Last weekend I took the opportunity to go to a knitting retreat featuring Ann Budd and Jennifer Miller in Off the Needles first retreat. It’s not often that we get well known knitting teachers like these in Billings so I knew if I didn’t go, I’d regret it. So I learned to steek, sew in zippers, get a really good sock gauge, learned some sweater math and practiced modular knitting. But if a knitter goes to a retreat and only learns in class, she/he is missing out. The best part happens outside of class.
First off, we also had a wonderful retreat coordinator, Cindy. She has my dream job! Well, one of my dream jobs, anyway. We talked about planning retreats, fiber festivals, how to book the Rock Star knitters. She offered to give input on our PHS Fiber Fest so I can follow up with her at a later date.
I didn’t actually talk much with Ann Budd. Admittedly, I was a little tongue tied, she’s been around since around the time I learned to knit. But she’s a very good teacher and always friendly.
And then, I talked with Jennifer Miller who also had a trunk show (or she did when UPS finally delivered her boxes) with her yarn line, Theodora’s Pearls. And this is when the magic of the retreat happened for me. I mentioned a few things that I do and am involved in and the next thing I know, I’m designing a knitting pattern for her yarns.
In case you didn’t read that right – I am now designing knitting patterns for yarn lines. Okay, maybe it’s singular at this point, not plural. But I do have another yarn line that has asked me to design for them, we just haven’t chatted about it yet.
Today I buzzed into town and firmed things up with Jennifer. We have a pattern and the most wonderful yarn – it has cashmere in it! Now I just have to do some math and some knitting.
And this, my knitting friends, is why you go to retreats, conferences and fiber festivals instead of online classes. Knitters are encouraging people and we help each other out. With our common love of yarn, how can one go wrong, surrounded by others with needles flowing and friendships blooming? You can’t go wrong with that, it’s worth far more than the price of admission.