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.


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!





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!



Project collage 1

Hello dear friends and readers, it’s been a while! I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying beautiful weather wherever you are!

I am sorry I have been a little absent from here but it’s been a bit manic in the studio and just generally with every day stuff. Final preparations for our first Knitting Retreat in May are under way, and I have been busy working on the project for the workshops (a little sneak peek above).

BroochesKnitting Group was at my house this month and last Thursday we all spent a frivolous day making name brooches. They will come in handy when the girls come and visit the knitting retreat ladies for an evening of fun. We had such a great day eating cake and playing with fabric and sequins…total Bliss!


To crown it all the new Gazebo went up over the weekend, and as it is another glorious day here today I had my first breakfast of the year outside this morning. As I was sitting there, enjoying my wonderful view and some early morning sunshine, I realised again how lucky I am to be living and working in this beautiful place.

Enjoy your week, I hope you have some lovely sunny days too!



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