I am still amazed at my age to be so wired the night before the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat (MSKR). Sleep is not an option. I just want to get into my car and head to Easton Mountain. The MSKR is always an incredible experience for me, and I feel so fortunate to a part of it's magic. I owe thanks to Joe Wilcox and Ted Myatt for starting the MSKR, influencing other great Men's Knitting Retreats in the US, Canada and the UK, and providing a forum for men to get together to share, chat, bond and knit. At this year's retreat I reacquainted myself with old friends, made new ones, and picked up a new skill: weaving.
Each morning began with yoga, led by Tim Cooley. The rest of the day was filled with workshops and knitting on the deck and back porch. I was fortunate enough to get into the weaving workshop, which always fills up right away. Dave Sledesky led the class, taught us about the loom and guided us through our first project. I walked away with a houndstooth scarf and a new addiction.
One of the highlights of the weekend is the Show and Tell. The guys individually walk to the centre of the room and show some of the projects they have finished during the past year. The technical and creative skill of these guys always leaves me incredibly inspired.
For more on the retreat check out the following:
Ian, sporting a great sweater and yarness.
The prolific Leo Pola blocking his lace shawl in the sun
Earthtones were very popular this year. The boys showing off some of their great work.
Bill and Alasdair inspiring the room.
Veryl and Rob holding court
Steve, Mark and Michael showing their sweaters in centre stage. Michael Ross' reversible sweater looks great both inside and out.
Guys admiring the goods
Veryl, sitting with two lambkins: Peter and Mark
Woven feelings of Inspiration, Enrichment, Thankfulness and Blessedness
Voila! Cabinboy WEAVES!!