Thanks a million to all of the wonderful knitters who attended and taught at the First-Ever Knitcircus Spring Retreat!Everyone who attended came ready to enjoy the day and have fun, and it showed.

My parents generously offered their home for the venue, and this crowd proved their artistic bent by correctly identifying that books on my mom's shelves are organized not alpahbetically, but by color (you can see the pink section in photo below).

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The Sow's Ear provided darn delicious food; of course, eveyone loved the pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting, but the tuna salad was an unexpected hit, and plates of hummus, olives, veggies, greens, chips and fancy cheeses rounded out the offerings nicely.

Amy Detjen's Lace 101 and Two-Color Knitting classes were punctuated by rolling gales of laughter from  knitters.

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Downstairs, Kate Schiffman's Needlefelting class was enjoying their new skills and turning out gifts and toys faster than a knitter would ever expect.

Guinea Rabbits created by a young needlefelter.

My Reversible Stitches class got the hang of some tricky concepts quite nicely, and turned out  some professional-looking reversible cables and built-in i-cord edgings.

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Designer Talitha Kuomi gave Knitcircus Retreat participants all an exclusive chance to preview her gorgeous Flying scarf pattern, and to pet the original sample scarf!

photo courtesy of Talitha Kuomi

In addition to delicous food, the Sow's Ear brought a selection of local and irresistible yarns, needles and notions, an effort which did not go unnoticed (or unrewarded) by the knitters present.

So the First-ever retreat was a first-ever party!


And it certainly won't be the last: Mark your calendars now for the First-Ever Fall/Winter Knitcircus Retreat, Saturday November 5th in Madison! A perfect time to work on some gift knitting… So far, confirmed teachers include Susan B Anderson and Amy Detjen.

If you weren't able to join us, never fear, we've got some Retreat goodies to share with you in the Spring Retreat Giveaway!

Five lucky winners will receive:

  Retreat goodie bag 

A ball of Austermann Step yarn with Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil and accompanying pattern courtesy of Skacel (75% Superwash virgin wool, 25% polymide)

An organza goodie bag with mini-skein and soft bundle of roving from Rocky Mountain Dyeworks, plus a discount card for 20% off your RMD purchase

A copy of Talitha Kuomi's Flying pattern, which had its big debut at the Retreat

A copy of Stick Chick Knits'  Curling Tendril Sock Pattern

Two Lima Pop Shoppe stitch markers in tiny organza bag

Summer Debbie Bliss Magazine, courtesy of Knitting Fever International

Fickleknitter's Limestone One-Skein Shawl pattern and discount card for 20% off of any Fickleknitter shop purchase

A Retreat Brochure (it'll be like you were there!)

Plus, two runners-up will receive a pdf of the Flying Pattern!

To enter, please leave a comment here or on the Knitcircus Ravelry Group, or tweet with the hashtag #kcretreat, and tell me where you'd like to attend a retreat and what you'd like to learn or do there!

Wednesday evening, April 20th, the random Number generator will choose the lucky winners, who will be notified right away.

Have fun!






April 18, 2011 by Knitcircus

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