I hosted the 14th annual Okanagan Knitting Retreat at Sorrento Centre the last weekend of May. I've spent the intervening week unpacking and putting stuff away, and reflecting on the experience. I've enjoyed receiving e-mails and pictures from the participants--a selection follows... (I didn't even take my camera out of the case so none of these pictures are mine.)
|Patti Roberts sent me this photo of the Centre's office, the original home on the property, |
"Spes Bona", taken just before we headed out on a walk.
About 10 - 15 of us meet for a walk daily at 6:30 AM. This year we enjoyed spectacular weather. Patti also commented, "It was a beautiful weekend. I always leave the retreat full of inspiration."
|Diane working on her head-band in the Fair Isle class. (photo by Kathy Chapman)|
|Close-up of a headband becoming a toque (photo by Kathy Chapman)|
|This year we had our youngest ever participant. |
This is Zephy in the lace class. (photo by Zee)
|I asked Zephy to speak at our wrap-up session about her experiences. |
She's wearing her own creation--she developed one of the
lace samplers into a little scarf. (photo by Zee)
Zephy talked about how she had been wanting to come to a retreat for a few years and her mother finally agreed that she was old enough (she's ten and in Grade 5). I joked about how she had already been to a retreat in-utero because her mother was at the first retreats.
For other great images from the retreat, check Myriam's blog
Many positive comments have been received about the retreat. This is very heartening because it's frankly more of a service to my community of knitters! This is one way that I "knit my community together" so thanks to all my knitting friends for your support. One participant remarked "You know an event is truly a success when the participants' biggest complaint is that it was over too soon. Thanks for all you do...can't wait 'til next year!"
Retreat #15 will be May 23 - 26, 2013 (It's always the weekend after the Victoria Day weekend). Registration will open on February 1st on my website The theme will be Celebrate! Our favourite topics from previous retreats will be showcased.