wear.

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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