Over the years we have had quite an array of instructors, from established names like Barbara Walker, Katherine Cobey, Nancy Bush, Fiona Ellis and Beth Brown-Reinsel to more recent emerging stars in the knitting world: Gudrun Johnston, Alison Green, Kate Gilbert and others. In addition, our weekends have offered a chance for our own Spinnery designers to share their passion.
This past weekend was no exception, and Marly Bird was a huge hit with the group. Her warm and bubbly personality made the weekend more fun and full of laughter than one could imagine possible.
She is a wonderful teacher who was able to gracefully guide both knitters and crocheters through the intricacies of Entrelac. It was inspiring to see everyone in the room working with their preferred tool, be it hook or needle. Then on Sunday morning the group gathered to learn about thrumming and a new collection of deliciously warm mittens was born!
She inspired all of us to embrace the intention of her instructions and make them our own; reminding us that one of the reasons she became a designer was because she is not a fan of closely following directions.
Our “students” proved to be very talented crafters, and they brought some amazing hand knits with them. The collection of sweaters in the room was breathtaking. It was also fun to see what came along in everyone’s work basket or project bag.
It was a wonderful weekend filled with laughter, learning, and wonderful company. One of our new friends Sue posted to our Facebook page, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for a fabulous weekend!! This was my very first knitting retreat & you have set the bar very high! I loved every moment, learned so much and enjoyed getting to know a truly great group of ladies!!”
It is a sentiment that we all share. Thank you to all of you who joined us. A huge warm hug and enthusiastic thank you to Marly for traveling halfway across the country to help us make a memorable weekend. And to all of you who hope to come and join us next time, there is always room at the table for another friend!