wales retreat 2018 – last day & departure

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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.

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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.

 

wales retreat 2018 – day 3

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…

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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.

wales retreat 2018 – day 2

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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.

wales retreat 2018 – day 1

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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.

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#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.

wales retreat 2018 – arrival day

 

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The sky was blue, the sun was shining and North Wales was showing itself in it’s best light. After month’s of planning, a lot of organising hard work, the arrival day of the Wales Knitting Retreat 2018 had finally arrived!

Most of our 20 guests flew from Frankfurt airport, where even Herr Goethe was approvingly looking down on them as they got their needles and yarn out to knit before take off.

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After a smooth flight and transfer, the arrival at the beautiful Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen was accompanied with the usual joy and returning guests were greeted by staff like long lost friends.

Soon everyone settled into the usual relaxed routine…

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and after a delicious dinner Marion started the week off with a fabulous and very informative talk about the story and history of Bohus Stickning, our theme for this week.

I hope you will join us for a week of colour, yarn, traditions, fun, laughter and a lot of fabulous sisterhood shenanigans.

XO.

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