Oh, Yarn Camp. What can I say? It’s so hard to describe three days spent in the company of 12 warm and inspiring women, all of whom have been brought together by a common interest.
While we can do everything in our power to plan, organize and facilitate these retreats, ultimately the success lies in the pure chemistry of the group. Our last retreat had such great chemistry that we thought “Oh, it can’t possibly happen again”. But it did. We had women join us from Texas and Ohio, Nelson and New Westminter. We had knitters with 40 years experience under their belts, and self-described ‘beginners’ (although what kind of true beginner does toe-up socks two at a time on a magic loop?). Our ages spanned 3 decades. We had to share bathrooms. It shouldn’t work, but it did!
Of course the main reason we were all there was to learn colour theory and hand-dyeing techniques from Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia Yarns. We were not disappointed! I don’t know if it was Felicia’s expert tutorials, or just the combined creative energy but apparently we are all amazingly talented hand-dyers. Each and every one of the skeins of Pollika yarn we immersion dyed or hand-painted was absolutely stunning. And now we also know the best ways to knit with our varigated yarns. Win win.
Even with the ridiculous amount of rain, we were still able to enjoy the beautiful and tranquil environment of Springbrooke Retreat Centre. A few of us even enjoyed the outdoor pool for a (very) refreshing swim. And of course the retail therapy at 88 Stitches made up for any rainy blues we may have had. Thank you Sue and staff for your hospitality!
There is so much more to tell, but ‘what happens at Yarn Camp, stays at Yarn Camp’. However, I will let some pictures tell the rest of the story.
Thank you again to Lisa, Laurie, Chaline, Ann, Jennifer, Heather, Karen, Aryn, Debbie, Margaret, Felicia and Marion. It wouldn’t have been the same without you!