When Knitters Gather:
Knitter's Review Retreat
November 7-10, 2013
Take us away from our daily demands, to a magical place where someone else cooks for us and clears the table and makes our bed. Put us with people who share one of our deepest passions. Make it a safe place where we can let down our guard, open up to new friends, new ideas, and, of course, new yarns. Give us three, four days together in such an environment, and we will surely amass enough inspiration and goodwill to carry us through the year ahead.
Such a phenomenon occurs every November at the Knitter's Review Retreat, which celebrated its 12th year—and third at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, New York.
Oversee enough of these events and you'll begin to spot patterns.
For starters: Give us a lake, and we'll take endless pictures of it. Even if it's too cold to sit by it and knit.
Give us a fireplace and we will congregate, like cats.
Give us a hallway and we will fill it.
Give us a table and we will sit at it.
Even the patterns featuring unflattering photos of men in ponchos.
Give us a cause and we will knit for it. Or in this case two causes, both nominated by attendees earlier in the summer. Together we made 86 hats and six pairs of mittens for the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua, New York, as well as 59 snuggles blankets for the Humane Society of Calvert County, Maryland.Spirit Trail Fiberworks and Brooklyn Tweed, Briar Rose and Peace Love & Yarn, or Jill Draper Makes Stuff and Jennie the Potter, who designed a custom mug just for the event.
Give us donuts and we will eat them. Especially if they're hand-delivered by my father from a legendary local cider mill from my childhood.
In the evening, give us a runway and a disco ball, and, well...things may happen.
Give us a handknit and we will admire it.Great White Bale Lot 1 projects and we will ask you to pose.
Berroco (Emily, at left).
Give Amy Herzog a measuring tape and she will swiftly measure us, and we will feel great about it.
Give Carson Demers a minute and he'll not only explain why your posture affects your knitting but why some people will never be able to twerk.
Give Gail Callahan a minute and she'll change your whole perspective on color.
Give us super-special secret yarn and we will swatch it.
Give us paper, and we will write on it.
Give us an iPhone and we'll take pictures.
Point a camera at us and we will smile.
Unless, of course, we're in the middle of counting stitches.
Give us a calendar, and we will mark it for next year.
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