Vogue Knitting held a knitting retreat on Block Island in May. I've been wanting to attend a knitting retreat for a long time and this one seemed an ideal first experience. It was a wonderful experience. The retreat was hosted by North Light Fibers. A micro-mill and shop on the island. Their yarns are excellent.
The hotel was perfect with an ideal front porch for knitting.
The retreat included 3 classes. They were all worthwhile. Deborah Newton taught a class on Guernsey patterns. As part of the class, we each received a skein of North Light Fibers Beach Ave
nue Yarn. This yarn is Worsted Weight 70% Baby Alpaca/30% Fine Merino. I absolutely love this yarn.
When class was over, I walked to the shop and purchased 3 additional skeins in a variety of colors so that I could knit this scarf. It is an unexpected souvenir of the retreat.
I really want a sweater knit with this yarn. Each skein is 135 yards so I'll have to save up as it will be a pricey sweater. I know it will last indefinitely so I think it will be worth the investment both is time and money.
I did leave home with a yarn purchase and a project in mind as my souvenir of the trip. I enjoy knitting gloves, fingers and all.
Here's the yarn that I purchased. It's the North Light Fiber Water Street
. The color is called Summer Ocean and it is 40% Cashmere/60%Super Fine Merino. I wish that you could feel the texture of this yarn. It is amazing.
Here's 2 of my favorite sites of the weekend. The lighthouse and one of the resident alpacas sitting outside of the shop and mill.
I will most definitely be attending more knitting retreats and hopefully Vogue Knitting will offer this one again next year.
Labels: gloves, Knitting, scarf, travel