All our guests have arrived and are already well settled in. Canapés and Champagne were well received and after introductions an early night was had by all.
Bright eyed and bushy tailed most of us joined Claudia’s knitting yoga class at 8am as stretching our muscles and limbs seemed the perfect way to set us up for a long day of workshops and knitting.
Maestro teacher extrodinaire Claudia soon had everyone’s full attention as she set about introducing this year’s project theme: short-rows. Everyone received a very comprehensive hand-out pack and there was plenty of yarn for practice knitting available. Soon everyone had found their perfect spot for a knitterly workout.
We have brought plenty of samples and inspirational knits with us so that everyone can check out the different short row techniques, and we are always here to lend a helping hand.
I am already looking forward to later today to see how everyone got on.
Last night we had thunderstorms and this morning the weather changed quickly from blue skies to grey, low cloud cover and rain. This did however not deter us from venturing out, and donning all weather gear and best foot forward we set off for a morning hike around Lac Plagnes.
Even though we got drenched, we enjoyed the complete quiet of the lake, listening to the birds and a new stunning, sometimes mysterious, vista at every turn.
Refreshed and cob webs blown away we are now back at the Chalet with the fire lit and our knitting in hand. What more could we wish for and only one more sleep and all our guests will be here. Perfect!
Day two of the road trip was greeted with sleepy eyes in need of coffee and pain au chocolate. We found a lovely little cafe catering to our caffeine/sugar needs and soon we were on the road again.
The sock grew steadily throughout the day, and, after a few detours and a variety of weather challenges, we arrived at Chalet Mont de Grange. Made up beds and cooled wine was waiting for us, and after a yummy dinner we fell into bed sleeping like logs.
Totally refreshed we woke up to this…
…how could you not want to be coming here for some knitting, good food and laughter!
Just a few things to organise for the arrival of our fabulous guests on Sunday, but today I can be found doing mostly just this…
After months of planning and lots of organisation this year’s knitting retreat is almost upon us. My bags are packed, a huge box of yarn from Claudia (www.wollsinn.de) is ready to go and all other bits and bobs have been collated. Three of us are setting off from Wales early tomorrow morning traveling by car to the French Alps where this years retreat takes place. We will drive 850 miles there and 850 miles back, stopping over in France for a night.
I will be knitting socks when not driving (any tips on how to drive & knit at the same time?), and hoping to finish a pair by the time I come back. I have of course packed yarn for other projects too, and I am hoping to start my #jojimysterykal whilst there.
these are my colours
Over the next 12 days or so I will keep a retreat diary, posting lots of photos and short bits of writing. This is the first entry of the #retreatlog2017. Hopefully you join me in our adventure…I am very excited!
I just managed to finish my #nordicwindshawl by @cabinfour in time for this trip. So pleased with the way it has turned out and using Einrum yarn was absolutely the right decision. The shawl is super soft and almost weightless.
Early bed for me I think…see you on the road tomorrow!