Usually twice per year I go to a knitting retreat at a local state park that is sponsored by my favorite LYS. I always have a blast seeing what my knitting friends are working on, taking classes offered, and generally taking a break from the everyday routine. I’m writing this post the evening I returned home from the most recent one.
This time around, the classes being taught were for a brioche cowl and a knitted pumpkin that used German short rows. I decided not to make the cowl, but sat in on the class to pick up any tips on the technique that I might be able to use later. (I’ve never done brioche knitting, but there are some recent patterns out that have caught my eye.) I did take the class on the German short rows, and I’m so glad I did because I needed the technique in my knitting life. (I’ve avoided many patterns with short rows because the particular technique used didn’t click for me, and I didn’t know how to substitute a different one.)
I try to set some sort of knitting goal for the weekend, since I usually get a fair amount of time to dedicate without household interruptions. This weekend I wanted to finish the other dishcloth I was knitting (the one I started after finishing one for the retreat activity), not spend money at the market (I’m not in need of any particular yarns/supplies), and possibly work on one of my other projects-in-progress. How did I do?
I finished the dishcloth before I left to head home. I know I made a mistake near the end, but I got tired of trying to find it. I fudged a solution so I could get it done.
I bought a Zauberball because Zauberball. Usually orange isn’t my first pick of colors, but this spoke to me.
I pulled out my blanket square a few times, but I didn’t work on any of the other projects I took. A couple of them were taken out to be looked at, but not a stitch was knitted (or purled).
I started the pumpkin in the short rows class and got 7 of the 8 sections completed on Saturday. I knitted the last section, stuffed it, and put on the finishing touches at home over the next couple of days.
Of course we always get a “goodie” bag when we arrive on Friday evening, plus we had a dishcloth/washcloth exchange activity. Those added one ball of yarn with pattern and a cute kitty dishcloth to my acquisitions.
We also have a “Secret Project” to work on Sunday morning–which I finished.
All in all, I made out pretty well. Once I decided on the yarn (almost as soon as I got there), I tried to stay out of the market to avoid further temptation. And while I browsed Ravelry for project ideas for the new yarn, I didn’t actually purchase or cast on anything else new. I have some ideas of what I want to make with it, but not a definite pattern yet. I had a really great time (as I usually do), and the weekend went way too fast (as it usually does). Now to wait and save up for the next one in April! 😀
In the meantime, someone was very happy to have me home again.