Good morning and happy Saturday! Last weekend I attended my seventh Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat. The spring retreat, now in its ninth year, was the first of the men’s knitting retreats and now there are several that take place at various times throughout the year in various places around the country. The first men’s knitting retreat in Canada took place earlier this year, and in years past there have been retreats in both the UK and New Zealand.
Each year when I return home from the spring retreat I usually write a blog post about how amazing, inspiring, rejuvenating, energizing, and so utterly magical it is. This year was certainly no exception, and there isn’t really anything I can say about it that I have already said about each of the retreats I have been to for the previous six years. What I will say is that if you or someone you know has never been to a men’s knitting retreat and you’re interested in going, I strongly encourage you to do so. Don’t worry about being a new knitter or how much experience you do or do not have. These retreats are open to all skill levels and at some of the past retreats we have had guys attend who were brand new to knitting. The only requirement for attending a men’s knitting retreat is that you are a man, or at least identify as male. That’s right. Transgendered men are just as welcome at the men’s knitting retreats as cisgendered men, and there is never any fuss about who uses which restroom because that kind of ignorance and intolerance is simply not welcome there. Continue reading “One wild and wooly weekend after another”