MSKR 2015

Good morning and happy Saturday! I have written about the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat so many times before. This year’s retreat was just as amazing and inspiring as always and there are no words that I could use to describe this year that haven’t been used to describe past retreats. We have guys who come just about every year, some who have been to other retreats in the summer and fall, and some who are there for the very first time. We have such a diversity in backgrounds, interests, and skills that we bring together every year into an awesome group of people that I am always honored to be a part of.

Our group got a tour of Battenkill Fibers again tis year. I love visiting the mill and the process of turning raw fleece into roving and yarn is something I always find fascinating. The mill also offers other tours throughout the year.

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We learned a lot about machine knitting this year. Thank you Patrick! 🙂

Several of the guys got together to make this hammock, arm knitted with rope. Hanging it was a lot of fun. I climbed a tree for the first time in at least a couple of decades and didn’t get significantly hurt. Just a few minor scratches and a lot of pine sap.

One of my retreat knitting projects was getting the second saddle shoulder of my cabled hoodie finished. The pattern is Iain, by Figheadh Yarnworks.

The other was a pair of gloves using an alpaca yarn from Breezy Hill Ranch which a group of the guys got to visit on Thursday morning before the retreat officially started.

My Bliss wheel, which I had sent home with with one of the guys at last year’s retreat to practice with and use for as long as he needed it, had come back, and there’s more to tell about that, but I’ll save it for next week.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

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