Monday, February 27, 2012

Arnhild's Knitting Retreat

Every February, Arnhild Hillesland has a knitting retreat in Ames, Iowa. It is such a wonderful time as I attend with my 2 daughters, daughter in law, sister, and niece. We enjoyed the weekend so much, I hardly took any pictures.

The 240 mile trip took us from 9AM to 4:30 to get there. Our first stop was at Unwind Yarn in Burnsville, MN and made a purchase.

From there, we went to Northfield, MN where I drove around the campus of St Olaf College to show my Alma mater. Northfield Yarn in historic downtown Northfield was our destination where I bought this yarn. For some reason, the copper colors are grabbing me. Lunch was in an Indian restaurant in the historic St. James Hotel.

One of the classes taught was double knitting by Christa Newhouse. This is a coat she has made showing the Chicago skyline. The coat has been appraised at $15,000! 

I only attended one class on reversible cables. Most of the time the family gathered in the lobby or our room, knit, drank some wine, and had lots of talk and giggling. This is what I produced over the weekend. It is supposed to be a leaf shaped dishcloth. Something went wrong!

Bea asked me to knit her a pair of socks. I don't think I really committed to her that I would do it but I was thinking that would solve her birthday present problem. She bought this yarn for me to use.

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