It was wonderful!
Here’s me and Paco the
as it turned out, I did sleep in “his” bed, but he slept with Deb as he tends to hog the bed, apparently.
(click to embiggen as desired, picture-heavy post so I decided to do lots of thumbnails today)
Deb made a lovely breakfast for which Deb’s mother and also baby Mowgli and her mother Deepa joined us. A little later, November (a person, not the month, for the temporally confused) arrived, and her car was promptly loaded full of knitting projects and comfy clothes, and its nose turned north to the convent for a private knitting retreat.
Bonnie’s is billed as a spinning shop, but really has lots of great yarns, needles & accessories. I’m still on a yarn fast for charity, so I successfully resisted buying yarn! But I said nothing about knitting books….(forgot to take picture, I’ll show you later.)
and next we adjourned to the Knitting Lounge, where other knitters began to trickle in.
Once everyone had arrived and our tummies were growling, we went to dinner at a fantastic restaurant, A.T. the Black and White (here, I’ll make this one big)
(Sorry, Jeanne, for making you do the Exorcist thing to take this picture!).
Excellent wine was drunk (and photographed for future reference, because my brain is full these days), and amazing desserts followed. Then back to the convent and Knitting Lounge for a little more wine and Pajama Time (click for mp3 soundtrack to our evening).
Saturday, getting up whenever (dawn for me, but that’s late for me), breakfast with the nuns, and more knitting, interspersed with some knitters’ runs to the bakery and back to Bonnie’s, those who didn’t have time to stop Friday. Mimosas were broken out at the lunchtime potluck. More knitting. Some FOs were spotted!
Here are knitters & some projects where I got pictures (sadly, not all, next time we need to do an FO fashion show near the end of the weekend):
Louise: and her two-tone baby sweater and socks (I didn’t get the other pair of socks);
Paula, who gave Barbie a new career choice: (Barbie is going to a nursing school reunion later this year. She not only got a new outfit, she had an entire spa weekend with a hair cut and style.)
November, who here is knitting a very awesome My So-Called Scarf, but who later in the weekend made great strides on her first sock which was looking super when we left;
Chelle, working on a sweater that I *really* want. Guess I’ll have to knit one sometime. I REALLY liked it!
Amy, who knit, knit, knit (yay for fellow speedy continental knitter! we were in a huge minority, practically an endangered species) and made great strides on several projects, and was very happy with her Day-Glo acquisitions at the White Elephant exchange ;
(here one is posing with her previous pair of Noro sock yarn socks as well as Charlene Schurch’s great book).
There might have been some more wine.
The perfect wine for knitters?
A wine called Lace. It was pretty sweet for most of us, but I couldn’t resist the name!
Somehow, all the knitting, food and fun (and perhaps the mimosas and wine) distracted me, and I did not take a Saturday Sky picture as such — for the first time since I started Saturday Skying! I couldn’t even find a window in the background of any photos because I sat with my back to the window, to take most advantage of the natural light.
Here’s a substitute Friday Sky on the way up — as we passed Becker, Minnesota and this somewhat alarming sight (remember it was very cold out); correctly identified by my travel companions as a coal-burning power plant (the largest in Minnesota!). I didn’t know!
And, to close, here’s today’s Saturday Sky (does that catch me up?):
Not so warm, today, as it has been, but a lovely blue on the Ides of March.