Thursday, May 08, 2008

We Are Ready To Go .....

..... to our Annual Knitting Retreat next week. 23 knitters have signed up to go & Helen & I are now in our final stages of preparation. The yarn is on its way from Zen Yarn Garden & Jolly Jumbuck - all specially dyed for the retreat.

The projects for the knit-alongs are also done ....

... me modelling the River Avon Vest (my regular model is away in the Reunion Island on a French Exchange Program) - a seamless vest that I put together for the retreat. I love both the pattern (so easy to knit & fits so well) & the yarn (so soft & light - perfect for a garment)....

...... it's just lovely & the color gorgeous. Love it!

There's also the Upside Down Monkey socks as the branches are flowing in the wrong direction (from the original pattern) as I knitted the socks toe-up. Again, I used the Monkey stitch pattern & Wendy's Gusset Heel - a winning combination .....

...... the yarn is lovely to knit with & after blocking became so soft. Irene of Jolly Jumbuck did a fabulous dye job as I love the Rainbow Trout colorway ......

I can't wait for Friday as Helen & I will be driving up to the homestead after lunch & start the preparation to welcome all the knitters to 2 days of knitting adventures .....

8 comments:

Suzanne said...

Wow, and I wondered where you went! Now I know how busy you've been. What lovely items, all of them are just beautiful. The retreat sounds like so much fun. Have a great time.
Suzanne

Lisa said...

That vest is beautiful. Would love the pattern.

Have a good retreat. I am so jealous.

Denise said...

Ooooh I wanna come! I know you'll have a blast and can't wait to hear all about it. Love the vest and socks too.

Knitting Bandit said...

I love the vest. Wishing you lots of fun and happy knitting on your retreat.

The Holistic Knitter said...

What a lovely vest. Have fun on your retreat ;0)

Sharon said...

I love the vest it is in my favourite colour too, and the socks are gorgeous! Your knitting is always perfect, I always drool when I visit your blog.

Have a lovely knitting retreat, what fun you will have :)

Amelia said...

I love the vest, it's awfully pretty. Funnily enough I am off to the Reunion this summer as part of my sister's wedding trip so I shall be looking for top tips!

I loe the socks, the pattern obviously but the yarn seems realy pretty, I hadn't heard of Jolly Jumbuck, off to investigate now :)

Rebecca said...

Your River Avon Vest looks fabulous on you! And, the upside down Monkey Socks are quite clever. I have knit so many pairs of those for the four Monkey Swaps I've hosted that a change is in order -- I just might have to try knitting them upside down.

Thanks for the scarf length tip!