#retreatlog2017 – day six

All too soon the last evening came to a close, but not before we had given out certificates, brooches for taking part and tipped our wonderful chef Tomas and his lovely wife Miska handsomely for all their hard work.

Claudia was the very happy recipient of the give-away pack of my Shetland Wave Hap pattern and The Little Grey Sheep yarn, and we were all completely bowled over by Marion’s ability of 3D short row shaping (see the cat in top centre collage).

A little bleary eyed we enjoyed a last breakfast together before everyone was collected to be taken back down the mountain to Geneva airport for their journey’s home in various directions.

One last knit-in at the airport and we say:

Safe travels and thank you for being part of an amazing week of colour, yarn and friendship.

Auf Wiedersehen – Good Bye – Au Revoir … see you at our 2018 Retreat in Wales!

Big Hugs, Heike and Claudia


#retreatlog2017 – day five

Surely not…it can’t be…the last day already!!!! The week has flown by, here are some more impressions of our fabulous week…

Days one and two…getting acquainted and the beginnings of short rows.

Days three and four…hiking, medieval towns and working on projects.

Day five…colour theory and how to make chosen photo into knitted fabric.

Soon we will all get together for our last evening, starting with canapés and champagne, followed by last delicious meal cooked for us by our wonderful chef Tomas.

This will be followed by a show and tell, and I can’t wait to see and hear what everyone has to say and show about the past week.

I know one thing…

…Claudia would like to drive home in this!


#retreatlog2017 – day four

Day four and the day started with one on one lessons of new found friends helping each other.

Soon we were all back in the classroom learning about our body measurements and how to apply these to working out our own knitting patterns.

Even the maestro was hard at work planning a lovely jumper using Emma’s Hampshire Yarn (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk). The sleeves are almost done!

Our lovely guests have been hard at work and the cowl project using short rows is coming along really well.

I love how every cowl uses the same pattern but looks so different because of the different colour combinations.

After such hard work we all appreciate the delicious meals our fabulous chefs Miska and Tomas prepare for us every evening. Today I had to go on an 8 km power hike just to make sure that all these calories don’t attach themselves to me too much.

But how could one possibly resist this!

Until tomorrow!


#retreatlog2017 – day three


#retreatlog2017 #madewithloops.co.ukOh what a glorious morning we woke up to! The sky was blue and the sun was shining, nothing could be better for our day trip to Yvoire right by the shores of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva).

Everyone was in a jolly mood as we set off down the mountain and, as I knew, Yvoire did not disappoint. The cobbled streets, old houses and beautiful plants and flowers made for a stunning backdrop for a great day.

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I was looking forward to an extra treat…meeting up with a special friend…

…Annette from @myrosevalley blog. Over the past three years we have managed to meet up in the French Alps once a year for a catch up, exchange of ideas and general knit/crochet experience and we have become firm friends and true soul sisters.

We spent the day chatting, knitting and laughing a lot…perfect!

Another wonderful day filled with friendship and colour came to an end way to quickly!

Let’s see what tomorrow brings!



#retreatlog2017 – day two

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Day two and already we have had many laughs and a lot of funny moments have been shared. New friendships are blossoming and old one’s are being re-kindled, and last night the last knitters blew the candles out at 1pm.

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Today was a free day…no programme, so everyone could enjoy the surrounding area and go hiking or just quietly stay at the Chalet’s. The weather was perfect and a small group decided to join me and Julie taking the long route to Chatel. We found a lovely place to sit outside and sample some local food and wine.

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Tomorrow we are going to Yvoire for a lovely day out, but first lets see what surprises we have installed for this evening.