MSKR 2016 - Intro Spinning Wheel Aaron 1

Retreat Activities

The original idea for the first Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat was really just supposed to be a handful of guys at Easton Mountain with their yarn and fiber and tools just socially hanging out on the mountain relaxing.

MSKR 2016 - Colin off to knit
MSKR 2016 - Bruce and John meeting at the fence

Shit Got Real

Getting together with a few guys requires virtually no planning whatsoever.  But when Easton Mountain told us we had registered over 20 guys into the first men’s knitting retreat (nine years ago), Ted and I realized we needed to establish activities and an agenda.

We quickly decided to set up workshops, letting the participants volunteer any expertise they had to lead the workshops.  And we also needed a road trip, so we started that tradition as well to visit a local farm or mill or yarn store.

This year’s retreat had a total of 15 workshops offered, led by 9 volunteer/participants and we also visited a local sheep farm (with a yarn store on-premises of course!).

Here are some photos of the things that kept the guys busy this year.

MSKR 2016 - Advanced Beginner Workshop
Tom teaching some advanced beginner techniques


MSKR 2016 - Basket Weaving Michael 2
Michael teaching basket weaving


MSKR 2016 - Basket Weaving Michael
More basket weaving


MSKR 2016 - Double-Knitting Alasdair 2
Alasdair presenting his expertise in double-knitting


MSKR 2016 - Double-Knitting Alasdair
More Double-Knitting with Alasdair


MSKR 2016 - Intro Spindle Aaron 1
Guys learning how to spin on drop-spindles


MSKR 2016 - Intro Spindle Aaron 1
More drop-spindle newbies


MSKR 2016 - Intro Spinning Wheel Aaron 1
A reverent place to learn spinning on a wheel


MSKR 2016 - Intro Spinning Wheel Aaron 2
Aaron teaching beginning spinning


MSKR 2016 - Intro Spinning Wheel Aaron 3
New spinners absorbing it all


MSKR 2016 - Intro Weaving Dave
Dave teaching introduction to weaving


MSKR 2016 - Needle Tatting Kirk 2
Needle tatting with Kirk


MSKR 2016 - Needle Tatting Kirk
More needle tatting


MSKR 2016 - Toe-Up Socks Dave
Two Toe-Up Socks on Magic Loop

The expertise and the generosity to share that expertise at the retreat was amazing this year…as it has been each year.There were also workshops on sweater repair and revision, measuring and shaping sweater design for a better fit, basic cables, reading your knitting, knitting on DPN’s and beginner’s crochet.

We also had the chance to visit Foster Sheep Farm in Schuylerville, NY.

MSKR 2016 - Fosters Sheep Farm 1


MSKR 2016 - Fosters Sheep Farm

I’m not sure why, but the sheep at this farm are by far the most photogenic sheep I’ve ever seen.

MSKR 2016 - Fosters Sheep Farm 2

I could envision this little lambkin watching over the baby Jesus’ manger.

Current Knitting

With all the unpacking, re-organizing, finalizing finances…etc., etc., etc., I still haven’t done much knitting.

But I was able to pick up some of the Foster Sheep Farm wool in PREPARATION for knitting at some time in the future.

Foster Farms Romney Wensleydale Sport

This is from Carole Foster’s own sheep and it’s a blend of Romney and Wensleydale.  It’s a DK weight and I plan on adding one more color and making a simple striped pullover.

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