The most WONDERFUL women in the world…

just happened to be in Minnesota for a great weekend of knitting, eating (OMG!) and SO much laughter!

Somehow it transpired that 13 of the funniest, nicest women came to Minnesota for the ModeKnit Fall Retreat, and it was a terrific time!  The knitting was nice, but the relaxing was the REAL goal of the weekend.

Everywhere I turned litte  groups were chatting like old friends and ravelry names were being shared! Folks were knitting, resting, swimming or relaxing in the whirlpool or having seconds of tamari Salmon.

One of the most interesting aspects of the weekend was how healthy and inclusive the food was –most of it was gluten free, much was dairy free and vegetarian was achieved in every meal deliciously. Kathleen is an amazing cook – she used to do catering – and I feel fortunate to have her as my friend and my chef for these retreats!

London – – is known to many of you as a supreme dyer of yarn and crafty woman.] She’s also an amazing friend and helped me organize the event, created the goody bags and acted as assistant to Kathleen.

Our own Beryl and Daisy!

We learned about simple Double Knitting, worked up a little bag, did a lot of laughing and – most memorable for me – ate incredibly delicious food as if there were no tomorrow.

Kathleen & London, my two partners in crime, cooked and organized and worked their butts off.  I was frankly astounded either of them had any butts left, after all the work we did.

I can’t say that I’ll do the retreat again – my own energy level was so poor and pain levels so high that I had to go lay down for a rest a few times, which made me feel very guilty – but if I do have a 2013 Retreat, there’s no way I could do it without Kathleen and London!

[we missed you very much, Heather & Bekka!]

Modeknit Minnesota Lakeside Retreat, Day 1

Dinner at Crazy Bee

Kathleen and I arrived on Friday afternoon and began preparing the two cabins (Crazy Bee & Drone) for the guests.

One by one they arrived, with London bringing up the rear with extra items from my house that I forgot to pack.  Thank you, London!

Kathleen has been outdoing herself with these amazing meals she’s fixing!

Last night a dinner of grilled sandwiches, then a lovely cold breakfast of bagels, cheeses, smoked salmon, yogurt, cereal and fruit.

Quiet Knitting in the Afternoon Sun

The colorwork class this morning was great – the class was hard working, engaged and asked very good questions.

We had a door-prize drawing for some of the many wonderful books London and I have received for review (I tend to get duplicates of some books) and we all are having such a wonderful time!

We broke for lunch, all of us marveling at the BEAUTIFUL weather that we’ve been graced with!  We are SO lucky – it’s absolutely amazing here!

A filling and delicious lunch of pulled pork, salad, fried apples, cole slaw and bagels / rolls was beautifully served by London and Heather, who have both been SO helpful in getting everyone settled and happy in their rooms.

I have great friends, I’m so lucky!

Lake Koronis at Sunrise

I couldn’t have put together a nicer group if I’d been able to hand pick folks!

This is a great group – I can’t wait for our afternoon class of Charted Entelac which is set to begin in – oh my – 9 minutes!  Better run!