Friday, May 29, 2015

Knitting Retreat 2015!!!

Well... I know it's been about a TRILLION years since I've posted anything so I thought I'd re-enter the ol' blog with a post about last week's Knitting Retreat!

My MIL and I are members of the San Diego North County Knitting Guild (SDNCKG!) and twice a year the guild has a knitting retreat!  (In January and in May!)

This year, the May retreat was held at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Palos Verdes and it was BEAUTIFUL!!!

The view of LA from the hill was amazing, especially at night with all of the twinkling lights 
(and the peaceful quiet!)

Check in was Monday at noonish and lunch was served at 12:30p.

I sat with Lisa and Freddie at lunch and they made me laugh soooo hard!  They were such funny gals!

After lunch, everyone settled in at our knitting room... 

And we all contributed 'a few' bottles of wine for the group, for the week...   


I sat next to a wonderful spinner and knitter who had brought her super cute Pocket Wheel and throughout the week spun her own eucalyptus-dyed yarn!

This little wheel is sooooooo cute and I WANT ONE!!!!

We knit all night and Lisa brought her guitar which was so lovely to hear and we all found it very relaxing!  (I'm sure the wine helped too...)


Tuesday morning we woke up early, went for a walk and came back and did some yoga!

Had some breakfast... 

And then took a little field trip to the local yarn shops!

Our first stop was Maddie Made It and we all LOVED this sweet little shop!  The owner is super friendly and it is a bright and happy store! 

The MEGA skein!!!!

Our second stop was Concepts in Yarn and they were having a SALE!

We got back from our field trip just in time for lunch and then we went back to the knitting room for a power knitting session!

One of the guild members brought her Knitting Machine for us to see how it works and what it's like!

After dinner, we knit all night and List played more beautiful music for us 
(and we drank MORE wine!)  :)

Liz taught an Origami Felted Slipper class and the slippers were so cute!

Wednesday morning we went for a nice long hike after breakfast in the Portuguese Bend Reserve.

It was such a beautiful day out and the views from the reserve are amazing!!!  We could see a little bit of Catalina and a few lonely sail boats out in the ocean!

We got back from our hike just in time to shower and have lunch...

and then after lunch, on to another power knitting session!

My MIL brought her Celtic Dance Stole to share from a mystery KAL hosted by one of the guild members!

 Look at those gorgeous cables!!! (You know I love my cables!)  :)

There are peacocks everywhere in Palos Verdes and the camera does not even begin to capture the beauty of their coloring!

They are very sweet and just like to pass on through... 

Though they do like to make a lot of noise at about 2 in the morning!

The ladies that work at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center were working on a Prayer Quilt and the pattern is the stained glass in the chapel of the retreat center!

Check out was at 10am Thursday morning and we had one last final breakfast together. 

The last two men standing!

I had a great time on this retreat and it was just the getaway that I needed!
Knitting, wine, talking and being outdoors!

What's not to like!  Though... it is amazing how very little knitting gets done on a knitting retreat!



  1. Oh what a lovely sharing. And that little spinning wheel!!! Great size for a small work space. Thank you so much.

  2. Meeting you was the highlight of my retreat time! Thanks for the great photos and I know we'll see each other again soon.