Friday, May 28, 2010

Already Looking Forward to May 2011


I'm fortunate enough to be able to work on various task all year associated with the next retreat...so it's often in the forefront of my mind.

Constant Memories
Yes, when I negotiate the contract for the next retreat, or answer an e-mail question from someone who wants to be notified of upcoming events, or search on-line for the next new thing to put into the guys' give-away bags, it never fails to bring back incredibly fond memories of the guys and the retreat.

I'm very lucky indeed.

Show & Tell
One of the few traditions that I think is common with all the Men's Knitting Retreats and we have now done for the last 3 years, is to let the guys get up in front of the group and show off their creativity and skills.

I have to admit, that this year's Show & Tell pieces were exceptional, even if my photography doesn't show it too well.  And the photos go on and on and on...if I didn't post  your Show & Tell, it was only because I either didn't get a photo of it, or my photography made you look awful!

Alan's oops...John's Lace


Chad's Herbivore

Chad's WIP

Chris' Pullover


Chuck's Henry and Doubleknit Scarves

Chuck's Zippered Cardigan


Craig's Mitered Scarf

Craig's Cardigan

Craig's Fair Isle hat

Dave's Hoodie - Uncovered


Dave's Hoodie - Covered



Dave's Blocked Lace Wrap


Dave's Ass...uh Lace

Jon's Sweater sleeve (color cable)


Jon's Dog Sweater



John's Pullover




Kenny's Fair Isle Vest


Kenny's Fair Isle Vest - Reverse


Kenny's Sample Lace Stole


Kirk's Pullover

Kirk's Baby Surprise

Kyle's Noro Pullover


Kyle's Noro Pullover cleverly stolen by John B.

MMario's Lace Designs!!!


Matthew's Fair Isle Cardigan


Matthew's Lace


Michael's Pullover

Ray's 3 sweaters on professional models :)


Kenny, Kyle, Chuck and John's "Socks Appeal" strip tease!

Ted's Hand-Spindled-Knitted Shawl (looks INCREDIBLE in person)

Todd's current WIP

Todd's Pullover


Vince's Scarf

Current Knitting
I got some additional work done on the Newland socks by Marlowe Crawford.



I've opted to complete the cuffs on both socks before turning the heels and finishing the foot of the socks. Mostly, since the pattern was fresh in my mind, I figured it would be easier to bang out the second cuff before taking on the heel and foot and toe.

I'm enjoying the knitting and the look of the socks quite a bit so far.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Still Glowing


Just realized how lucky I am to get to work on Men's Knitting Retreats throughout the year...it really keeps the wonderful feelings fresh.

Retreat Workshops
Ted and I have been making up the retreats as we go along, but one early decision we made, I have never regretted...which was having workshops led by volunteers from the retreat participants, and not bringing in outside talent.

This year, it was never more successful. Don't get me wrong, the retreat isn't really about the workshops, although they play a role in the forming of community.

We had a total of 11 workshops this year and one road trip to a local sheep farm. Here is the list of workshops including workshop leaders like Ted, Michael del Vecchio, Hyphen-Boy (Matthew), Crafty Andy, Kenny, and a couple of new workshop leaders (Ray, John and Chad):

- Beginning Spindle Spinning
- Blocking Lace: The BDSM of Knitting
- Simple Steeking
- Tunisian Crochet
- Helical Knitting
- Crochet For Knitters
- Two-Fisted/Two-Color Knitting
- Combined Knitting
- Patterns/How to adjust them
- Portuguese Style Knitting
- Choosing Colors that Work Together

Here are some photos from some of them...I wasn't able to shoot photos of all of them...sorry guys!














The sheep farm visit was great. We went to Foster Sheep Farms in Schuylerville, NY and in addition to having some delightful animals, they also had a great retail space with lots of their yarn.

More photos.














Of course we needed to get ice cream after all that farm work!


Current Knitting
Finally, I got a couple photos of me wearing the Zaire pullover.





This was an incredibly successful project. The resulting sweater looks good on both Thaddeus and me, it's very comfortable in almost a sweatshirt sort of way. While I would NEVER make another, I am really glad to have this one in my armoire.

I also started the new Marlowe Crawford sock design, Newland, and I'm liking it quite a bit.


I was just about up to the heel when I realized I was missing a plain row between two of the repeats, so I've ripped back and almost recovered in this photo.  I'm using two different colorways of Trekking XXL.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Kenny asked me why no pictures of him...I can only say that I won't say why I had so few of him...I think he knows. But here's one I manage to sneak in.