More about Knitting at the Lake

I spent the weekend with knitters from NC,  SC, VA and IL at Bugs Island.  My friend, Robin, organizes this retreat.  I had a wonderful time.  I arrived Friday about 4:30, checked into my room,  gathered up my knitting and headed to the conference room.  I worked on my Riblitts Mitts which are a “do-over” Christmas gift (first pair was too small).  I finished these after I returned home Sunday night.  They’re designed by Monica Jines and made from Cherry Tree Hill Supersocke in Texas Thistle colorway.  As soon as I received my door prize ticket, Robin drew my number and I won a year’s subscription to Wild Fibers Magazine.

Riblitts Mitts

Riblitts Mitts

After dinner, I decided that I should work on something that didn’t require much concentration so I worked on a stockinette preemie hat.  I made 9 of these for our retreat charity project.

Saturday morning I worked on my Riblitts Mitts some more.  Then later in the morning switched to my Daily Sweater.  This pattern is in the second Mason Dixon Knitting Book.   Mine is from Cascade Pima Melange in a sage green.  I’ll post a picture of this work-in-progress tomorrow.  Knitting continued until about 5 pm. During the afternoon vendors sold their goodies.

Calypso

Calypso

I bought some Creatively Dyed Calypso.  The colorway on the left is part of a sock kit and is called Duke.  The one on the right is called Ruth.   Dianne dyes beautiful yarn.

Knitting Sisters goodies

Knitting Sisters goodies

I also bought some things from The Knitting Sisters which had a booth.  This is a shop in Williamsburg, VA.  I bought some Rowan Kidsilk Haze on the left and some Frog Tree Alpaca to make scarves along with the patterns.  I also bought a pattern for a Rasta Hat.  I also ordered a silver shawl pin shaped like a leaf.  When it arrives, I’ll post a picture of it.

This is my favorite purchase.  It’s called a yarn caddy but, at my house, it’s a spinning caddy.  I plan to put bobbins on the metal “rod” and roving and my spinning tool kit in the box.  Robin’s dad, Fred, made this.  He also makes beautiful baskets.

door prize tray

door prize tray

Robin drew another round of door prizes and I won this tray.  It has sheep on it.

A group of us went to the Lakehouse Restaurant for dinner.  I had a delicious ribeye.

Elsebeth Lavold yarn

Elsebeth Lavold yarn

After dinner, we knitted some more and had our knitters swap.  I won some beautiful Elsebeth Lavold Silky Cashmere ……..

and this book, Vogue Scarves Two on the go!

Sunday afternoon, I headed back home, retrieved Debit D. Dog from doggie camp and spent the rest of my evening knitting.

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3 Responses to “More about Knitting at the Lake”


  1. 1 Monica January 20, 2009 at 5:40 am

    I am so glad you had a wonderful time. Is this retreat open to all knitters or is it more of a gathering of friends? It sounds wonderful. I love your yarn caddy, I think I need one.

    All the yarny goodness you aquired is beautiful!!

    Sorry the Riblitts were too small : (

    • 2 katzendog January 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm

      Riblitts were too small (short) because I ran out of yarn. I estimated my yardage using weight. Apparently yarn had gained weight (humidity). I love the pattern and may knit the recipient a scarf using the riblitt design.

      Retreat is open to all because Robin’s blog is read mostly by knitters in NC and VA most were from this area.

  2. 3 Robin January 27, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I’m so glad you were able to join us at the lake this year. Already making plans for next! I hope you like WordPress — I have several friends on it. Make sure you have the right address for my blog – I’m at Typepad —– http://www.fortheloveoffiber.typepad.com .


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